- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep Bob Melvin as their permanent manager.

The Athletics made the announcement Wednesday.

The 49-year-old Melvin took over in an interim capacity for the fired Bob Geren in June and has a 42-49 record after Tuesday night’s 7-2 loss to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers at the Coliseum. Geren’s dismissal marked the first time Oakland fired a manager during the season in a quarter century.

Melvin, a Bay Area native who played college baseball at California, previously managed the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. He has considered it a good fit with this franchise for both sides and has repeatedly said he’d like to stay.



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