Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos issued the following statement on the death of longtime Orioles scout Bruce Kison, who passed away Friday night.
“Our entire Orioles family is deeply saddened to learn of Bruce Kison’s passing. For nearly two decades, Bruce played an integral role in all aspects of our organization as a pitching coach, a scout, and a trusted advisor. Bruce will be remembered for his tremendous work ethic, professionalism, and personality, as well as his dedication to the Orioles. Our thoughts are with Bruce’s wife, Anna Marie, as well as his family, loved ones, and many friends and colleagues throughout our game.”
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette offered the following statement.
“Bruce was an integral part of the Orioles for many years, working exceptionally hard on behalf of the organization. We will fondly remember Bruce for his mental toughness as a competitor on the field; his scouting insight and integrity, especially for pitchers; his folksy and dry sense of humor; and his personal humility. We send our sincerest condolences to his wife, Anna Marie, as well as his family and loved ones.”
The Orioles will hold a moment of silence in memory of Bruce Kison prior to today’s game against the New York Yankees.
Kison, 68, served as the Orioles pitching coach in 1999 and then as a scout until his retirement in December of last year. Drafted by Pittsburgh in 1968, Kison won two World Series with the Pirates in 1971 and 1979. Throughout his 15-year playing career, he spent time with the Pirates, California Angels, and Boston Red Sox. Kison then served in various player development and scouting roles with the Pirates, Kansas City Royals, and Orioles. In January, he was honored as a “Legend in Scouting” by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. His career spanned nearly 50 years in professional baseball.