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Phillies hire Barber as amateur scouting director

@ToddZolecki
October 22, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Tuesday that they have hired a longtime Yankees employee for a prominent role in the organization. No, it is not Joe Girardi. The Phillies could announce a decision on their next manager soon, and Girardi has emerged as the favorite over Dusty Baker and Buck

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Tuesday that they have hired a longtime Yankees employee for a prominent role in the organization.

No, it is not Joe Girardi.

The Phillies could announce a decision on their next manager soon, and Girardi has emerged as the favorite over Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter. In the meantime, the team hired Brian Barber as its amateur scouting director.

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Barber, 46, spent the past 18 seasons with the Yankees, where he served as an area scout (2002-06), East Coast crosschecker ('07-09) and national crosschecker ('10-19).

Barber replaces Johnny Almaraz, who stepped down for personal reasons. Almaraz will remain with the organization.

Barber also spent parts of four big league seasons with the Cardinals (1995-96) and Royals ('98-99).

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook .