Doug Melvin is going to get an extension just as soon as he decides how long he wants it to be


Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin is on the verge of getting a contract extension. The only catch: how long he wants it to be.

Not how long his employer wants it to be, how long Melvin wants it to be. Which is a nice place to be in as an employee, no? Haudricourt talks about the considerations going into Melvin’s decision.

Melvin is 62 and has been the Brewers’ GM since 2003. Despite a poor finish last year and some not-met-expectations in recent seasons, the Brewers extended manager Ron Roenicke recently. That they’re content to keep Melvin on as long as he wants as well shows that owner Mark Attanasio comes from the steady-hand school of management. Which I like, because it implicitly acknowledges that players win games, not managers and execs. At least not directly. And that, if you don’t disagree with the philosophy of your management team, changing them for the sake of changing them is not the best idea.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”