After a 97-win season and a wild-card berth, the Oakland A’s will return their brain trust for the 2019 season and well beyond.
On the first day of the official MLB offseason, the A’s announced that Executive Vice President Billy Beane, General Manager David Forst and Manager Bob Melvin have all received longterm contract extensions. All three were previously only signed through the 2019 season.
Beane has 21 years as either the A’s General Manager or Executive Vice President, during which time the A’s have made the postseason nine times. Forst joined the A’s front office in 2000 and has served as the General Manager since 2015. The A’s have the sixth-most postseason appearances in MLB since 2000.
Melvin took over as the A’s manager midway through the 2011 season, and he has led the team to the playoffs four times during his tenure. Melvin was named the Sporting News Manager of the Year for 2018 earlier this month. He has won that award twice with the A’s and was named the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Manager of the Year in 2007 (with Arizona) and 2012.
“I’m proud of the tremendous success of our team under the leadership of Billy, David and Bob and am excited to have that continue for years to come,” said Oakland A’s Managing General Partner John Fisher in a statement issued by the team.
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