The Oakland Athletics do not have the resources that the big market teams have. Therefore they have to make better use of the people they do have. One of the best people in any position is that of Bob Melvin in the manager’s role. He simply does a great job at putting the right players in position to win baseball games. That is the best that could be expected of any manager or coach.
Melvin has managed a Major League Baseball team for nine years. They weren’t consecutive, but nine years overall. In that time frame he has finished second in a division three times and has one two division titles. Once was with the Arizona Diamondbacks when they went all the way to the National League Championship Series. The next winning team was last year’s Athletics squad that took the American League Champion Detroit Tigers to the limit in the Division Series.
This season all the Athletics see is once again that they aren’t the best team on paper. The Los Angeles Angels have added a ton of power to their potent lineup and the Texas Rangers are going to be good again. The Seattle Mariners have made great moves as well. It’s to the point that many experts will pick against this A’s team once again. I think with Melvin at the helm that could be a mistake. Let’s see just exactly what he can do with the A’s this year.