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Monday, July 6, 2009
Updated: July 7, 8:22 AM ET
GM calls Braun irresponsible

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It looks like Ryan Braun's recent call for the front office to make a move soon to improve the Milwaukee Brewers did not fall on deaf ears.

General manager Doug Melvin definitely heard Braun's remarks. He wasn't happy with what he heard, however.

"It was inappropriate for him to say what he said, and I'm not happy about it," Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday.

"To make the statements he made and also get on his teammates like that, it was irresponsible on his part. It just ticked me off."

Braun, the top All-Star vote-getting NL outfielder for the second straight season, voiced his frustrations Sunday after the Brewers lost 8-2 to the Chicago Cubs, who won three of four in the series. He immediately called out the starting pitching.

"[The Cubs] starting pitching is a lot better than ours," Braun said. "They threw the ball a lot better than our starters did. They certainly swung the bats better than we did. Clearly they were the better team. It's nice to get the one win but they clearly outplayed us and outperformed us all series."

Braun also said he hoped Melvin would make a move to better the Brewers soon.

"We're at the point right now where it would be important for us to go out there and acquire somebody," Braun said.

"I know [Melvin] is trying to make our ballclub better. I know he recognizes the importance of making a move and making it soon, but at the same time I think everybody's recognized there's a lot of teams that are still in the race."

The Brewers, one game behind the Cardinals in the tight NL Central, host St. Louis for a three-game series beginning Tuesday.

"No matter who is in there, we have to find a way to throw the ball better for us to have success," Braun said Sunday. "I think when you're constantly behind in games, it's not easy and it's not fun."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.