An exclusive interview with an MLB skipper (Bob Melvin) in 2006.

Ed Odeven Reporting

Bob_Melvin_2012.jpgLongtime manager Bob Melvin, who played in the majors for 11 seasons, is seen in a July 2011 file photo. KEITH ALLISON / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

March 2018 update: Bob Melvin has been the Oakland Athletics manager since 2011 after stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2005-09) and Seattle Mariners (2003-04).

This featured appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun on Jan. 14, 2006.

D’backs a hit on Hometown Tour

By Ed Odeven

The baseball season’s just around the corner. Before you know it, pitchers and catchers will be reporting for spring training.

That’s great news for baseball aficionados. What’s more, fans around the state — in Flagstaff and Payson, Safford and Sedona and elsewhere (13 cities all told) — were treated to visits by Arizona Diamondbacks players, broadcasters and coaches Friday and Saturday as part of the team’s second annual APS Hometown Tour.

These visits included autograph sessions, APS Power Training Centers clinics…

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