Wednesday September 9th, 2015

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin received a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season, the team announced on Wednesday. Melvin was currently signed with the A’s through the 2016 season.

The news of Melvin’s extension comes despite Oakland’s 60–79 record, the worst in the American League and the sixth-worst in baseball; the A’s are currently in last place in the AL West. In nearly five seasons as Oakland’s manager, Melvin is 385–339 with playoff appearances in his first three seasons with the team.

Before coming to the A’s, Melvin managed the Seattle Mariners from 2003 to ’04 and the Arizona Diamondbacks from ’05 to ’09. He has been named Manager of the Year in both the American and National Leagues, winning the honor in ’07 with Arizona and in ’12 with Oakland.

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Melvin played for 10 seasons in the major leagues as a catcher from 1985 to ’94.

- Kayla Lombardo

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