DOUG MELVIN TO RECEIVE “NICE GUY” AWARDS
|Milwaukee Brewers General Manager, Doug Melvin, has been chosen to receive the “Nice Guy” Award, according to Banquet Chairman, Mike Reese. In October of 2002, the Milwaukee Brewers hired Doug Melvin to lead their baseball operations back to the whining ways the team experienced in the early 80’s. By rebuilding the teams farm system, through strong drafts, hiring quality front office executives and field personel, along with organizational changing trades, both at the big league and minor league level, the Brewers finished with an above .500 record hi 2007 for the first time hi 15 years. This past season the Brewers clinched the NL Wild Card, giving the team its first playoff berth since 1982.
The Canadian, pitched in the minor leagues for six seasons, going 29-19 with a 3.43 ERA. He spent 1972 and 1973 in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, missed the 1974 season due to injury, and then played in the New York Yankees organization from 1975 to 1978.Melvin’s front office career began with the Yankees as a Baseball Operations Assistant from 1983 to 1984 and the Director of Scouting in 1985. He moved to the Baltimore Orioles as the Special Assistant to former General Manager Roland Hemond (1996 “Nice Guy” Award winner) in 1987 before being named the Orioles Assistant GM and Director of the Player Personnel from 1988-1993.From 1994 to 2001 Melvin was the GM of the Texas Rangers. During that tune the Rangers qualified for the playoffs three tunes, the only time in Rangers history they made the playoffs. In 1996 he was voted “Major League Executive of the Year” by The Sporting News.