Sad news this evening, as long-time Chicago Cubs area scout Stan Zielinski has passed away suddenly at the age of 64.
Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein released the following statement on Zielinski’s passing:
“Stan was an incredible scout and an unfailingly kind person. For many of us, working closely with Stan was a highlight of being with the Cubs. He has been a big part of the heart and soul of the Cubs scouting staff for more than 15 years; without Stan we certainly would not have won the World Series. The impact he made on this organization and his co-workers will continue to live on.
Together we grieve his loss, and we extend our deepest condolences to Stan’s wife Holly, his children Zach and Anna, the entire Zielinski family, and Stan’s many friends and colleagues.”
Per the Cubs’ release, Zielinski had been with the organization since 2001, and had been a scout for 38 years. He most recently served as the Cubs’ area scout for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and was clearly fantastic at his craft. In December, Zielinski was inducted into the Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame for career excellence, and last January he was honored as the Cubs organization’s Scout of the Year. Zielinski was credited with identifying and signing, among many others, Kyle Schwarber and Jeff Samardzija.
Our sincerest condolences to Zielinski’s family and friends, his colleagues with the Cubs, and in the broader scouting community.