Brewers finish managerial interviews

Brewers finish manager search

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has finished interviewing managerial candidates and plans to name his choice immediately following the World Series.

Melvin had dinner Thursday with the third finalist -- former D-backs skipper Bob Brenly -- after earlier meetings with former A's manager Ken Macha and former Mets field boss Willie Randolph. Melvin will spend the weekend preparing his recommendation for ownership.

"I'm hoping to process all of my notes and put a report together on our candidates," Melvin said. "I'll be prepared to make a decision, so when the World Series is over, we can move forward at that time."

The Phillies and Rays were tied at one game apiece in the best-of-seven Series entering Game 3 on Saturday night in Philadelphia, meaning the Brewers' announcement will not come earlier than Tuesday. Game 6 of the Series, if necessary, would be played Wednesday, and a potential Game 7 would be Thursday.

Melvin leaves two days after that -- Nov. 1 -- for the general managers' meetings in Dana Point, Calif.

In addition to the three finalists, Melvin met earlier this month with Dale Sveum, who managed the Brewers for the final 16 regular-season and postseason games of 2008 after Ned Yost was dismissed. But Melvin opted instead for a manager with more big league experience.

The Brewers do not have any further interviews scheduled.

"Unless Casey Stengel is hanging around, I think we're done," Melvin said.

Melvin will then move to replace amateur scouting director Jack Zduriencik, who was formally introduced on Friday in Seattle as the new Mariners GM. Melvin plans to interview two internal candidates next week in Milwaukee during regularly-scheduled organizational meetings: Midwest crosschecker Ray Montgomery and West Coast crosschecker Bruce Seid.

Melvin received some calls from outside candidates interested in the job, but would prefer to fill the post from within. Tom Flanagan, Zduriencik's longtime assistant, is likely to remain in an administrative position.

"We're going to try to do it in-house," Melvin said. "I recognize how important it is to have stability in your scouting."

Montgomery, who played 13 professional seasons, including three in the Majors with the Astros from 1996-98, has been a Brewers scout for the past six seasons, the last two in his current post. He scouted and signed Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks in 2003 during his tenure scouting South Texas and Louisiana.

Seid has also spent the past two seasons in his current job after nine years as a Brewers scout responsible for Southern California and Southern Nevada. He scouted for the Padres from 1992-96, then spent one season as a Pirates scout before joining the Brewers organization. Seid was the Cubs' fourth-round Draft pick in 1980 and played three Minor League seasons.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.