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02/16/2006 1:17 PM ET
Rays name Andres Reiner Special Assistant, Baseball Operations
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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have named Andres Reiner Special Assistant to Baseball Operations, it was announced today.

Reiner, 70, spent the past 17 years in the Astros organization, the last eight as Special Assistant to the General Manager for Venezuelan Scouting and Development over the last eight years.

"Andres is the most respected man in the industry when it comes to international scouting and player development," said Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Gerry Hunsicker. "This addition is a major step in our commitment to expanding our international program."

He is recognized as the founder of the Astros' academy in Venezuela charged with not only discovering promising young players and developing their skills, but to also instructing them in English language classes, nutrition, social skills and basic finance. The academy has produced more than 130 professional players including Major League All-Stars Bobby Abreu, Richard Hidalgo, Melvin Mora, Carlos Guillen, Freddy Garcia and 2004 Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.

Reiner and his wife, Carmina, have three children, Robert, Andres and Sylvia, and reside in Houston.

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