In my book, a Major League Baseball team has had a successful season when that team is still in contention when the month of September rolls around. A good part of my logic stems from all the years I’ve spent as a sportscaster in Wisconsin (1996-present). Except in 2010 and 2011, the Brewers have always taken a back seat once Packers Training Camp kicked off.
It’s not that I disagree with general manager Doug Melvin’s strategy at this point of season. Too many injuries crippled the Brewers’ chances of contending in the NL Central. That, combined with some sub-par years from several regulars and a major slump in July, left Melvin with no choice but to start dealing players prior to the trade deadline.
Still, it’s kind of a sad day when a top-flite pitcher like Zach Greinke leaves Milwaukee after being traded away for three prospects. Sad, because it’s a sign to me that the Brewers’ time as a division contender are over. Every MLB team (not named Yankees) goes through rebuilding efforts–but with the exception of the last two seasons, the Brewers have made it a lifestyle.
Plenty of young players will get their chance to impress Milwaukee management over the remainder of the season. Who knows, maybe a few of them will become regulars next year, and stars down the road.
Nevertheless, if you’re going to Miller Park for a game, you better buy a program.
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This post was written by bbradovich on July 29, 2012