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Pittsburgh Pirates Dismiss Latin American Scouting Director Rene Gayo

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Pittsburgh Pirates Dismiss Latin American Scouting Director Rene Gayo
John Dreker

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have dismissed Rene Gayo, who was their Director of Latin American Scouting. According to Rosenthal's article on The Athletic (subscription required), an investigation by Major League Baseball revealed that Gayo took an improper payment for the sale of at least one player from a summer team in Mexico several years ago. When the Pirates found out about the payment, they told Gayo that they would not renew his contract. Rosenthal also notes that Gayo faces possible discipline from Major League Baseball.

Gayo has been in charge of the Latin American Scouting for the Pirates since 2004. He was responsible for signing players such as Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, Edgar Santana and Elias Diaz among others. The Pirates are c...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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