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Questions Without Actual Answers Yet

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

It’s the eve before opening day and this year, there are still some important questions with the Brewers team that will need to be figured out quickly:

1) Why are the Brewers commited to starting Suppan?
The news that Parra and Narveson are both being sent to the bullpen wasn’t the bad news…the bad news was that the Brewers are still holding a starting spot for Jeff Suppan for no other reason than “We’re paying him a ton of money” and “He hasn’t pitched out the pen in a long time.” I have a question to go with my first question…Where did your stones go, Brewers organization?

From Major League 2..."You have no marbles!"

2)  Which outfielder is going to divide the fans most? Hart? Edmonds? or Gomez?
From what I’ve noticed, there are many Brewers fans that are fed up with Corey Hart already BUT he still has a loyal following. There’s another group of fans that hate Jimmy Ballgame and feel he’ll be taking valuable at bats from younger players BUT his spring training performance has turned many over to his side. There’s yet another group that hates Gomez and his lack of power BUT there are many people excited for his speed and good performance in spring. So which outfielder is going to divide fans the most? It depends on whichever one does the worst.

3) Will the new starters be better than the old starters?
This one has an answer…sort of…and the answer is “They better not be any worse”. Most preseason predictions I’ve seen has Randy Wolf regressing this year and Doug Davis will always give up some home runs, it’s just a matter of keeping the number down. I believe Bush will be better this year and Yo will be stellar as usual. That fifth spot is concerning

4) Will LaTroy Hawkins be more like Guillermo Mota or Salomon Torres?
All three pitchers were former closers, so where will Hawkins fall? He can still dial it up over 90 and has looked alright so far.

5) Will George Kottaras walk to the mound a lot?
While at the spring training game on Friday, I noticed that George really wanted to be on the same page with his pitchers and walked to have a talk with each pitcher multiple times. It worked, because there were no runs earned by the bullpen! Is he really going to do that during the season? Don’t fix what isn’t broken, George.

6) Is this the year for Rickie Weeks?
If he can stay healthy? Why not?!?!? I still have faith in the guy.

7) Will Macha run with this team?
Not just make a run, but actually steal bases and move runners. There’s so much speed on this team, it’s ridiculous. The 2005 White Sox think this team has a ton of speed, but will that speed turn into production on both sides?

8) When will the Narv-Dog get a legit chance at being a starter?
Not soon enough apparently. I really believe that if you make someone a reliever at the beginning of the year and try to make him a starter later that same year, it won’t work. When has it worked? I can’t think of anyone right now…

The Narv-Dog

9) Who will be the surprise player to step up this year?
Last year it was Casey, before that it was Gabe Kapler. Will Gomez step up? Will Casey prove his doubters wrong AGAIN? Will it be Rickie or even Jody Gerut? Perhaps it will be a pitcher…maybe Parra will take the next step. Perhaps it will be a surprise addition. Maybe it will be a call-up from Nashville…

10) Will this team make the playoffs?
Well, if you believe SI or ESPN, no. They have the Brewers finishing fourth behind the Cards, Cubs, and Reds. And it’s easy to be skeptical after the downer that was last  year, with Macha having his first losing season as a manager. However, I like when the Brewers fly under the radar and I believe this team will be playing meaningful ball looooong into the season.

Now it’s your turn…answer my questions if you can or post your own

Hart (seemingly) Heading To Arbi’s

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Corey wants 4.8 Mil, the Crew wants to give him 4.15 Mil and both sides are at a standstill (according to Adam McCalvy). Let’s check out Corey Hart’s arguement:

  1. I was totally an All-Star (that was voted in by the fans I later dissed)
  2. I’m a 20/20 guy (once in 08)
  3. I have to put up with fans asking me how many outs there are every freakin’ inning. I mean, geez, can’t these people read the ribbon board?
  4. I lost at bats to offensive powerhouses like Jody Gerut and Frank Catalonotto last year
  5. It takes a lot of money to change my hair as much as I do
  6. I hit .173 and had an OBP of .192 during our September postseason chase in 08.
  7. J.J. Hardy and Jason Kendall were the only opening day starters to have a worse OBP and SLG % than me last year.
  8. Even though fans noticed that I didn’t go after as many fly balls very hard in 2009, I had the worst fielding percentage out of every outfielder on the team (including bench players)
  9. I got kids to feed
  10. I heard Melvin has never been to arbitration yet so I’m figuring he knows he’s gonna lose.

