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Brewers just barely pretending that Livan Hernandez is still a pitcher

Jun 29, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

Livan Hernandez

There’s a long story about all the things Livan Hernandez brings to the Brewers in today’s Journal-Sentinel.

There’s an extended bit about how he’s jovial and well-liked and can help hitters figure out how pitchers pitch them and stuff. Normally such a person is called a coach, but that’s OK. ┬áBut really, Doug Melvin, tell us about Livan’s pitching prowess:

“He’s a veteran guy who can take the ball,” said general manager Doug Melvin. “He can take the abuse if he has to on certain nights, but we also think he can get people out. He gives you a little bit different look for our bullpen, too.”

Parsing:

He’s a veteran guy: “That’s a factual statement. I would technically be lying if I claimed Hernandez to be a rookie.”

Who can take the ball: “He is not insubordinate and has at least one hand.”

He can take the abuse if he has to on certain nights: “On other nights he can’t take the inevitable abuse he will receive. Really, it’s about coping for him.”

But we also think he can get people out: “It’s a bonus if he does the one job the pitcher is supposed to do. Gravy, really.”

He gives you a little bit different look for our bullpen, too: “Indeed, we haven’t had anyone with his distinct look since we sent Bob Wickman away in the Richie Sexson deal.”

After the interview, Melvin found the media relations guy and fined him $50 for making him actually answer questions about the value a castoff mopup man brings to the team.

  1. mattyflex - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    From where I’m sitting, that’s just about as eloquent a response you could give to, well, any question regarding Mr. Hernandez.

  2. TheNaturalMevs - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Bravo, Craig. I like it. It’s funny because I was just thinking about the uselessness of rostering this guy over a youngster in AAA this past Wednesday when he entered the game in Cincinnati.

  3. bougin89 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Its obvious by the picture that he is an “innings eater”.

    Sorry, thats about all I got.

    We really couldn’t find anyone better anywhere?

  4. ufullpj - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    There’s something going on in MKE with Melvin and Marcum. Not sure what, but people close have said there’s no way Melvin will bring Marcum back. Wolf should be gone – great guy from what I’ve heard, but he’s done. The Dodgers should look at him, quite frankly – he be better in Dodger Stadium. I love Greinke, but if MKE can get a good package for him, they should take it. MKE needs some guys that can execute the small things – getting runners over, catching the ball, hitting the cut-off man, etc. They are getting beat by other teams executing the fundamentals they are not. But next year, there will be a much different pitching staff in MKE – Greinke, Marcum, Wolf – all gone. It’ll be Gallardo, Fiers, Thornburg, and ….. who knows. Livan? God let’s hope not. You think he’s big now – Summerfest hasn’t started yet. That guy will be a back-up tackle for the Packers by August.

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