M-A grad Melvin getting a contract extension with the A's


The Oakland Athletics announced a contract extension with Menlo-Atherton High grad and current A' manager Bob Melvin through the 2018 season on Wednesday.

Melvin, in his 12th season as a manager, his fifth with the A's, has an overall 878-847 mark entering Wednesday night's game against the Houston Astros and their manager, Stanford grad A.J. Hinch.

Bob Melvin
"As a team I believe we've underachieved and I'm responsible for that," Melvin said. "I'm fortunate and appreciative. To get an extension like this is pretty rare. I'm fully committed to turning this thing around sooner rather than later."

Melvin earned AL Manager of the Year honors in 2012, when he helped lead them to a 94-68 record and their first division title since 2006.

He also won the 2007 National League Manager of the Year Award during his time with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Melvin hit .233 with 35 home runs and drove in 212 runs during a 10-year playing career, primarily as a catcher. He appeared in the 1987 NLCS with the San Francisco Giants. He played for six teams.

While the A's failed to live up to expectations this year, Melvin has managed to keep things in a positive light. The A's have undergone several changes through the season and still have a bright future.

"This is someone we are proud to have running the club," A's General Manager Billy Beane said. "It's been a productive relationship. Certainly things haven't gone as planned but what has been consistent is Bob's leadership. He brings the same attitude, the same intensity every single day, every single game."

Melvin began his managerial career with the Seattle Mariners in 2003 and has recorded four 90-plus win seasons. He is 385-339 with Oakland.

"It's the most comfortable place for me," Melvin said. "The minute I got to this organization it's been a different feeling putting this uniform on. I know the Coliseum doesn't have all the bells and whistles like the other stadiums, but I like this place. To me, it's the best playing surface in the league. We have a passionate fan base, which makes for a good atmosphere."

Piscotty delivers

Stanford grad Stephen Piscotty delivered a two-run double to complete a three-run rally in the eighth inning that gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

"It's definitely good to get that one," Piscotty told reporters. "You don't want to get swept by the Cubs. We're fine. There's no panic. We did a good job of fighting back."

The Cardinals remain 4 1/2 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the National League Central Division lead.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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