Brewers Change Advance Scout
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Tim Johnson, former manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, resigned as the Milwaukee Brewers’ major league advance scout Friday and was replaced by Elanis Westbrooks.
``It was for personal reasons,″ Brewers general manager Dean Taylor said. ``He said the scouting job put a lot of stress on his family life. He also expressed some feelings that he wanted to try to get back on the field. That’s where his heart is.″
Westbrooks, 34, was the advance scout for the Colorado Rockies in 1999 and was hired by the Brewers during the offseason to serve as a pro scout.
He begins his new duties immediately.
Westbrooks was an outfielder in the San Francisco organization from 1987-90 after being selected in the 47th round of the 1987 June draft.
Johnson played five seasons with the Brewers before becoming manager of the Blue Jays, who fired him in March 1999 after it was discovered he lied about serving in Vietnam with the Marines.
Toronto replaced Johnson with Jim Fregosi. Toronto general manager Gord Ash said the controversy over Johnson’s military service was a distraction to the team.
Johnson never saw combat but supposedly made up stories to inspire the team. He taught mortar training to recruits going to Vietnam but never served there.
Johnson apologized to the team. The Blue Jays went 88-74 and finished third in the AL East in Johnson’s only season as a major league manager.