October 25th, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have named Bob Melvin the 39th field manager in Giants history.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Bob back home to the Bay Area and to the Giants organization,” said Chairman Greg Johnson. “Having been a member of this organization before as a player and growing up in this area, Bob has seen first-hand the importance of Giants baseball to this community and region, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him leading the club.”  

 “Bob Melvin is one of the most well-respected managers and people in baseball today,” said Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi. “He brings a wealth of baseball acumen from all of his experience in the game, first as player and then over the last 20+ years as a manager or coach. Having worked with Bob in the past I have seen firsthand the positive impacts that he has on a team and an organization. I’m thrilled to be working with him once again and can’t wait to get started.”  

“I could not be more excited to come back to the Bay Area and manage this great organization,” said manager Bob Melvin. “I’d like to thank Greg Johnson, Farhan Zaidi and Larry Baer for giving me the opportunity to add another chapter to my Giants career. This is a tremendous opportunity and a great responsibility to lead this organization and I’m eager to get started.”  

Melvin, 61, just completed his 20th season as a manager in 2023. In those 20 seasons, Melvin has guided his teams to eight Postseason appearances that include four division titles and two trips to the League Championship Series (2007 with Arizona and 2022 with San Diego). He was also a bench coach on the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks club that won the World Series.  

In his 20 years as a Major Leag­­ue manager, he’s garnered three Manager of the Year awards (2007 with Arizona and 2012 & 2018 with Oakland). He owns a lifetime managerial winning percentage of .516, compiling a 1,517-1,425 record during the regular season over his 20 years of managing. His 1,517 regular season wins rank 25th all-time and are fifth-most among active managers (managed a game during the 2023 season) behind Dusty Baker (2,183), Bruce Bochy (2,093), Terry Francona (1,950) and Buck Showalter (1,727).

Born in Palo Alto, Melvin attended Menlo-Atherton High School before continuing his education at Cal Berkeley for his freshman season where he helped lead the Golden Bears to a third-place finish in the 1980 College World Series. Following his freshman year, he transferred to Cañada College in Redwood City to continue his playing career. Melvin later returned to the Bay Area during his Major League career to spend three seasons with the Giants from 1986-1988. He played the most games of his Major League career in a Giants uniform, appearing in 265 of his 692 career games with San Francisco.  

He's spent the past two seasons as the manager of the San Diego Padres where he went 171-153 (.528). In 2022, Melvin’s first year in San Diego, he piloted the Padres to an 89-73 regular season record and a Wild Card berth that saw the Padres advance to the NLCS for the third time in team history (and first time since 1998) before losing to the Philadelphia Phillies. This season, Melvin’s Padres went 82-80 but finished the season strong, having the league’s best record from September 1 through the end of the regular season (20-7).  

Prior to his two-year stint in San Diego, he managed the crosstown A’s from 2011-2021, leading them to six Postseason appearances in 11 years at the helm. Melvin’s six Postseason appearances with the A’s (2012-14, 18-20) were the most by a manager in Oakland history and trailed only Connie Mack, who had eight World Series appearances in Athletics history. His 853 wins are the most by a manager in Oakland A’s history.  

His managerial career began in 2003 with the Seattle Mariners where he managed the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He was then hired by the Diamondbacks for the 2005 season and managed the D-Backs from 2005-09, leading them to a 337-340 mark that included a 90-win season in 2007 and a NL West division title.  

A former first-round pick of the Tigers (2nd overall) in the 1981 January draft, Melvin played 692 career games in the Major Leagues for the Tigers (1985), Giants (1986-88), Orioles (1989-1991), Royals (1992), Red Sox (1993), Yankees (1994) and White Sox (1994). The former backstop had a career average of .233 with 85 doubles, 35 homers and 212 RBI.  

**Melvin will be introduced to the media today at 10:30 a.m. during a press conference at Oracle Park.  **