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Lowell Cohn: A's skipper Bob Melvin on precipice of greatness (w/video)

  • Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, left, speaks beside A's general manager Billy Beane during a media conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep Bob Melvin as their permanent manager. The 49-year-old Melvin took over in an interim capacity for the fired Bob Geren in June and has a 42-49 record after Tuesday night's 7-2 loss to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers at the Coliseum. Geren's dismissal marked the first time Oakland fired a manager during the season in a quarter century. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Dennis Allen? Please.

Mark Jackson? The man is promising but has not won anything. He exists in the "seems OK for now" category, currently a million miles from superstar. Recently, his owner, Joe Lacob, expressed impatience with him. Jackson did not handle that well, lashing out at the press — an irrelevant move if there ever was one. No superstar yet.

Then there is the amazing case of the A's Bob Melvin, an emerging superstar, a unique man who has one foot in the door of the superstar room and could burst through this season — not that there actually is a superstar room.

He's been A's manager for two-plus seasons and his record in Oakland is 237-186. He's won the American League West title two years running despite having only one potential superstar player, Yoenis Cespedes, and a revolving roster.

Unlike some other managers, he communicates with his players. This is known. He tells them clearly where they stand even if where they stand isn't so hot. No room for doubt on the A's. A grown-up corporation.


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