Before the nightmare that was Monday afternoon’s game, the biggest news of the day was Doug Melvin telling Tom Haudricourt that he “has no intention at this point” of demoting Casey McGehee to Triple-A to figure things out.
Anyone who’s followed this team during the Melvin Era probably chuckled and had a similar reaction: “So, he’s gone after this series, right?” Allow me to remind you all of a few other times Melvin “wasn’t motivated” or “had no intention” of doing something:
November 27, 2005 – Doug Melvin says there’s an “80% chance that Overbay will be here” in 2006, and that he’s not motivated to move him, despite interest from teams like the Boston Red Sox.
December 8, 2005 – Lyle Overbay is traded to Toronto for Dave Bush, Gabe Gross, and Zach Jackson.
August 11, 2009 – Melvin tells WSSP that he “isn’t motivated” to move J.J. Hardy make room for Alcides Escobar.
August 12, 2009 – J.J. Hardy is sent to Triple-A Nashville. Alcides Escobar is called up to replace him.
December 6, 2010 – Cain’s name comes up in trade rumors during the Winter Meetings, but Melvin assures the centerfielder that the team isn’t actively trying to trade him.
December 19, 2010 – Cain is traded to Kansas City in the Zack Greinke deal.
March 25, 2011 – Morgan is made available by the Washington Nationals. Despite being an obvious match, Melvin is quoted as saying there isn’t a match between the two clubs.
March 27, 2011 – Morgan is traded to the Brewers for Cutter Dykstra.
I’m sure there are others. The lesson, as always: never trust what a professional sports GM says about his future plans.