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By Kent Baker | December 21, 1990
The Baltimore Orioles moved to solidify their catching JTC situation yesterday, signing backup Bob Melvin to a two-year contract worth more than $1.5 million.The announcement came the day after Mickey Tettleton, the No. 1 catcher, agreed to arbitration to determine his salary for 1991, assuring that he will remain with the team at least one more year.Melvin, 29, will receive $650,000 for next season and $900,000 for the following year, according to terms announced by the team.He would have been eligible for free agency after next season had he not signed a multiyear deal.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 30, 2003
Chicago Cubs Manager: Dusty Baker 2002 record: 67-95 (fifth) What's new: The Cubs have a new manager, a new starting catcher (Damian Miller), another veteran starting pitcher (Shawn Estes), a beefed-up bullpen and several new bats, but they still appear to be undermanned in the National League Central. They ranked 11th in the league in runs scored last year and 12th in ERA, so it would be a very long climb up the divisional ladder to get into position for a postseason berth. On the spot: Baker will bring a new attitude to Wrigley Field, but the novelty will wear off in a hurry if the Cubs look like the same hapless bunch that finished with more victories among NL teams than only the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 3, 1991
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Glenn Davis and tonight's starting pitcher, Ben McDonald, did not make the trip to Rochester. McDonald left early for California, and Davis was in Cleveland to visit another specialist about the injury to his spinal accessory nerve."
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | February 20, 2001
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Four days after the Texas Rangers' 91-loss season ended in October, Johnny Oates picked up the phone and made a heart-wrenching call to general manager Doug Melvin. Oates was teetering on the brink of quitting his job as manager. "I told him that I thought it was best that he make a change," Oates said. "He said, `Think about it.' " Those three words, Oates said, bought him time. "I was really struggling at the end of the year," he said yesterday. "I wasn't sure I wanted to continue managing.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | December 21, 1990
Less than 24 hours after they learned Mickey Tettleton had accepted arbitration, the Orioles further solidified their catching staff.Bob Melvin, who has been a dependable backup to Tettleton the last two years, agreed yesterday to a $1.55 million, two-year contract that extends one year beyond his eligibility for free agency. The Orioles revealed that Melvin's contract calls for $650,000 next year and $900,000 in 1992."It's a good feeling to know you have a young guy like [Chris] Hoiles available for the next several years and somebody like Melvin for the next two," said Orioles' personnel director Doug Melvin (no relation)
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | February 20, 2001
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Four days after the Texas Rangers' 91-loss season ended in October, Johnny Oates picked up the phone and made a heart-wrenching call to general manager Doug Melvin. Oates was teetering on the brink of quitting his job as manager. "I told him that I thought it was best that he make a change," Oates said. "He said, `Think about it.' " Those three words, Oates said, bought him time. "I was really struggling at the end of the year," he said yesterday. "I wasn't sure I wanted to continue managing.
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By Jim Henneman | April 9, 1991
Kevin Hickey revealed last night that he had accepted the Orioles' offer to pitch for their Double A Hagerstown farm club.The 35-year-old lefthander, who was bitter after being released a week ago, decided to go to Hagerstown after passing through waivers and getting no other big-league offers."
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By Kent Baker | January 3, 1991
The journey to a return to the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation began yesterday for Jeff Ballard.Ballard, the sensation of 1989 who lost his turn last season, signed a one-year contract with the Orioles for a $465,000 base salary, plus incentives bonuses.The incentives weren't specified, but Ballard, 27, can earn nearly $500,000 if he attains them."I think he's probably going to be healthy. He realizes he's on a comeback," said assistant general manager Doug Melvin. "And I think he understands he needs to do it himself."
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | October 13, 1994
Tony La Russa returned from his European vacation last night and Davey Johnson remained on his fishing trip.In short, there was not much new to report yesterday on the Orioles' managerial hunt front.Fifteen days after interviewing the first two candidates for the managing vacancy created when Johnny Oates was fired, the Orioles still have not announced a list of finalists."We had a short general discussion, but there is nothing to report yet," Orioles general manager Roland Hemond said.None of the nine candidates interviewed for the job had been told they were eliminated from contention as of last night, Hemond said.
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By Ed McDonough and Ed McDonough,Special to The Sun | August 11, 1991
HAGERSTOWN -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis faced live pitching for the first time in 3 1/2 months lastnight, but you'd never know it by the shot he hit in his second at-bat.Davis, on rehabilitation assignment with the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, hit a 1-2 pitch nearly 400 feet to the wall at Municipal Stadium, but was robbed of an extra-base hit by a leaping grab by Harrisburg Senators center fielder Ralph Katzaroff."It was satisfying for me just to drive the ball up the middle," Davis said after the game, a 6-1 Hagerstown loss.
