Ex-Bulls exec to join Yanks
By ROGER RUBIN and BILL MADDEN
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITERS
The Yankees have hired former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause to be a minor league scout and could introduce him as early as today.
The decision to hire Krause, who made his reputation because of his keen eye for talent, came directly from George Steinbrenner.
The Boss has a relationship with Krause, dating back to when he was a minority owner of the Bulls. Steinbrenner had a 10% share in the Bulls, which he sold in 1985.
Krause, 64, left the Bulls last April 7 and he and owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who also owns the Chicago White Sox, remain friends. Krause helped build a Bulls team that won six NBA championships with Michael Jordan.
Reinsdorf offered Krause a consulting position with the White Sox, but he turned it down.
Krause's specific scouting responsibilities in the Yankee organization are still to be drawn up.
Krause was a baseball scout for four teams over 16 years earlier in his career, and was a frequent visitor to Wrigley Field last season.
Krause scouted for the Cleveland Indians, the Oakland A's, the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox.
As an NBA scout for the Baltimore Bullets, Krause was responsible for drafting Hall of Famers Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld. And he surrounded Jordan with enough complementary talent to win six titles for the Bulls.