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10/22/2010 1:17 PM ET
D-backs transition Berger to professional scouting role, add McCracken in player development post & Weidemaier as advance scout
Webner also rejoins player development department
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today Mike Berger has transitioned into the role of Director, Professional Scouting while Quinton McCracken joined the organization as Assistant Director, Player Development and Mark Weidemaier as Major League Advance Scout, according to D-backs' Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development Jerry Dipoto. The club also announced Susan Webner rejoined the organization as Manager, Minor League Administration.

"Mike couples a strong baseball resume with tremendous people skills and will continue to positively impact the D-backs in his new role in the organization," Dipoto said. "Quinton is a familiar face to the organization and brings strong character, aptitude and experience of 15-plus seasons as a professional baseball player. Mark is one of the most diligent and experienced Advance Scouts in the game and his attention to detail and familiarity of the National League West will provide an immediate impact. Susan has been a strong behind-the-scenes contributor in the organization for more than 13 years and her return to the role ensures that our Player Development engine runs as smoothly as possible."

Berger will oversee all of the D-backs' scouting efforts throughout Major League Baseball and the minor leagues. He had been the organization's Director, Player Development since June 2009 to fulfill the spot vacated by A.J. Hinch's promotion to D-backs' manager. He completed his 31st year in professional baseball in 2010 after gaining experience as a minor league player, minor league coach, minor league manager, scout and front office executive since being selected in the fourth round of the 1980 First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

McCracken, who will assist Director, Player Development Rico Brogna in all aspects of the player development system, posted a .274 batting average with 21 homers, 244 RBI and 89 stolen bases during a 12-year Major League career from 1995-2006, including a four-year stint with the D-backs from 2002-03 and 2004-05. The outfielder also had a .241 average as a pinch-hitter during his career with the Colorado Rockies (1995-97), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-2000), Minnesota Twins (2001), D-backs, Seattle Mariners (2004) and Cincinnati Reds (2006). McCracken was selected in the 25th round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft by the Rockies out of Duke University.

Weidemaier completed his 30th season in professional baseball in 2010, including his 12th season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will work in conjunction with Kirk Gibson and his coaching staff to provide them with comprehensive scouting reports on all D-backs' opponents. Weidemaier joined the Dodgers in 1999 as the club's Major League Advance Scout, and served in that capacity for eight years prior to adding Special Assistant to the General Manager duties in 2003. He was also the Major League Advance Scout for the Chicago White Sox from 1996-98 and worked for the Cleveland Indians as a Regional Crosschecker from 1991-95. Weidemaier worked in the New York Yankees' Player Development department from 1989-90 as Coordinator of Defense and Director of Baseball Operations for the club's academy in the Dominican Republic. He also managed in the Mexican League in 1989, worked for the California Angels in a variety of Player Development and Scouting roles from 1984-87 and was a minor league coach for the Kansas City Royals in 1982.

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