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Watson named baseball discipline chief

Feb. 21, 2002 at 1:38 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball Thursday hired Bob

Watson as its new dean of discipline.

Watson, a two-time All-Star and former general manager, was

named vice president of on-field operations. He replaces Frank

Robinson, who last week became manager of the Montreal Expos, a

franchise now run by the commissioner's office.

The 55-year-old Watson, who was hired by MLB in December 2000 to

supervise pace of games, will handle player discipline, time of

games, uniform policy, stadium configuration and all other

on-field matters. He will report directly to Sandy Alderson, MLB executive vice

president.

"Bob Watson brings years of invaluable experience - both as a

player and executive - to this position," said Alderson. "Bob's

vast knowledge and understanding of the game make him the

perfect choice to handle player discipline and other on-field

matters."

Watson played 19 seasons in the major leagues for the Houston

Astros, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves. He

became baseball's first African-American general manager when

the Astros promoted him in 1993. He also worked in that

capacity for the Yankees from 1995-97, winning a World Series in

1996.

"I look forward to the responsibilities and challenges of this

position," Watson said. "I learned a great deal working with

Frank Robinson and it's an honor to follow in the footsteps of a

Hall of Famer like him."

Watson has spent nearly 40 years in professional baseball as a

player, coach and executive.

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