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10/12/06 9:26 PM ET
Smith resigns from Dodgers front office
VP of scouting and player development ends two-year run
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Roy Smith, Dodgers vice president of scouting and player development, resigned on Friday to pursue other opportunities. Smith, a former Major League pitcher, was hired two years ago by former general manager Paul DePodesta. His primary responsibilities included overseeing professional and amateur scouting, player development and player acquisitions. Last week's resignation of farm director Terry Collins, who signed a three-year deal to manage the Orix Buffaloes in the Japan League, opened the door for a reorganization of the Minor League system by general manager Ned Colletti. Some of Smith's duties are expected to be assumed by Kim Ng, vice president and assistant general manager. Smith, 45, came to the Dodgers after serving as assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.