The Oakland A's today announced that they have given club manager Bob Melvin a two-year contract extension, that will keep him on the team until at least the finish of the 2016 season.
Melvin, in his first full year as manager, took the club to the playoffs and an AL West division title with a 94-68 record and earned himself AL Manager of the Year for the 2012 season. Melvin became only the second manager in team history to win the award, after Tony LaRussa won it in 1988 and 1992. Melvin had previously won it as manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
After finishing 74-88 in 2011, with Melvin having been named interim manager for the season, the A's made a complete turnaround and have rewarded Melvin for his work.
Under Melvin’s leadership, the A’s registered the best record (72-38) in the Majors after June 1. Oakland trailed Texas by five games with nine to play last season and became the first team in Major League history to rally from a deficit of five or more games with fewer than 10 games remaining to win a division or pennant. The A’s were also 13 games behind the Rangers on June 30, thus becoming only the fifth team in Major League annals to win a division or pennant after trailing by that large of deficit.