MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin never saw it coming.
Melvin said he had no idea he'd be named to the Canadian Baseball Hall-of-Fame. The honor was announced yesterday. And Melvin will be inducted June 29th along with Rusty Staub, Rheal Cormier, and last year's Canadian national team that took first at the Pan American Games.
Melvin received two awards this off-season as the Majors' executive-of-the-year, after the Brewers won 96 games in 2011 and came within two victories of making the World Series. Melvin is from Chatham Ontario - and he wished he had more opportunities to get back home. But he knows the Hall-of-Fame has done a lot to promote baseball in Canada, and he says he's humbled and very appreciative to be inducted.
Melvin said his biggest inspirations were fellow Canadians Ferguson Jenkins as a player, and Pat Gillick as an executive. Melvin played in the minors for two years as a pitcher in the Pittsburgh organization. He then tried out for the Yankees when Gillick was the team's farm director. Melvin has kept up-to-date with players in Canada and has recruited a number of them - including Brewers' closer John Axford.