Whitey Herzog, one of the major leagues' most successful managers during his 13-plus years on the job, was hired yesterday as senior vice president and director of player personnel by the California Angels.
Herzog, 59, will head the organization's player development, scouting and minor-league departments, and will work with Dan O'Brien, California's senior vice president of baseball operations, the day-to-day running of the parent club.
The hiring of Herzog is the third major personnel move by the Angels in recent months. Both general manager Mike Port and manager Doug Rader were fired, with O'Brien assuming Port's duties and Buck Rodgers replacing Rader.
Herzog, who guided the St. Louis Cardinals to three National League titles and one World Series championship and has managed six division winners overall, was a coach with the Angels in 1974 and 1975. He served a four-game stint as their interim manager in 1974, winning two and losing two.
* PADRES: Tony Gwynn, bothered by a sore left knee, was cleared to resume play, up to his tolerance. But team doctors said the right fielder might need postseason arthroscopic surgery.
Gwynn, the NL's leading hitter at .325, underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test Thursday. Results showed there is no problem with the medial meniscus cartilage in his left knee, Dr. Jan Fronek said yesterday.
Gwynn, who was available as a pinch hitter last night against the Cardinals, will be evaluated daily.