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Brewers situation amounts to a mess

The Brewers' recent history reeks of poor baseball, financial disrepair, broken promises and gullible fans.

Originally Published: December 5, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Being a short history of five weeks in the recent life of the Milwaukee Brewers ...

A month ago, the Brewers' board of directors recommended a 25-percent budget cut for 2004, which would drop the club's payroll to approximately $30 million. Team president Ulice Payne made the mistake of admitting that he had doubts about the franchise's ability to turn things around.

A few days later, it became clear that Payne, who was hired in September 2002, would soon be un-hired.

At the ...

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