Brewers Rumors: Bobby Valentine to Be Next Milwaukee Manager?
The rumors seem to be piling up on a day-to-day basis nowadays.
Yes, the Brewers are currently looking for a new manager, and Bobby Valentine seems to be the sure-fire candidate to succeed Ken Macha.
Doug Melvin has reportedly denied the reports, writes MLB.com correspondent Adam McClavy.
Asked by the newspaper whether he had been at least offered the job, Valentine said, "We have met but there is nothing ongoing and no follow-up meeting is scheduled."
Valentine, 60, is currently an ESPN baseball tonight analyst.
Valentine managed the Mets from 1996 to 2002, including a trip to the World Series in 2000.
The up-beat, high-tempo managerial style Valentine has displayed throughout his career would be a great fit to an already powerful, enthusiastic offense such as the Brewers. Hopefully Valentine brings a positive energy that former Brewers manager Ken Macha never quite brought to Milwaukee.
It remains to be seen how well the team will function under Valentine, however I can see the team welcoming him and his knowledge of the game.
After just two seasons as the Brewers' skipper, Ken Macha is gladly leaving a disappointing legacy behind him.
Managing Milwaukee to only a 157-167 total record, along with two straight 3rd-place NL Central finishes, Doug Melvin had no choice but to end Macha's reign.
Valentine has been rumored to become the next manager for several Major League clubs so far this off-season, but Milwaukee has been the most deliberate.
Should this deal go through, Milwaukee fans would anxiously await the beginning of the 2011 season.
Fans would start to believe once again—something that we haven't seen since the 2008 wild-card season under former manager Ned Yost.
All in all, this deal just makes sense. The Brewers desperately need a manager who knows how to win, and Valentine brings that to the table.
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