A's share tribute to winningest manager in Oakland-era team history, Bob Melvin

Hunter Hewitt

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On June 9, 2011, the Oakland Athletics hired an interim manager.

Little did they know, that same interim manager would eventually become the winningest manager in Oakland-era team history.

Exactly 10 years to the day after his hiring, Bob Melvin received a touching tribute from the team and several others on social media.

Included in the tribute were messages from legendary coaches, players and other baseball legends "BoMel" has been associated with throughout his career, such as:

  • Tony La Russa
  • Dusty Baker
  • Bryan Price
  • Chip Hale
  • Sal Bando
  • Craig Counsell
  • Phil Garner

On June 1, the A’s defeated the Seattle Mariners 12-6, and Melvin notched his 799th win as the team manager. With the victory, Melvin passed La Russa, who had a record of 798–673 while managing the A's from 1986-1995.

"I just want to join all of those congratulating him on becoming the A's managerial career win leader," said La Russa in the video.

Although Melvin now has the most wins in the Oakland-era, he still sits far behind Cornelius McGillicuddy, also known as Connie Mack, for most wins in franchise history. McGillicuddy coached the Philadelphia A's from 1901-1950, amassing well over 3,000 wins.

Melvin, a Bay Area native from Palo Alto, California, has been named American League Manager of the Year twice during his tenure with the A's.

Before being named manager in 2011, he had previous managerial stints with the Seattle Mariners (2003-2004) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2005-2009). Additionally, he was a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers (1999), Detroit Tigers (2000) and Diamondbacks (2001-2002).

Before Melvin's stellar coaching career, he spent 10 seasons as a catcher in the MLB. After he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers, he played with the following organizations:

  • Detroit Tigers (1985)
  • San Francisco Giants (1986–1988)
  • Baltimore Orioles (1989–1991)
  • Kansas City Royals (1992)
  • Boston Red Sox (1993)
  • New York Yankees (1994)
  • Chicago White Sox (1994)

While the A's have a club option to extend Melvin's contract in 2022, the 59-year-old has made it clear he wants to stay.

“I have no desire to go anywhere else,” Melvin said months ago. “I’m perfectly happy here and my bosses have taken good care of me here. That’s where I stand on it. It’s not my job to pick up an option, it’s the guys above me. But I’m really happy here.”

This season, the A's are off to a hot start. With a record of 36-26, they currently stand atop the American League West division.

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