LOS ANGELES - Orioles scout Rob Derksen, the coach of the 2004 Greek Olympic baseball team, died of a massive heart attack yesterday in New York. He was 44.
Derksen served as a Pacific Rim scout for the Orioles before assuming the responsibility of assembling a national team for Greece, which has an automatic entry in this summer's Olympics in Athens. He also coached the Australian Olympic baseball team to a seventh-place finish in 1996 in Atlanta and coached the 2000 entry from Guam that failed to qualify for the games in Sydney, Australia.
"It's a very tragic thing," said Orioles owner Peter Angelos.
"He was a fine man and a great baseball teacher, someone whose life was committed to helping young people learn to play baseball.