From the Cubs Media Relations Dept:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today announced Dave Littlefield has joined the organization as a professional scout reporting to General Manager Jim Hendry.“We are extraordinarily pleased to add someone of Dave Littlefield’s caliber to bolster our baseball operations efforts with the Cubs,” said Hendry. “I’ve known Dave a long time and am confident that he will add valuable perspective and another experienced voice to our baseball operations department.”

Littlefield has spent nearly 20 seasons within front offices of major league clubs, most recently wrapping up a seven-season stint as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Prior to joining the Pirates on July 13, 2001, Littlefield was the Assistant General Manager to Dave Dombrowski with the Florida Marlins, a position he had held since November 6, 1998. He was promoted to a vice president with the Marlins on March 6, 2000.

Littlefield, 47, began his Major League Baseball career with three seasons in the Detroit Tigers organization as an area scout and East Coast Scouting Supervisor before joining the Montreal Expos in 1991 as a National Crosschecker and East Coast Supervisor. Within the Expos system, Littlefield climbed to director of player development, a position he held for his final three seasons with the organization before joining the Marlins in 1998.

Upon joining the Pirates, Littlefield led a system that was named the 2002 Organization of the Year after the Pirates showed a 10-game improvement at the major league level from 2001 while their minor league clubs combined for 399 wins.

Prior to his front office career in the majors, Littlefield served as an assistant baseball coach for three seasons at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, followed by three seasons in the same capacity at Clemson University. Littlefield played baseball and football at UMass, was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a minor league free agent and caught for three years in the Phillies and Yankees farm systems.

Dave, his wife, Joanna, and their two children reside in Pittsburgh.

This is exciting. Dave Dombrowski has done great things in Detroit in terms of building with the farm system. With Littlefield and Tim Wilken in the mix, the Cubs have some good baseball people on board.

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