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11/16/2004 4:01 PM ET
Orioles name Joe Jordan director of scouting
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JOE JORDAN has been named Director of Scouting for the Orioles, it was announced today by Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Jim Beattie.

Jordan, 42, has spent eight years in scouting with Montreal and Florida, including the last two years as National Crosschecker for the Marlins. He began his scouting career in 1997 as an area scout for the Expos before being named Midwest Supervisor in 2001. He moved into the same capacity with Florida when most of Montreal's front office staff moved to the Florida organization in 2002, and he was named National Crosschecker a year later.

"I've known Joe since he was hired by the Expos and have watched him develop into a top-notch scout," said Beattie. "Joe has had good success in finding and signing talent, and his hiring will continue the improvement in our baseball operations department."

Jordan was drafted as a catcher in the 19th round of the 1985 draft by San Francisco. He batted .213 for Everett, the Giants' Class A team in the short-season Northwest League in 1985, but was injured the following spring and was released at the end of spring training. He returned to his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, received his degree in 1987 and spent three years as an assistant baseball coach for the Sooners, 1988-90.

He spent seven years in the financial investment business before returning to baseball as a scout for the Expos in 1997.

Jordan lives in Blanchard, OK, with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Alexandra.

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