Bob Melvin

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Bob Melvin
Bob Melvin 2012.jpg
Melvin in 2012.
Oakland Athletics – No. 6
Catcher / Manager
Born: (1961-10-28) October 28, 1961 (age 52)
Palo Alto, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 25, 1985 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
August 6, 1994 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through April 9, 2014)
Batting average .233
Home runs 35
Runs batted in 212
Games managed 1,432
Win–loss record 735–697
Winning % .513
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Robert Paul Melvin (born October 28, 1961) is an American professional baseball catcher, coach, and manager. He is currently the manager of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball.

During a 10-year playing career from 1985 through 1994, Melvin was a catcher for the Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. In his eight-year managing career, he has managed the Seattle Mariners (2003–04), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005–09), and Oakland Athletics (2011–present). Melvin was named the National League Manager of the Year in 2007 and the American League Manager of the Year in 2012.

Early years[edit]

Born in Palo Alto, California, Melvin played baseball at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, south of San Francisco. After graduation in 1979, he enrolled at the University of California in Berkeley and played catcher for the Golden Bears. As a freshman, he helped lead Cal to a 44–23–1 (.654) record and a third-place finish at the College World Series in 1980. Melvin finished his frosh season batting .269 with two doubles and 12 RBI in 29 games.

Playing career[edit]

Following his sophomore season at California, Melvin was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the secondary phase of the 1981 draft and played eleven seasons, mostly as a starting catcher, for the Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox. He finished his career with a batting average of .233 and 35 home runs. As a Giant, he served as the backup for fellow catcher Bob Brenly, who, like him, went on to manage the Diamondbacks.

Manager[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

He managed the Seattle Mariners in 2003 and 2004, following the ten-year run of Lou Piniella. The M's won 93 games, but missed the playoffs, finishing three games behind Oakland in the division of two behind Boston for the one wild card spot.

The following season was less successful, as the Mariners lost 99 games and Melvin's contract was not extended. He returned to the Diamondbacks for whom he previously had been bench coach before being hired by the Mariners.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Melvin actually was the second manager the Diamondbacks hired for 2005, after they fired Wally Backman before he managed a single game due to revelations of past arrests and serious financial troubles.[1] Melvin led Arizona to a National League West title in 2007 with a record of 90–72. The Diamondbacks entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the National League. They swept the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS, but then were swept themselves in the NLCS by the red-hot Colorado Rockies. Even so, Melvin was named National League The Sporting News Manager of the Year and MLB Manager of the Year for 2007. His nickname is "The Mad Scientist" because of his mental approach to the game.

Firing and job interviews[edit]

Melvin was replaced as manager by A.J. Hinch, another former catcher, after the May 8, 2009, game.[2] Following the 2009 season, Melvin was a candidate to be the next manager of the Houston Astros,[3] however, the position was filled by Brad Mills.[4] He was interviewed by the Milwaukee Brewers for their managerial opening in October 2010, and was believed to be a finalist along with Bobby Valentine, Joey Cora and Ron Roenicke.[5] The position eventually went to Angel bench coach, Roenicke. He was then interviewed by the New York Mets for their managerial opening before the 2011 season, but the position eventually was awarded to former Astros and Angels manager, Terry Collins.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

In 2011, he was named interim manager of the Oakland Athletics on June 9,[6] then on September 21, was promoted to manager of the A's, and agreed to a three-year contract extension after guiding the team to a 47–52 record (74–88 overall).[7] Melvin went on the Chris Townsend Show in the Bay Area after the first game of the 2012 season in Tokyo, and promised the fans that the A's would work hard every game. He managed the A's to the franchise's best-ever record in July at 19–5. On October 1, the A's clinched their first playoff appearance since 2006, sand two days later clinched the Western Division of the American League. The A's lost the 2012 ALDS (West Division) to the Detroit Tigers, three games to two. Melvin was honored as the 2012 American League Manager of the Year.[citation needed]

During the 2013 season, Melvin's second full season at the helm, the A's continued what began the previous year, posting winning records for every month of the season and securing a second consecutive AL West Division Championship.[citation needed] Employing numerous platoons, Athletics' outfielder Josh Reddick referred to Melvin as the "king of platoons".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Melvin is Jewish,[9][10][11][12][13][14] the son of a Jewish mother and a Catholic father.[9][10][14] He resides in Berkeley and in Greenwich Village in New York City, with his wife, Kelley.[15] He has one daughter, Alexi (born December 21, 1988), who is an actress, writer, and filmmaker.[16][17][18] Melvin and his family are very active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alexi having been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 14.[19][20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SI.com – MLB – D'backs backtrack on Backman, hire Melvin". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. November 6, 2004. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bob Melvin to be replaced as Diamondbacks manager – Karie Dozer Blog". KTAR.com. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ McTaggart, Brian. Melvin, Acta interview with Astros. MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  4. ^ McTaggart, Brian. Mills named Astros manager. MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "Bobby Valentine the "front runner" for the Brewers’ job | HardballTalk". nbcsports.com. October 31, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Saracevic, Al (June 9, 2011). "Oakland A’s fire Bob Geren, replaces him with Bob Melvin | Oakland Athletics: The Drumbeat". Sfgate.com. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Anthony Castrovince: 'King of platoons' Bob Melvin back at it in Oakland | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Peter S. Horvitz (2001). The Big Book of Jewish Baseball. SP Books. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Mark Pattison, David Raglin (2002). Detroit Tigers Lists and More: Runs, Hits, and Eras. Wayne State University Press. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and the American Culture. Meckler. 1990. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Hillel Kuttler (November 9, 2013). "For Brad Ausmus, Road to Detroit Tigers Job Ran Through Israel". The Forward. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Yankees face stiff competition for free agents this year". New York Daily News. November 9, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Martin Abramowitz (March 30, 2007). "The boys of summer and seder: Baseball, Passover share openers". Jweekly. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ Gwen Knapp (June 22, 2011). "Bob Melvin visits his winter home in Manhattan". SFGate. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bob Melvin visits his winter home in Manhattan". SFGate. June 22, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Manager and Coaches". Oakland Athletics. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Former Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin begins duties as scout for New York Mets". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Bob Melvin visits his winter home in Manhattan". SFGate. June 22, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  20. ^ "A's serve root beer floats for good cause". Oakland Athletics. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 

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