It’s really happening, Padres fans! Bob Melvin is officially the 22nd manager in San Diego Padres history. The news came out last Thursday and you can read a piece on that and see my reaction here.
The Padres made the Melvin hiring official with an announcement on Twitter, accompanied with a statement from general manager A.J. Preller. “Bob [Melvin] is one of the top managers in the game and brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and a proven track record to win at the Major League level,” Preller said. “Throughout the process, Bob showed our group a true love of baseball and a natural presence to lead. It was immediately evident how he’s been able to bring out the best in his players throughout his managerial career. We believe that Bob is the right man to take our talented group and help them deliver a championship to the city of San Diego.”
The team will air an introductory press conference on their social platforms, Bally Sports San Diego, and 97.3 The Fan at 11 a.m. PT on Monday from Petco Park. Melvin’s jersey number will be #3.