Bob Melvin oversaw the A’s most recent turnaround from a losing team to a postseason contender. On Wednesday, the A’s affirmed their hope that Melvin will help lead the next one as well.
The A’s announced they’ve agreed to terms with Melvin on a two-year contract extension that will keep Melvin as their manager through the 2018 season. General manager Billy Beane announced the extension – terms of which were not released – at a news conference at the O.co Coliseum. He praised Melvin’s leadership during a trying season.
“This was something that was probably fait accompli a long time ago,” Beane said. “It’s somebody that we feel very proud to have running the club. I know personally from my standpoint – and I think I speak for (assistant GM David Forst) and the front office – it’s been a very productive relationship, and one that we’ve enjoyed both professionally and personally.”
Entering Wednesday, the A’s had a .532 winning percentage in Melvin’s four-plus seasons as manager, including postseason appearances in his first three full seasons from 2012-14. Following an offseason of heavy turnover, though, the A’s stumbled out of the gate this year and went into Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros with the American League’s worst record at 19 games under .500.
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“It’s not lost on me that during a year like this, these are things that don’t typically happen, and I’m very fortunate and appreciative for that,” Melvin said.
“I believe we’ve underachieved this year, and I’m responsible for that, so to be able to get this type of extension during a year like this, again, is pretty rare. My time here has been great. We’ve had good years here – certainly not this year, but I’m fully committed to this team, this organization and fan base to get this thing turned around sooner than later.”