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Melvin signs three-year deal to manage Oakland A's

M-A grad owns a 532-551 record as a major league manager

By Rick Eymer

Palo Alto Online Sports

Bob Melvin spent the better of his boyhood watching the San Francisco Giants play at Candlestick Park and the Oakland Athletics play at the Coliseum.

Melvin, who graduated from Menlo-Atherton and attended California and Canada College, got to play for the Giants. Now he's getting a chance to manage the Oakland A's.

Melvin signed a three-year extension Tuesday and officially had the 'interim' removed from his title. He's the manager, period.

"This is a special day for me and my family," Melvin said before the A's took on the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. "It really is a dream come true. The opportunity to do this, in a transitory business to begin with, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am aware of that and I feel very lucky."

One of his first orders of business as manager was to put Stanford grad Michael Taylor into Tuesday night's starting lineup.

Melvin took over from Bob Geren on an interim basis on June 9. He's managed the club to a 42-49 mark since then.

Melvin has managed the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks in previous stints. He has also worked as a scout and a special assistant to the general manager.

He interviewed with several teams before being offered the Oakland position.

"I went through any number of interviews, and I understand came in second a couple of times," Melvin said. "You always want to remain confident in what you do.

"The Mets were the last time and I was excited about their potential," Melvin added. "When this came open, I thought 'OK, this is where I was meant to be and why the other interviews fell short.' This just feels right."

Melvin made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers and has also played for the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox in addition to the Giants. He finished his career with a batting average of .233 and 35 home runs.

"He's got a great reputation, not only with this club already, but throughout baseball," A's GM Billy Beane said. "We were impressed with Bob right from the start. The interim process was very helpful. We had a long time to get to know each other and feel comfortable."

Melvin, the 2007 National League Manager of the Year, takes a career 532-551 managerial record into Tuesday's action.

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