The San Diego Padres have hired Bob Melvin as their new manager, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. The team announced the hiring on Wednesday and also signed him to a two-year contract.
The “oakland baseball team” is the San Diego Padres, who have hired Oakland Athletics’ Bob Melvin as their new manager. Sources say that the move was made because of Melvin’s experience with the A’s and his ability to work well with young players.
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After the Oakland Athletics gave him permission to interview for the position, the San Diego Padres signed Melvin, Bob to a three-year deal as their new manager on Thursday, bringing aboard one of baseball’s most respected characters.
Melvin, who turned 60 on Thursday, led the Oakland Athletics to three American League West championships in his 11 years as manager, after stints with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. In 18 years as a manager, he has a career record of 1,346-1,272.
After a 79-83 season in 2021, the Padres dismissed manager Jayce Tingler. The Padres faltered in the second part of the season, and Tingler was released after two seasons after beginning the season with aspirations of contending with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
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Melvin takes over a quality squad that includes standout shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and third baseman Manny Machado. Infielder Jake Cronenworth, center fielder Trent Grisham, second baseman Adam Frazier, and a solid pitching rotation led by Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Joe Musgrove return for the Padres. Melvin knows how to take advantage of a strong bullpen, having done so with a perennially overachieving A’s squad.
Following disappointing stints in Seattle and Arizona, his career in Oakland was a resounding success. Melvin acquired a reputation as a players’ manager as well as a sharp thinker with the A’s, and he achieved regular success in a division where his club generally had the lowest payroll.
Former New York Mets manager Luis Rojas and former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen were among the recognized possibilities for the San Diego position, but Melvin was not one of them. Despite having a 2022 option on Melvin, the A’s permitted him to speak with San Diego, and he’ll go without receiving any money, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.
The Padres, who are known for their aggressiveness under general manager A.J. Preller, previously signed Cleveland pitching coach Ruben Niebla to join their staff this summer. Melvin’s addition fits nicely with the team’s ambitions of quickly recovering from a difficult 2021 season, in which performance difficulties and clubhouse problems derailed their chances of capturing the franchise’s first World Series.
San Diego’s rise began with the acquisition of Machado and the breakout performance of Tatis, a 22-year-old who inked a 14-year, $340 million deal earlier this year. The Padres hoped to capitalize on their postseason presence in the COVID-shortened 2020 season with a breakthrough in 2021, thanks to their left side of the infield, quality young position players, and a pitching staff supplemented by deals for Darvish, Snell, and Musgrove.
Instead, after a promising start to the season, the Padres had to overcome ailments to Tatis’ left shoulder, which he subluxed many times. Tatis still put up MVP-type performances, but the Padres were plagued by a lack of pitching depth.
Preller has already reorganized his scouting and player development departments, and Melvin’s multiyear contract provides the Padres with the stability they need for their playoff run.
Meanwhile, Oakland is bracing for a transitional winter. After an 86-win season in which they ended behind Houston and Seattle in the AL West, opponents think first baseman Matt Olson will be available through trade, and the A’s incessant churn in quest of contention might strike a snag.
MLB.com was the first to reveal Melvin’s deal with the Padres.
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