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John Barr has been a longtime scout.
He began his baseball career in 1984 as administrative assistant to the minor leagues and scouting for the New York Mets. He was East Coast scouting director for the Minnesota Twins in 1988, then was Scouting Director for the Baltimore Orioles (1989-1990), selecting Mike Mussina and Ben McDonald in the first round. From 1991-1993, he was assistant GM for the San Diego Padres. He got his second Scouting Director stint with the New York Mets, holding that role from 1994-1997. He was responsible for drafting A.J. Burnett, Jay Payton and Terrence Long. From 1998-2007, he was East Coast scouting supervisor for the Los Angeles Dodgers; while there, he was involved in signing Russell Martin, Jonathan Broxton and Scott Proctor. In 2008, he became the San Francisco Giants' overseer of amateur and international scouting; the team signed Buster Posey. In 2009, Barr was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.
Source: 2011 Giants Media Guide