GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Major League Baseball announced the hire of White Sox staffer Del Matthews to oversee day-to-day operations of its Urban Youth Academies program.
The team’s assistant director of player development, Matthews has worked in the White Sox front office since 2007. Matthews, the son of former major leaguer Gary Matthews and brother of Gary Matthews Jr., has worked both jobs for several weeks, including running the team’s minor league camp. He’ll stay with the White Sox in the interim until he transitions into his new role in New York. But the former Milwaukee Brewers farmhand said the chance to return to MLB was too good to pass up.
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“It’s an extraordinary opportunity,” Matthews said. “I’m extremely grateful and excited to be going back, doing the kind of work I’m doing, impacting the next generation of baseball players.
“That’s very rewarding. Hopefully with my experience I can talk to some of those guys about where they want to go and how they want to get there.”
Matthews previously worked as the director of baseball operations for the Arizona Fall League. He is set to work with former Angels general manager Tony Reagins, MLB’s Senior Vice President of Youth Programs. MLB’s press release said Matthews will: “manage two MLB initiatives designed to provide professional-level instruction and exposure to diverse youth ballplayers from around the country: the Breakthrough Series and the Elite Development Invitational.”