Brewers sound ready to finally pull the plug on Manny Parra

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Manny Parra’s raw stuff has always exceeded his actual performance and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that the Brewers may finally have given up waiting for that to change.
Parra fell to 3-10 with a 5.65 ERA by allowing seven runs in six innings against the Padres yesterday and has yet to record an out in the seventh inning in 16 starts this season. He also had a 6.37 ERA in 27 starts last year and in fact has been horrendous since midway through his rookie season in 2008.
Parra was 25 years old then and went 9-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 108 innings through mid-July. Since then he’s 15-27 with a 5.99 ERA in 307 innings, allowing 382 hits and 156 walks during that time.
McCalvy suggests that Milwaukee “faces a very interesting decision with Parra this winter, when he is arbitration-eligible for the first time.” The arbitration process does mean Parra will be in line for a raise despite his horrible performance, but I’ll be shocked if he’s still property of the Brewers by then.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.