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RIP, Jon Neiderer

November 21, 2009 - John Mehno

How sad it was to hear of the passing of Jon Neiderer, who worked for the Pirates in the '70s and '80s. He was 58. Jon started in the Pirates ticket department, but soon worked himself into a job in the scouting department.

He was always smiling, and gave the impression that he was right where he wanted to be and doing exactly what he wanted to do. He loved interacting with the other scouts and hearing their stories, and he loved trying to find players for the Pirates. When ownership changed in 1986, new philosophies took over and Jon wound up working for the Angels. I'd see him at the ballpark once in a while, and he was still smiling.

I'd heard a year or so ago that he'd been stricken with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. It's a horrible sentence for anyone, and it was cruel irony that it found a guy whose life was so wrapped up in baseball.

There are a lot of people who work behind the scenes in sports. You may not know their names, but they contribute to organizations in ways that are vital. Jon was one of those people, and a great guy, too.

My condolences to his family and friends.

 
 

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