Joe Klein , former general manager of the Texas Rangers and two other Major League Baseball teams, died Wednesday due to complications from heart surgery.
The Rangers issued a statement, saying the "organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Joe Klein, who died early this morning at Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital at the age of 75.
"As assistant farm director and later head of the Rangers' minor league operations, the Rangers signed and developed such players as Steve Buechele, Ron Darling, Danny Darwin, Jose Guzman, Tom Henke, Oddibe McDowell, Pete O'Brien, Kenny Rogers , and Ruben Sierra under his watch," the Rangers said of Klein.
Klein served as the Rangers' general manager from October 1982 to November 1984 and during that time helped develop front-office executive Tom Grieve, who succeeded him as GM.
Klein went on to be the general manager for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers before a run as executive director of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball since its inception in 1998.
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