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Jody Gerut hits for the Cycle!

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

What a big night in Arizona! Jody Gerut just hit for the cycle. He is the 6th in Brewer history to hit for the cycle, the last one being Chad Moeller in 2004. Jody joins Moeller, Yount, Molitor, Charlie Moore, and Mike Hegan.

Gerut Starts the Cycle with a Home Run

Jody Gerut smacked a home run in the second. Then a single in the third. A big triple in the 5th. Then nothing in the 6th and 7th, but in the 9th, he hit a two run double. Gerut had 4 RBI’s for the game.

Take Care, Bob…

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

It’s been such a crazy spring for Uecker, being inducted into the WWE and the State Meat HOF, but this news will make Brewer fans everywhere take a deep breath…Bob Uecker needs surgery to repair an aortic aneurism (two in fact), and will be off the air for 8-12 weeks. Cory Provous will take over the play by play and Davey Nelson will take over color commentary, at least for the first road trip. Tonight and tomorrow’s game will be the last time Bob will be calling Brewer games in awhile, so turn on the radio and think some kind thoughts for a living legend.

This is the second round of bad news for the Brewers organization, as Stan Kyles announced earlier this month that he had cancer. I know everybody hopes that both men have a speedy and safe recovery.

Loading up on Lefties?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Yahoo Sports reports that Dougie Davis is coming back to Milwaukee for about $4-5 Million. Ladies are already prepping themselves for the return of the “anchor” in Milwaukee.

I'm Coming Back?!?

Maybe we can trade him again for a fat, slow catcher again.

According to multiple sources on the web, Ben Sheets looked good in his “open audition”. He hit 90 on the gun and threw a solid Ben Sheets’ Curveball. Since many teams reportedly have interest in the righty, coupled with the Brewers lack of any actual interest, it seems Sheeter will definitely find a new place to call home. Will he get his crazyazz $12 Mil/Per? No. Even Maddux and the Rangers were scared off by his asking price, so I’m guessing there will be a rich and pitching strapped team who will bow down to his minimum of $6-8 Million.

See...my arm bone is connected to my shoulder bone

Finally, if Mahk Moda also signs, there will be 4 lefties competing for the starting rotation. Awesome.

Morning Ramble - 11/13

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Ryan Braun won his second straight Silver Slugger award, putting him with the likes of Molitor and Cooper for Brewers who have won the award in consecutive years. Congrats Brauny!

This story about a guy who worked for Lambeau for 22 years getting fired probably because of something he did or didn’t say to Mike McCarthy angers me. I’ve stood up for McCarthy in the past, but that might be ending. I’ve been very unhappy with his play calling this year, his inability to change/help the team’s flaws, and if he really was this immature and bitter after the loss to the Vikings, then that’s just ridiculous and not what you want from a leader. Even if the guy said “Don’t lay an egg”, McCarthy should have listened to him, because that’s exactly what the Packers ended up doing.

By the way, is Brandon Jennings the most intriguing athlete playing in Wisconsin at this very moment? Think of all the Packers, Badgers, and Bucks and this guy is ripping the positive headlines from everyone else.

AFTERNOON RAMBLE

Looper’s option was NOT picked up, which was a slight surprise to me. The Brewers are trying to pool resources to see how much money they have, which is interesting because this week they have talked to agents representing Mark Mulder and John Lackey and are apparently interested in Edwin Jackson and possibly Javier Vasquez. Looper, who I liked as a pickup last year, gave up the most runs and home runs in the National League last year.

BEN SHEETS SIGHTING…er…actually, his agent finally spoke up to make sure people knew his client wasn’t dead or injured. Casey Close believes Sheets will be ready by Spring Training and said 3 teams already inquired (two of which are probably Texas and Milwaukee)

Thank God Seattle re-signed Jack Wilson. I’m very excited not to deal with his ugly mug (and uncanny ability to throw out runners right before they reach base) over 10 times a year.

Cubs are going for Granderson

Morning Ramble - 11/12

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

ESPN Rumors wondered aloud if Milwaukee would be interested in a Granderson-Edwin Jackson for prospects deal. My answer…no they wouldn’t…but the fantasy baseball dork in me would do it. Imagine an OF of Granderson, Braun, and Gomez (I’m guessing they’d have to trade Corey Hart, but again…no way in hell this is happening)

Speaking of deals that won’t happen, the Reds are apparently acting like they’re willing to part with Aaron Harang and Brandon Phillips. I would love Phillips on the team, but it won’t happen.

