Padres fan, 49ers GM Lynch ‘sick’ Melvin left San Diego for Giants

Padres fan, 49ers GM Lynch ‘sick’ Melvin left San Diego for Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

San Francisco Giants’ new manager, Bob Melvin, has earned the respect of John Lynch, the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. However, Lynch confesses to feeling a sense of sadness as Melvin left his hometown team, the San Diego Padres. Recently, during a press conference at Oracle Park, Melvin was officially introduced as the Giants’ new manager. In an interview conducted by “Murph & Mac” on KNBR 680, Lynch expressed his disappointment with Melvin’s departure and discussed the issue of connectivity within the San Diego coaching staff. Despite Lynch’s allegiance to the Padres, he believes that the Giants have made a great acquisition in the form of Melvin.

Lynch noted, “I’m sorry for my Padres because I think he’s a great manager. People would say ‘If so, how did he have that roster and things didn’t work out?’ You hear the Warriors and us talk about connectivity and everyone’s connected. That didn’t seem like a front office and coaching staff down there that was connected. I hear that Bob is as easy to get along with as anybody, so I don’t know what the issue is there. I think this is a win for the Giants.

“I’m sick for my Padres, but I think the Padres are growing on me. I’ve always got to stick to my hometown team, will always support the Pads, but happy for the Giants because I think they got a really (good manager). There’s just so many retired baseball players that live down in San Diego that I see when I’m down there. I’ve never heard someone say a bad thing about Bob Melvin. That’s not just being a nice guy, a heck of a manager as well. I think it’s a huge win for the Giants and I’m excited for them to have somebody like that and see what they can do.”

Despite his short-lived tenure managing the Padres, Melvin’s profound impact as a leader was evident to Lynch. Lynch is thrilled to have Melvin return to the Bay Area and is anticipating becoming a dedicated Giants fan in the near future.

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