MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) Milwaukee Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin said today he that he’s disappointed that his team did not make the playoffs. A late charge put the Brewers above .500 at 83-and-79. But at the team’s season-ending news conference, Melvin said he expected 85-to-88 wins going in – and if things didn’t go right, he thought the team would finish where it did.
Despite Milwaukee’s third-place finish in the N-L Central, Melvin said some good things came out of the season. He said the younger prospects who came up played at a very high level – and the Crew was in the pennant race all the way until the final weekend.
Melvin said injuries hurt the Brewers early in the season – and when the bullpen suffered, he couldn’t buy a replacement, because most of the relievers had long-term contracts.
The G-M also said he was not sure if Corey Hart would stay at first base. He was moved there from right-field after Mat Gamel had a season-ending knee injury. Melvin said Hart might be returning to right. It remains to be seen, but he said Gamel might have to settle for playing off the bench. Manager Ron Roenicke said he had a harder job this year than in 2011 – when the players were on a mission to win the division and things went smoothly.
Roenicke said more players lost confidence this year, and he had to spend a lot of time with them. But the skipper said he was happy to see his younger players improve – and he was happy with the way things came together at the end, when the Brewers won 29 of their final 42 contests.