Johnny Lucroy is the early favorite to be the starter at catcher. I wouldn’t have the biggest problem with Lucroy and Rivera, but it would be a major concern to have two inexperienced backstops. Jared brought up a name that sounds a little better…Greg Zaun. I also like Yorvit Torrealba, but I have a hunch he wants more money than the Brewers are willing to pay.

I’m not the biggest fan of twitter, but this is my favorite twitter post: No one has heard from Ben Sheets or his agent, according to Brewers GM Doug Melvin. That’s right…Big Ben is MIA, hiding somewhere in the southern part of the United States probably still hurt.

Do these names on the Brewers pitching hot stove excite you? Doug Davis and Randy Wolf! Yeah…excites me about as much as another Saw movie. Well, Melvin has contacted both agents according to reports, so who knows…

Finally, in that’s hilarious news, the Pirates thought they’d make a pitch for JJ, and why not, but apparently offered the Brewers Fielder’s enemy MATT FREAKIN CAPPS. You may enjoy the rest of your day now.

Aftermath from the Hardy for Gomez Trade

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This was a shocking trade and I have not really made up my mind on the trade. Some RFB’ers have said that they like the trade. For me, it really depends on what pitchers the Brewers get now without J.J. Hardy. John Lackey’s name is out there and he would be AMAZING to bring in. One thing I believe is that J.J. for Gomez opens up the possibility of trading Gamel or Hart for pitching, especially if the big free agent names go elsewhere. Here are some reactions from around the area about the trade:

JSonline currently has a poll running that shows Brewers fans are split 50/50 right now.

Bernie’s Crew is underwhelmed with the deal.

Brewerfan believes that Gomez won’t be able to match Cameron offensively, but should be similar defensively.

Michael Hunt believes that the new youth movement will put the Brewers farther away from the playoffs.

WISN’s Andy Kendeigh believes the move was at the right time and made an interesting point saying Gomez won’t have to look over his shoulder all year.

620’s Gene Mueller hopes this means the Brewers will no longer be deathly afraid of running, but won’t be able to judge the trade until the team comes together in April

Brew Beat found a quote from Twins manager Ron Gardenhire who says that Gomez is “irritating”.

Brew Crew Ball believes the Brewers should re-sign Cameron anyway (at least still offer arbitration…what’s the worst that could happen? He takes it and you still have a leader who can help Gomez become even better in center. Plus, the team could continue to piss off the NL Central and untuck their shirts.) and they believe the trade was good overall.

Cute Sports believe that Tweens and Teens will weep (she forgot sorority girls as well), but she seems most sad that there won’t be any “J.J. makes me Hardy” jokes.

View from Bernie’s Chalet said they are excited about the young Gomez.

In-Between Hops believe the loss of Hardy isn’t a big deal and might be very good for the team.

Minnesota Blogs:

Star Tribune writer Jim Souhan believes this was an “amazing” deal for the Twins.

A Fan’s View liked Gomez (save for something he calls Gomez’s “bunny hops” when throwing to home) but likes the trade especially because it upgrades their infield defense.

Twinkie Town likes having Hardy and so do most of their readers.

The Saint Paul Pioneer Press thinks that Hardy will be a long term shortstop in Minnesota and enjoyed that it fixed two of the Twins’ problems.

Matt Borzi of MinnPost loves the trade, but believes Gardenhire will move Hardy to third (if that were the case, he would probably still be a Brewer!)

Blogger Aaron Gleeman believes that Gomez got a bum rap in Minneapolis because of who he was traded for (Santana), but believes the acquisition is very positive for the Twins.

SethSpeaks LOVES the deal for the Twins.

Twinkie Talk believes this was definitely the right move for the Twins.

The Twins Most Valuable Blogger is glad the Twins didn’t give up a king’s ransom for the player they needed.

So as you can see, Brewer fans are unsure and Twins fans are seemingly thrilled.
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Brewmors - Cards Were Swept Edition

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

This is interesting: MLBTraderumors.com believes that Mat Gamel is definately on the block. Just a couple months ago, he was untouchable. So now you have to figure that the Brewers would trade J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee, and Mat Gamel for pitching.

Ooooh, you're totally gonna put me on the block? Not cool, brah

Also, since the Brewers seem to go after Cardinals Cast-Offs, the Cards have many players that will be free agents. The Cards will probably go after Holliday, but they still have DeRosa, Pinero, Smoltz, LaRue, and Wellemeyer. Honestly, I don’t want the Brewers to go after any of those players except maybe DeRosa (but he’ll be overpaid this offseason).

