ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels Friday announced former Major League catcher Scott Servais(pronounced 'service') has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract to become Assistant GeneralManager, Scouting & Player Development. Servais will report to General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
"We are pleased to announce the addition of Scott as our Assistant General Manager,Scouting & Player Development," said Dipoto. "Scott has a great presence and his impact will befelt immediately. He will create a positive, productive and successful environment within ourplayer development program. One simply needs to look at what Texas has accomplished duringthe last six years to understand the value Scott now brings to the Angels. Scott is really the goldstandard by which to measure others in this game and he will help create a new dynamic as wemove forward," added Dipoto.
"I would like to thank the Texas Rangers for the opportunity they gave me," said Servais."They have some phenomenal baseball people from which I have learned a tremendous amount.I'm thrilled to join yet another top organization in the Angels, Owner Arte Moreno, President JohnCarpino & General Manager Jerry Dipoto."
"We will hit the ground running in the scouting & player development program to ensure thesuccess of the Angels now and for years to come. It will be our goal to always have achampionship-caliber team for our fans," added Servais.
Servais, 44, began his professional with the Houston Astros after being selected in the thirdround of the 1988 draft. He would eventually make his Major League debut on July 12, 1991 forthe Astros. During a career that included time with the Astros (1991-95, 2001), Chicago Cubs(1995-98) and San Francisco Giants (1999-2000), the La Crosse, Wisconsin native batted .245 with130 doubles, 63 home runs and 319 RBI in 820 games. After retiring from his 14-year career in2002, Servais held the position of roving catching instructor for the Chicago Cubs.
After two seasons with the Cubs organization, Servais became a professional scout for theColorado Rockies, where Dipoto was serving as the Director of Player Personnel. Following the2005 season, Servais was named Senior Director of Player Development for the Texas Rangers.
In his tenure with the Rangers, he was responsible for the on-field development of allplayers in the Rangers' minor league system along with instructing the clubs Major Leaguecatchers. He also provided recommendations for potential trades and free agent signings.
Servais played college baseball at Creighton University, where his head coach was formerCubs GM Jim Hendry. He was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2003. He alsohelped Team USA win a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics and a silver medal in the 1987 PanAmerican Games, and earned USA Baseball's Alumni Award in 1994.
His uncle, Ed Servais, is currently the head baseball coach at Creighton and another uncle,Mark Servais, is a professional scout with the Chicago Cubs. Servais and his wife Jill currently residein Larkspur, Colorado with their three children: Tyler, Jacqueline and Victoria.