Several observers have pointed out that the Brewers may lose Sabathia and pitcher Ben Sheets to free agency at the end of the season. However, what these observers miss is that their replacements at the top of the Milwaukee rotation, Yovani Gallardo and Manny Parra are ready to step into that role next season, and both are products of the Brewers’ farm system.
The message during the all-star break is that baseball is in great shape in terms of competition and emerging talent. Unfortunately, the people charged with getting that message out are likely to drop the ball.
Martin Johnson is a New York writer.