Kevin Malone, named “The Best General Manager in the Game” in 1995, retired from professional baseball after an illustrious 17 year career in which his teams earned a World Championship and several trips to the post-season. Kevin is known as a “rebuilder” whose can-do attitude, management expertise and well known work ethic helped him in restoring 3 different franchises to prominence by restructuring the major league teams and repositioning their respective farm systems through scouting and player development. Kevin is an experienced winner who knows what it takes to run a successful Major League franchise and has the innate ability to effectively communicate and execute his formula.
Malone played baseball at the University of Louisville, and, in 1980, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians, Malone played one short-season at Batavia in the NY-Penn Lg. He next attended spring training and extended spring camp with the New York Mets in 1981. In 1985, after working towards his Master’s Degree in Theology at Tennessee Temple Theological Seminary, Kevin joined the California Angels as part of the scouting and player development team. After 3 years with the Angels, Malone went to the Montreal Expos for one year then, in 1989, he was named the East Coast Scouting Supervisor for the Minnesota Twins. From 89-91, Malone remained in his position with the Twins and was also asked to be an Advance Scout for the playoffs covering the Atlanta Braves in preparation for one of the most exciting World Series ever played. Kevin left the Twins with a Championship Ring and went back to Montreal as Director of Scouting from 1992-1993. In 1994, Kevin was named the Vice President and General Manager of the Montreal Expos.
Under Kevin’s guidance and direction, the Montreal Expos rose to national prominence and, in the strike shortened season, the Expos finished with the best record in Major League Baseball at 74-40. In 1996, Kevin was named the Assistant General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles. With Pat Gillick as the General Manager, Kevin helped assemble a club that advanced to the American League Championship Series in 1996 and 1997. In 2001, Kevin retired from professional baseball after 3 years as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since retiring, Kevin worked for Sporting News Radio (Network Baseball Analyst); ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (Network Trade Analyst) and was also a Guest Analyst for Fox Sports.
Successfully navigating the path to success requires constant study and evaluation and Kevin’s passion for the pursuit of excellence brings him to many sporting events across the nation. Travelling to games in many sports; MLB, NBA, NFL, college basketball and football provides Kevin the opportunity to brainstorm with friends who are the top executives and management personnel in their respective sports. Evaluating the methodologies of building and sustaining the championship teams of these accomplished professionals allows Malone the opportunity to analyze and improve on his own proven formula for success. Talking to players, coaches and GM’s allows Kevin to keep his finger on the pulse of all aspects of Major League Baseball.
In 1996, Malone was inducted into the University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame and, in 1997, was presented with the Order of Achievement Award. He is actively involved in numerous charitable organizations including the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, The Dream Center, Hope for Israel, Jonah Project on L.A.’s Skid Row and The Narrow Gate Foundation. After completing 3 years of serving at The Master’s College in Los Angeles, Kevin began a new business venture as an owner of the new Mercedes-Benz of Valencia dealership in Los Angeles. Kevin resides in Santa Monica, California.