Steve Rosenbloom on one of the few baseball men the Astros are not interviewing as their next manager:
- And what are the Astros thinking? They will interview 10 candidates for their managing job, none of which is Brenly. They will interview the legendary Al Pedrique and the two-first-named Bob Melvin, meaning the Astros will consider two guys who followed the World Series-winning manager in Arizona, but not the guy who actually won the World Series. Excuse me?Oh, and Brenly obviously is a guy who know the NL Central, having broadcast the last four seasons for Cubs television. What's more, his World Series came with a roster of largely veteran players, which is exactly the Astros' situation. Brenly wants to manage again and probably will. Selfishly, I want him to stay in the booth with Len Kasper, but if he has to go, Cubs fans better hope he goes to the NL East or West.
I want him to stay in the booth with Len Kasper, too; they're one of the two or three most entertaining and insightful teams around. Isn't it strange, though, that we don't hear Brenly's name mentioned more often when a managerial job opens up? To my last breath, I won't understand why he didn't pull Randy Johnson a couple of innings earlier in this game.
But that's a terribly niggling criticism. In his first season as a manager, his team won the World Series. In his second, his team won 98 games. The Diamondbacks fell off in his third season and collapsed in his fourth, but a .536 career winning percentage is perfectly fine. This winter Brenly turns 56, which used to be considered somewhat old for a manager, but Brenly is 11 years younger than Lou Piniella and 14 years younger than Joe Torre.
My guess is that Brenly simply doesn't have a great deal of interest in managing. If not, could you blame him? But I do think we'll find out eventually, because eventually some team will come after him, hard.