Kevin Malone (baseball)

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Kevin Patrick Malone (born August 6, 1957 in San Diego, California) is a former baseball general manager for the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Early life[edit]

Malone attended the University of Louisville, where he played baseball. He was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 1980 draft and played as a second baseman in their minor league system for the Batavia Trojans and Auburn Americans. His playing career over by 1984, he found work as a scout in the California Angels organization from 1985–1987, and then the Montreal Expos in 1987.

He became a hitting instructor for the Jamestown Expos of the New York-Penn League in 1988 and then became the east coast scouting supervisor for the Minnesota Twins from 1988-1991.

General Manager[edit]

Malone became the Expos Director of Scouting in 1991 and became the Expos General Manager in 1994. He was in charge of orchestrating the Expos "fire sale" in 1995 where they had four days to get rid of several expensive contracts to slash the payroll. He traded or released several star players from what had been a successful team the previous season. Departing were Larry Walker, John Wetteland, Ken Hill and Marquis Grissom. Malone resigned following the season.

After a few years as Assistant General Manager with the Baltimore Orioles, Malone was hired as the GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 11, 1998. When he was hired, he described himself as the "new sheriff in town." He also nicknamed himself "Dodger Boy". Malone's tenure in Los Angeles, under the new News Corporation owners led to several expensive high salaried stars being signed to huge contracts, including Kevin Brown, Shawn Green and Gary Sheffield.

In April 2001, he got into a verbal argument with a Padres fan in San Diego, who was heckling Sheffield. He resigned a few days later.[1]

References[edit]

Baseball Reference (minors)

External links[edit]

Newsmaker of the Week: Kevin Malone (30-min. interview, free)

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dan Duquette
Montreal Expos General Manager
1994-95
Succeeded by
Jim Beattie
Preceded by
Tommy Lasorda
Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager
1998-2001
Succeeded by
Dave Wallace