Bane had been with the Tigers as a top major league scout since 2010, not long after being somewhat-controversially let go by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. During his stint as the Angels' scouting director, Bane was responsible for the selection of Mike Trout in the latter portion of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He also oversaw the selections of Jered Weaver, Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo and a host of others.
Prior to his scouting career, Bane spent three years as a pitcher with the Minnesota Twins. He was 7-13 with a 4.66 ERA before succumbing to injuries.