January 24th, 1989
Bob Melvin Traded to Orioles
I have a 1991 Topps card of Melvin, which given only one line to say something about him, comes up with “Bob belted 2 grand slams at Birmingham in 1982.” After six years in the big leagues, the nicest one-line thing anyone at Topps could say about Bob was that he had hit two grand slams at double-A almost a decade ago? Ouch.
Melvin is perhaps best known now as the former manager of the Seattle Mariners, a task he succeeded in performing in 2003 to the tune of 93 wins but struggled with in 2004 to 99 losses and a “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Melvin was also the bench coach for the 2001 Arizona team that beat the Yankees (and Mariano Rivera) in Game 7 of the World Series, which was no small feat given the stumblebum work of manager Bob Brenly, who had split catching duties with Melvin in San Francisco prior to this trade. Melvin will take over a terrible Arizona Diamondback team for 2004, giving him a decent chance at losing 95 plus games managing two teams in two leagues in two consecutive years. That’s probably some kind of record.