Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics
When Bob Melvin took over the Oakland Athletics back in 2011, he had an incredible first two seasons with the team. Melvin led the A’s to back-to-back 90-plus win seasons, and establishing himself as one of the hottest managers in baseball.
However, the last three seasons have been anything but, and he comes into the 2018 campaign on the hot seat. His team has won 75 or fewer games in each of the last three season, and failed to win 70 in two of them.
Melvin replaced Bob Geren during the 2011 season, and led the team to a Wild Card berth back in 2014. The “king of platoons,” Melvin has his work cut out for him this season, as he tries to hold onto his job in a very tough AL West division.
Back in September of 2017, Melvin signed a three-year extension with the Athletics, and that contract runs through next season. However, another season below 80 wins could lead to his demise in Oakland, who does not figure to be a good team in 2018.
The A’s just do not spend money, and while players like Dustin Fowler and Jed Lowrie should lead the offense, there just is not enough talent to compete with the likes of the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. It is going to be a long season in Oakland, and Melvin may not make it out of there with his job.