The Detroit Tigers organization have suffered enough this year. Bill Lajoie was the man who helped lead the Tigers to the 1984 World Series title. Lajoie had been in baseball for over 57 seasons as a player, scout, front office member and Major League General Manager.
For the past two seasons, Lajoie was a senior advisor to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. Lajoie was responsible for assisting the baseball operations department in professional scouting, trades, player acquisitions and roster management.
He passed away in his sleep tonight. He was 76 years young.
“Mr. Lajoie impacted the lives and careers of a countless number of players, scouts and front office executives,” Huntington said in a statement. “He was a terrific evaluator of talent, an outstanding baseball man, a tremendous mentor and a better friend.” Neal Huntington
Here was the announcement of Lajoie’s hiring in January of 2009.