Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin speaks during a press conference on Oct. 5, 2018, at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)
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A week after getting a new contract, A’s manager Bob Melvin is in line for another reward after being named a finalist Monday for the American League Manager of the Year Award.

Melvin, who already won the Sporting News’ version of the award last month, joins Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay and Alex Cora of Boston as the three finalists for the award, which will be announced Nov. 13.

As the man at the helm of the A’s remarkable turnaround from three last-place finishes to a wild-card game berth, Melvin was credited with helping the team overcome a small payroll and a rash of injuries to post a 22-game improvement from a year ago. It was the third time in his 15-year managerial career his team improved by 20 or more victories.

Oakland’s 97 victories were the fourth-most in the majors and earned the A’s their first postseason berth since 2014. They were beaten by the Yankees in the wild card game.

The 57-year-old Melvin, who is signed in Oakland through 2021, could become just the eighth manager in MLB history to win the award three times. He won in 2007 with Arizona and in 2012 with the A’s. Should he win again, he’d join Tony La Russa, Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Jim Leyland, Joe Maddon, Loud Piniella and Buck Showalter as the game’s only three-time Manager of the Year recipients.

Although Cora had a remarkable season while leading the Red Sox to a World Series title in his rookie season, Melvin is likely the frontrunner since the voting took place before the postseason began.

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