In Billy Beane’s 15 years as general manager of the Oakland Athletics, the A’s have advanced to the playoffs six times.
For the first time, one of Beane’s managers has been honored as American League manager of the year.
Bob Melvin won the award Tuesday, with 16 of the 28 first-place votes. Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles received the other 12 first-place votes.
The “Moneyball” book and movie caricatured Beane as a chess grandmaster for whom the manager was one of his pawns. Yet the A’s have diversified their offense beyond the walk and the home run – five players reached double digits in stolen bases last season – and Melvin said he has meshed well with Beane.
“I heard all the rumors about him being difficult,” Melvin said on a conference call. “He’s been passionate. . . . To this point, it’s been pretty seamless. He’s been terrific.