The A's have agreed to terms with manager Bob Melvin on a three-year deal that will make him their permanent manager, according to Janie McCauley of the AP (via the Miami Herald). Melvin took over the A's on an interim basis midseason, after the club dismissed Bob Geren.
The A's, who played to a 27-36 record before letting Geren go, have a 42-48 record since Melvin took over. Melvin, 49, managed the Mariners (2003-04) and D'Backs (2005-09) before joining the A's. He had been working as a special advisor in Arizona's front office earleir this year. The 2007 NL Manager of the Year now has a 535-556 record in eight seasons as a skipper.
When Billy Beane replaced Geren with Melvin, the GM expressed confidence in his new hire's ability to handle the role and it became clear later in the summer that Geren was likely to return in 2012.
Their permanent manager until he’s fired or his contract is not renewed.
Wait so is Billy Beane Brad Pitt or vice versa?
Idk but I never pictured Billy looking like Brad…
why are they rewarding mediocrity?
Sabremetrics told him to do this. Moneyball at its best.
With the last line that would really suck if somehow Geren came back….
i like bob melvin but his record was no better than geren’s was. someone needs to light a fire under some asses. There is no reason the club can’t win with the players that were there this year.
trade for guillen lol
Billy needs to restore that moneyball PED magic of the early part of last decade.
Billy Martin did a pretty jam up job of lighting some fires under some arses when he was manager, even with a pretty awful roster and serious… other than a NICE pitching staff plus a very few decent positional players..This ain’t no AS team you know…
Agreed this team needs a gruff/commanding manager to get the best out of them with what they have, but one the players respect and that can be tough in this day and age. geren is proof of that with the revolt he had last season and maybe the fact he lasted as long as he did (strong) is why Beane kept him around, rather than a players manager, which IMO melvin is more of.
Davey Johnson may have been a stronger choice if he was willing to relocate here, Larry Bowa is another who comes to mind.