PHOENIX Twice in a span of 25 months, Dale Sveum was interviewed and passed over as Doug Melvin and the Milwaukee Brewers searched for a new field manager.
Under Ken Macha, who took over in 2009, the Brewers stumbled. Granted, a lack of quality pitching was as much to blame as anything, but the disconnect between the players and manager was evident during Macha's two seasons, during which time Sveum served as as a confidant of sorts.
It makes sense, then, that the Brewers went outside the organization in the fall of 2010 when looking to replace Macha. Melvin wanted a fresh, outsiders perspective on his roster. He wanted to bring in somebody with a winning mindset. He wanted somebody who could take this team of young stars to the next level.
And to his credit, Sveum still stuck around.
"I was disappointed," Sveum said earlier this week when he brought his new team to Maryvale Baseball Park to face his former team. "I wanted to manage, but it wasn't to the point that I wanted to ...