Rangers get OK to talk to Melvin

September 17, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

The first step toward what could lead to Doug Melvin's first general manager's job was taken yesterday afternoon, when the Texas Rangers received permission from the Orioles to speak with Melvin.

Rangers president Tom Schieffer, seeking to replace recently reassigned Tom Grieve, called Orioles owner Peter Angelos for permission to speak with Melvin, one of the Orioles' two assistant GMs.

"He said he's on their preliminary list and asked permission to speak to Doug," Angelos said of Schieffer. "I said, 'Fine,' and granted the permission. I would not stand in Doug's way of seeking a general manager's job."

Melvin, 42, has been with the Orioles for nine seasons. In charge of the club's minor-league operations, he works closely with general manager Roland Hemond on personnel matters involving the major-league club.

Melvin came to the Orioles in 1986, when he was named special assistant to the late Edward Bennett Williams and Hank Peters. Within a year and a half, Melvin took charge of the Orioles' minor-league system and his reputation as an efficient administrator has soared since.

At times, Melvin was considered the most likely successor to Hemond. But in recent months, assistant GM Frank Robinson appears to have moved ahead of Melvin.

After receiving permission from Angelos, Schieffer called Melvin and told him he would get back to him next week about arranging an interview in Texas.

"I'm excited about getting the opportunity," Melvin said.

Melvin has been considered a candidate for several GM openings during his time with the Orioles, but has interviewed for only one, the Florida Marlins job that went to Dave Dombrowski.

Former Houston Astros general manager Bill Wood also is a candidate for the Rangers job. All-time strikeout leader Nolan Ryan said he is not interested in the job and threw his support to Wood.

Said Schieffer: "We're going to be talking to a lot of people. Right now, we're in the preliminary stages."

The Rangers finished 52-62 in strike-shortened 1994, good for first place in the dreadful American League West, but not good enough for Grieve to keep his title.

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