There had been some speculation that there would be a change in the Brewers front office this season, and yesterday, we got confirmation that it is going to happen. Yesterday, Doug Melvin said that he is ready to step out of the GM role and the search for a new GM will begin immediately. The Brewers have already hired search firm Korn Ferry to assist them in the process, and they are going to be targeting young candidates. Meanwhile, Doug Melvin will remain with the team in an advisory role.
Doug Melvin will be leaving the Brewers franchise in much better shape than when he arrived. His 13 years as the Brewers GM turned the team around, from a 106-loss team to a team with two playoff appearances. He will be leaving the franchise in a better state than when he arrived, and overall, his tenure was a success. However, with the Brewers struggling this season, and Melvin potentially approaching the end of his career, it was time to make a move. Hopefully the next GM can continue to build the franchise up and make them even better.
Rookies are sometimes going to have rough nights, and that's what happened to Taylor Jungmann last night. He was only able to pitch 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, five hits and three walks with three strikeouts. However, his defense did him no favors as only two of those runs went down as earned. The Brewers committed three errors in the game, one each from Elian Herrera, Jonathan Lucroy, and Logan Schafer. Lucroy's error led to the two unearned runs scoring in the second inning. On offense, Adam Lind hit a two-run home run to account for most of the Brewers scoring, but the Cubs bullpen locked down the Brewers for the last 3 2/3 innings of the game.
Brewers News & Notes
More on Doug Melvin
- In the Brewers clubhouse, the players aren't very concerned about what's happening with Melvin. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com reports that while they've heard some rumors about this, the players aren't worried about what happens in the front office.
- While the Brewers are starting their GM search now, it may be months before a new GM is named. Adam McCalvy spoke with Mark Attanasio, who says that they would like to have a GM in place before the winter meetings in December, but may not be able to start interviewing candidates until October.
- If a GM's value can be measured in how he leaves the role compared to how he entered it, then Doug Melvin's tenure can be seen as a success. Mike Bauman of MLB.com believes that Doug Melvin's peaks overshadow the valleys during his tenure as GM.
- David Schoenfield of ESPN SweetSpot looks back at how Doug Melvin turned the Brewers from a joke of a franchise into a respectable one.
- Over on Disciples of Uecker, Ryan Topp looks back at Doug Melvin's 10 best moves and 10 worst moves.
- Michael Bradburn of BP Milwaukee says that we should be looking forward to whoever Melvin's replacement is, but also can look back at the Doug Melvin era as a positive one.
- Derek posted a series preview of the Brewers-Cubs series.
- There's a mark that no pitcher wants to reach, regardless of how the stat is viewed: 20 losses. Noah notes that, this season, Matt Garza has a chance to be the first pitcher to lose 20 games in a season since 2003.
- Over on Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball, AK believes that not trading for Edwin Jackson ended up killing the Brewers postseason run in 2011.
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox||AAA||48-66||Colorado Springs 7, Round Rock 5||Colorado Springs @ Round Rock (DH)|
|Biloxi Shuckers||AA||64-48||Mississippi 10, Biloxi 3||Pensacola @ Biloxi|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||47-65||Tampa 12, Brevard County 7||Brevard County @ Tampa|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||39-74||Wisconsin 5, West Michigan 3||West Michigan @ Wisconsin|
|DSL Brewers||R||27-35||DSL Brewers 10, DSL Tigers 4||DSL Brewers @ DSL Marlins|
|Helena Brewers||R||19-29||Ogden 9, Helena 0||Ogden @ Helena|
|AZL Brewers||R||19-23||AZL White Sox 5, AZL Brewers 4||AZL White Sox @ AZL Brewers|
News & Notes
- Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects has a photo gallery from Tuesday night's Timber Rattlers game.
- Colin Anderle of BP Milwaukee has a profile of Brett Phillips.
NL Central Update
Today's Division Games
- Reds (Raisel Iglesias) @ Padres (James Shields) - 2:40 pm
- Pirates (Gerrit Cole) @ Cardinals (Michael Wacha) - 7:15 pm
- The Nationals signed outfielder Tony Campana to a minor-league deal.
- The Padres signed RHP Bud Norris and designated reliever Dale Thayer and infielder Taylor Lindsey for assignment.
- Carlos Gomez may be in a new place, but he's still up to his old tricks. In yesterday's Astros-Giants game, Gomez robbed Matt Duffy of an extra base hit with a leaping catch.
- In case you haven't heard it from the thousand other people that have mentioned this fact, yesterday was the first time in MLB history where the home teams went 15-0. If you assume that each home team has a 54% chance of winning a game, the probability of that happening is 0.0096807%, or approximately 1 in 10,330.
The Brewers will try to even the series with a win tonight against the Cubs. Tonight's matchup will be Matt Garza against Jason Hammel. First pitch is at 7:05 pm.