Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attansio absolutely hates to lose.
He watched his team get ever so close to a playoff berth in early September only to fade down the stretch. He's the owner of an alleged small-market team, yet his team consistently draws the biggest crowds in the National League.
Don't think for one second that Attansio is going to think like a small-market owner this winter.
ESPN's Buster Olney reported two weeks ago that the Brewers could be in play for free agent center fielder Josh Hamilton.
I not only agree, I say go for it.
For one, Hamilton's former accountability partner, Jerry Narron, is in the Brewers' organization. That gives Hamilton his main guy back who can keep him on the straight and narrow. And it allows manager Ron Roenicke to go with an outfield of Ryan Braun, Hamilton and Carlos Gomez with Corey Hart taking over at first-base full time.
Attansio hates to lose. Acquiring Hamilton will give him and his team a winning feel for next season.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.