NEW ULM - Former New Ulmite Jeff Schugel, who was the Special Assignment Scout with the Los Angeles Angels for the past two seasons, has accepted a position with the Atlanta Braves.
Schugel will be the new Special Assistant to the General Manager and Major League Scout with the Braves. He will replace retiring Dick Balderson.
Schugel has been in professional baseball for 27 years as a scout.
Schugel was also with the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years and was the scout who signed Jamie Hoffmann, currently a player with the New York Mets' AAA club in Las Vegas.
Schugel's duties with the Braves will be scouting teams in the NL West. He will also have special assignment duties for the Braves.
Schugel has also worked with the Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota Twins and earned two World Series rings with the Twins.
In his five years with the Dodgers, Schugel worked as a Special Assistant to the General Manager focusing on International Scouting. With the Rockies, Schugel worked as the Director of Professional and International Scouting. He was the Rockies National Crosschecke in his time there.
Schugel's son, A.J., is a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels' AAA team in Salt Lake City.