Expansion team passes up on Orioles' Melvin

September 20, 1991|By Mark Hyman

For several weeks, Doug Melvin has been wondering how he'd react if he were named general manager of the expansion Florida Marlins.

Yesterday, he stopped wondering.

Melvin officially became an ex-candidate when the Marlins hired Montreal Expos general manager David Dombrowski. Besides Dombrowski and Melvin, only former Detroit Tigers general manager Bill Lajoie was interviewed for the job, Marlins officials said.

Melvin, Orioles director of player personnel, said he was disappointed, but he searched for the bright side. "It was a good experience to go through the process. I feel good about being one of only a few people interviewed for the position," he said.

For weeks, Melvin, 39, had been rumored as one of the Marlins' top choices for the baseball post. Last week, Marlins president Carl Barger came to Baltimore to interview Melvin, a session that lasted four hours.

But Dombrowski, 35, apparently came on quickly. He met Wednesday with Barger in Philadelphia, where the Expos were playing the Phillies. He returned with Barger to Fort Lauderdale, where he met with Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga Wednesday night.

Melvin said he learned the Marlins had decided on Dombrowski when a reporter called him with the news Wednesday night.

Barger could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Melvin's future with the Orioles became less certain earlier this .. year when the team extended the contract of general manager (( Roland Hemond by two years and reassigned former manager Frank Robinson to the post of assistant general manager. Melvin has said often that he'd like to become a major-league general manager.

Yesterday, Melvin declined to speculate whether he might become a candidate for the newest GM opening -- Dombrowski's job in Montreal. Melvin has at least one interesting credential. He is a Canadian citizen.

"I guess at this stage of my career, I'd have to be interested in any general manager's position," Melvin said, adding that he'll .. now focus on his duties with the Orioles.

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