Manager Bob Melvin, who led the San Diego Padres until this season, will lead the San Francisco Giants starting in the 2024 season.메이저사이트
The San Francisco team held Coach Melvin’s inauguration press conference at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, USA on the 26th (Korean time). San Francisco team owner Greg Johnson and President Farhan Zaidi also attended the event.
Previously, San Francisco fired coach Gabe Kapler on the 30th of last month. As the team performed poorly this season with 79 wins and 83 losses (0.488), their concerns deepened, and they eventually decided to prepare for the 2024 season with a new coach.
Several people were interviewed by the club for the vacant manager position, and one of them, Manager Melvin, decided to take the helm. The term of his contract is 3 years.
Coach Melvin, who has led the San Diego players through the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Oakland Athletics since 2003, recorded a total of 2,942 games, 1,517 wins, 1,425 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.516 over 20 seasons.
He played in the big leagues for 10 years as a player, wearing a San Francisco uniform for three seasons from 1986 to 1988. However, this is the first time he has established a relationship with San Francisco as a coach.
Coach Melvin said, “As everyone knows, I grew up in this neighborhood,” and “San Francisco is the Giants, and the Giants are San Francisco. No one understands this more than I do.” He expressed his feelings about taking charge of San Francisco.
President Zaidi said, “I think Coach Melvin is the perfect coach and leader for the team and organization. Even to this day, many players who played for him will say, ‘He is the best coach they have ever been with.’ “It had a lot of influence,” he said, expressing his expectations.
It was surprising that Coach Melvin took charge of a team in the same district as San Diego, but there was actually another reason why fans were so interested. This is because Coach Melvin had one year left on his contract with San Diego.
This season, San Diego failed to advance to the postseason, ranking third in the National League West Division with a record of 82 wins and 80 losses (0.506). However, by accumulating wins at the end of the season, the season ended with a win rate of over .500, and the appearance of players, including Ha-seong Kim, whose skills improved compared to the previous year was also a big gain. As a result, some have raised rumors of a discord between coach Melvin and San Diego general manager AJ Preller.
“All things considered, the opportunity came to me out of the blue and I felt it was the right opportunity,” Melvin said. “I really enjoyed my time in San Diego, but there was a lot going on and I thought it was time to move on.” . Although he avoided mentioning it directly, he indirectly admitted that he was not happy about leaving San Diego.
In addition to the three-year contract with coach Melvin, San Francisco decided to extend the contract with President Zaidi until 2026, making the Zaidi-Director Melvin system responsible for San Francisco for the next three years. It remains to be seen whether San Francisco, which has swallowed its disappointment by failing to advance to the postseason for two consecutive years, will succeed in taking a leap forward.
Meanwhile, San Diego, which let go of coach Melvin, is currently looking for the next coach. Locally, former St. Louis coach Mike Schilt and San Diego bench coach Ryan Flaherty are being mentioned as candidates.