It's hard to imagine the Oakland Athletics without manager Bob Melvin at the helm. The 60-year-old joined the team on an interim basis in 2011 but has become the second-winningest manager in franchise history with 808 wins since then. Now, Melvin has the Athletics playing their best baseball in a long time. The team is currently 41-27 on the 2021 MLB season and leads the AL West by 2.5 games. Due to this recent success, the club has decided to reward the manager.
The Athletic's Alex Coffey reported on Tuesday that Oakland has decided to exercise Melvin's contract for the 2022 campaign. Assuming he can bring more success for the remainder of this season and into the next one, Athletics fans should be happy to hear this news.
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Before Melvin joined the Athletics in 2011, the club hadn't made the postseason since 2006. However, since then, Oakland has six postseason appearances to brag about, which includes playing in last season's American League Division Series. Fortunately, Melvin has been recognized for his efforts multiple times, being named MLB Manager of the Year in 2012 and 2018.
Fortunately, Melvin is bringing more success to Oakland this season. The Athletics are nearly a top-10 team when it comes to offense, scoring an average of 4.47 runs per game (13th). On the other hand, it's not like their defense is anything to sneeze at. Opposing teams are only averaging 4.12 runs (11th) against the Athletics. It's these types of statistical achievements that'll help Oakland in the long run as it chases its first World Series title since 1989.
Despite having one of the best records in baseball, some oddsmakers may not be convinced that the Athletics are legitimate contenders. FanDuel Sportsbook has listed Oakland's odds to win this season's World Series at +2000 (T-8th). Those aren't bad odds by any means, but it shows that Melvin has some work to do before he delivers Oakland a championship.
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