MILWAUKEE When Brewers general manager Doug Melvin took over in late September 2002, after another disappointing season in Milwaukee, the city had meager expectations for its baseball team. A decade straight of losing seasons will do that.
So when Melvin set out to rebuild the Brewers, he started with a seemingly simple goal in winning back the city of Milwaukee.
"When I first took this job," Melvin said, "I said my goal was to have a team that was more popular than the sausage race."
Nine years later, Melvin's team was dripping head to toe in champagne, having won an NL Central title and earned its second trip to the playoffs in four seasons. Melvin's rebuilding plan paid off.
In a small market, having inherited a team that was known for its history of losing, Melvin's push to make Milwaukee a contender was an inspired one. And on Tuesday, he and manager Ron Roenicke were justly rewarded for their efforts, signing extensions that could keep both of them here through 2015. I...