Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Fan Favorite Likely to Call it Quits

In a sad chapter of this Brewers offseason, an article on Tom Haudricourt's blog confirms what many Brewer fans have dreaded. Milwaukee fan favorite and all-around class act Jeff Cirillo met with Brewers GM Doug Melvin regarding a potentially vacant roster spot. Melvin reportedly told Cirillo there was no spot for him on the 2008 roster.

Cirillo, 38, said he'd only leave his family in the Seattle area to play for the Brewers. Without that option, it looks as if retirement is soon to follow.

I hate to see 'Rillo's career end like this, when he's undoubtedly a better fit than certain players on the roster both on the field and in the clubhouse. It's sad to know that his career will probably end in such a regretable way, as he signed with the Twins in 2007 and was later traded to the Diamondbacks. I know I wasn't alone in hoping the Crew brought him in for one last season.

One ray of light that exists in this sour ending; Cirillo said he'd be receptive to one day return to the Brewers dugout as a coach.

On behalf of all Brewer fans, thanks for everything Jeff. Until we meet again, you'll be missed.


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