Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers:

  • Designated Bill Hall for assignment;
  • Demoted JJ Hardy;
  • Fired pitching coach Bill Castro; and
  • Generally smelled like poo.

Were it not for the Chicago Cubs’ pathetic swoon of late, this might not even qualify as news. But given that the Brewers will soon be poised to pass the Cubs, it’s news.

It was just a couple years ago that ESPN’s Peter Gammons declared Bill Hall his preseason pick for MVP. Um. Oops.

Hall is just 29, and tremendously talented. He’ll catch on somewhere, and if it’s the Cardinals, he’ll fulfill that MVP prediction.

Hardy, 26, isn’t hitting for squat this year, so the demotion – and subsequent promotion of superstar prospect Alcides Escobar – makes sense. Of course, as MLBTradeRumors points out, the fact that it forestalls Hardy’s impending free agency for another year is just a side benefit.

Castro is now a former pitcher coach. Whatever.