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Jack Zduriencik named Baseball America Executive of the Year12/04/2007 10:27 AM ET
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Amateur Scouting Jack Zduriencik today was named Major League Executive of the Year by Baseball America. He will be honored at the Seventh Annual Baseball America Awards Gala this afternoon in Nashville, Tennessee.
"I was honored and flattered when Baseball America informed me of the award," said Zduriencik. "As appreciative as I am, this is a reflection of those that I work with and the hard efforts that they have put into their jobs. I consider this award a representation of the entire organization and from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank Baseball America for this award."
Zduriencik is the first non-general manager to be recognized as the recipient of this award, which was first presented in 1998 to current Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin (then with Texas). Zduriencik has spent the last eight seasons in the Brewers organization after joining the club on October 25, 1999. In his role, he directs all amateur scouting efforts for the Brewers, both domestic and international.
"When I was appointed general manager in 2003, I had to make many decisions," said Melvin. "The one I am most grateful for is retaining Jack Zduriencik as the individual responsible for the drafting and signing of amateur talent. Jack helps our organization in many other ways but has made his mark and finally is getting recognized for his hard work and ability to identify baseball talent. The Milwaukee Brewers organization recognizes Jack's skills and we thank Baseball America for honoring him with this well-deserved award."
In 2007, the Brewers' starting infield of first baseman Prince Fielder (2002 draft), second baseman Rickie Weeks (2003 draft), third baseman Ryan Braun (2005 draft) and shortstop J.J. Hardy (2001 draft) was the youngest in the Major Leagues, a credit to recent draft selections made by Zduriencik. Fielder became the youngest player in Major League history to hit 50 home runs in a season while Braun was named National League Rookie of the Year. Hardy was selected to his first All-Star Game and Weeks led the team in stolen bases for the second consecutive season.
A veteran of 24 years in professional baseball, Zduriencik has worked with four Major League organizations. Prior to joining the Brewers, he was Director of International Scouting and Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999.
Zduriencik began his baseball career with the New York Mets. In two separate stints with the Mets, Zduriencik was an area scout (1983-89), Scouting Crosschecker (1990, 1994-95), Minor League Operations Director (1996-97) and Special Assistant to the General Manager (1998). He also served the organization as an advance scout during its playoff runs in 1986 and 1988. Between stints with the Mets, Zduriencik served as Director of Scouting for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1991-93.
Zduriencik, 56, has a bachelor's degree in Education from Cal-State Pennsylvania and a master's degree in Physical Education from Austin Peay University. He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Third baseman Ryan Braun will also be recognized today by Baseball America as the Major League Rookie of the Year.
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