8/16/2014 9:31 P.M. ET
Attanasio honored to interview for Commissioner
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- When you're asked to interview to be Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said Saturday, the proper response is always "yes."
Attanasio confirmed reports that he'd interviewed for the post, which was filled Thursday with the unanimous selection of Rob Manfred during a meeting in Baltimore of baseball's owners. Manfred will succeed a former Brewers owner, Bud Selig, in the post beginning Jan. 25.
In July, baseball's seven-man selection committee, headed by Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., interviewed Attanasio for about 90 minutes at the New York headquarters of executive search firm Korn Ferry.
"Extremely flattering," said Attanasio, 56, who agreed to buy the Brewers from the Selig family in September 2004 and was approved by the other owners the following January. "I was honored to be there. If anybody says, 'Why did you do that?' I said, 'Basically, if you're involved in Major League Baseball and they invite you to be the Commissioner, I think that's a pretty easy answer.'
"Baseball had a very systematic, detailed screening process, and it resulted in having three candidates in front of us at the meetings in Baltimore last week."
They were Manfred, MLB's executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
Brosnan dropped out shortly before the first ballot Thursday. The first several votes ended with Manfred getting 22 of 30 votes, one short of what was needed for election. After a brief recess, the owners reconvened around 5:30 p.m. ET and got to the finish line with Manfred an hour later.
Attanasio declined to say whom he backed in the initial vote but expressed confidence in the process. He also expressed strong confidence in Manfred.
"I think the unanimous vote was not only a vote of support for Rob Manfred, which he richly deserves," Attanasio said, "but it was a vote of confidence in how this process took place."
Asked whether he would be interested in the Commissionership should the post open in the future, Attanasio said, "We just had a terrific 20 [plus-] year run with Bud, and I'm rooting for another 20-year run for Rob."
With that major business of baseball aside, Attanasio has returned to the day-to-day thrill ride that is ownership of a franchise. His Brewers have led the National League Central outright or with company every day since April 5, but that tenure has not always been a breeze.
"I talk to the other owners about this; for all of us it's really a day-to-day anxiety," Attanasio said. "What you have is more relief than you have any kind of comfort. We have a lot of competitive balance, so you're always a bad week of not being in your position anymore."
Brewers continue hunt for bullpen help via trade
LOS ANGELES -- After coming up empty at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Brewers are still actively seeking to fortify their bullpen, principal owner Mark Attanasio said Saturday.
Teams can still make trades after July 31, but players must first be exposed to waivers.
"Listen, we put in claims literally today for relief pitchers," Attanasio said. "Literally, today."
The tricky part is whether any of those players get to the Brewers, who are in next-to-last claiming position in the National League by virtue of a win-loss record that ranks second to the Dodgers.
General manager Doug Melvin had hoped to add a reliever in July, making what he characterized as serious offers for a number of players. Among those in whom Melvin expressed interest were Joaquin Benoit of the Padres, Koji Uehera of the Red Sox and Addison Reed and Brad Ziegler of the D-backs.
The Brewers found no deals to their liking. Multiple clubs requested Milwaukee's top prospect, 25-year-old starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson, in straight-up trades for a reliever. With Nelson in the Brewers' big league rotation since before the All-Star break, Melvin was not willing to go there.
"We left no stone unturned this trade season, or now this waiver season in an overall [effort] to make our club better," Attanasio said. "We've done everything we could."
• Shortstop Jean Segura was not in the lineup Saturday after being struck on the right hand by a double-play relay the night before, but could have played, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. Segura was feeling well enough that he took batting practice with the team.
• There was more positive progress for right-hander Matt Garza, who remains on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. He played catch for the second straight day and this time threw all of his pitches, albeit on flat ground. Roenicke said the medical staff would now draw up a plan to get Garza back on the pitcher's mound.