The Miami Marlins today announced two additions to their baseball operations department. Mike Berger has been named Vice President, Assistant General Manager and Jeff McAvoy has been named Director of Pro Scouting. The announcements were made by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill.
Berger joins the Marlins after five seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, the past two as Special Assistant to the General Manager & Major League Scout. Including a 14-year Minor League playing career, Berger has 35 years in professional baseball, serving in a variety of roles including Minor League manager, Minor League coach, scout and front office executive. Originally drafted by the Pirates in the fourth-round of the 1980 First-Year Player Draft, Berger played in the Pirates, Expos and Rangers systems. During his final three professional seasons, he served as player/coach, working as the Oklahoma City hitting coach. Following his playing career, Berger joined the scouting department of the Montreal Expos in 1996. His roles included area supervisor, crosschecker, Assistant to the General Manager and Director of Pro Scouting over his six seasons with the Expos. He has also worked in the scouting departments of the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays organizations prior to joining Arizona in 2009.
McAvoy joins the Marlins after four seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, most recently as a special-assignment scout. He also spent three years as a Major League scout with the Rays. Prior to joining Tampa Bay, he worked as a pro scout with the Houston Astros from 2006-2009. A minor league pitcher in the Expos organization from 2000-2003, McAvoy pitched at the University of Mississippi from 1998-2000.