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11/24/08 2:35 PM EST

Morris joins Bucs' scouting department

Former big leaguer to be upper Midwest area supervisor

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates added to their scouting department on Monday, announcing the hiring of Hal Morris to the staff. Morris will serve as an area supervisor in the upper Midwest region of the country.

In addition to two national supervisors and four regional scouting supervisors, Morris brings the total of area scouts with the organization currently to 16. There were 15 area supervisors under scouting director Greg Smith in 2007.

Morris makes his first return to professional baseball since retiring after the 2000 season. The 43-year-old followed a 13-year playing career by returning to college, where he earned an MBA from Stanford. Morris has worked in the business sector since.

As a player, Morris spent most of his Major League career in Cincinnati after being drafted by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 1986 First-Year Player Draft. He also played one season with the Royals and part of his final season with the Tigers.

Morris, a first baseman, finished his career with a .304 batting average, 513 RBIs, 246 doubles and 76 homers in 1,246 games. He finished .001 point behind Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton in the 1991 National League batting title race and hit above the .300 mark in six different seasons.

Morris was with the Reds when the team captured the 1990 World Series title.

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