OAKLAND — Back in Bob Melvin’s days as the Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach in 2001 and 2002, the current Oakland A’s manager liked to indulge one of his off-the-diamond hobbies — stock speculating.
As Bob Brenly, now a D-backs broadcaster and then Melvin’s boss, tells it, Melvin would write stock tips on the lineup card each morning in spring training.
According to Melvin, that’s not quite the truth.
“I made the schedules out, so every day there was a schedule, a spring training schedule,” Melvin said. “And on the bottom, we used to have a little fun with it. I’d put whatever the Dow [Jones] and NASDAQ were on a particular day and maybe a tip or two on what I thought maybe somebody should buy.”
“Nobody did. I didn’t hear anything from anybody who possibly did and lost some money,” Melvin said. “So, it was all in good fun. We had the kind of group in Arizona that you could have a little fun with and I think they enjoyed it.”
Melvin’s interest in the financial world ran so deep that Brenly actually thought his understudy was destined for a career on Wall St. — not in the dugout.
“Well, he got that wrong,” Melvin cracked. “It’s not the first thing he’s gotten wrong in his career.”
A’s call up four, one more potentially to come
With the season ending for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on Tuesday, the A’s brought up a quartet of players — Daniel Mengden, Raul Alcantara, Joey Wendle and Renato Nuñez.
Mengden will take Chris Smith’s spot in the rotation for Saturday’s doubleheader. Alcantara heads to the bullpen and Wendle and Nuñez arrive mostly as a reward for producing in the minors.
According to a team source, one more Sound could be on the way — Ryan Christenson, the manager. Nothing is officially, but the one-time A’s centerfielder and organization’s current managerial rising star is expected to join the major league club in the coming days.bob brenlyBob MelvinChris SmithDaniel MengdenJoey WendleMLBOakland Athleticsraul alcantararenato núñezryan christenson