The Mariners' efforts to rebuild their farm system is even attracting attention in New York City, where scouts from that area selected Tom McNamara as this year's recipient of the A.B. "Turk" Karam Award.
McNamara, 47, returned to the Mariners as their director of amateur scouting on Nov. 10, 2008 after working for the organization as an area scout from 1994-2000. He also played one season in the organization — 1988 at Short-A Bellingham, where he batted .224 in 50 games as a shortstop, third baseman and outfielder.
The award is given annually since 1966 by New York City-area scouts to recognize a "scout of the year." Karam was a "bird-dog" scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
McNamara has 19 years of experience as a full-time scout. He served in 2008 as Milwaukee's East Coast cross-checker before following general manager Jack Zduriencik to Seattle. Zduriencik spent nine seasons with the Brewers before becoming the Mariners' general manager on Oct. 22, 2008.
McNamara coached at Dominican College in New York once his playing career ended. He spent two years (2001-02) with the Brewers as an area scout after his earlier tour in Seattle. He then spent five years (2003-07) as a pro scout in San Diego before rejoining the Brewers in 2008.