SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The World Series-bound San Francisco Giants say longtime major league scout Stan Saleski has died. He was 59.

The team announced Friday that Saleski died unexpectedly last Saturday in Baltimore while scouting the AL Championship Series.

Saleski spent more than three decades scouting at the major league level for the Giants, Marlins and New York Yankees. He worked for the Marlins during their run to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 1997, then for the Giants as they captured their first title since moving West in 1958 with the 2010 crown and again in ’12. Saleski joined the Giants organization in 1998.

General manager Brian Sabean called Saleski “a longtime friend and an integral part of our organization.”

A talented high school pitcher from Worcester, Massachusetts, Saleski played for Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, when the Yankees drafted him in the 27th round in 1977. He spent two years in the Yankees minor league system before moving into the front office as the youngest scout in baseball at 23, according to the Giants. He also served as a minor league pitching coach for the Yankees before becoming a full-time scout in 1984.

Saleski had been living in Oakwood, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Whitney.

Services were pending.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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