A Closer Look: General Manager Candidate, Doug Melvin

Melvin is one of four known candidates to be interviewing for the Mets' GM position. The other three are Kim Ng, DeJon Watson and Gary LaRocque

Doug Melvin, 66, is a Canadian born President of Baseball Operations with the Milwaukee Brewers. Melvin’s is a former Executive of the Year in 2011, and hasn’t shied away from making a big splash when needed.

Melvin played in the minors as a right-handed pitcher for the Pirates and Yankees. He began his executive career with the Yankees where he headed the scouting department, ran the Orioles player development department and was assistant to the general manager.

He took the reigns in Arlington as general manager of the Rangers from 1994-2001.

In his seven seasons, Melvin and the Rangers made the postseason three times. Melvin then spent a season as a consultant for the Red Sox in 2002, then took over in Milwaukee.

During his stint in Milwaukee, he traded for Zack Greinke, CC Sabathia, Francisco Rodriguez, Shaun Marcum, and Nyjer Morgan to gear up for playoff pushes. And the moves paid off.

With both sets of moves coming before the 2009 and 2011 playoff pushes, it was vital that he make the moves necessary to make the postseason.

Melvin then won Executive of the Year in 2011 for his playoff push. He was moved to President of Baseball Operations in 2015 after David Sterns took over as general manager.

Melvin is an old-fashioned general manager with an eye for scouting and development, which falls in line with focuses of the Mets front office and the executives already in place, such as Terry Collins and Omar Minaya.

Melvin is set to interview in the first round of interviews for the general managerial vacancy, as well as Kim Ng, Gary LaRocque and DeJon Watson.

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