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  • Jim Fanning, Jeff Taylor and Andy Pienovi, former Blue Jays figures, pass away

    Jim Fanning was an assistant GM for the Blue Jays.

    TORONTO (AP) — Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87.

    The Toronto Blue Jays confirmed Fanning's death Saturday.

    Fanning was the Expos' general manager when the team entered the major leagues in 1968 and spent 25 years with the franchise that moved to Washington in 2005 and became the Nationals.
    Read more:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...t-87/26374807/

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    Jeff Taylor scouted for the Blue Jays. He died last year, I believe, but his death was not reported in this forum.


    One more thing on a personal note: I learned Monday that Cincinnati Reds scout Jeff Taylor passed away at age 58 after battling cancer for less than a year. Taylor, who lived in Wilmington, Del., was a fixture at Camden Yards for years because it was the closest American League ballpark to his home.

    He was a true gentleman and will be missed by so many in the game. A former minor league pitcher who also played quarterback at the University of Delaware -- I just learned that fact Monday -- Taylor had a great knowledge of, and instinct for, baseball.

    I remember when the Orioles hired Buck Showalter, and I asked Taylor what he thought since he and Showalter were teammates in the Yankees’ system together. Taylor told me: “They just hired the right guy. I guarantee it. If he can’t turn them around, no one can.”
    http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/sp....MWTUr2br.dpuf

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    Andy Pienovi scouted for the Blue Jays. He died in 2013, but his death was not reported in this forum.

    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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    http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituari...90#fbLoggedOut

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