Posted on: October 18, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:34 am

Cora, Listach to interview in Milwaukee

Tuesday will be a busy day in Milwaukee, as both Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the manager position, Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel reports .

Bob Melvin, considered by most as the leading candidate for the job, will interview on Wednesday.

Bobby Valentine has also been mentioned as a candidate for the job. Tim Wallach has already interviewed, as has Eric Wedge, who was named the Mariners' new manager on Monday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:06 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:28 am

Brewers to interview Cora, Valentine

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the vacant Milwaukee Brewers managerial position, the Chicago Tribune reports .

Former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin is widely considered the favorite for the job. Eric Wedge and Tim Wallach have already interviewed.

Cora, 45, has previously interviewed in Milwaukee, along with Pittsburgh and Seattle.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : Milwaukee may also interview Bobby Valentine, who is offically out of the hunt to take over the Marlins. Typer Kepner of the New York Times via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has the Brew Crew looking into phoning Valentine. Milwaukee may actually give Bobby V the team with the best shot of contending of any club with a managerial vacancy.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 5:17 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 5:17 pm

Pirates interview Sveum; Brewers will see Melvin

Dale Sveum isn't a candidate for the Brewers' managerial opening, despite being the team's former interim manager and current hitting coach. But apparently he's good enough for the Pirates to consider him, as he tells Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he interviewed in Pittsburgh Wednesday. He'll be competing for that job with his former boss, deposed Brewers skipper Ken Macha, who already interviewed with the Pirates.

The Brewers, who have said they're looking exclusively outside the organization for Macha's replacement, will interview Bob Melvin next week, despite the potential chaos of having a general manager and field manager both named Melvin. The former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager has been named a front-runner for the job in some places, but it hadn't been confirmed until Wednesday that he will even interview.

"I don't want to get into it too much but I would say I am very excited about this opportunity to interview," Melvin told Haudricourt. "I just love going to Miller Park because of the atmosphere there. The fans have been so supportive and the place has a buzz when you go there that's very noticeable. And it's been like that since the ballpark opened. When you consider the market size, it's incredible."

Melvin already has interviewed with the Cubs and Blue Jays, and is considered a possible candidate with the Mets, for whom he currently works as a scout.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:18 pm

Edmonds undecided about retirement

Jim Edmonds Now that Jim Edmonds' season is officially over, will the outfielder ride off into retirement?

After skipping 2009, Edmonds quickly turned into one of the Brewers' best hitters before a late-season trade landed him with Cincinnati. Trouble with his achilles heel, which had plagued him all year, flared up and rendered him incapable of playing in the postseason. Understandably, that wasn't the ending to his career that Edmonds wanted, despite hitting a home run in his final at-bat.

Edmonds has to speak to his wife about whether or not he should return for another year. With two small children, he is fearful of leaving his wife to raise them as a single mother for six months of the year. He even tried to walk away from the game multiple times, only for Brewers manager Ken Macha to convince him to stay.

"I tried to quit a couple of times ... but Macha wouldn't let me. I was playing in tears every day when I was playing," Edmonds told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "Basically, I hit .380 or .400 for a month-and-a-half and he said, 'You're my best player. As long as you can walk, you can walk out there and play.' I was barely able to walk."

Edmonds admitted that if the Reds didn't have Jocketty at the helm, he likely would have either remained with Milwaukee or gone home. The Red Sox had tried to acquire Edmonds, only to have the longtime Cardinal reject that location before Jocketty and the Reds came calling.

The lefty would consider becoming a backup first baseman, but playing the outfield is out -- he no longer has the durability to do so, even in a backup capacity. There are plenty of teams out there that would love a backup first baseman with the pedigree Edmonds has coming off the bench, so he should field offers.

"He's talking like he'd like to [play again]," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "I told him, 'Yeah, if you don't break the bank.'"

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:58 am

R.I.P. Brewers: Pitching poor

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Next up: the Milwaukee Brewers.

Two years ago, the Brewers were exciting and a team to watch. They had potential, they had youth, they had star power. This year, they still had a team. It's not that the Brewers were bad -- they weren't good, but they weren't bad -- they were just immaterial. Still, the team has some talent and some hope for the future.


In a word: pitching. in two words: starting pitching.

Outside of Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers starters were not good. Randy Wolf had a winning record, but Gallardo and Chris Capuano were the only starters with an ERA+ of 100 or better, and Capuano was right at 100, but started just nine games. And then there was Jeff Suppan.


John Axford The Brewers certainly have a potent offense -- they were third in the National League with a .759 OPS and fourth with 750 runs.

Rickie Weeks had the season everyone hoped he'd have when he showed such promise as a rookie in 2005. Weeks hit .269/.366/.464 with 29 homers and 83 RBI. Corey Hart had a great first half, hitting 21 homers en route to an All-Star appearance, but had just 10 the rest of the season.

John Axford (pictured) was lost in a sea of great rookies in the National League in 2010, but nearly any other season he'd find a way to pick up a Rookie of the Year vote or two as a result of his 24 saves and 2.48 ERA. Kameron Loe and lefty Zack Braddock were also impressive out of the bullpen.


