Bob Melvin has repeatedly described the comfort of managing right at home in the Bay Area — and Billy Beane has described the comfort in having a winning, “modern-day” manager leading the A’s.
Melvin is staying put in the very place he wants to be well into the future.
The A’s manager received a two-year contract extension Monday that takes him through the 2016 season. Read More
Bartolo Colon will be welcomed back to the A’s with no hard feelings — at least by newly crowned AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin.
Melvin said Wednesday he is “thrilled” the right-hander will return to the club next year after his 2012 season ended with a 50-game suspension Aug. 22 for testing positive for testosterone. Read More
Young rosters, small budgets, limited expectations.
Bob Melvin of the A’s and the Washington Nationals’ Davey Johnson won big right away and were chosen as managers of the year Tuesday after guiding their teams to huge turnaround seasons. Read More
No one saw this coming but the A’s themselves.
On Wednesday, Oakland became the first team to come from five or more games back to win a division or a pennant with fewer than 10 games to play, topping the Rangers 12-5 to complete a three-game sweep and take the AL West crown.
The A’s never held sole possession of first place this season until they recorded the final out of game No. 162. Read More
Second, fourth, fifth. Wherever Jason Kubel hit in the Diamondbacks’ lineup in a weekend sweep of the A’s, he hit.
Kubel had a single and two RBIs from the No. 5 spot Sunday, when the D’backs beat the A’s 4-3 to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games. Read More
Vin Mazzaro was once penciled in as part of future A’s rotations.
He was a 2005 third-round pick of Oakland and in the rotation in 2009-2010, making 35 starts, but he was traded to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder David DeJesus after the 2010 season.
Mazzaro beat the A’s 2-0 on Sunday, holding them to four singles in six innings, while walking three and striking out three. Read More
A’s manager Bob Melvin had a brief talk with his club after Wednesday’s loss to the Minnesota Twins, and he made it clear that the club needs to find the grit that they had earlier in the season, when Oakland was exceeding expectations.
“We’ve got to continue to play hard,” Melvin said. “We play hard, but we have to fight hard. There’s a difference.”During the A’s season-high eight-game losing streak, the team is batting .172, and Oakland has scored 12 runs, total. Read More
Heading into spring training 2011, the A’s were the boutique pick of many experts as the favorite to win the American League West. Read More
This isn’t a June Swoon, it’s an “Oh gawd, how do we get back to last October?”
It’s a season of Murphy’s Law baseball, with the people who aren’t getting injured unable to get out of slumps.
“It’s going to have to pick up,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We know it.” Read More