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Brewers mourn sudden death of scouting director

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Major League Baseball was rocked with the sudden death on Tuesday of Bruce Seid, the scouting director for the Milwaukee Brewers. Team GM Doug Melvin made the saddening announcement via press conference on Wednesday morning.

We are stunned and devastated by the news of Bruce's passing. He was a great friend to all of us, and no words can describe the sense of loss we feel. There are only a few people who have been with the Brewers as long as Bruce, and he was a kind and highly respected member of our organization. There are also very few who worked with the passion and dedication to the Brewers that Bruce did. A number of current players on our roster were given the opportunity to play Major League Baseball because of Bruce, and he was so proud of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Erika, and all of Bruce's family.

Seid took over the scouting department in Milwaukee in late 2008, when then-director Jack Zduriencik took the GM position for the Seattle Mariners. He had been a scout and crosschecker with the organization for 11 years before taking over as director.

Seid was a fourth-round pick in 1980 by the Chicago Cubs as a shortstop out of Oak Park (Mich.) High School and played a couple of seasons of pro ball. He became a scout in 1992 for the San Diego Padres and worked as an area scout for several seasons with the Padres and a year with the Pittsburgh Pirates before joining Milwaukee.

At the time of his death, he was visiting family in Las Vegas. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the entire Brewers organization.