Most Milwaukee Brewer fans had been wondering why this took so long. Jeff Suppan was finally released on Monday after a disastrous season in which he was removed from the starting rotation and even struggled in relief. Management finally decided to eat roughly 10 million dollars and cut ties with Suppan, who was signed in 2007 after a very good three-year run with the St. Louis Cardinals. Most people forget Suppan was the MVP of the 2006 NLCS when the Cards beat the Mets. In that series, he totally dominated the Mets in two starts, finishing that series with a .60 ERA.
He was just never able to duplicate that success as a Milwaukee Brewer. And while most Brewer fans will remember him as a guy that never lived up to expectations, I was reminded this morning while checking out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's story on his release that he was a big part of the Brewers securing a playoff berth in 2008. In August of that year Suppan had a 5-0 record with a 3.00 ERA in six starts. But for whatever reason, he was never the same after that month. After August 2008, his record was 7-18 with a 5.34 ERA in 51 games (38 starts).
Suppan released a statement thanking Mark Attanasio and Doug Melvin and calling the Brewers organization one of the classiest he's played for.
Over the past few seasons the Brewers have had a tendency to target older veteran pitchers. That strategy hasn't worked real well. So they have now gone to the other extreme, drafting 18 year old pitcher Dylan Covey. In light of that move and the calling up of several other young pitchers from the minors over the past few weeks, it appears safe to say the youth movement is on.