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Athletics give Bob Melvin contract

Updated: September 21, 2011, 8:03 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bob Melvin is Billy Beane's new man to lead the Athletics for the long haul, or so Oakland's general manager hopes.

Melvin is staying put to manage in his native Bay Area and considers it the perfect fit.

The feeling is mutual for Beane and the A's, who announced Wednesday they had reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep Melvin as their permanent manager.

"It was six years, right?" Melvin joked of his new deal, turning to Beane, seated to the skipper's ...

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