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11/10/2008 3:50 PM ET
Mariners name Tom McNamara director of amateur scouting and Carmen Fusco director of pro scouting
Tony Blengino named special assistant to the general manager, baseball operations
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SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today Tom McNamara has been named Director of Amateur Scouting and Carmen Fusco Director of Pro Scouting.

Additionally, Zduriencik has appointed Tony Blengino as Special Assistant to the General Manager, Baseball Operations. Blengino and McNamara joined the organization on Oct. 28 shortly after Zduriencik was hired.

"All three of these guys have diverse baseball backgrounds with a great deal of experience," said Zduriencik. "They each bring a high level passion and expertise into their area of responsibility. I am excited to have them join our organization and work diligently towards the quest of bringing a world championship to Seattle."

McNamara, 43, returns to his baseball roots as the Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting. He will oversee all levels of amateur scouting, as well as the June Amateur Draft. He was previously an area scout for the Mariners from 1994-2000, covering the Northeast. McNamara also played one season in the Mariners organization, appearing in 50 games for the Bellingham Mariners in 1988.

McNamara has 15 years of experience as a full-time scout. He spent the 2008 season as the Milwaukee Brewers East Coast cross checker. He previously served as a pro scout with the San Diego Padres for five seasons (2003-07). As an area scout for the Brewers during the 2001-02 seasons, McNamara scouted and signed All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder.

Fusco, 55, brings over 33 years of professional baseball scouting experience to the Mariners front office. He will serve as the Director of Pro Scouting. He has worked in the scouting departments of the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets through the course of his baseball career. Most recently, Fusco has served as a scouting consultant for the Brewers, while also operating the Carmen Fusco Professional Baseball and Softball Academy in Etters, Penn.

Fusco was a member of the Mets scouting department for over 20 years, including serving as the Director of Pro Scouting (1997-2001) and an Assistant General Manager of Scouting Development (2001-02). His baseball career has crossed paths with Zduriencik several times, starting with the two coaching college baseball together at Austin Peay in 1975. The two also spent several years working together as scouts in the Mets organization.

Blengino, 45, joins the front office as the Special Assistant to the General Manager, Baseball Operations. Blengino spent the last six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers organization, including the last three years as the assistant scouting director under Zduriencik. In that position, he assisted the scouting director in all aspects of amateur scouting and was directly responsible for scouting in Canada and the independent leagues.

Prior to joining the Brewers in 2003, Blengino was a Certified Public Accountant and served as the CFO of the National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley in Philadelphia. He also authored the book "Future Stars," an annual scouting and statistical review of minor league prospects. He is a member of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research).

Blengino graduated from St. Joseph's University in 1985 with a degree in accounting. A native of Magnolia, NJ, Blengino and his wife, Kathleen, have two children: daughter Jessica and son Anthony.
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