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Pirates hire Bill Livesey, former Yankees executive

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Thursday that Bill Livesey has been hired as the senior advisor to the general manager.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Bill Livesey as the senior advisor to the general manager on Thursday, according to a post on the team's official Twitter page.

Livesey, 72, has over 30 years of baseball experience and most recently worked for the New York Mets. For a large majority of his career, Livesey was employed by the New York Yankees and held various positions with the team from the late 1970s until the early 1990s.

He has been credited with signing and developing such players as Fred McGriff, Willie McGee, Jose Rijo and Greg Gagne. In the early 90s, he began working in the Yankees' scouting department and was part of the staff that signed Andy Pettitte as an undrafted free agent in 1991, in addition to drafting Derek Jeter (1992) and Mike Lowell (1995).

After leaving the Yankees organization, he went on to work for the Tampa Bay Rays from 1998-to-2001 and then served as a special assistant with the Toronto Blue Jays before joining the Mets.

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