Bob Melvin spent 11 years as the Oakland A’s manager. In that time, he saw players come and go, with an emphasis on the going part. While there was a great deal of continuity in the front office and on the bench, the A’s roster was a revolving door due to ownership refusing to actually pay their players or spend in free agency.
Melvin certainly has not forgotten those times. He took what could be considered a shot at A’s ownership during his remarks when he was officially named manager of the Padres.
Bob Melvin gets point across about Oakland A’s ownership
In true Bob Melvin style, he did not outright say anything negative about the A’s and their ownership. He simply pointed out how it will be a positive to be managing a team that will actually provide the resources needed to be able to do his job. And, presumably, keep their own players and make deals to improve the core.
That has been the problem with the A’s. Time and again, they have had the type of core that should be able to go on a long run in the postseason. But ownership would refuse to spend the last few dollars needed in order to truly fix the roster, leaving a flawed team that would end the season in a disappointing manner.
The Padres will be different in that sense. If their season ends in disappointment, it will not be due to ownership refusing to spend money or a front office incapable of making moves. Melvin, for the first time in over a decade, will actually get the help that he needs. It is no wonder why he is so excited about this opportunity.
The Oakland A’s have been held back by their ownership. Bob Melvin found a way to get that point across in his press conference with the Padres.