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Melvin grateful to Selig for helping him get started

Melvin grateful to Selig for helping him get started

OAKLAND -- Commissioner Bud Selig spent much of his time at the Coliseum on Tuesday fielding questions about the A's thorny stadium situation. Little light was shed on the issue -- but perhaps more was learned about manager Bob Melvin's relationship with the Commissioner: Selig helped Melvin get his first post-playing career job.

"When I was in Milwaukee, my first stint as a non-player, he was actually a bit instrumental in getting me a job there with the Brewers," Melvin said Tuesday. "I've known him for quite a while, admired what he's done, and baseball is better for his service."

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So how did Melvin come to meet Selig, the former Brewers' owner? Through Melvin's great aunt, the late Estie Epstein.

"My great aunt played bridge with his [mother-in-law], if you must know," said Melvin. "It's not what you know, it's who you know."

Melvin started out as a Brewers scout and became a coach in 1999. The rest, of course, is history.

"I can't tell you how much I think of him," Selig said. "He's done a great job as a manager, but he's a marvelous human being.

"I've enjoyed his success almost as much as his family. That's how much I think of him."

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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