The Oakland Athletics announced Wednesday morning that they are going to extend the contract of manager Bob Melvin, according to the San Francisco Chronicles’ Susan Slusser.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 9, 2015
The extension will be officially announced this afternoon at a press conference at Oakland’s O.Co Coliseum. The extension will be a multi-year deal, according to Slusser.
Melvin has been manager of the A’s since taking over for former manager Bob Geren in June of the 2011 season. In 2012, a year when most experts predicted the A’s to lose 100 games, he led the Athletics to an improbable American League Western Division Title.
With nine games left to play in the regular season and the A’s five games behind the Texas Rangers, the A’s went on to win, sweeping the Rangers in the season’s final series. In 2012 the A’s were in first place for just one day, the day that counted, the season’s final day.
In Melvin’s four-plus seasons as the A’s manager the A’s have had a winning record and have made the postseason in his first three full seasons as the team’s skipper. With Melvin as the Athletics manager the team has gone 385-339.
Melvin has been named both National League Manager of the Year and American League Manager of the Year. He won his first award in the NL in 2007 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2012 he won the AL award with the Athletics.
The A’s may be going through a rough time right now, a rough season actually but the reasons for their losing record is not the fault of Melvin’s managerial skills. It’s not at all like the situation with Matt Williams and the Washington Nationals.
The A’s had early problems on both defense and with the bullpen, including two injuries to All-Star closer Sean Doolittle that kept him out of the game for the majority of the season.
To date Doolittle has made just seven appearances for the Athletics, only two in the ninth inning. Although he is 1-1 in save opportunities, using just five pitches to retire the side in the top of the ninth inning against the AL West leading Houston Astros on Monday.
Although the defensive issues for the A’s subsided and Doolittle has returned to restore some sort of order to the ever-changing bullpen, it is too little too late for the A’s this season. But Doolittle’s return has instilled hope into the players and the fan base for 2016.
The A’s retaining BoMel for multiple seasons is just icing on the cake for the fans that are hoping for a better 2016 than the year the A’s have had in 2015.
Once the contract details have been announced, you will be able to find them here on BBST! General manager Billy Beane and assistant GM David Forst are also expected to get promotions at some point in the near future, those details – as soon as they are available – will be here on BBST as well!