Brewer pitching coach Mike Maddux decided to jump ship and take the same position with the Texas Rangers. In doing so, one can certainly imagine that Ben Sheets will follow suit. Good Riddance.
Although Maddux seemed to be held as a higher power in Milwaukee, one only has to look at the past couple of seasons to see what sort of impact he made. I'm not going to get in to stats and numbers here. That's not my point. My point is that Maddux never really delivered. He certainly had his claim to fame with the development of Turnbow, Cordero, and Torres in the closing roles. But not much success with the starting rotation. He never grasped how to deal with Manny Parra in the latter part of the 2008 season. Nor did he deal with the looming threat that Jeff Suppan wasn't much of a #3 or even a #4 for that matter. Granted, Ned Yost had a lot to do with that slop of a mess we had in our rotation in 2006 & 2007. It was Maddux who was feeding him these ideas though. Perhaps I'm reading too much in to this guy. I don't know.
So, let's go after Carl Willis now! I think we have a good shot.
So, with that being said... Texas, enjoy your new pitching coach and our sloppy seconds (Ben Sheets). Perhaps you can get more than 13 wins out of the guy.
-Dale Sveum was hired as the new hitting coach.
-Melvin is believed to have made a formal offer to CC of 5 year X 100MM offer. He probably wiped his ass with it the paper.