NEW YORK -- Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph doesn't plan to call around to teams singing his own praises. He figures that word is out around baseball that he wants to manage again.Randolph, a candidate for Brewers manager before the team chose Ken Macha two years ago, took a job as Macha's bench coach and is hoping to capitalize on the uncertainty surrounding as many as a dozen managerial posts throughout baseball this winter. He managed the Mets from 2005-08. "I'm looking forward to getting another shot and tapping into the growth that I think I've gone through," Randolph said upon his return to the Big Apple this week. He had to wait years for his first chance to manage and interviewed for a number of franchises, including the Brewers in late 2002 before they hired Ned Yost instead. Randolph said he has yet to get any interest from the teams already in managerial limbo, and is hoping the wait isn't as long this time around. "I hope not," he said. "Especially this year. There's going to be quite a few openings, possibly. You never know where you fit into those open spots. You kind of have to wait and see. I don't anticipate or have a feeling one way or the other if it's going to work out, but I think I've proven to all of the general managers and owners out there that I'm looking forward to and want to manage again. I could have sat back a year or so and got paid [by the Mets, who dismissed Randolph in June 2008 with nearly two years left on his contract], but I didn't do that. I wanted to get back in there to be sure I was serious about getting an opportunity." Brewers manager Ken Macha, whose own seat has grown warm this season, hopes Randolph gets another shot. "Willie has done fine," Macha said. "He has a strong desire to manage again, and I'm hoping he gets an opportunity to do it." Macha counted as Randolph's strengths his comfort mingling with the players, assisting with in-game information and working over the past two seasons with second baseman Rickie Weeks and shortstop Alcides Escobar on their defense. "And then one of the big factors is that he has to have your back. I think he's done a great job with that, too," Macha said. "Your coaches have to be loyal."
Braun scratched late with stomach virus
NEW YORK -- Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was a very late scratch from Tuesday's starting lineup because he was suffering what the team described as a stomach virus.Braun, who reached 100 RBIs with a two-homer, four-RBI performance in Sunday's Miller Park finale, was originally listed, as usual, as Milwaukee's left fielder and three-hole hitter, but bench coach Willie Randolph hinted when he posted the lineup that it could change if Braun didn't start feeling better. Right fielder Corey Hart slid down to the three-hole in Braun's absence and Joe Inglett took over in left field. The illness might have created an opening for prospect Mat Gamel, but Gamel returned to Milwaukee earlier in the day to prepare for toe surgery.
Rain changes plans for Gallardo, Capuano
NEW YORK -- Monday's rainout was especially bad news for Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo, who will now make only one more start this season instead of two. But it was good news for Chris Capuano, who thought he was finished for the year, but now will get one more chance to audition for a starting gig in 2011.Gallardo was originally slated to start Tuesday against the Mets and then Sunday in the Brewers' season finale against the Reds. Now he's scheduled to start Game 1 of a doubleheader at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon before calling it a season. "No big deal," he said. "It would be a little bit different if we were trying to make to make the playoffs, and you could talk about going out there on short rest. Now, why risk it?" The lost start probably won't cost Gallardo a shot at any key milestones. He needs only four strikeouts on Wednesday to reach 200 for the second consecutive season. He has at least four strikeouts in 27 of his 30 starts. Gallardo will fall short of 200 innings. He has 181 2/3 innings entering Wednesday. Count that among his goals for 2011. "That should be the goal for every starter, every year," he said. "That's a big step."
Brewers set scouting staff for 2011 season
NEW YORK -- The Brewers on Tuesday promoted a pair of their "whiz kids," to borrow the nickname bestowed upon them by former manager Ned Yost, to higher posts within the team's professional scouting department.Zack Minasian, 27, was elevated to director of pro scouting and Karl Mueller, listed as 30 in the Brewers' preseason media guide, was made director of video scouting and baseball research. Both are rising stars in the industry who previously held "manager" titles. They will take over some of the administrative duties previously handled by special assistant to the general manager for pro scouting and player personnel Dick Groch, who will focus on scouting. All three men will report directly to general manager Doug Melvin. Minasian will oversee the Brewers' entire 13-man pro scouting staff. He began his baseball career as a clubhouse attendant with the Texas Rangers and is finishing his sixth season in Melvin's front office. "Zack has the ability to evaluate talent but most importantly as director, he effectively communicates clear strategic direction for our staff and excels in facilitating group discussions," Melvin said in a statement. "Zack is also very talented at recognizing the financial impact and the effect decisions make on the future of the organization." Mueller is finishing up his seventh season with the Brewers. He has been the manager of advance scouting, but will now take on the responsibilities of evaluating talent using video, baseball research and analytical studies to assist in player transactions. Mueller will also retain responsibilities in assisting with contract negotiations and the coordinating of the advance scouting during the season. "Karl excels in knowing the value of baseball research of our organization and all our competitors," Melvin said. "He is highly skilled in developing a highly-effective information retrieval system to which our field staff may not have access." Groch has been in the Brewers' front office since Melvin took over for the 2003 season and will enter his 31st year of professional scouting in '11. The Brewers also announced their pro scouting lineup for 2011: Chris Bosio, Marv Thompson, Tom Mooney, Brad Delbarba, Leon Wurth, Ben McLure, Larry Aaron, Tom Wheeler, Bryan Gale, Cory Melvin, Ryan Thompson, Derek Watson and Joe Kowal.