That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: An Underrated Manager; Melvin winningest manager in Oakland history

Oakland A’s manager is the winningest manager in Oakland history and is regarded as underrated and deserves much recognition (Athletics Nation file photo)

An Underrated Manager

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

Bob Melvin is the winningest manager in the history of the Oakland A’s since they moved to Oakland in 1968, surpassing Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa. In June the A’s exercised the 2022 option on Melvin’s contract, officially keeping him at least one more year.

A three-time winner of the Manager of the Year, with Seattle, Arizona and most recently with the Athletics in 2018. A Bay Area native and alumni of UC Berkeley. He played from 1985 to 1994 mostly as a backup catcher for various teams including the San Francisco Giants .

Melvin led the A’s six times into the Postseason and is as respected, by players, fans and media alike as anybody in the game. Yet for a combination of reasons I believe he is an underrated manager.

For one, the national baseball media usually overlooks the teams here on the West Coast, all the attention is focused towards the teams of the other coast. Other reason is the level of talent he is given every year. These young players come to Oakland and when they become stars, they leave to produce in some other place.

During Bob Melvin reign as manager of the A’s he had to adjust to a system where players usually do not stay with the team for more than a couple of years, or so. Due to the A’s system they move players constantly.

Many become stars in Oakland and then they fly away and sign juicy multi-year contracts with other teams. Guys like Josh Donaldson, who after leaving Oakland won the American League MVP with the Toronto Blue Jays, or Cuban-born Yoenis Céspedes, who was a very popular player here in Oakland, who also left.

Yoenis told me many times, he enjoyed playing here and for manager Melvin, where he began his career in the Major Leagues after defecting from Cuba.

Most recently star closer Liam Hendricks now in the postseason with the recently crowned Central Division champion Chicago White Sox and Marcus Semien with the Toronto Blue Jays having the best season of his career, who could also be playing in the postseason in a little over a week. Both Liam Hendricks (still one of the best closers in the business) and Marcus Semien who recently tied the record of homeruns for a second baseman with 43.

Melvin, however, always gets the most from his players, youngsters or seasoned veterans, whom (like previously mentioned) love to play for him. This manager always does the best with the talent he is given year after year after year.

He is a very good manager for many reasons, not only as an ‘on the field’ skipper with strategy but how he manages every personality inside this clubhouse and the hands-on relations with each of his players.

Bob Melvin told us they are going to fight until the last game of the season, their last home-stand ended with 4 looses in a row against the Mariners and then with a 3-game sweep against the Astros. The A’S are in Seattle for three games and then close the season in Houston for three more next weekend.

Bob Melvin, is one of the biggest assets in the Oakland Athletics organization. But, let’s face it. The best jockey in the world cannot win the race if the horse is limping.

Spanish Coverage: The 60 game A’s schedule in Spanish over KIQI 1010AM/KATD 990AM concluded Sunday with the last home game against the Houston Astros. Hopefully the A’S can increase their Spanish coverage in the future.

Recent US Census showed 41% of California’s population is Latino/Hispanic, making Español the second most spoken language in the State.

Of the 7.77 million people in the 9-county Bay Area there were between 1.7 to 2 million that were reported on the Census are Spanish speakers (plus others that do not report on the Census for obvious reasons but also follow sports via Spanish media as well as general consumers in California’s economy) are Latinos/Hispanics.

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