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That’ll help: the Brewers have fired their bullpen coach

Jul 30, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT


John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez have basically poured fifteen gallons of kerosene on the last couple of weeks of the Brewers’ season, lit their Zippo lighters, said a bunch of pithy, villainous one-liners, dropped their lighters and walked away over the stream of fire heading towards the building and then didn’t even flinch as the explosion went off behind them.  Just ruthless performances in that regard from the both of them. Real Kyzer Soze stuff.

So, logically, the Brewers have done something about it:


That’s showing ’em, Doug Melvin. Let everyone know that there is real accountability in Milwaukee. The next guy who answers the bullpen phone and watches with his arms crossed as Axford and K-Rod warm up will know that they gotta mind their Ps and Qs.

  1. pjmitch - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I’m not a Brewers fan, but really, is this the answer? Does the Brewer organization really think that Kyles tells KRod top throw everything in the dirt? Why do organizations blame the wrong people?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      This isn’t the answer that’s going to get results but it is the typical answer in sports when things go wrong. Someone gets fired because they can’t cut the guy making $8 million. Pretty sad.

  2. mybrunoblog - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Bullpen coach has always seemed like a useless position to me. Pick up phone. Tell guy to warm up. Repeat…..

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Don’t forget sign stealing, and heckling supervisor.

    • paperlions - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Yep, that’s all they do. *eyeroll*

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    This is pathetic scapegoating. I like Melvin but for him to let this happen before the season ends is terrible.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I think 15 gallons of kerosene would just put the flame source out or create a large slow burn. While gasoline would explode and burn the place up….I think the latter better describes the Ax and Rod lately.
    Pour a cup of lamp kerosene into a bucket drop and match and see what happens
    Do the same with gasoline, but I wouldn’t recommend standing over it to see what happens.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      Do the same with gasoline, but I wouldn’t recommend standing over it to see what happens

      Unless you’re Jeffrey Loria, in which case I highly recommend you take a real close look to make sure you get in every detail of this experiment.

  5. ufullpj - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Kyles is a good dude and this is a pathetic move by a good organization. Disappointing.

  6. CJ - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    They should’ve just fired the bullpen.

  7. stabonerichard - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Something had to be done.

    And if this pattern of failure continues I’d like to see whoever it is from the grounds crew that primarily tends to the bullpen area be the next one on the chopping block.

  8. boscoesworld - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I am just not feeling Melvin. All the moves that he has made to get to the first round of the playoffs have been busts. Yes even thought they made the post season twice it gutted the farm system and look whats left. Hmm would you rather have Shawn Marcum or Brett Lawrie? Alcides Escobar, Lo Cain and Jeffress or………….nevermind. It’s just not working and Melvin has to go.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Would you rather have 2 playoff appearances In the last 4 years with 1 ending in the NLCS or zero?

    • shaggytoodle - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Its a small market team and they went all in, they knew it was Fielders last year with the team, and they tried like hell, it didn’t work out perfect. I am ok with that last year was a blast watching them play and thier insane 27 out of 30 game run they went on.

      The Crew is having a rough year, hoping to see what Gamel could be as a first basemen, and then injuries wound up taking its toll. Then finally when it seems they got a bandaid over it, the bullpen decides to crap out.

      Melvin may not always make popular moves, but last year was the best chance for the Crew and I am ok the moves he has made.

      • mjames1229 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Now parlay that… they got back a SS prospect for 2014 at the latest, three relief pitchers in the next year or so, a chance to re-sign Greinke and Marcum anyway (and I would hope we make a fair offer to Marcum which he accepts) and Gamel coming back next year.

        And even if they get neither of Greinke or Marcum next year, Gallardo and four of Estrada / Feirs / Rogers / Narveson / Peralta will be a competitive rotation.

        Turned chicken shit (this season) to a chicken salad that is in the fridge, melding flavors for next year. Melvin did that without a major Cubs/Astros-like rebuilding project.

  9. natstowngreg - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Glad the Brewers waited until after yesterday’s game. If they had fired the bullpen coach earlier, it would have fixed all of the bullpen’s problems earlier. The Nats would have had no chance to win yesterday’s game.

    (sarcasm button)

  10. sdelmonte - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Great image, Craig. You realize that is a representation of the original scapegoat as referenced in Leviticus? Legend has it that Don Zimmer was part of that ritual.

  11. zoellner25 - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Well, if you could fire players, they’d have no bullpen left. About a month too late though.

  12. bougin89 - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    We’re so close to having a dominant bullpen. We only need a new closer, setup man, 7th inning guy, and about 2 or 3 other quality arms to fill out the depth.

    (sarcasm button x6)

  13. uwsptke - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    This is so stupid. He’s the bullpen coach, not the relief pitchers coach. His job description requires him to pick up a ringing phone, tell the right guy to get loose, and make sure there are enough sunflower seeds onhand. It’s an entry-level coaching gig.

  14. onbucky96 - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Look out NL Central, here comes the Brew Crew…oh, sorry, I forgot we’ve lost 9 of 10. On Wisconsin and Go Pack Go!

  15. muskyhunter2542 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Sort of a classless move…. I know that something had to be done. But, im not sure that this was the shake-up needed. They could just have kept him till the end of the season. Not like they are going to win anything. This is just a scapegoat… And a guy who last year beat prostate cancer.

    Just sad!!!

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