The slumping Milwaukee Brewers will cut ties with Nettleton’s Bill Hall, the National League baseball team announced Wednesday.
It’s part of a overall shakeup for a team that’s lost 23 of its last 35 games after entering July with a two-game lead in the National League’s Central Division.
Hall has struggled ever since hitting 35 homers in 2006. Hitting just .201 with six homers and 24 RBIs in a limited role this year, he told The Associated Press he needed some time before he wanted to talk.
His agent, Terry Bross, said he was trying to sort out the details.
“Obviously he took it hard,” Bross said. “He’s only been a Brewer, he doesn’t know anything but being a Brewer. His spirits aren’t great right now.”
Hall hit .270 with 35 homers and 85 RBIs in 2006, leading to his new deal, but his numbers went steadily down in 2007 and 2008 and he became increasingly frustrated.
New manager Ken Macha talked often in spring training about getting Hall back on track, but Hall kept tinkering with his swing and finally agreed to go to the minors July 30 for more playing time. He was recalled just three days later when right fielder Corey Hart needed an appendectomy.
In other moves, the Brewers sent former All-Star shortstop J.J. Hardy to Tiple-A Nashville and fired their pitching coach, Bill Castro, who had been with the organization for the last 18 years.
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