Not Where They Wanna Be

By Troy A. Sparks, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 12, 2010

MILWAUKEE (BASN) — When you’re the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers and you spend $67.35 million on upgrading pitching in the offseason, you expect better results.

If anyone knows principal owner Mark Attanasio, he watches his money very closely. By his standards, that’s a lot of cash to dish out. Recently, the Brewers signed ace Yovani Gallardo to a five-year, $30.1 million deal.

They added Randy Wolf, who got a three-year, $29.75 million contract and reliever LaTroy Hawkins for two years and $7.5 million.

This new pitching coach Milwaukee brought in is trying to see what makes them tick in the head. Rick Peterson should worry about two things: Why his staff isn’t performing up to par and his job security.

Many people remember what happened to Billy Castro. He was the Brewers’ longtime bullpen coach who wanted to be the pitching coach. He got his chance, and when the pitchers tanked, he was fired.

You gotta blame somebody for messing up, right?

It doesn’t bode well for the team as a whole. Being in third place in the NL Central (15-19 following Wednesday’s 9-2 loss against the Braves) won’t cut it.

So what if the Brewers surpassed the two million mark in ticket sales already?

I know it’s too early to put a fork in the Brewers and say that they’re done because it’s only May.

Wait until July to determine if they’re peaking or if they’re done.

We can say that defense starts with pitching, but not if the team ERA is 4.76. That ranks near the bottom of the list at No. 23.

All that losing can send a major league manager to an early grave and put first baseman Prince Fielder on the first train running.

Speaking of Fielder, I said on a recent appearance of “The Batchelor Pad” show that Fielder ain’t staying here. He will command a lot of money, especially after learning of the big deal that Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard got.

The carrot is dangling for Brewers’ management, namely Attanasio and general manager Doug Melvin.

Plus, super-agent Scott Boras is out to get top dollar for his client.

Fielder ranked in the top ten in home runs and RBI’s. He won last year’s All-Star Home Run Derby and has been to the playoffs. What separates him and Howard is that Howard played in the last two World Series and won a ring back in 2008.

Quite frankly, if I’m Fielder, I’d ease off on my salary demands and take less money to play for a winning team or for an American League team as a designated hitter. What’s the point in having a lot of money if you’re playing for a losing team?

Everyone will blame you if the team sucks.