Melvin shows he's a 'players' manager'

Melvin shows he's a 'players' manager'
March 10, 2012, 10:13 pm
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In the second inning of the A's spring training game against the Reds, Bartolo Colon was in a bit of a jam with runners on second and third and two outs.

Colon induced a fly ball to left field, and Seth Smith made the one-handed catch to end the inning, only Smith didn't realize it. He fired a shot to home, thinking the inning was continuing.

A's manager Bob Melvin was in the midst of an in-game interview with Comcast SportsNet broadcasters Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse, who jumped on the lapse in focus.

"That was the third out!" Ray Fosse exclaimed.

Melvin immediately came to the defense of his outfielder, responding without missing a beat, "Trust me, he's working on that. Sometimes you got to take a little extra time to do that, he found the opportunity right there."

Melvin made it clear in his time with the A's last year he is a manager who defends his players at all costs. It's early in 2012, but it doesn't look like anything has changed.

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