The Athletics announced this afternoon they’ve exercised their 2022 option on the contract of manager Bob Melvin. The 59-year-old is now set to lead the Oakland clubhouse next year in what will be his eleventh full season at the helm.
Hired on an interim basis on June 6, 2011 (and given the full-time position a few months later), Melvin is the league’s longest-tenured active manager with one team. Since the start of his first full season as skipper in 2012, the A’s have gone 761-663 (53.4% winning percentage). Oakland made the postseason each year from 2018-20, and the 41-27 A’s hold a 2.5 game advantage in the AL West to this point in the season.
Given that level of success, it’s unsurprising the A’s have decided to bring Melvin back for another year in the Bay Area. It’s always difficult to separate a manager’s impact from the talent of the team’s roster, but Melvin’s widely regarded as one of the sport’s best skippers. He’s a three-time Manager of the Year award winner (with the A’s in 2012 and 2018, and the Diamondbacks in 2007) and has a long, productive history working in tandem with Oakland’s top front office executives, Billy Beane and David Forst.