The Bob Melvin era in the desert is over. Yesterday, the D-Backs fired the 2007 NL Manager of the year mid-way through his 4th season as manager of the club. Melvin came in after the 2004 season in which the D-Backs lost a franchise high 111 games and led the squad to a 26 win improvement in 2005. 2007 was by far the high point of the Melvin era as the D-Backs won the NL West and advanced to the NLCS before falling to the Rockies in 4 games. The ’07 result was enough to think that the D-Backs were going to make major strides for the future, however since opening the 2008 season 20-8 (thru April 30th), Arizona is just 74-89 (including 12-17 this season). The struggles of the team and the generally apathetic response to their existence has been well documented here at SoD, so I’ll just say this…it can’t be worse. In the spirit of other former catchers turned D-Backs managers, like Bob Brenly and Melvin, 34 year-old former catcher and D-Backs director of player development A.J. Hinch will take over the reigns. Best of luck there A.J.
I think I know where Melvin went wrong, he is just too nice. Thus, in the spirit of friendship, I’ve got some suggestions for Bob Melvin as to how he can improve on this weakness to help get his next job:
- Grow a mustache – Think about it, Doc Holliday, Joseph Stalin, Billy Dee Williams – all certified bad-asses that enjoyed great career success, all had mustaches. See a correlation? I think it’s clear.
- Begin wearing a cape – You know who wore a cape? Darth Vader. ‘Nuf said.
- Threaten to tie small children to railroad tracks – Now I’m not saying you have to actually do this, but the fact that people think you might? It’ll make people think twice before crossing Bob Melvin.
- Get a killer nickname – Something like Rufus, Tank, or Bonecrusher.
Come to think of it, Melvin should incorporate all of the suggestions. Meet the manager of the year for 2010:
Think about it Bob.