FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Until Tuesday, Doug Melvin was the only baseball executive to hire Ron Roenicke to manage his major league team. Today, he remains the only one to fire him from that same post.
Still, when the Red Sox and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom introduced Roenicke as interim manager earlier this week, Melvin couldn't have been happier.
"I'm a big believer in people getting second chances,'' said Melvin, who worked as a general manager for the Texas Rangers and later the Milwaukee Brewers. "Ron's opportunity with us with the Brewers was his first chance. I got let go as the GM in Texas and in my second opportunity, I did some things differently. You learn from your first chance. I'm a big believer in second chances in the business we're in.''
Melvin enthusiastically recommended Roenicke to Bloom when the two spoke last month.