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Bob Melvin returns to D-backs as advisor

PHOENIX — Bob Melvin, who managed the Diamondbacks from 2005-2009, has returned in an advisory role, the team announced.

Melvin will help the Baseball Operations Department as well as other business divisions in his new role, which will include working with managers in the minor league system, scouting, helping with youth initiatives and making appearances in the local community. He will also serve as an analyst on select team broadcasts.

“Bob and I have had several conversations of late and both agreed that this is where he belongs,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “He will be a tremendous help to so many departments with his wealth of knowledge and relationships that he has already established. Bob is a great man and baseball mind and we are thrilled to have him back in the fold.”

This will be Melvin’s third stint in the D-backs organization, as he served as Bob Brenly’s bench coach from 2001-2002 before taking his first managerial job with the Seattle Mariners in 2003.

He was named the NL Manager of the Year in 2007 after he guided the Diamondbacks to a 90-72 record, an NL West crown and a birth in the National League Championship Series.

Melvin compiled a managerial record of 493-508 over seven seasons in the Major Leagues, going 337-340 with the D-backs. He is currently the team’s all-time winningest manager.