Bob Melvin returns for his ninth season as manager of the Oakland A's in 2019, a tenure that has included four postseason appearances and two American League Manager of the Year awards. Melvin has a 634-599 (.514) record since being named interim manager, June 9, 2011 and his wins are third most in franchise history behind Connie Mack (3582) and Tony La Russa (798). Among active managers, only the Giants' Bruce Bochy, the Royals' Ned Yost and the Pirates' Clint Hurdle have longer uninterrupted tenures with their current teams. Melvin is now 1127-1107 (.504) in 15 seasons as a Major League manager, including stints with the Seattle Mariners (2003-04) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2005-09).
Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Sporting News in 2018 and Major League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. It was third time he was named Manager of the Year by the BBWAA (2007 with Arizona and 2012 with Oakland) and he is the eighth manager to win the award three or more times, joining Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella and Buck Showalter. He was already just the sixth manager to win the award in both leagues and he and Tony La Russa (1988 and 1992) are the only managers to win the award in an Oakland uniform.
In 2018, Melvin guided the A's to a 97-65 record and a postseason appearance as an American League Wild Card team. His four postseason appearances (2012-14, 18) match Tony La Russa (1988-90, 92) for the most in Oakland history and trail only Connie Mack, who had eight World Series appearances, in Athletics history. The 97 wins were a 22-win improvement over 2017 and it marked the third time a Bob Melvin-managed team increased it's win total by 20 or more games from the previous season. In his first season with Arizona in 2004, the Diamondbacks posted 77-85 record after going 51-111 in 2003. He then took the A's from a 74-
win season in 2011 to a 94-68 record and an AL West title in 2012.
Melvin guided the A's to a 47-52 (.475) record in 2011 after Oakland started the season 27-36 (.429). He then led the A's to back-to-back AL West titles in 2012 and 2013 with records of 94-68 and 96-66. Melvin became the first manager to lead the A's to consecutive division titles since Tony La Russa won three straight from 1988-90.
Melvin was named AL Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in 2012 after the A's became the fifth team in Major League history to win a Pennant or Division after trailing by 13 or more games and the first to come back when trailing by five or more games with fewer than 10 games remaining. That club employed 19 rookies, including 12 pitchers. The A's finished 88-74 in 2014 but reached the postseason for the third consecutive year as a Wild Card. Oakland logged back-to-back 90-loss seasons in 2015 and 2016 before going 75-87 in 2017. On July 29, 2017, Melvin became the 64th manager in ML history to win 1,000 games.
Melvin signed a three-year contract through the 2014 season, Sept. 21, 2011, a two-year extension through 2016, Jan. 14, 2013, another two-year extension through 2018, Sept. 9, 2015, a one-year extension through 2019, Sept. 28, 2017 and a two-year extension through 2021, Oct. 29, 2018. The Bay Area native is the 30th manager in franchise history and the 18th in Oakland history.
In his previous managerial stint, he guided Arizona to a 337-340 (.498) record in four-plus seasons. He was named manager of the D-backs Nov. 5, 2004 and led the club to a 77-85 mark in his first season, a 26-game turnaround from a franchise-worst 51-111 mark in 2004. After a 76-86 finish in 2006, Melvin was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in 2007 after guiding Arizona to a league-best 90-72 record. He also earned NL Manager of the Year honors from The Sporting News and the Negro League Baseball Museum's C.I. Taylor Legacy Award. The Diamondbacks followed up their NL West title with a second-place finish in 2008, finishing 82-80. Melvin became the winningest manager in Arizona history that season when he earned his 304th win Aug. 14, surpassing Bob Brenly. Melvin was relieved of his duties as D-backs manager May 8, 2009 after a 12-17 start.
Prior to being named A's manager, Melvin had rejoined the Diamondbacks as a special baseball advisor to President & CEO Derrick Hall in May of 2011, assisting the baseball operations department and other business divisions of the organization. He was a professional scout for the New York Mets in 2010.
Melvin began his managerial career in 2003, guiding the Mariners to a 93-69 record in shattering the team record for wins by a first-year Mariners manager set by Lou Piniella in 1993 (82-80). His 93 wins also tied for the 15th-most by any rookie manager in Major League history at the time. The Mariners then fell to 63-99 in 2004 and he left Seattle with a 156-168 (.481) record in two seasons.
Melvin began his coaching career as Manager Phil Garner's bench coach from 1999-2000, first with the Brewers in 1999 and then in 2000 with the Tigers. While with the Brewers, he also managed the Maryvale team in the Arizona Fall League in 1999. He was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2013. Melvin then served as Bob Brenly's bench coach with the D-backs from 2001-02 when the club won back-to-back NL West titles and the World Series in 2001. Prior to those bench coach roles, he spent three seasons with Milwaukee in various capacities, serving as a scout in 1996, roving instructor in 1997 and as assistant to General Manager Sal Bando in 1998.
A 10-year Major League veteran, Melvin's playing career included stops in Detroit (1985), San Francisco (1986-88), Baltimore (1989-91), Kansas City (1992), Boston (1993), the New York Yankees (1994) and the Chicago White Sox (1994). He posted a .233 batting average with 35 home runs and 212 RBI while playing in 692 games. The former catcher was drafted by Detroit as its first choice in the secondary phase of the 1981 January draft and hit .220 in 41 games in his rookie season of 1985. Melvin spent the next three seasons sharing the catching duties with Bob Brenly for the Giants, hitting a career-high 11 home runs in 1987. After three seasons in Baltimore, he batted a career-high .314 in 32 games with Kansas City in 1992.
Melvin graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park, Calif. in 1979 and later attended and played baseball at the University of California in Berkeley. He and his wife, Kelley, have a daughter, Alexi, who is a graduate of the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in New York.