Sad news to report tonight, as longtime Mariners scout Bill Kearns passed away this morning at the age of 94. According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Kearns suffered a ruptured aorta and died at a Boston hospital.
Kearns was a New England area scout for the Mariners since the franchise’s inception in 1976. As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes, he continued to scout into his 90s and even attended spring training this past season. MLB honored him as a Scout of the Year in 2013.
Below is part of a statement from Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik:
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.