San Jose Sharks scout Ned Colletti is leaving baseball.
On the eve of the 2022 Major League Baseball season, Colletti announced that for the first time in 40 years, he would not be connected with an MLB franchise.
With respect, gratitude and thanks… pic.twitter.com/78QE3aYUCM
— Ned Colletti (@realnedcolletti) April 7, 2022
From 2005 to 2021, Colletti transitioned to TV color commentator (2015-21) after a successful run as General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2005-14). From 1994 to 2004, Colletti served as Assistant General Manager (1996-2004) and Director of Baseball Operations (1994-96) of the San Francisco Giants. From 1982 to 1993, Colletti started in media relations and worked his way to baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
Colletti has been a pro scout for the San Jose Sharks, of mostly the Metropolitan division, since the beginning of the 2019-20 season. For Colletti, hockey and baseball have been his two true loves in sports: Before the Cubs, in fact, Colletti was a beat writer covering the Flyers for the Philadelphia Journal.
So it’s now time for Colletti to spend a little more time with his other true love.
“I spent 40 years in baseball as an employee and another 20 years, watching it, as a young fan,” Colletti told San Jose Hockey Now. “I wanted to spend more time with family, I want to spend more time with the Sharks.”
SJHN caught up with Colletti recently to talk about how hockey and baseball intersect, team building, Colletti’s thoughts on his friend Doug Wilson stepping down as San Jose Sharks GM, and if he’d ever be interested in being an NHL GM.
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