He began his baseball career as a minor league general manager for four seasons before being hired as an administrative assistant in the minor league department of the Kansas City Royals in 1981. From 1982 to 1985, he was Assistant Director of Scouting and Player Development for the Royals. He served as Assistant to the General Manager of the Royals from 1986 until early 1990. In 1990, he was named as Manager of Baseball Operations for the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Office. In 1991, he became the Assistant General Manager of the Atlanta Braves and contributed to eight consecutive National League Eastern Division titles and the 1995 World Series Championship.
On September 21, 1999, he was hired as the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, a position he held until September of 2002. He spent the 2003 season as a consultant for the Los Angeles Dodgers before being named as Assistant General Manager of the Cincinnati Reds in December of that year. In June 2006, he was selected to serve as Vice President of Baseball Operations/Assistant General Manager for the Kansas City Royals. He retired following the 2014 season, when the Royals returned to the World Series after a 29-year absence, but continued to work part-time as a consultant to the team's front office.
He was a member of the MLB Safety and Health Advisory Committee and served as Chairman of the MLB Rules and Administration Committee during his tenure as the Brewers General Manager.
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