10/18/11 5:12 PM ET
Conroy, Fregosi Jr. hired as special assistants
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Conroy had been with the Atlanta Braves since 2001, most recently as special assistant to the general manager and Major League scout. He worked in the St. Louis Cardinals' scouting department from 1994 to 2000.
A left-handed pitcher, Conroy was a first-round Draft pick -- selected 20th overall -- by Oakland in 1978, and owner Charlie Finley decided to start the 18-year-old's career in the Major Leagues. So on June 23 in Kansas City -- with 38,841 fans on hand for a doubleheader -- Conroy found himself facing the first-place Royals, matched against Dennis Leonard in the second game.
Despite being welcomed by Fred Patek's single, Conroy got through three scoreless innings. In the fourth, after Darrell Porter's single and two walks loaded the bases with one out, A's manager Jack McKeon lifted the rookie with a 5-0 lead. Conroy gave up just the two hits and was charged with one run, but walked five and hit a batter in his pro debut. He made one more start for the A's, and then went to the Minors and didn't get back to the Majors until 1982. In seven seasons for the A's and Cardinals, he had an 18-32 record.
Fregosi, son of former big league manager Jim Fregosi, spent the last 10 years in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization, the last three as a Major League scout. A former Minor League infielder, he also has scouted for the Colorado Rockies.
Conroy lives in Monroeville, Pa., and Fregosi in Murrieta, Calif.
"They'll be doing a variety of things for us," Moore said, "from scouting to evaluating the talent in our organization -- a combination of Major League work and special assignment-type stuff. We just felt we needed to move forward as an organization and enhance our presence at the Major League level as it pertains to our scouting efforts."
Brian Murphy, who was previously an assistant to the general manager, has left the Royals after serving in a scouting and advisory capacity since rejoining the club in 2000. This was his 50th year in professional baseball.
"Murph did a tremendous job for the organization for many years," Moore said.
Murphy had been a Minor League player and manager for the Royals before beginning his scouting career. He also was an assistant to Royals general managers Herk Robinson and Allard Baird. From 1997-2000 he was a special assistant to the Atlanta GM.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.