MILWAUKEE Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has been elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Melvin was born in raised in Chatham, Ontario, the same hometown of hall of fame pitcher Fergeson Jenkins. Growing up, Melvin idolized Jenkins, who won 284-226 games in his 19-year career.
"That's who inspired me to play baseball," Melvin said Tuesday on a conference call. "It was probably a good idea to turn my hockey skates in and started focusing on baseball. I was fortunate to sign a contract and play six years in the minor leagues; never played in the major leagues."
Melvin spent six seasons in the minor leagues, pitching in both the Pittsburgh and New York Yankees farm systems. He posted a career 29-19 record and a 3.43 ERA. After hanging up his cleats, Melvin moved into the Yankees' front office, where he learned under farm system director Pat Gillick.
Gillick quickly became the subject of Melvin's professional admiration. Gillick gave Melvin a tryout after bei...