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Diamondbacks Hire Former NBA Bulls' GM Jerry Krause

You have to hand it to Diamondbacks' Kevin Towers, he's willing to try anything. Jerry Krause was famously the general manager of Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. That's the NBA Bulls. The Bulls who play basketball. Krause, however, also has experience with six MLB clubs as a baseball scout and most recently was the Director of International Scouting for the Chicago White Sox.

"Jerry brings tremendous experience, a creative mind, unbridled passion for the game of baseball and a no-job-is-too-small attitude to the table every day," D-backs' Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development Jerry Dipoto said. "We can all learn from him and I look forward to exploring the different ways in which he can positively impact this organization."

According to the team's press release, Krause will evaluate players on all levels, including Major and minor league players, amateur players for the First-Year Player Draft and international players throughout the world. 

Krause began his career as a NBA scout and special assistant with the Baltimore Bullets, Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He was responsible for the drafting of future Hall-of-Famers Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld with the Bullets, Jerry Sloan and Scottie Pippen with the Bulls and four NBA Rookies of the Year: Monroe (1968), Unseld (1969), Alvan Adams (1976 with Phoenix) and Elton Brand (2000 with the Bulls).

Krause, has spent 21 of his 37 years in professional sports scouting baseball players. He worked as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners and the White Sox and also with the Yankees and Mets following his retirement from the Chicago Bulls.