Updated at 3:45 p.m.
With the three principles of the Oakland Athletics’ baseball operations set to have their contracts expire after the 2019 season, the club announced on Monday that manager Bob Melvin, general manager David Forst and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane have all received long-term extensions.
In a 3 p.m. press conference, the A’s confirmed that Melvin was extended until 2021, with a club option for 2022. Forst’s extension runs through 2023, while Beane said it sufficed to say that he would be around for the “foreseeable future.”
“I’m proud of the tremendous success of our team under the leadership of Billy, David and Bob and am excited to have that continue for years to come,” Oakland A’s Managing General Partner John Fisher said in a release.
Melvin, who guided the A’s to a Wild Card berth this season with the fourth-best record in the major leagues, despite facing six starting pitchers go down with season-ending injuries, won the Sporting News AL Manager of the Year award earlier this month. The Cal alumnus, 57, is a favorite for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America award, as well, which he’s won in 2007 with Arizona and 2012 with Oakland. That award will be announced next month.
The 22-win improvement from 2017 to 2018 (75–87 in 2017) was the third time a Melvin-managed team increased its win total by 20 or more games from the previous season.
In his eight years with the team, Melvin has led the A’s to the playoffs four times, and has compiled a 634-599 record, the third-most in franchise history behind Connie Mack (3,582) and Tony La Russa (798). Only three other active managers — Bruce Bochy (SF), Ned Yost (KC), and Clint Hurdle (PIT) — have longer uninterrupted tenures with their current teams.
Beane, the general manager and architect of the 2002 team that won 20 straight games, and eventually became the subject of the book and movie “Moneyball.” Beane’s role in using advanced metrics and analytics heralded a new age in not just baseball, but professional sports. He was elevated to his current post as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, with an ownership stake in the team, on Oct. 5, 2015 after serving 18 seasons as GM.
Under Beane, the A’s have win six AL West titles, made three wild-card appearances and won 90 or more games nine times. The A’s nine postseason appearances since the 2000 season are sixth most among all Major League teams, trailing only the New York Yankees (15), St. Louis Cardinals (12), Los Angeles Dodgers (10), Boston Red Sox (10) and Atlanta Braves (10).
Since Beane first took Oakland’s general manager job in 1998, Oakland has gone 1,793-1,607 (.527), the fourth-best record in the American League, and seventh-best in all of baseball during that timeframe.
Beane joined the A’s front office staff in 1990 as the club’s Major League advance scout. In 1993, former A’s president and general manager Sandy Alderson promoted him to Assistant General Manager. Alderson handed over his general manager title to Beane on Oct. 17, 1997.
Forst will be entering his 20th season with the organization in 2019, and his fourth as general manager since replacing Beane in 2015. The A’s have made nine postseason appearances since he joined the organization in 2000, including four times in the last seven seasons. Prior to being named General Manager, he served 12 seasons as Beane’s assistant GM.
Beane and Forst were responsible for the acquisition of each player on the 2018 Wild Card team, including drafting Gold Glove finalists Matt Olson and Matt Chapman, trading for Gold Glove finalists Marcus Semien and Jed Lowrie, trading for darkhorse MVP candidate Khris Davis, and trading for star right fielder Stephen Piscotty, closer Blake Treinen, Jeurys Familia, Mike Fiers and Fernando Rodney.