Oakland Athletics Manager Bob Melvin received a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2018 season.
General Manager Billy Beane made the announcement Wednesday with the A’s having the worst record in the American League this year following three straight playoff seasons. Melvin received a two-year contract extension in January 2013 that was to take him through the 2016 season.
“It’s not lost on me that during a year like this, these are things that don’t typically happen,” Melvin said. “I’m very fortunate and appreciative for that. As a team this year I believe we’ve underachieved. The one thing that the front office has always done for me here is given me good players. We’ve underachieved this year, and I’m responsible for that.
“I’m fully committed to this team, this organization and this fan base to get this thing turned around sooner than later,” he said.
Beane has been committed to keeping the manager position stable for the future with the small-budget A’s — and Melvin led the club to the playoffs in each of his first three full seasons as skipper.
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