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By Ken Rosenthal | January 8, 2000
Once again, the Orioles are trying to buy their way into contention. Only time would tell if the pending signing of Aaron Sele would transform them into a legitimate postseason threat, or merely serve to inflate an already bloated payroll. The team's recent history would suggest the latter, but the Orioles will open the 2000 season with a new manager, an almost totally new bullpen, and, if Sele passes his physical, a new No. 3 starter. They would be interesting, at least at the start. With a little luck, they might even be good enough to win 85 games.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | October 4, 1998
It's called the Ex-Cub Factor -- the more former Cubs on your roster, the worse your team will be.The Ex-Oriole Factor works just the opposite.The more former Orioles on your roster, the better your team's chances of reaching previously unattainable heights.Three of the postseason teams had front offices rooted in Baltimore. Each of the eight had at least one former Orioles player, and five had former Orioles coaches or managers.Such change is not unusual in this age of rapid turnover. In fact, some of the movement even predates owner Peter Angelos, shocking as that might seem.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | October 17, 1994
ARLINGTON, Texas -- They kept paging Phil Regan at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport yesterday morning, but no one responded.An American Airlines flight arrived from Baltimore at 10:20 CDT.A television crew from Dallas filmed passengers coming off the plane, but Regan was nowhere to be found."
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | October 13, 1994
Tony La Russa returned from his European vacation last night and Davey Johnson remained on his fishing trip.In short, there was not much new to report yesterday on the Orioles' managerial hunt front.Fifteen days after interviewing the first two candidates for the managing vacancy created when Johnny Oates was fired, the Orioles still have not announced a list of finalists."We had a short general discussion, but there is nothing to report yet," Orioles general manager Roland Hemond said.None of the nine candidates interviewed for the job had been told they were eliminated from contention as of last night, Hemond said.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | October 11, 1994
The Orioles haven't found a manager, but they did lose a front-office official yesterday. Doug Melvin took that long-coveted step from general manager prospect to GM of the Texas Rangers yesterday when he was named to replace Tom Grieve.Melvin, 42, an assistant general manager in charge of the minor-league department for the Orioles, leaves the organization for which he has worked since 1986.During his years with the Orioles, Melvin became a close understudy of Orioles GM Roland Hemond, the man Melvin went out of his way to praise yesterday at a news conference in Arlington, Texas.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | October 11, 1994
The Orioles will regret the decision to let Doug Melvin leave.They will look back one day and find it incredible, even embarrassing, that Peter Angelos chased him off.It's a mistake that will resonate into the next century, hurting the ballclub where it matters most -- on the field.Melvin could have run the Orioles for the next decade or longer. He is the management version of a high draft pick. He is just 42, yet well-schooled in the ways of baseball. He understands that scouting, drafting and nurturing talent are the ABCs.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | October 28, 1993
Peter Angelos wants to make Frank Robinson happy, but it might be more difficult than he imagines. The way the Orioles' new owner is talking, Doug Melvin is the general manager-in-waiting.Translation: Robinson has no future.This mess isn't of Angelos' creation, but something is wrong if he can't satisfy Robinson, a Hall of Famer, Orioles legend and qualified minority candidate in a sport that just got around to naming its first black general manager.Let's see, a black manager just won his second straight World Series, and another was just named National League Manager of the Year.
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By John Steadman | January 11, 1991
LET GLENN DAVIS swing a bat in the great outdoors, which he'll be doing henceforth for the Baltimore Orioles, and it'll mean an increase of from five to 10 home runs a season. Davis gets out of the homogenized, humidity-controlled, air-conditioned Houston Astrodome, which means he's going to be a born-again power hitter of intimidating proportions.In some ways, the deal for Davis is reminiscent of what happened in 1966 when the Orioles picked up what was described as an "old 30" Frank Robinson, who proceeded to lift his new team to the pennant and World Series title.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | August 2, 1994
When Peter Angelos says that the baseball owners need to open their books, that sharing revenue is a short-term solution, that his fellow owners basically are whining instead of seeking solutions, he is so on the money that he shames the 27 other owners. Not that they have any shame.Yet, when he demands that Leo Gomez play third base every day, he is making a mistake.When he opens his wallet and attempts to transform the Orioles into a pennant winner with a blizzard of free-agent signings, making the good-faith effort that the prior owner wouldn't, he is a savior.
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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,Staff Writer Staff writer Peter Schmuck contributed to this article | October 30, 1993
With Larry Lucchino's departure yesterday, the stage is set for an extensive retooling of the Orioles' front office.Managing general partner Peter G. Angelos said yesterday that he expects to be ready in a few days to announce a number of major changes, including promotions for Roland Hemond and Doug Melvin.Angelos said he'll name Hemond as vice chairman for baseball operations, a new job in which the veteran executive would be in charge of matters affecting the team's on-field performance.
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