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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Doug Melvin doesn’t mess aroundThe guy who fired his manager mere days before his team made the playoffs is making moves again: Brewers' GM Doug Melvin has fired pitching coach Bill Castro. He has sent J.J. Hardy down to Nashville and has called up Alcides Escobar. He has designated Bill Hall for assignment.
Unlike the Yost move last year, this looks like too little too late, but you gotta respect a guy with Melvin's cajones.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:41pm
Jim Jelak said...
This move pauses Hardy’s free agent clock; he entered this season with 4 years of service time. This means that he becomes slightly more desirable as a trade commodity since a team receiving him in a trade would control him for both 2010 and ‘11.
Posted 08/12 at 01:50 PM
Does it really take cojones to make a move three months too late (Yost), or completely kill any trade value that Hardy has? If this really is a ploy with Hardy’s FA clock, maybe they’re just showcasing Escobar to move him, but it still strikes me as a pretty terrible move. They were going to have to trade one of them anyway
Posted 08/12 at 02:22 PM
You’ll notice, Craig, that I have not had much to say about the Brewers of late in the ATH posts. I think it’s pretty apparent why, and last night’s throttling by the hands of the Padres was just too much.
I don’t know if these are the right moves for Melvin - and, like you said, they’re probably too little, too late - but I think it’s obvious that *something* had to be done. (Of course, that *something* should’ve been a trade at the deadline, when they still had options…)
In all three cases, action was needed. It’s a shame that it was this, though. Castro, for example, was the bullpen coach from 1992-2008 and had been striving for pitching coach all that time. I can’t imagine how bad he must be feeling after the organization cast him aside. He should never have been made the pitching coach, and he can’t really go back to being the bullpen coach this year, but you still have to feel for him.
JJ has been struggling offensively all year, but he’s still a valuable player, especially defensively. And, with Counsell, Lopez, and McGehee all having better bats this year (and with Counsell’s SS defense being close enough to JJ’s), the smart move was to have those three get the bulk of the at-bats. But that was a move that should’ve been made weeks ago. I don’t see how sending JJ to Nashville will change anything, especially since bringing up Escobar only leaves them with the same “4 infielders for 3 positions” problem.
Billy had to go. That was the right move, even if it’s a sad one. He just wasn’t deserving of a roster spot anymore, even with the big contract. Which is a shame, because I really liked the guy. It was a *long* time coming, though.
This season has not gone well since interleague play started, and it’s looking incredibly bleak, even with the chump schedule in August. Right now, my only hope for the postseason lies in the “they’re still mathematically alive!” argument. That’s not a good place to be.
Posted 08/12 at 02:22 PM
Melvin does indeed have cajones. They’re where he keeps his cojones until he finally pulls them out when it’s too late to have any real consequence.
Posted 08/13 at 03:31 PM
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