The big news of the day for the Milwaukee Brewers was off the field as Doug Melvin announced he will be stepping away from his role as general manager and move to an advisory role with the team.
First off, I believe Melvin did a great job in getting the Brewers back on the right track. When he took over 13 years ago the team was below average and if it wasn’t for Miller Park’s new fresh feel, attendance would have been atrocious. He worked with his scouts to build the team and eventually put the pieces in place by pulling off a huge trade to obtain CC Sabathia and send the Brewers to the playoffs as a Wild Card team.
The Brewers remained competitive and again Melvin went out and brought in another front line pitcher in 2010 with a trade of Zach Grienke which led to the Brew Crew eventuality winning the division in 2011 and making a great playoff run before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.
All in all, I feel Melvin did a steady job in his tenure. The only move I would question is why he brought Ron Roenicke back this year, which eventually ended when Roenicke was fired in May.
Whomever takes over will definitely have work to do, but with Melvin staying with the club, it will hopefully give added expertise to the rebuilding effort ahead.