Edmonds a Regular Starter? Please No…

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The Brewers have promised Edmonds everyday starts against righties?

OK, I think I hate the Edmonds signing now.

Via Tim McKernan’s (InsideSTL.com) Twitter:

Edmonds: Brewers told me I’d get a chance to play everyday against right-handers, and I’d get a chance to play when corner OF get days off.

I’m trying to make sense of this and I’m having a hard time…

Maybe the Brewers don’t believe in Carlos Gomez or Corey Hart. There are much better ways to upgrade than relying on a 40-year-old who didn’t play last year to pick up starts three or four out of every five games though.

Maybe Melvin did tell Edmonds he’d have a “chance” to play everyday against right-handers. I mean, there’s a “chance” I could play every day against righties. Melvin could’ve just gave him the old “every player has to earn his starting position” line to sell Edmonds on the Brewers. The idea that the Brewers would have to sell a player on the chance to play on the team after no teams were even interested in adding him to their rosters last season is pretty depressing though…

Maybe the Brewers are working on a trade of Corey Hart. While there’s a part of me that would love to not have to watch Corey suck at baseball in a Brewers uniform anymore, the thought of watching the elderly Edmonds as a regular starter for a whole season is much less appealing. And Hart was an all-star just a few years ago. There’s at least some hope he could figure it out and return to form. Edmonds is not going to suddenly get younger. And, again, there are still better options than Edmonds available on the free agent market if you’re looking for corner outfielders who might have to start more than a couple games a week.

Maybe Edmonds just made the whole starting against right handers thing up. Unlikely, but there’s a chance…

I’m guessing it’s closest to the second guess. Melvin probably promised Edmonds they’d let him compete for playing time in spring training, go in with an open mind, blah, blah, blah…

All I know is that if Edmonds is a regular starter for the Brewers in 2010, it’s probably going to be a long season…

The All-Decade Team

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Happy Holidays everyone! Since we are on the cusp of a new decade, I decided to put out the Milwaukee Brewers All-Decade team! This was quite an up and down decade for the Crew. We saw the end of our beloved Milwaukee County Stadium, but enjoyed the beauty that is Miller Park. We saw the worst of the worst (3 straight years of finishing last in the NL Central including a 100 loss season) and something we hadn’t seen in over 20 years: Playoffs.  We saw managers change (Lopes, Royster, Yost, Sveum, and Macha). We saw fan favorites come and go. We saw the rise of baseball in HD and a rise in Brewers payroll. Yes, it was quite a roller coaster being a Brewer fan in the 00’s. To look back on the decade that was, Here’s my 25-man All-Decade Roster.

Starters

C - The list of Brewers’ catchers from this decade reads like a sick joke: Bennett, Estrada, Bako, Moeller. It was hard to pick, but Damian Miller is my catcher of the decade. In ‘05 and ‘06, he was a solid catcher both offensively and defensively and had a lackluster ‘07 because of the amazingly underwhelming Johnny Estrada.

1B - Prince Fielder - It’s only been since ‘06 that the Brewers have had Fielder as their starting first baseman, but he’s only gotten better over time. He’s even had 2 seasons with over 40 HR’s. He’s been the leader of this team and has shown maturity beyond his years. He even improved his defense!

2B - Ron Belliard - We started off the decade with Belliard at second. He hit alright, but was great at the double play. He was part of turning 129 double plays in 2000.

3B -Ryan Braun - I don’t care how bad his defense was. I don’t care that he’s an outfielder more than a third baseman. He was the best third baseman the Brewers have and I’m putting him here dammit. What else can you say about Ryan Braun? He’s a stud. He does it all. He hits for power and average. He’s the Hebrew Hammer. He likes really ugly MMA shirts. He’s cocky, but says the right things almost all the time. The best thing you can say about him: He’ll be a Brewer far into this next decade!

SS - JJ Hardy - This JJ brought all the ladies to the yard, but behind his female appeal was a great defensive shortstop with a lot of pop in his bat. He made the All-Star team in 2007. His fire continued in 2008 with over 20 home runs again (which is great for a shortstop).

OF - Carlos Lee - We put up with his lazy outfield because you could count on 100 RBI’s. Before Prince was ready for Prime Time, there was Carlos Lee. Even though the Crew only had him for 1 3/4 years, he delivered over 60 home runs and almost 200 RBI’s.

OF - Geoff Jenkins - Roaming the outfield until 2007, Geoff hit 182 home runs and 71 Outfield Assists for the Brewers this decade. Jenks was also voted into the All-Star game in 2004 by the Brewers fans! He ended up having a stellar year that year hitting .296 with 28 HR’s.

