Ever since Brad Lidge and the Phillies sent the Brew Crew packing for the sunny golf courses and beach resorts of Northwestern Wisconsin, beat writer extraordinaire Tom Haudricourt has been on top of the search for a new manager in Milwaukee. It's just like last year's search for a new Yankees manager, but without the glitz and glamour and with far many more goyim.
Sure, interim manager Dale Sveum hasn't been shitcanned quite yet, but he's about as lame as a lame duck can get. With the big names being bandied about by Haudricourt, Sveum sticks out like a 8-year-old girl at the high roller blackjack table in the Palms.
Here's a list of the folks that Tommy Boy mentions in his blog:
- Willie Randolph
- Davey Johnson
- Bobby Valentine
What do all these folks have in common? Yes, all three men have never been in my kitchen, but they also at one point managed the New York Mets. Throw Art Howe and Yogi Berra in there and we've got ourselves a fine fivesome of former Flushing foremen. Were I in charge of a Major League team, I'd tend to avoid former Mets managers. They all have Shea cooties.
Other folks mentioned are Bob Brenly, Mike Hargrove, and ESPN analyst Buck Showalter. Take those six names together and they have another thing in common: they're all big time names in the managerial game. They've all had varying levels of success on multiple teams and are constantly on the minds of newspaper folk when teams seek out new managers. Is Brewers GM Doug Melvin even considering looking to promote within the organization at all? Is he thinking of new candidates from other teams who might be bright young stars? Or is he content with recycling another manager from the scrap heap?
My prediction: UECKER.