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11/10/08 3:32 PM EST

Ferrone named special assistant to GM

Former Pittsburgh scout will work under Huntington

The Pirates announced on Monday that Joe Ferrone was added to the front office as a special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington.

Ferrone, 42, who previously worked in the Pirates organization as a West Coast area scout in 2003, spent the past five seasons working as a west coast regional crosschecker for the Tigers.

In a scouting career that began with the Expos as an area scout in 1993-94, Ferrone also spent eight years as an area scout for the Dodgers from 1995-98 before he became a West Coast scouting supervisor from 1999-2002.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.