Friday, January 10, 2014

Where Is Doug Melvin Taking The Brewers? Does He Even Know?


Doug Melvin Brewers GM
Across the four major American professional sports leagues, there are certain teams that everyone looks up to. In the NHL those teams are the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In basketball those teams would be the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, and the Chicago Bulls. In baseball those teams are the St. Louis Cardinals, the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Atlanta Braves. In the NFL those teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots, and the Indianapolis Colts.

These teams are looked up to, not because they win all the time, or some of the time, but because they, simply put, know what they’re doing at all times. These teams always have a clear sense of direction. They know if they are coming or going. They know what their team is at the point in time, and they know if they are trying to win a championship, build towards one, or even rebuilding, as the Minnesota Twins are right now. The rest of the league tries to copy these teams without really understanding what they are trying to copy. For example, the Minnesota Vikings theme recently has been trying to find a long term answer at quarterback.

Okay, how do you exactly plan on accomplishing that? Well, there answer always is “we have to draft one”. Um fellas, there’s more to it than that. way more to it that. You draft him, but then you have to train him and turn him into what you are trying to copy. That part of it takes TIME, and by time, I don’t mean weeks or months, I mean years. In other words, it is going to take a lot of patience to make that quarterback, a trait that most of the teams in the NFL don’t have.

But I’ve gotten off subject here. What I am getting at is the Milwaukee Brewers are one of those teams that are left on the outside looking into this inner circle of special teams. I’ve spent a great deal of time examining everything Doug Melvin has done in the last two calendar years. Quite frankly, I can’t figure out what this man is trying to do. He seems to be taking his plan on a year to year basis, trading for and away players without a plan. Remember what I said about those teams that everyone looks up to? They would never ever do what Doug Melvin has done the last couple of years. For as much as many of you hate the St. Louis Cardinals, they would never do this. They always know where they stand, and what they intend to do in the coming future. I don’t see that with Doug Melvin. I see a man with no plan or direction for the Brewers. Now most of us “experts” in the media can very clearly see which direction they need to go right now, but for some reason, Melvin and his people seem to be almost scared to go in that direction. Eight years ago, Ted Thompson was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers. The moment he took the position, he examined the Packers roster, and took them full blown into a rebuild. Many people didn’t like it at the time, but it needed to be done. Circa-2005 the Green Packers, were an old, overpaid, underachieving football team. Here we are in 2013. Aren’t you glad now that Thompson did that? Melvin could learn something from that

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