OF - Scott Podsednik - Milwaukee’s ROY runner up was the beginning of the resurgence of interest in the Brewers. While he really only had one good year with the Brewers (and only two overall), he set a Brewers record for most SB’s in a year.

Bench

1B - Richie Sexson - While I have never been the biggest fan of Sexson because he would choke under pressure, his numbers as a Brewer don’t lie. He hit 133 home runs in a Brewer, including two seasons with 45 (2001 and 2003). He was  a two time All-Star and was involved in an amazing trade for the Brewers.

1B - Lyle Overbay - OK, so I have three first basemen. The Big O was a doubles machine after coming over in the Sexson trade and bridged the gap perfectly between Sexson and Fielder.

OF - Brady Clark - Most people laugh about Brady, but he was a solid member of the Brewers outfield for 4 years this decade. He hit an average of .283 and was a big part of 2005’s .500 year (which people forget was a big deal at the time)

INF - Mark Loretta - Mark had a really strong run in Milwaukee to start his career. And while most of his career was played in the previous decade, he still played for 2 3/4 of this one. Always one you could count on to get on base,  Mark never had more than 60 strikeouts in a season.

OF - Corey Hart - Hart made his debut in 2004, but didn’t recieve the role of everyday starter until 2007. His speed and his bat make him a dynamic player even though his head has gotten in the way.

C - I guess you need two catchers on a 25 man roster so I pick Jason Kendall. I know there are a lot of fans who hate Kendall (such a strong feeling), but many of those fans don’t remember most of the catchers from this past decade. We didn’t have a Surhoff or a Nilsson. And I wouldn’t mind having a Jason Kendall who busts his ass every day on my team….problem is if this was real, he wouldn’t let me put him on the bench.

Pitchers

SP - Ben Sheets - Ben’s entire MLB career started in 2001 even though it seems like he’s been around for longer. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Cy Young and threw over 1200 K’s this decade. I won’t ever forget the day Jared and I saw Sheeter the night after he threw 18 K’s at a Bucks game (Jenkins had front row and Sheeter was sitting 8 rows back by us). He’s Milwaukee’s first legit ace since Higuera and I’d like to see him back in Brewer Blue.

SP - Doug Davis -Doug Davis isn’t flashy. He isn’t dominant. He isn’t fan friendly. He’s just there. And for 3+ years, he was the team’s dependable workhorse. Doug is the reason most Brewer fans check quality starts because 70% of his 2004 starts were quality, although he just won half.

SP - Chris Capuano - Yet another part of the Richie Sexson trade, Cappie was an All-Star in 2005. What people remember most about Capuano was his insane pick-off move which prompted umpires re-check their rule books about balks. He’s the final part of the MM3 (See Kolb)

SP - Yovani Gallardo - This young star in the making was better than expected in ‘09.  He also was helpful down the playoff stretch in ‘08 (even though a freak accident derailed almost all of that season). I’m excited to see how Yo matures in this next decade.

SP - C.C. Sabathia - Sure he grabbed the cash and left, but before he did, he gave Milwaukee a hero they have not seen in a long time. C.C. delivered the team the playoffs and for that, he will never be forgotten. We were able to see what C.C. would have been like in the playoffs had he not been used up, but most people would agree that the Brewers would have never gotten to the playoffs had he been used more sparingly.

RP - Dan Kolb - There are a group of pitchers I like to call the Mike Maddux Three. These pitchers had their highest levels of success under his tutelage and most came out of nowhere to become All-Stars, then fizzle away. The first of those three is Dan Kolb. Dan was all sorts of mediocre until in 2003 when he had an ERA of 1.99 and saved 21 games. The next year he saved 39 and became an All-Star. The following year, he was traded for Jose Capellan which was a move that benefited NO ONE.

RP -Derrick Turnbow - Turnbow is another member of the MM3. A fireballer picked off of waivers, Turnbow was known as the “Wild Thing”. He had wild hair and a wild streak, but his fastball could touch three digits. This streak caught up with him, but not before he was named to the All-Star game. Sadly, his bobblehead ended his career.

RP - Francisco Cordero - Another in the streak of Brewers All-Star Relievers, Cordero was a name on the Carlos Lee trade that quickly became so valuable, people forgot how bad Kevin Mench was. CoCo came in to Click, Click, Boom and saved 44 games with a 2.98 ERA. He was lost to Cincinatti because they offered him a couple extra million the following year.

