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Pirates hire Keith Champion as special assistant to GM11/18/2008 10:26 AM ET
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have hired Keith Champion as a special assistant to senior vice president, general manager Neal Huntington. Champion, 49, spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as a professional scout with the Boston Red Sox. Prior to joining the Red Sox, he worked 12 years (1995-2006) with the Chicago Cubs as an advance scout (1995-99) and a special assistant to the general manager (2000-06). After spending 10 years in the St. Louis Minor League system as a player (1982-84), coach (1985- 87) and manager (1988-1991), Champion also managed in the San Diego organization three seasons (1992-94) before joining the Cubs.
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