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Robert Paul Melvin

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[edit] Biographical Information

As a player, Bob Melvin was best known for his spells as a strong defensive catcher with the San Francisco Giants and the Baltimore Orioles. He later became a major league manager.

After his playing career ended, Melvin spent some time as a scout and worked in the Milwaukee Brewers front office before moving to the dugout. He was a Brewers coach in 1999, and then followed skipper Phil Garner to the Detroit Tigers in 2000. He was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff the next two seasons before taking over as Seattle Mariners manager after the 2002 season.

After two years at the helm of the Mariners, Melvin joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as their skipper for the 2005 season. He was taking over a team that had lost 108 games as the veterans who had contributed to Arizona's World Series title in 2001 had retired or left, with the team's farm sytem too barren to replace them adequately. Melvin set out to rebuild the team and in 2007, he led a young Diamondbacks team to a NL West Division title as well as the best record in the National League, a remarkable feat considering that his team allowed more runs than it scored over the season. However, success was short-lived. After a red hot start, the D-Backs faded badly down the stretch in 2008 and finished barely above .500. Then in 2009, the team started slowly and was already 8½ games out of first when Melvin was fired on May 7. One of the main criticisms against him was that Arizona's many young players had failed to develop under his leadership and he was replaced by A.J. Hinch, who lacked coaching or managerial experience but had been Vice-President in charge of player development.

Melvin was re-hired by the Diamondbacks in May of 2011 for a third stint with the organization, this time as a special assistant to team President Derrick Hall. He did not stay long in the job, as just a month later, on June 9, 2011, he was hired as skipper of the Oakland Athletics, replacing the fired Bob Geren. He turned things completely around for the A's in 2012, as they emerged completely out of nowhere to challenge the heavily-favored Texas Rangers for the AL West title, overtaking them in the season's last days. However, they were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS. The scenario repeated exactly in 2013, even though the A's were now expected to be competitive, down to the elimination at the hands of the Tigers in a tightly-fought ALDS. In 2014, the A's were the best team in the majors during the first half and made a number of moves to acquire additional pitching in order to get past the Division Series bump. The strategy did not work, however, as the offense went dead in August, and the A's began to plummet, eventually only landing a wild card slot on the final day of the season, and by a single game. They had to play on the road to meet the Kansas City Royals in the Wild Card Game but lost a wild and crazy contest, 9-8, in 12 innings to make another early exit from the postseason.

Melvin's main teammates were Cal Ripken, Will Clark, Randy Milligan, Robby Thompson, Gregg Olson, Bob Brenly, Joe Orsulak, Candy Maldonado, Mickey Tettleton and Jose Uribe.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time Manager of the Year Award (2007/NL and 2012/AL)
  • Division Titles: 3 (2007, 2012 & 2013)
  • Other postseason appearances: 1 (2014 Wild Card)


Preceded by
Lou Piniella
Seattle Mariners Manager
2003-2004
Succeeded by
Mike Hargrove
Preceded by
Al Pedrique
Arizona Diamondbacks Manager
2005-2009
Succeeded by
A.J. Hinch
Preceded by
Bob Geren
Oakland Athletics Manager
2011-
Succeeded by
Current

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2003 Seattle Mariners American League 87-75 2nd Seattle Mariners
2004 Seattle Mariners American League 63-99 4th Seattle Mariners
2005 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 77-85 2nd Arizona Diamondbacks
2006 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 76-86 4th Arizona Diamondbacks
2007 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 90-72 1st Arizona Diamondbacks Lost NLCS
2008 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 82-80 2nd Arizona Diamondbacks
2009 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 12-17 -- Arizona Diamondbacks replaced by A.J. Hinch on May 7
2011 Oakland Athletics American League 47-52 3rd Oakland Athletics replaced Bob Geren (27-36) on June 9
2012 Oakland Athletics American League 94-68 1st Oakland Athletics Lost ALDS
2013 Oakland Athletics American League 96-66 1st Oakland Athletics Lost ALDS
2014 Oakland Athletics American League 88-74 2nd Oakland Athletics Lost Wild Card Game

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