SD Melvin coach Kim Ha Sung is set to leave for rival SF, possibly due to a feud with the general manager.
Bob Melvin, the manager of Kim Ha-sung’s former team, the San Diego Padres, is moving to manage the National League West rival San Francisco Giants.
“Bob Melvin will be the new manager of the San Francisco Giants,” The Athletic, ESPN and other U.S. media outlets reported on Aug. 25 (KST).
The Giants went 79-83 this season, finishing fourth in the West. The managerial position was vacant after Gabe Kapler stepped down after the season.
“Melvin has received permission from the San Diego organization to conduct a managerial interview with San Francisco,” MLB.com reported on March 23.
Melvin signed a three-year contract with San Diego in October 2021. He has one year remaining on his contract with San Diego, but is leaving for the San Francisco job.
At the end of the season, Melvin feuded with Dodgers general manager A.J. Preller. After leading the Padres to the National League Championship Series last year, Melvin went 82-80 this season, finishing third in the National League West and missing the postseason.
San Diego’s $258 million team payroll this year ranked third among the 30 major league clubs. The team invested heavily in free agency and hoped to win the World Series, but the results were disappointing.
After the season, Preller held a press conference to explain his relationship with Melvin. “Melvin is our manager, and he will always be our manager,” Preller said. “Despite all the things that have been said, Melvin and I are going to try to get back to the postseason next season,” he said.
However, Melvin interviewed for the San Francisco head coaching job and eventually left San Diego. The rumored feud with the general manager may have played a role. It’s unusual for a manager to move to a division rival, even though he has years left on his contract.
Melvin has a career record of 1517 wins and 1425 losses (.516 winning percentage). He managed the Seattle Mariners from 2003-2004, 바카라사이트 the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005-2009, and the Oakland Athletics from 2011-2021.
He signed a three-year contract with San Diego last year. He has won manager of the year honors three times, with Arizona in 2007 and Oakland in 2012 and 2018.