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VER -- When the Padres first started to look at potential candidates to fill their vacant director of scouting position last month, assistant general manager of player personnel Chad MacDonald had but one goal:
"We were open-minded and wanted to find the best person for the job," MacDonald said Saturday.
MacDonald and the Padres didn't have to look far, as they tabbed their national cross-checker, Billy Gasparino, to fill the post vacated by Jaron Madison last month.
In fact, the Padres didn't interview any external candidates.
"He has the ability to lead, he's a good evaluator and he understands our expectations," MacDonald said. "We wanted to continue our continuity. Billy fit the bill."
Gasparino, who has been the national cross-checker with the Padres since 2010, interviewed on Tuesday. He was one of six internal candidates who were interviewed for the job.
"It became evident that we had a bunch of good internal candidates," MacDonald said.
Gasparino, 35, came to the Padres from the Blue Jays, where he was their national cross-checker since 2007. A former Minor League infielder, Gasparino was an area scout for the Blue Jays for three years and also interned with the Indians.
Gasparino, who makes his home in Venice, Calif., said Saturday that he's excited for this opportunity.
"I've been here and I'm very comfortable with the people I work with," Gasparino said. "We have a great staff. This should be an easy transition for me. We have a super-talented front office. We already have a good staff and a good process in place."
Gasparino was hired to replace Madison, who left in August for a similar post with the Cubs, where he was reunited with former Padres assistant general manager Jason McLeod and general manager Jed Hoyer.