Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin confirmed to JSOnline.com writer Tom Haudricourt that Brewers’ manager Ken Macha would return in 2010. Bench coach Willie Randolph and hitting coach Dale Sveum were also asked to return, while interim pitching coach Chris Bosio was not offered a contract with the parent club, opening the way for Macha to choose his former pitching coach Rick Peterson…who, ironically, was also Randolph’s pitching coach while he was managing the Mets. Bullpen coach Stan Kyles was also not offered a contract, while base coaches Ed Sedar and Brad Fischer were also retained.
In the interview, Melvin noted that:
Pitching has been our problem. We need to make sure we look and get the right people in the right decisions. I don’t want this to drag on. I want those people to be part of our decisions. We can’t have starting pitchers with 5.00 ERAs. It just doesn’t add up to a winning season.
Of the 5 Brewers’ starters with the most starts this season, only Yovani Gallardo had a sub 5.00 ERA at 3.73; Looper (5.22), Suppan (5.30 before Sunday’s start), Parra (6.36), and Bush (6.38). While it may be difficult to replace all four of these starters in the rotation for ’10, Melvin knows he needs at least one new are–and ideally a second–to get the fans excited for the 2010 campaign.