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False Alarm: Bob Brenly NOT close to agreeing to be the Brewers next manager

Oct 6, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

UPDATE:  The skepticism was warranted. Brewers GM Doug Melvin just shots down the Brenly rumor, saying “Unless somebody else has been doing the hiring process, that’s not true.”

11:30: A.M.  I slapped the “rumor” tag on the headline because if we were tallying “rumors that ended up being totally wrong” by media sector, radio guys would have a commanding lead.

With that disclaimer out of the way, Doug Russell of WSSP in Milwaukee is reporting that Bob Brenly is close to accepting an offer from the Brewers to be the club’s new manager. Brenly’s response is that he “has nothing to say right now.”

Brenly has a World Series ring, but he’s been out of the managing game since being let go by the Dbacks following the 2004.  He’s been broadcasting Cubs games since then.

He was reportedly in the running to manage the Brewers the last time the job was open prior to the 2009 season, but that obviously didn’t happen. The relationship he developed with Brewers brass during that go-around would likely explain why we hadn’t heard rumors about him replacing Ken Macha before now. No need for big interviews. Less opportunity for leaks.

I don’t know that Brenly would be the most inspiring choice, but for a team that has gone through firebrands like Ken Macha and Ned Yost in recent years, this is Milwaukee equivalent of hiring Dock Ellis or Bill Lee or someone like that.

  1. Chicago Doug - Oct 6, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Is he going to apologize to Ryan Braun for advocating him getting hit in the ribs with a pitch because of the way he celebrated a home run during a 2009 Cubs broadcast?

  2. skipperxc - Oct 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Frustration for Brewers fans continues. I think most of us would like to stop running through retreads and find some young blood. Kinda like our rotation, really.

  3. bbeer - Oct 6, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Whattttt whyyyyyyyyy..i mean whatever i guess. as long as the brewers win

  4. bbeer - Oct 6, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Melvin needs to go. This is the crew’s chance to win. right now. the kids are just in their prime we gotta make a move…not a randy wolf type move either.

  5. Utley's hair - Oct 6, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Has Bobby V been attached to the Brewers yet? If not, maybe that’s why they couldn’t give it to Brenly. I think it’s an unwritten rule that Valentine has to have been rumored to be hired for a certain number of hours, at least.

  6. okobojicat - Oct 6, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    “Unless somebody else has been doing the hiring process, that’s not true.”
    How awkward would that be…

  7. MuskyHunter2542 - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Mark My words!!!
    Pat Listastch

  8. Chicago Doug - Oct 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    I really could see Pat Listach there.
    Brewers fans and management have an affinity for the nostalgic hire – see Ned Yost (and Ted Simmons and Robin Yount as bench coaches.) And I think he was the Crew’s only ROY – ever.
    He seems like he might have a easier time connecting with the younger players, unlike Ken Macha.
    Also, I think they are going to try and go outside the box on this hire (read as: less $$) – and look for someone who could grow with the club over several seasons.

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