MILWAUKEE -- You can count the fact Robin Yount played all 20 of his Hall of Fame seasons with the Brewers among the legacies of club owner-turned-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.Yount was a free agent after winning his second American League MVP Award in 1989, and confirmed Tuesday after the Brewers unveiled a statue of Selig outside Miller Park that he was very close to signing somewhere else. That the Angels made Yount a strong offer was previously known, but one of the Brewers' unofficial historians on hand for Tuesday's event could not remember Yount ever acknowledging it before Tuesday. "I was this close to going somewhere else," Yount said. "It had nothing to do with Milwaukee. The way things were playing out at that time, things were getting to the end and I wanted one more shot at possibly playing in that World Series. It just looked like the Angels were making a little bit better run at that than we could at that time. That was the only reason there was even consideration of it. "But as it played out, this man right here," Yount said, pointing to Selig, "was stronger than any of the other things that were involved in making me stay. That's why I did. If it wasn't for this guy right here, I probably would have left." Instead, Yount stayed and collected his 3,000th hit in a Brewers uniform three years later. He played with the Brewers through the end of 1993, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in '99 and immortalized in bronze alongside Hank Aaron outside Miller Park in 2001.
Macha juggling center fielders
MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Gomez was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and reiterated that he wants to be the Brewers' starting center fielder.What did manager Ken Macha think of that? "I'll just say: That's interesting," Macha said. Gomez was in right field on Tuesday because the Brewers' athletic trainers wanted Corey Hart to take one more day to rest his sore right hamstring. The center fielder was rookie Lorenzo Cain, who has made the most of an opportunity that opened when Gomez was hit in the head by a pitch on Aug. 3 in Chicago. Entering play Tuesday, Cain had a .333 batting average and a .377 on-base percentage in 48 at-bats. Gomez had a .228 batting average and a .286 on-base percentage in 246 at-bats. Macha said playing time would go to whomever is playing best. He'll have to juggle Cain, Gomez and recently-acquired Chris Dickerson in center field between left fielder Ryan Braun and right fielder Hart. "Right now, Cain is in that spot," Macha said. "The way I do things, I'm not going to bury anybody. Cain will probably get a day off and somebody else will be in there playing. They'll get an opportunity to go out there and prove their worth. That's the way I operate." Gomez told MLB.com over the weekend that, "I'm not a backup. I'm 24 years old. I'm the center fielder, and I have to take my job again." He stood by that stance on Tuesday, telling the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "I'm the best center fielder on the team." The Brewers didn't need to make a corresponding roster move for Cain on Tuesday because they had already released reliever David Riske on Monday's day off. By the time Riske was let go, Gomez had already passed the series of Major League Baseball-mandated tests required of players who suffer concussions.
Weeks picks new representative
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks reportedly has selected Greg Genske of Legacy Sports as his new agent, a step that at least opens the chance to re-ignite talks between the team and Weeks about a contract extension.The Brewers had preliminary discussions with Weeks' former longtime agent, Lon Babby, but he left the business this summer to become president of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. The talks were put on hold while Weeks took his time choosing a new representative. The Brewers' last communication with Genske was regarding CC Sabathia at the 2008 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has not year heard from Genske or his colleague, Ken Felder, regarding Weeks. "I don't have a feel for it now," Melvin said. "With it being so close, we will probably just wait until the season ends."
Weeks launched his 24th homer of the year on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.