Looks Like Melvin is Sick of the Underperformers

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2009

MILWAUKEE - OCTOBER 04:  Bill Hall #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts after he struck out looking in the bottom of the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game three of the NLDS during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Miller Park on October 4, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Last year it was axing the manager to get a spark in the clubhouse, this might be what Melvin hopes to spark the 2009 Brewers with…

JJ Hardy was optioned to AAA Nashville and Bill Hall was designated for assignment. Also, Pitching Coach Bill Castro was sent packing for former Brewer Chris Bosio.

Alcides Escobar and Jason Bourgeois were brought up to replace Hardy and Hall.

Hardy had underperformed at the plate all year, hitting .229 so far this year. Hall had underperformed for almost three years, even though he hit his first home run in over a month last night.

The Brewers’ pitching has been atrocious this year and Bill Castro looks like the fall guy…and he should be. I was rooting for Bill right away and I hoped for nothing but the best, but he has looked lost and over his head this year. There are some pitchers that are good relievers, but not good starters and I believe there are some coaches who can only go so far as well.

Escobar was hitting .298 in Nashville with 42 stolen bases, 76 runs, and 34 RBI’s. Bourgeois was hitting .316 in AAA, stealing 36 bases, knocking in 41, and coming across the plate 61 times. Chris Bosio was the pitching coach for the Nashville team