Billy Beane betrayed Bob Melvin

Here is a link to my column about Billy Beane's betrayal of Bob Melvin. It's on the web now, in the PD Thursday. The full text runs below: Billy Beane continues to betray A’s manager Bob Melvin. Beane pretends he’s helping Melvin, pretends he’s getting value for players he trades [...]

By | December 10th, 2014|16 Comments

What the A’s have to do

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Oakland A's and Bob Melvin. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — This is a cautionary tale about the Oakland A’s. On Sunday morning before his team lost to the Twins 6-1, A’s manager Bob Melvin sat in his usual [...]

By | August 11th, 2014|1 Comment

I humbly disagree with Bob Melvin

Here is a link to my Sunday column. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — I thought Bob Melvin blew it after the top of the eighth inning against the Red Sox on Saturday, a game the A’s won 2-1 in 10. Melvin got thrown out of the game. For [...]

By | June 21st, 2014|4 Comments

Bob Melvin, emerging superstar

Here is a link to my Monday column about Bob Melvin. The full text runs below: PHOENIX -- The Bay Area has two superstar sports managers/coaches. Name them. Bruce Bochy and Jim Harbaugh. No argument allowed in either case. Bochy has won two World Series and will enter the Hall [...]

By | February 24th, 2014|8 Comments

Bob Melvin is way superstitious

They just had the pregame media interviews. One writer asked Bob Melvin if Bartolo Colon will start Game 5 if there is a Game 5. Melvin shot back in his chair like someone blasted him in the gut with a Smith and Wesson .38. He looked horrified like Dracula after [...]

By | October 8th, 2013|2 Comments

On Bob Melvin and Billy Beane

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Bob Melvin and Billy Beane: You also can read the complete text below By LOWELL COHN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT OAKLAND — It was a bad look for the Oakland A’s. Two outs away from a win against the Angels. Chance to [...]

By | September 19th, 2013|5 Comments

Ranking AL West managers

Here are my highly-subjective rankings of managers in the AL West: 1. Ron Washington 2. Bob Melvin 3. Eric Wedge 4. Bo Porter 5. Mike Scioscia I encourage you to suggest your own list.

By | May 28th, 2013|10 Comments

Bob Melvin on the A’s

Here is the opening to my Thursday column about Bob Melvin and the Oakland A's: PHOENIX 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 [...]

By | March 14th, 2013|5 Comments

Bob Melvin vs. Jim Harbaugh

Here is the opening to my Tuesday column, comparing Bob Melvin and Jim Harbaugh: It all comes down to Jim Harbaugh vs. Bob Melvin, a strange comparison if there ever was one. But, OK, you need to know what I’m talking about, and that involves an explanation of context. Here [...]

By | November 5th, 2012|18 Comments

Bob Melvin for manager of the year

Bob Melvin has to be manager of the year in the AL. Agree?

By | October 3rd, 2012|15 Comments