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Don Welke

Padres scouting vice president Don Welke dies at 75

I met Don Welke ... at Peoria during Spring Training a couple of years ago ... A friend of mine and I went into the office to pick up rosters and other info ... and to get a moment to sit in the A/C ... and while sitting there, a guy came out of the offices and started talking with us ... talking baseball and Padres ... and it quickly became obvious that he was "THE MAN".  Everyone ... and I mean *EVERYONE* that walked in/out of that building said "Hey, Coach, how are you doing?"  That was one amazing and fun and unforgettable day.

That link above drops these names ...

He was directly involved in the signings and acquisitions of Adrian Beltre, Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus. He also helped sign Dave Stieb, Pat Hentgen and John Olerud.

... he had a good run!