Grady Fuson, former Oakland Athletics' scouting director and one of the game's most respected scouts and baseball executives, returned to the A's in 2010 as a special assistant to the general manager.
Fuson, who began his career as an area scout with Oakland in 1982, has now spent 24 seasons with the A's organization, including seven years as scouting director from 1995-2001. Prior to his current position with the Athletics, he served as vice president of scouting and player development with San Diego from 2006-09 after joining the Padres in 2005 as a special assistant to the general manager.
His first stint with the A's ended in 2002, when he joined the Texas Rangers as assistant general manager, spending three seasons in charge of the Rangers' scouting and player personnel.
After a two-year stint playing in the minor leagues, Fuson became head baseball coach at the University of Puget Sound in Washington. He was hired by the A's in 1982. During his tenure in Oakland, he played a prominent role in drafting such players as Eric Chavez, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito, which provided the impetus for the franchise to feature five playoff teams over a seven-year period from 2000-06.