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Wed, August 12, 2015

Melvin not perfect but still a darn good GM

We learned Tuesday that Doug Melvin, longtime general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, will indeed resign his post following the 2015 season and transition to an advisory role. That leaves the organization to take the next month to determine the most interview-worthy candidates with the hope of having a new GM in place by the time the off-season hits its stride at the winter meetings in December. Before we look at potential candidates, I want to take a minute to discuss the tenure of Melvin in Milwaukee. Frankly, I'm surprised at the number of people who deem his time with the club to be inadequate. Having taken the job in 2002, Melvin brought the team back to respectability after several years of futility. His willingness to "go for it" during years in which the Brewers were in contention landed some of the biggest stars to call Milwaukee home since the 1980s. As short as their time in Milwaukee was, no one will ever forget the ride with CC Sabathia in 2008 or Zach Greinke's impeccable record at Miller Park in 2011. With Melvin, Brewer fans always felt like they had a shot -- especially at the trade deadline. Now, this isn't a blind defense of Melvin -- there were mistakes made along the way. Frankly, I think Melvin would acknowledge that. That said, what GM doesn't make moves he later regrets. Baseball evaluation is not a perfect science, regarless of what the sabermetricians would tell you. Mistakes will be made. So as Melvin rides out the final days of his tenure, let's stop and consider the great deal of excitement Milwaukee Brewer fans have enjoyed over the last 10 years.

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