Brewers Press Release
Doug Melvin to be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame tomorrow
MILWAUKEE, WI - Milwaukee Brewers President of Baseball Operations-General Manager Doug Melvin will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum tomorrow. The induction ceremony begins at 11 a.m. ET on the ceremonial grounds of the museum in St. Marys, Ontario, Canada. Additional inductees include: Rusty Staub, Rheal Cormier and the Canadian National Team, champions of the 2011 Pan American Games.
"I'm humbled and excited to be honored," Melvin said. "I also appreciate the opportunity to have a platform to thank the many people who helped my career back in Canada."
Melvin, who is the eighth General Manager in Brewers history, was named to his post on September 26, 2002 and is in his 10th season with the Brewers. Last month, he signed a contract extension that carries through the 2015 season. Melvin was named the 2011 Major League Executive of the Year by Baseball America after the Brewers won a franchise-record 96 games and advanced to the National League Championship Series. He was also named Co-Executive of the Year by The Sporting News and won the Rube Foster Legacy Award, presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to the National League's top executive.
In Melvin's tenure with the Brewers, he has engineered many key trades and signings, including trading for four of the game's top pitchers - CC Sabathia, Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Francisco Rodriguez. Each of the four played critical roles in helping the Brewers advance to Postseason play (2008 and 2011). In addition, he signed many of the team's key, home-grown players to long-term contracts prior to their free agent years, including Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo, Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks.
Prior to joining the Brewers, Melvin also served as General Manager of the Texas Rangers (1996-2001) where he helped lead the franchise to its first-ever Postseason berth in 1996. Before joining the Rangers, Melvin spent nine years in the Baltimore Orioles organization and worked for the New York Yankees from 1979-85. As a player, Melvin pitched for six seasons in the minor leagues for Pittsburgh and New York-AL, going 29-19 with a 3.43 ERA.
A native of Chatham, Ontario, he is one of just five Canadians to serve as a Major League General Manager, joining George Selkirk (Washington Senators), Murray Cook (Yankees, Expos, Cincinnati Reds), Gord Ash (Toronto Blue Jays) and Alex Anthopoulos (Toronto Blue Jays).