Bob Melvin is running away with the AL Manager of the Year Award

A’s boss has already secured the honor on 2 occasions

Karl Buscheck
July 12, 2018 - 4:04 pm

Back in December, David Forst, Oakland A’s GM, found himself standing in the home clubhouse, playing a game of Mean Tweets with team broadcaster Dallas Braden.

The Twitter users did not hold back.

“Bob Melvin probably dreams of smothering David Forst with a pillow for giving him this trash bullpen,” wrote @mjoven1975.

“That’s fair, fair. Okay,” Forst said with a smile. “I haven’t checked with Bob, but we’ll see.”

Fast forward seven-and-a-half months and no pillow is required. Melvin has taken the supposedly spoiled ingredients and whipped them into Zagat-approved feast.

After his A’s snatched three of four from the reigning champ Astros, the team climbed to a season high 12 games over .500 (53-41).

Melvin’s guided his club to a 19-5 run dating back to June 16. Oh and he’s done all that while overseeing the lowest payroll in the game

Per Spotrac:

Highest payroll: Red Sox, $235,768,510

Lowest payroll: A’s, $$82,892,772

He’s also utilizing a rotation that is in tatters. Already, 12 pitchers have started — including seven different starters in the past seven games.

Melvin won the American League Manager of the Year Award in 2012 with Oakland. He also secured that honor as the skipper of the Diamondbacks in 2007. The way he’s got his A’s barreling through the summer, Melvin is on a collision course for the hat trick.

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