Here is the opening to my Thursday column about Bob Melvin and the Oakland A’s:


Cut to this scene. A’s manager Bob Melvin sits in the dugout at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on a bright morning. He has met with the media in general, a columnist from another paper and now he’s talking to me, one on one.

He was American League Manager of the Year in 2012, and after the A’s gave him a four-year extension, he and his wife moved to Berkeley from Manhattan where he lived to be near his daughter who is an actress.

“When the organization made the commitment to me for four years,” he says, “and trust me, I know the second day is never given to you, that type of commitment would suggest I need to be there on an everyday basis and I want to be.”

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