02/16/2005 7:01 PM ET
Texas Rangers name Don Welke to scouting staff
Surprise, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers announced today the club has added Don Welke to its scouting staff as an international cross checker.
Welke joins the Rangers from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization where he served as the organization's Senior Scouting Advisor since 1999. While with the Dodgers he was involved in obtaining such players as Cesar Izturis, David Roberts, Guiliermo Mota, Odalis Perez and Jason Werth among others. He also served as the advance scout for the Dodgers for the 2004 playoff series against St. Louis.
In conjunction with his duties with Los Angeles, he worked as an advance scout for the gold medal-winning Team USA baseball squad at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and again for the Team USA for the 2003 Olympic qualifier in Panama.
Welke, who has 40 years of baseball scouting experience, spent four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles as a Special Assignment scout and Assistant to the General Manager from 1996-99. He was the advance scout responsible for forwarding the Orioles in the postseason in 1996 and 1997 against the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners, respectively.
Prior to joining the Orioles, Welke spent 20 years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He spent his first 15 seasons with the club as an area scout and was directly involved in the signings of major leaguers Dave Steib, Pat Hentgen, Willie Blair and John Olerud. He was promoted to advance scout in 1992 and was responsible for submitting scouting reports during Toronto's back-to-back World Championship seasons in 1992 and 1993.
He started his baseball career as an associate scout with the Cincinnati Reds from 1965-69 and then moved to the Kansas City Royals as a part-time scout from 1970-76.