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Brewers owner gives general manager Doug Melvin a vote of confidence

Oct 1, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

Despite back-to-back losing seasons Brewers owner Mark Attanasio gave general manager Doug Melvin a strong vote of confidence yesterday, saying: “He’s the guy next year.”
Attanasio admitted to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Melvin had “a tough season” but added that “in my six seasons here this was his first tough season” while noting the GM “still has two years on his contract.”
However, the owner stopped short of giving the same vote of confidence to manager Ken Macha, saying instead that “Doug is still doing his work” in evaluating Macha and “Doug and I will meet and have an end-of-the-season assessment and go from there.”
His reluctance to include Macha in the vote-of-confidence mix is noteworthy because earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that Macha is likely to be fired “unless there’s a last-hour change of heart on the part of the Brewers.”
Macha was hired to replace Ned Yost, who Melvin fired with a dozen games remaining in a 2008 season that saw the Brewers win 90 games and make the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

  1. MuskyHunter2542 - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    He has 1 more to get the pitching right

  2. bbeer - Oct 1, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    I’m soooo sick of Melvin. At least Macha is out.

  3. Ron Thompson - Oct 1, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    It’s increasingly apparent that Attanasio is clueless when it comes to evaluating baseball management.He needs to hire a team president and just focus on the business side.
    Melvin is incapable of identifying and acquiring major league pitching. For years his failings were covered by the Brewer’s productive scouting and farm systems, but now that’s running dry as well. He’ll hire a new manager, and if Attanasio comes to his senses after another 76-86 season in 2011, the new GM will be saddled with Melvin’s choice of manager

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