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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Brewers Fire Damn Near Everybody But The Manager

Via David Pinto, Milwaukee has fired pitching coach Bill Castro and replaced him with the pitching coach from AAA Nashville, Chris Bosio. This comes on the heels of a 13-6 blowout at the hands of the Padres, the second-worst offensive club in the National League (measured by runs scored). I find myself agreeing with David in that it's hard to see how good any pitching coach could be who loses both Ben Sheets and C.C. Sabathia in one offseason.

The team also demoted shortstop J.J. Hardy (hitting only .229 after having a career mark of .262 as a 26-year-old) to AAA, called up Alcides Escobar. Finally, the Brewers released Bill Hall (B-Ref page), who has worked as a sort of poor man's version of Chone Figgins for the Brewers, except without the offensive skills. He's hitting .201/.265/.341, and appears as though he hasn't become the player anyone had hoped for; he's getting a ton of salary for that meager production, $15.2M this year and next, with a $500k buyout.

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Hall had a couple of really nice seasons in 2005-2006, and was still putting up marginally decent power numbers last year, but man did that guy just fall off a cliff offensively.
surprising. what's the rush? - couldn't they have waited till the last week of the season to whack everyone?

also the DBacks sent down Chirs Young too to AAA, also a previous super-youngin'.

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