Baseball America's Ben Badler broke this news a few days ago, but the official announcement came today that Tim Kissner has been hired as the Mariners Director of International Operations, replacing Bob Engle, who decided to leave the organization. Badler also has the details on that departure.
“Tim is a high-energy guy with 14 years of scouting experience,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a press release. “He is a nice addition to our organization, with a strong ability to evaluate and supervise, paired with a very strong work ethic.”
Kissner will oversee all aspects of the Mariners international scouting operation, including all international scouts, and will work hand-in-hand with the Mariners Player Development department once international players are signed.
“I am very excited to join the Mariners organization,” Kissner said. “I am looking forward to getting to work immediately; in fact, I leave for the Dominican Republic tonight.”
Kissner spent the 2011-2012 seasons as the Chicago Cubs West Coast cross-checker. He worked for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2000-2010, including working as the Pacific Rim coordinator from the end of 2008 through the 2010 season. Kissner had also scouted the Northwest and Southern California for the Phillies.
Kissner began his scouting career with the Cleveland Indians as an area scout in 1999-2000.
Joining the Mariners is a homecoming for Kissner. He resides in Kirkland, Washington, graduated from Oregon State University, and is a native of Juneau, Alaska.