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Texas Rangers Hire John Hart As GM

November 1, 2001

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ John Hart, who turned the Cleveland Indians from one of baseball’s worst teams into a perennial contender, was hired Thursday as general manager of the struggling Texas Rangers.

Hart takes over a team that has finished in last place for two straight years, even after spending $252 million on shortstop Alex Rodriguez.

The Rangers also hired Grady Fuson, the Oakland scouting director who had been considered a top candidate for the GM job. Fuson will be assistant GM for scouting and player development.

Hart had announced during the first week of the season that he was leaving as Cleveland’s GM on Nov. 1.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks fired GM Doug Melvin on Oct. 7, ending a seven-year run that included the only three division championships in team history.

Hicks also considered Florida Marlins president and general manager Dave Dombrowski. Hicks canceled a second interview that had been scheduled for Thursday. Dombrowski is scheduled to interview Friday for the GM job in Toronto.

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