ST. PETERSBURG -- The way things stand right now, the next manager of the Milwaukee Brewers will have experience in piloting a team into the playoffs -- but will be coming off of an involuntary layoff.
Ken Macha guided Oakland to AL West titles in 2003 and 2006 -- but was fired after his A's lost to Detroit in the '06 American League Championship Series.
Willie Randolph managed the New York Mets to the 2006 National League Championship Series -- but was fired last June after an epic collapse in '07 and a slow start in '08.
Bob Brenly managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to the World Series title in 2001 and guided them back to the playoffs in '02 -- but was fired in 2004 and lately has been working as an analyst for the Chicago Cubs.
General manager Doug Melvin confirmed to Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he already has interviewed Macha and Randolph, and he's scheduled to interview Brenly on Wednesday.
The GM also told Haudricourt that he's impressed enough with that trio that he may not interview anybody else and choose from one of them.
That would leave several intriguing candidates out -- including Bobby Valentine, currently managing in Japan, and Buck Showalter, currently working for ESPN, among others.