Melvin tops D-backs skippers in wins

Melvin tops D-backs skippers in wins

DENVER -- It was lost in what has been a busy week for the D-backs, but manager Bob Melvin moved into first place on the all-time wins list with 304, which is one more than Bob Brenly won from 2001-2004.

"Passing a guy like Bob Brenly is obviously an honor for me," Melvin said.

Brenly and Melvin are good friends and Melvin served as Brenly's bench coach from 2001-2002 before taking over the reigns of the Mariners.

Brenly was dismissed as manager in the midst of a 111-loss season in 2004, and Melvin was hired to replace him in November. Since that time, the D-backs have undergone significant organizational changes, including a new ownership group and a new general manager in Josh Byrnes.

"I wondered if I'd ever get to this point," Melvin said, referring to the fact that a new GM usually prefers to work with a manager he hired rather than one he inherited.

Byrnes, though, has extended his manager's contract twice since taking over and was rewarded for his loyalty when Melvin led the D-backs to the National League West title last year. For his efforts, Melvin was named NL Manager of the Year.

Said Byrnes, "Bob has been a part of many memorable wins for the Diamondbacks. He's done a great job molding different types of rosters into winning clubs."

"Being from the previous regime and coming in when I did during the turnover, I appreciate that Josh evaluated me for what I do and just didn't bring somebody else in just to bring somebody else in," Melvin said. "I was fortunate that the general manager stuck with me."

Melvin entered Thursday's game with a 304-302 mark as Arizona manager. He was 156-168 in two seasons with the Mariners.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.