Scouting Legend and Original Mariner Bill Kearns Passes Away

Scout of the Year Bill Kearns is surrounded by members of the Mariners Baseball Operations Staff.

Bill Kearns surrounded by members of the Mariners Baseball Operations Staff at the 2013 Winter Meetings.

The Seattle Mariners organization was saddened today to learn that Bill Kearns passed away in his sleep Wednesday night at the age of 94. Bill served as a scout for the Mariners since the inception of the franchise in 1976-77, covering the New England region.

Bill was a gentleman, in the finest sense, and represented his family and the Mariners in a first-class manner. And he was an excellent scout, a true ambassador of the Mariners and the game of baseball. Bill was one of the most positive people I have ever met.  He will be missed.

MLB.com columnist Tracy Ringolsby had a terrific tribute to Bill and his legacy as a scout.

At the 2013 Winter Meetings in Orlando, Bill was honored as one of the Scouts of the Year. We published this blog post at that time with a fun look at his first contract when joining the Mariners.

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