J. Stockstill to be named director of pro scouting

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December 07, 2005|By DAN CONNOLLY AND JEFF ZREBIEC | DAN CONNOLLY AND JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTERS

DALLAS -- John Stockstill, the Chicago Cubs' director of scouting and younger brother of Orioles minor league director Dave Stockstill, will be named the team's director of pro scouting today, a club source said.

Stockstill, who has been the Cubs' scouting director since August 2000, will be in charge of professional scouting while Joe Jordan will continue to concentrate on the amateur side.

Stockstill, 45, replaces Dave Ritterpusch, who was fired from his post as baseball information systems director in October. Stockstill had left the Cubs and has been working with the Orioles during the winter meetings. He has already made an impression on his big brother.

"I think he was outstanding in helping the Cubs and I think he will be excellent in this situation," said Dave Stockstill, who is 2 years older than John.

Although they have been in baseball most of their adult lives, it's the first time the Stockstills have worked together closely in a pro organization.

Tejada energized

Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan said he talked with Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada yesterday to keep him updated on the Orioles' offseason plans. And Tejada, whose mood soured in the season's second half, was back to being the old Tejada, Flanagan said.

The shortstop's agent also said yesterday that Tejada is excited about playing this season despite a frustrating 2005 that included the Rafael Palmeiro steroid controversy, the firing of manager Lee Mazzilli and a spat with teammate Sammy Sosa.

Tejada's agent, Diego Bentz, said the only thing that really bothered Tejada last year was another losing season. "He was serious when he said he wants to win," Bentz said. Bentz said Tejada still believes that can happen in Baltimore.

Ryan compensation

The Orioles still will receive a second-round pick from Toronto for the loss of Type A free agent B.J. Ryan, even though the Blue Jays have signed starter A.J. Burnett.

One Orioles official said Ryan's ranking was higher than Burnett's, so the Orioles get Toronto's second pick and Florida will land Toronto's third.

Both teams also receive a compensatory selection between the first and second rounds.

Ripken plan

Cal Ripken held a news conference here to announce that he had formed Baseball Enterprises LLC, which is a group of former major league ballplayers interested in buying minor league teams.

He said the group, which now controls the Augusta Green Jackets, would help players with the transition after retiring from baseball.

Among those involved are former Orioles Jason Johnson, David Segui, Dennis Martinez and Mike Boddicker, Baltimore native Mike Bielecki, current Oriole Melvin Mora and Hall of Famers Eddie Murray and Kirby Puckett.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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