Susan Slusser profiles the new skipper, who apparently, used to be an A's fan growing up. (SF Chronicle)
On Thursday, Melvin became Oakland's interim manager, and he said there was no mystery why his brand-new A's uniform bore No. 6.
"Captain Sal Bando," Melvin said of the A's third baseman of the early '70s.
Melvin previously has worn No. 3 in honor of former Oakland second baseman Phil Garner; Bando and Garner were instrumental in helping Melvin start his post-playing career when he worked with them in Milwaukee in the late '90s.
Reaction of Geren's firing:
#Athletics fired Bob Geren, whom I affectionately remember as only person (so far) who's declined to shake my hand after an interview.
about 22 hours ago via web
Current pitcher Brandon McCarthy stood up for Geren
With every ending comes a new beginning... Who do i talk to about ordering a happy ending? my boys in oaktown all deserve a happy ending!about 20 hours ago via web
Jackson says that there "wasn't a tremendous amount of communication with Geren," for everyone. Won't be the case with Melvin. #Athleticsabout 18 hours ago via Twittelator
"I feel for Bob because he had a passion for baseball, and he certainly had a deep passion for being the manager of the Oakland Athletics," Washington said. "I know he's disappointed he couldn't move them forward. I think he's a great baseball man, and as we move forward he'll find another job."