Robert Paul Melvin
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 205 lb.
- School Cañada College, University of California
- High School Menlo-Atherton High School
- Debut May 25, 1985
- Final Game August 6, 1994
- Born October 28, 1961 in Palo Alto, CA USA
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, 2001 and 2002 before taking over as Seattle Mariners manager in 2003.
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 system 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 8 1/2 games out of first when Melvin was fired on May 7th. 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.
The A's were expected to contend again in 2015 in spite of making a flurry of moves in the off-season, but the new team never jelled and spent more time fighting to get out of the cellar than threatening to return to the postseason. In spite of the disappointing season, the A's expressed confidence in their manager, signing him to a two-year contract extension on September 9th. GM Billy Beane explained the decision to extend him thus: "By the way, not all the players I gave you were good," an acknowledgment that some of the off-season moves had been ill-inspired. 2016 was another rebuilding year, though, with the A's never in contention.
- 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)
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Year-By-Year Managerial Record
- Jorge L. Ortiz: "A's manager Bob Melvin won't be fall guy for terrible season", USA Today Sports, September 9, 2015.