Amaury Rivas was a solid starter in Double-A, but beyond him, there's not much immediate impact in the Brewers' minor leagues for the rotation, which is where the team needs the most help.

The team's best position prospect, Brett Lawrie, plays second base. Weeks is headed to his third season of arbitration, so Lawrie may be a good choice to replace Weeks if the Brewers are out of the race at the trade deadline.


Right after the season ended, the Brewers announce they'd keep ticket prices the same -- that tells you something. Still, most will expect a little better than the 77-85 record. Most will be expecting a record around .500 with anything under the mark as a disappointment.


The Brewers have money to play with -- as they shed the contracts of Suppan, Bill Hall and Braden Looper. Plus they'll decline the option on Hoffman. That will help offset the raises set to kick in to Ryan Braun, Hart and Gallardo.

Prince Fielder They need to spend their extra money on starting pitching -- there's not a whole lot of attractive options out there, but I might go for a guy like Javier Vazquez. Vazquez has been a disappointment with the Yankees, but he's an innings-eater and going from the American League East to the National League Central would certainly help. They can also look through the trash heap at a guy like Kevin Milwood, maybe.

The biggest question will be what to do about Prince Fielder. The first baseman is a free agent after 2011, and this offseason would be the best time to ship him out of town. Fielder got his wish and the team jettisoned manager Ken Macha, but he's ready for his final year of arbitration and then free agency. He may be worth more before the 2011 season, but look for the team to hold on to him until the trade deadline.


The division the Brewers play in can't be stressed enough -- the National League Central has two pretty good teams in the Reds and Cardinals, but it's not as if they have a team like the Phillies or Yankees or Red Sox. If everything breaks right, the Brewers could be in it come September. More likely, though, they'll be comfortably in third place, behind the two better teams but better than the Cubs, Astros and Pirates.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:59 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 12:26 pm

Brewers to hire Brenly?

Take this with a grain of salt, but a radio reporter in Milwaukee is reporting via Twitter that Bob Brenly is "close to agreeing" to become the Brewers' next manager. As far as I know, Brenly's name has not been connected to the job since Ken Macha was let go, though he interviewed the last time the job was open two years ago.

Brenly managed the Diamondbacks for 3 1/2 seasons, winning the World Series in his first season in 2001. Since being fired in 2004, he's been out of the game, working as an announcer for the Cubs. This would seem like an odd choice for the Brewers, particularly since they haven't had time to conduct a lot of interviews.

UPDATE: MLB.com Brewers reporter Adam McCalvy quotes Brewers GM Doug Melvin saying on the radio that "Unless somebody else has been doing the hiring process, [the Brenly story is] not true." So, looks like we need that grain of salt.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Brewers
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:19 am
Edited on: October 4, 2010 12:05 pm

Manager watch 2010

So, what's up with the manager shuffle?

Here's the latest, that will likely be updated throughout the day:

Ken Macha, Brewers
John Russell, Pirates
Jerry Manuel, Mets

Dead men walking
Jerry Manuel, Mets
John Russell, Pirates

Interim guys with their fingers crossed (in order of those likely to get the job)
Mike Quade, Cubs
Edwin Rodriguez, Marlins
Daren Brown, Mariners

Cito Gaston, Blue Jays
Bobby Cox, Braves
Joe Torre, Dodgers

Up in the air
Tony La Russa, Cardinals
Ozzie Guillen, White Sox -- isn't Guillen one step from doing something crazy?
Joe Girardi, Yankees -- listen, I don't think he's going anywhere, but until the Cubs decide their future, his name's going to be thrown out there. And the Cubs should make a run at him, just to make sure.

Likely back
Kirk Gibson, Diamondbacks

Already on the hot seat for 2011
Jim Tracey, Rockies
Jim Leyland, Tigers
Bob Geren, A's
Jim Riggleman, Nationals
Ned Yost, Royals

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:18 am

Macha says Braun, Fielder wouldn't listen

Ken Macha is out as the Brewers' manager, and he didn't seem to dismiss the whispers that it was because of his strained relationship with starts Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.

The Journal Sentinel 's Anthony Witrado caught up with Macha on the phone Monday, and when asked about his relationship with the team's two biggest stars, Macha didn't hold back:
“If the effort wasn’t reciprocated, then there’s not a whole lot I can do about it. You can’t force guys to do that,” Macha said. “Some guys were open to discussion and some guys weren’t, I guess, but that’s the same with every club.

“I talked a lot to Ryan, almost every day, but he does his own thing. He’s going to do what he wants to do.

“With Prince, I think he had some issues this year to deal with, the contract probably being the main thing, and at times he was hard to talk to. I don’t know if there were any guys on the staff that talked a whole lot to him this year.

“Those are the two guys, but the rest of the guys it was all positive. I opened up to (Braun and Fielder) but you have to have a back and forth. The faces of the franchise, that’s what they are.”
In the end, it wasn't Fielder or Braun that betrayed Macha, it was the team's lack of pitching.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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