Kevin Malone, named “The Best General Manager in the Game” in 1995, retired from professional baseball in 2001 after an illustrious 17 year career in which his teams earned a World Championship and several trips to the post-season. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame General Manager Pat Gillick stated the following about Kevin, “he is a dedicated, loyal, hard-working guy who was also a visionary. He always had something on his mind to make us (the Baltimore Orioles) better. He was not only loyal, but he was somebody who pushed the people around him to be better.” Kevin is known as a “rebuilder” and “turn-around specialist.” His attention to detail, team building skills, management expertise and well known work ethic helped him in restoring three different franchises to prominence by restructuring the organization and restoring 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 season at Batavia in the NY-Penn League. 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 three years with the Angels, Malone went to the Montreal Expos for one year. 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 assigned 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.
The Expos rewarded Kevin for his efforts in 1994 when he was named General Manager. Under Kevin’s guidance and direction, the 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 both 1996 and 1997. In 2001, Kevin retired from professional baseball after three years as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since retiring, Kevin worked for Sporting News Radio and Fox Sports (Network Baseball Analyst) and ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (Network Trade Analyst).
Successfully navigating the path to success requires constant study and evaluation and Kevin’s passion for the pursuit of leadership excellence brings him to many sporting events across the nation. Travelling to games in many sports; MLB, NBA, NFL, college football and basketball 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, and 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 ministry and charitable organizations including; L.A. Dream Center, Florida Dream Center, Inner City Visions (providing gang communities help), Hope for Israel, Rock Against Trafficking and CARE 18 LA. After completing three years of serving at The Master’s College in Los Angeles, Kevin in 2005 began a start-up business venture as an owner of the new Mercedes-Benz of Valencia dealership in Los Angeles. A man of varied interests, he was Executive Producer on two films: “Like Dandelion Dust” and “To The Wall” which is currently in post-production. Kevin’s full-time focus is fighting human trafficking in L.A., Florida and internationally. He resides near the beach west of Los Angeles, and has been married to Marilyn for 31 years. They have two children, Shannon (27) and Shawn (24).Back to Leaders