By the way, I enjoyed seeing the Cards get swept in the first round. I know that maybe I’m supposed to root for the NL Central, but I guess I’m still angry. The Dodgers seem to own the NL Central in the playoffs.

Rick Peterson, the Pitching Coach that helped bring us Oakland’s original big 3, said Milwaukee is on the top of his list.

Strong Finish to Stoke the Hot Stove

Monday, October 5th, 2009

It was real nice to sweep the Cards, even though their fate was already decided. Prince finished his season starting in all 162 games, tied Howard for most RBI’s, and mashed Coop’s record. Gamel got a hit off of a lefty for an RBI. There are some things to look forward to. Let’s check some other news as we prepare for a Brewer-less playoffs, but an important winter.

- Macha and Co. coming back, minus the Bos and the bullpen coach. I think Wille might jet to a managerial job.

- Trevor Time? It’s been reported that the Brewers are already close to another deal with the all-time saves leader.

- Will Pitching Woes turn into Pitching! Woah!?

- Will J.J. be traded? Rickie? Hart? Prince? (First one is possible, second one is slightly possible, and the third one I hope doesn’t happen)

- Will the Brewers re-sign any of their free agents?

- What will the Brewers do in the outfield?

- What will happen to Soup and Loop if the Brewers pick up new starters?

Feel free post your burning questions/thoughts and we’ll keep an eye out for you. Brewmors should be returning.

Congrats Prince

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

On breaking the All-Time Brewers record for most RBI’s in a season! You now own two very lofty Brewers season records and are on the verge of a third!

Roster Decisions - Take 1

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Brewers.com had a story about some of the roster decisions for 2010 since this year has been a bust (or an EPIC FAIL). Here’s what I think might happen to some of the current Brewers and why. Feel free to add your takes:

Options:

Option on David Weathers for 3.7 Mil - Let him go to free agency or retire. It’s a lot of money to spend on an old reliever who couldn’t get too many people out in Milwaukee this year.

Mutual Option on Braden Looper for 6.5 Mil - Bring him back. Braden’s been a pretty good innings eater…he’s basically what I thought Suppan would be. Plus, here’s the worst-case scenario: You sign an upper level starting pitcher and you put Braden back in the pen where he’s had all kinds of sucess earlier in his career. Also, he then becomes an emergency starter which as you saw this year, is always helpful.

Free Agents:

Mike Cameron - Make a big push to sign him. His leadership and defensive ability is worth it and he still has some pop and speed. I know he disappointed in 08, but he’s done well enough in 09. Plus, who else do you have? As long as he isn’t over 12 large, he should be a Brewer.

Jason Kendall - Goodbye, and thanks for helping our young pitchers. I am in the minority by still believing that Kendall was a good pick up. He helped our young pitching staff and he always busted his a$$. I also believe he has made Mike Rivera into a better game caller. That said, I don’t think it makes sense to bring him back.

Felipe Lopez - Even though he was awesome at getting on base and was possibly the most underrated move of the mid-year, Felipe’s going to be too expensive. Also, the last time he got paid, he hit .245 the next year. I’d like to keep him as a Craig Counsell like player, but he’s going to be too expensive for that.

Craig Counsell - He’s had an amazing year and I have done a 180 on him, but this excellent year might be Craig’s swan song. It also seems that pitchers have figured out the holes in his new swing. The Brewers should feel free to let him go out on top, but if there are a lot of injuries, I’m pretty sure he isn’t a long distance call.

Frank Catalanotto - Frank was a great veteran presence off the bench for the outfield and I’d like him to stay a Brewer. I think he will be re-signed since he’s a left handed outfield bat and the Brewers need a strong backup.

Corey Patterson - Meh…he could have been something, but Corey can be someone else’s reclamation project. There’s an off chance that he will be signed to a minor league deal in the offseason.

Trevor Hoffman - What an amazing year Trevor Hoffman had as a Brewer! He showed San Diego that you still had a lot in the tank (but Heath Bell showed that he deserved the job too). I’d like to keep Hoffman a Brewer, but he’s probably either going to garner too much money/attention or he’s going to retire.

Claudio Vargas - Even though Clardo was the pitcher no one wanted, he was an above average reliever during the second half. I’d give him a shot, but it wouldn’t be for much money. After abusing the arms of Todd Coffey and Mark DiFelice this year, a righty who didn’t pitch too many innings might be nice to have.

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