RP - Brian Shouse - Lefty specialists are in high demand nowadays and the Brewers had a great one in Brian Shouse. When he was picked up, most people said “Who?”, but this lefty had 2+ strong years in Milwaukee and had a cult following.

RP - Trevor Hoffman - OK, so he only had one year in Milwaukee, but you would agree it was a great one, right? He exceeded expectations and was a highlight in a disappointing ‘09 effort. Plus he was the capper on a decade that saw 6 Brewers pitchers become All-Stars.

RP - I have one more reliever spot and it’s hard to give it to just one person because there were so many players that were similar. They weren’t great, but they were who the Brewers had so my last reliever is Matts DeSkanick. That’s right. A hybrid of Matt Wise, Mike DeJean, Curtis Leskanic, and Brooks Kieschnick. They were all middle of the road relievers, but were necessary or had a small following of fans at the time. (If Jared or Tyler could make a photoshop of this, that would be awesome)

Manager - Ned Yost - Love him or hate him, he’s the man that took the Brewers from awful to competitive.

There you have it! Feel free to post your own! I know we’re all looking forward to another up and down decade of Brewer baseball. I hoped to do a Brewer of the Decade Vote in lieu of a fan favorite vote, but we’ll see if the site is around long enough for that.

McClung, DiFelice, and Rivera all gone! Counsell signed

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The Brewers non-tendered RHP Seth McClung (which was a bit of a surprise, but probably means they’re moving Suppan into a long relief role if they can), RHP Mark DiFelice (who won’t be pitching for all of 2010, but was a great surprise last season), and C Mike Rivera (which I admit, I was wrong about. I really thought he’d be given a fair shake, but such is not the case). All three are now free agents.

The Brewers did tender contracts to Dave Bush, Todd Coffey, Carlos Villanueva, Corey Hart, Carlos Gomez, and Jody Gerut.

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And JSOnline is reporting that Craig Counsell accepted a contract by the Brewers for next season. And Kevin Correia is staying in SD.

Hey Braunie, It Could Be Worse… A LOT Worse…

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Ryan Braun let it slip earlier this week that he’s anxious for Doug Melvin to pull the trigger on a deal for a pitcher. Well, as hard as it must be for him to wait to see what the Moustached Marvel does, it could be worse. Green Bay radio personality Chris Havel of The Fan 107.5 FM could be the Brewers GM…

I don’t know why I listen to The Fan during baseball season, but I do. Therefore my rides to and from work usually result in me yelling at my radio in disgust about the most recent incredibly uninformed, stupid statement someone on The Fan says about the Brewers. To be fair, the station’s Packer coverage is pretty decent, but they are so epically horrible at talking about the Brewers that I wish they’d just give it up. As bad as Rookie and Bill are at discussing the Brewers and baseball in general on the morning show, the afternoon show takes it to a whole new level. Havel was borderline tolerable as a Packers writer for the Green Bay Press-Gazette (if you could ignore the blatant Favre ego stroking as he tried to dry hump no. 4 to respectability) before he got fired (or “parted ways” as he paints it). As a radio host, he’s a thin-skinned, know-it-all prick, who actually knows very little. And he is the baseball fan equivalent of a 6 year old. If J.J. Hardy gets three hits in a night, he’s the greatest player to ever don a Brewers uni, until he goes 0-4 the next night and then he should be cut. Afterall, there’s some prospect “knocking on the door” in the minors whose name Havel will butcher before failing to cover up the fact that he knows absolutely nothing about said prospect. Sadly, Havel seems like Tim Kurkjian next to the guys the station partners him with — former Packers Harry Sydney and Johnnie Gray. I’m convinced neither has ever watched the Brewers play, or possibly even ever watched a single baseball game at all.

A week or two ago, RFB Joe told me that Havel was on the air suggesting a trade of Corey Hart and J.J. Hardy to the Boston Red Sox for Brad Penny. The trade idea was so dumb there was a part of me that didn’t believe even Havel would suggest it. But Havel must think it’s a doozy of an idea because he was trumpeting it on air again yesterday… So, let me get this straight… The Brewers should trade their starting shortstop (who was an All-Star in 2007) and their starting rightfielder (who was an All-Star last year) for an injury risk back-of-the-rotation starter they could have signed this offseason without giving up anything? Oh yeah, and they can just replace those guys with an unproven rookie and an underperforming bench player. Genius! But common sense aside, the point Havel repeatedly beat into the listeners ears is that the Brewers need “another ace” to compliment Yovani Gallardo. And Brad Penny is an ace? He’s a somewhat serviceable starter for the Red Sox (6-3, 4.67 ERA), but he’s a lot closer to a no. 5 starter than an ace. Hart, who is arbitration eligible for two more seasons, and Hardy, who is arbitration eligible for one more season, would be too much to give up for a season and a half of Roy Halladay, much less half a season of Brad Freaking Penny.

