Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane smiles during a media conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep Bob Melvin as their permanent manager. The 49-year-old Melvin took over in an interim capacity for the fired Bob Geren in June and has a 42-49 record after Tuesday night's 7-2 loss to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers at the Coliseum. Geren's dismissal marked the first time Oakland fired a manager during the season in a quarter century. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane smiles during a media conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep Bob Melvin as their permanent manager. The 49-year-old Melvin took over in an interim capacity for the fired Bob Geren in June and has a 42-49 record after Tuesday night's 7-2 loss to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers at the Coliseum. Geren's dismissal marked the first time Oakland fired a manager during the season in a quarter century. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane smiles during a media conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep Bob Melvin as their permanent manager. The 49-year-old Melvin took over in an interim capacity for the fired Bob Geren in June and has a 42-49 record after Tuesday night's 7-2 loss to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers at the Coliseum. Geren's dismissal marked the first time Oakland fired a manager during the season in a quarter century. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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