Hi, my name is JJ Hardy and I played my way out of the starting SS position...all on my own!
Who would have thought that the Milwaukee Brewers would be sitting two games under .500 and in 3rd place entering the final month (5 weeks) of play? If you would have told me that JJ Hardy would be apart of the September call-up, I would have said you were nuts. Oh, and if you would've told me that Jeff Suppan sucks...I would have responded with a "no shit".
So goes the long season that is baseball. Milwaukee enters, what should've been, a key 3-game series in St. Louis this week. However, instead of fighting for first place the Milwaukee Brewers are fighting to get to .500 on the year.
JJ Hardy is expected to be called up today and may even start for Milwaukee. This may be a kind gesture on behalf of Macha and Melvin to Hardy, seeing that he has some hard feelings on what went down in August. Wwhaaaaaaa (crying to myself). Get over it JJ. How many times has Melvin given you excessive amounts of time to jump out of your constant slumps that often times last more than 2 months?!?!? Business is business and it's moves like this that will make Milwaukee in to a contender team. You can't think like a small-market team, you have to act like the Yankees and not look at the situation as being personal. Melvin may have just graduated from "Small team thinking like big team: 101".
With Hard spending the 20 days down in the minors now allows Milwaukee to have one more year of control over the 27 year-old SS. This is great! Why you might ask? Well, because his trade value has sunk to an all-time low this season. With Escobar playing well and JJ refusing to move to 3B...Melvin has no other option but to trade him. By packaging the SS up with an additional year of control on the contract, thus allows teams to look pass this horrid 2009 season. Granted, JJ will flourish with a change of scenery and this is a huge risk by Melvin. To gamble on something young and immature while giving up on a veteran (so-to-speak) who has proven to hit 20+ HR's in a season.
Something has to be done though. This nucleus has to be broken up. It started with Geoff Jenkins not coming back and continued with Billy Hall being shipped to the minors before being dealt to Seattle for a bag of bats. It starts here gentlemen. Melvin has shown that he can be tough, finally!
So where does Milwaukee go from here? It's time to start wheeling & dealing! Prince Fielder? I love ya, but you can bring the team 2 solid pitchers (one possibly an ACE). Yes, certainly this leaves a gap in the middle of the order and it takes away 1/2 of the productivity. But as San Fransisco is proving to the MLB this year....you're only as good as your pitching. What good is it to have a 1-2 punch in the line-up with out a solid 1-2 punch in the rotation? Bring back Looper, Bush, and Parra. Throw Suppan in the bullpen (who cares that he's a veteran) and go pull off a trade that will land us a valid ACE and a back of the rotation hurler.
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