Bob Melvin in 2012.
|Oakland Athletics – No. 6|
|Catcher / Manager|
October 28, 1961 |
Palo Alto, California
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|May 25, 1985 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 6, 1994 for the Chicago White Sox|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||212|
|Career highlights and awards|
During a 10-year playing career, he played from 1985–94 for seven different teams. In his eight-year managing career, he has managed the Seattle Mariners (2003–04), the Arizona Diamondbacks (2005–09), and the Oakland Athletics (2011–present).
Melvin played baseball at Menlo-Atherton High School then went on to play catcher for the University of California-Berkeley in 1980. As a freshman, he helped lead Cal-Berkeley to a 44–23–1 record and a third-place finish at the College World Series. Melvin finished his frosh season batting .269 with two doubles and 12 RBI in 29 games.
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.
He managed the Seattle Mariners in 2003 and 2004. In 2003 the Mariners won 93 games, but missed the playoffs. The team decided not to extend his contract after the 2004 season after the team lost 99 games. Melvin returned to the Diamondbacks for whom he previously had been bench coach before being hired by the Mariners.
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. 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 was/is "The Mad Scientist" because of his mental approach to the game.
Firing and job interviews
Melvin was replaced as manager by A.J. Hinch, another former catcher, after the May 8, 2009, game. Following the 2009 season, Melvin was a candidate to be the next manager of the Houston Astros, however, the position was filled by Brad Mills. 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. 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.
On June 9, 2011, he was named interim manager of the Oakland Athletics, 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). 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. Recently, he managed the A's to the franchise's best-ever record in July at 19–5. On October 1, 2012, the A's clinched their first playoff appearance since 2006. On October 3, 2012, the A's clinched the Western Division of the American League, but went on to lose 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.
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. Employing numerous platoons, Athletics' outfielder Josh Reddick referred to Melvin as the "king of platoons".
Melvin is Jewish, the son of a Jewish mother and a Catholic father. He resides in Berkeley and in Greenwich Village in New York City, with his wife, Kelley. He has one daughter, Alexi (born December 21, 1988), who is an actress, writer and filmmaker. Melvin and his family are very active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alexi having been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 14.
- List of Major League Baseball managers in 2006
- List of Major League Baseball managers in 2007
- List of Major League Baseball managers in 2008
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