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Chris Pittaro enters his 22nd season in the Oakland organization, his first as a special assistant to the general manager. Prior to being named to his new position, Pittaro served as director of professional scouting for five years. He spent the previous six seasons as national field coordinator after serving as an area scout and national cross checker with the Athletics since 1991.

Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1982 June First-Year Player Draft, Pittaro made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 1985, batting .242 in 28 games. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1986 and spent parts of the '86 and '87 seasons on the Twins' big league roster. He retired during the 1988 season.

Pittaro attended the University of North Carolina from 1980-82 before signing with the Tigers following his junior season. After he retired as a player in 1988, he enrolled in Rider College in New Jersey, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in finance in 1991, graduating summa cum laude.

The 50-year-old Pittaro is a native of Hamilton, N.J., where he still lives with his wife, Lisa. He has three children.

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