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Andy Pienovi, Bill Kearns and Dick Hager, former Royals scouts, pass away

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  • Andy Pienovi, Bill Kearns and Dick Hager, former Royals scouts, pass away

    I thought I'd fill the Royals fans in on some deaths in the KC community that happened over the past couple years that weren't mentioned here.

    Andy Pienovi died in 2013.

    Pienovi, Andrew Anthony 90 Jan. 06, 1923 July 06, 2013 Andrew "Andy" was born in Portland the youngest of four to immigrant parents, Silvio and Maggiorina Pienovi, a typical immigrant family that worked 24/7 trying to give their children the best education possible.

    After his teaching career, Andy became a professional baseball scout for several teams including the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and finished with the Toronto Blue Jays. He has two World Series rings.
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    Bill Kearns died January 1.

    ... Mr. Kearns, who received Major League Baseball’s Scout of the Year Award in 2013, died of an aortic aneurysm Jan. 1 in Milton Hospital. He was 93 and had lived in Milton since 1968. ...
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    Dick Hager died last December.

    Hager, Richard 1/22/1929 - 12/29/2014 Ann Arbor Richard D. Hager, age 85, passed away peacefully Monday, December 29, 2014. ...

    Dick began his scouting career in 1954 with the Washington Senators. In 1961 Dick and his family moved to Oregon and then California to scout for the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals Baseball Clubs. Dick scouted for the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years beginning in 1975. He felt this was the best major league club in baseball. He then went on to scout for nine years with the San Diego Padres. He held positions as Assistant Scouting Director and Special Assistant to the General Manager, his good friend Jack McKeon. He also enjoyed his time as the Scouting Director for the Houston Astros from 1991-1996. Dick spent the last seven years of his career divided between the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Clubs and retired at the end of the 2003 season.
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