Former Cal Player Bob Melvin Named Manager of Seattle Mariners
Nov. 15, 2002
SEATTLE, WA - Former California baseball player Bob Melvin has been selected as the new manager of the Seattle Mariners it was announced today, replacing Lou Piniella, who left Seattle to become the manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Melvin is the 12th manager in the Mariner's history.
Melvin, 41, who grew up in Menlo Park and attended Menlo-Atherton High School, was a catcher for the Bears in 1980. As a freshman in '80, he helped lead Cal to a 44-23-1 record and a third-place finish at the College World Series. Melvin finished his frosh season batting .269 with two doubles and 12 RBI in 29 games.
Melvin was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the secondary phase of the 1981 January draft. He played 10 seasons as a catcher in the major leagues for seven different teams, finishing with a career .233 average with 35 home runs.