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12/03/2007 2:06 PM ET
John Abbamondi named assistant general manager
Spent previous four years at MLB offices in New York
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals today announced the hiring of John Abbamondi as assistant general manager. Abbamondi replaces John Mozeliak, who was promoted to general manager on October 31.

Abbamondi spent the last four seasons working for Major League Baseball in New York, most recently as their senior director, labor economics. Over the course of his tenure at MLB, Abbamondi was heavily involved in working with teams on salary arbitration, player contracts and negotiations, revenue sharing and MLB's Basic Agreement. He was a key member behind the scenes as MLB hammered out the 2006 Basic Agreement with the player's union and helped develop MLB's new revenue sharing system. Abbamondi also served as a consultant for MLB Advanced Media and attended MLB's Scout Development Program last season.

"We are excited to add someone with a large amount of background and expertise" said Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak. "John brings a lot of experience to the organization, not only in arbitration matters, but also in contract valuation and many other skills that will add greatly to our baseball operations."

A 1993 graduate of MIT, Abbamondi earned a Masters of Business Administration at Stanford University in 2004 after a nine-year stint as a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy.

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