Lajoie joins front office


Bill Lajoie, who has spent 55 years in major league baseball, today was named a senior advisor to Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington.

Lajoie has been a player, coach, scout, front office adviser and general manager. He was an outfielder at the Triple-A level in the late 1950s and early ’60s, then became a scout for the Cincinnati Reds in 1965.

He worked 23 years for the Detroit Tigers. In 1984, his first year as GM, the Tigers won the World Series. Lajoie also has worked for the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves.

The past three years, Lajoie was a senior adviser for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Pirates hired Lajoie specifically to advise Huntington on player acquisitions, scouting, roster moves and trades.