So, yeah, it could be worse, Braun. You could watch your promising young teammates get traded for reclamation projects. Or, even worse, you could diligently tune into a mind numbingly horrible sports radio talk show day after day after day for no apparent reason…

Vent over.

Brewers Fan Favorite - 3rd Round

Monday, March 16th, 2009

So it wasn’t close at all…

Fielder DEF Weeks 88%-12%

Hardy DEF Gamel 90%-10%

Parra DEF Stetter 85%-15%

McClung DEF Hoffman 72%-28%

So far, the vote this year has grown as we already have had about 2800 votes. Thanks for voting! Hoffman losing dropped quite a few people out of the race for a free shirt. Here’s the Bracket as we start Round 3:

Let’s move on and get to the Elite 8. For this round, the schedule remains the same (Mon, Wed, Fri Changes), but there will only be two polls per post.

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Brewers Fan Favorite - Round 2

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

OK, so it wasn’t very close after all. Stetter beat out current-non-Brewer Gagne easily as was expected especially once Gagne was released. What was a little surprising was seeing how badly Suppan lost against Braden Looper, the newest pitcher who hasn’t thrown one pitch as a Brewer. Overall, most of this week’s winners won by about 30%. Final results:

Stetter DEF Gagne 89%-11%

Looper DEF Suppan 65%-35%

Weeks DEF Gwynn 63%-37%

Kendall DEF Counsell 68%-32%

Here’s how the bracket looks as we start round 2. Most everybody who filled out an entry is still in it.

For the second round, we’re keeping the schedule the same. That said, vote away…Polls close on Friday! Keep your Favorite Brewers in the Game!

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Brewers Fan Favorite Vote ‘09

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The top seeds cruised comfortably, with the closest race being Manny Parra beating out Mark DiFelice by 70%. Usually here is where I try to analyze some of the voting, but I think we all knew the top seeds would get out of the first round. Here’s the updated bracket:

Alright, now it’s time for the 3rd and 4th seeds to try and beat out the 13th and 14th seeds. Vote for your favorites! Voting for this round will conclude on Friday.

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In the News (2/26)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Today’s Game: Brewers 3, Athletics 3
Spring Training Record: 0-0-1

Today’s Game

- The Brewers played their first Spring Training Game against the A’s today. The Brewers went down early after Jeff Suppan gave up a solo shot in the second. Corey Hart tied it up with his own solo shot in the 4th. Julio let 2 come in the 5th. Brad Nelson and Chris Duffy added RBI’s to tie the game up late and that’s how it would end.

- By the way, as someone who listened to most of the game, Cory Provous sounded real good. However, the best part of the broadcast had to have been when Uecker said “We wish everyone good luck to start this season…except Jim Powell.” He then proceeded to talk about Jim Powell for the rest of the inning. I think Ueck’s heart is a little broken…poor guy. But as I said, Provous sounds like a more than worthy sucessor and will only get better.

- Brewers play Cubs Thursday at 2:05 pm. Yovani gets the “start”.

Brewers News

- Tony Gwynn Jr. might be out for a month. Ouch, this is a very important spring for Tony and his future in the Brewers organization and this is just bad news.

- Brew City Sports says “When in Vegas, put down some fatty cash on the Brewers!”

- My Team’s Rivals adds themselves to the list of people who believe the Brewers can’t go back to the playoffs.

- Junkball Blues believes a modified rotation would maximize the Brewers winning potential. Instead of a normal 5 man rotation, a 4 man plus 1 swingman would be the rotation. The swingman would only be used when there are no off days, thus causing the 4 man rotation to have the same amount of days inbetween no matter what. It’s an interesting idea, but it’s not going to happen.

Minor Leagues

- In Appleton, the new T-Rats video board is going up. They are going to make so much money…

- Here’s the projection on the Brevard County Manatees squad. Lots of good young names in there…

Other News

- This is funny. So Yahoo Sports was doing a story on the return of Corey Koskie, but put a picture up of Gabe Gross. Great catch, Bucky Channel.

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