Virus Outbreak Baseball

FILE - This Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo shows Chase Field in Phoenix, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, which has been empty because of the coronavirus pandemic as the baseball season was shut down. Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area this season and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday, April 6, 2020 during a call among five top officials from MLB and the players' association that was led by Commissioner Rob Manfred, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX -- A Venezuelan scout who worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dominican Republic has died of COVID-19.

The team released a statement saying Johan Maya died due to complications of the coronavirus on Thursday. He joined the Diamondbacks in 2019 after 15 years scouting for the Houston Astros.

The team’s statement said Maya “was a great person, a family guy and true baseball man who started his career as a professional player and went on to coaching before becoming a scout.”

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