The NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) team, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have announced today that they have hired Randy Smith, 53, as the club’s new senior adviser and Major league scouting director for next season, according to the report. Randy Smith was a former Baseball executive in the United States, and he also served as a general manager previously for the San Diego Padres (1993-1995), Detroit Tigers (1996-2002)… and was also the assistant general manager for the Colorado Rockies from year 1991-1993. Smith was dismissed just recently back in October of this year from his job as the vice-president of player development, and international scouting for the San Diego Padres.
He took the GM job at the age of 29, making him the youngest general manager ever in Major league history, he was also well known in the organization for bringing All-star closer Trevor Hoffman, and manager Bruce Bochy to San Diego during his early years as GM with the Padres.
Smith said that he is honored, and is excited to be part of the Fighters’ organization for the upcoming season, and have also said that he will help his new club in any way he can to provide them, and their fans a bright future ahead.