The New York Yankees have appointed Doug Skiles as scout for Europe according to a report on the website of the Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation. The Swedish-American, who is part of the Swedish national team coaching staff since 2000 and will remain with the team, will be the only scout of the Bronx Bombers on the old continent.
Skiles visited the Yankees facilities in Tampa, Florida recently and also met Hall of Famer Yogi Berra among others. He sees his new job as a full-time post, although he remains committed to the Swedish national team. He will travel around Europe to establish contacts with academies, coaches and players and will primarily look at players age 14 and older.