Melvin takes special pride in managing hometown A's

Skipper grew up nearby in Menlo Park and attended Cal

Bob Melvin, manager, Athletics

Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.

Bob Melvin, 52, has made a handful of stops during his career in baseball, playing for seven different MLB teams and managing for the Mariners and D-backs. But California is where Melvin calls home, and it's only fitting that he's now the skipper for the A's in the Bay Area.

In 1979, Melvin graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park, Calif., and played baseball for one season at Cal before being drafted by Tigers. He now lives in Berkeley during the season.

Growing up in Menlo Park, Melvin regularly attended Giants and A's games, including some of Oakland's World Series games in the '70s.

"I felt it the first day here -- a little different spotlight at home, a little more pride because it's here," Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle back in 2012. "The first time I put on the uniform, I had to go in the bathroom and look in the mirror. It was pretty cool."

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.