THE BREWERS BLOW THINGS UP
SO NOW THAT THE DUST HAS SETTLED...
We are now a Twitter nation, filled with ADD bursts of info...so here's some things I've gleaned from the rapid fire moves of the Brewers:
Doug Melvin has a breaking point. Saying the 13-run, 22-hit performance of the Padres sealed the fate of Bill Castro...and J.J. Hardy...and Bill Hall. I've never seen the man mad, so you knew it was bad.
There is no doubt Mark Attanasio is behind the moves. Why else would Melvin vent "maybe I should feel nervous" when asked about Ken Macha's future. And Melvin is certainly smart enough to realize that sending Hardy down to the minors decreases the shortstop's trade value, whether it's now or in the offseason. It seems like the GM is getting frustrated, so that's why the owner is involved.
They don't care to admit it, but pro teams listen. The Brewers GM talking about complaints of the offense being stale and one dimensional, and it's not all gloom and doom, with people acting like the team is 20 games below .500.
I'm told the clubhouse chemistry of the Brewers is terrible. Nothing close to last year, where the team was tight and things ran fairly smoothly between 25 guys over a 162 game season. Maybe Ned Yost wasn't so bad after all.
The Brewers claimed Doug Davis on waivers. Now we'll see if the Diamondbacks are truly serious about trading him back to Milwaukee.
Bill Castro was not the problem. Maybe Chris Bosio will be a new voice. But I said from day one of spring training that Stevie Wonder could see that pitching staff couldn't get it done this year. The pitchers pitch. Coaches aren't on the field.
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