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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.

InReview (9/21/09)

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Weekly Record: 5-2

Current Record: 74-75

I’m introducing my own September call-ups; I’m trying out new sections for next year and seeing how they play. Let me know what scores and what sucks.

A Glance:
Monday: Suppan good, but Flippy Magoo (Dumpster Dempster) better (L)
Tuesday: Cubs get a 5 run 6th the blow the game wide open…this blows (L)
Wednesday: Alcides and Corey give Loop even more run support..can David Patten always throw against the Brewers?(W)
Thursday: Jody “Shake Ya Groove Thing” Gerut hits a grand tater..bullpen holds! (W)
Friday: Great come from behind win…McGehee deserves more pub (W)
Saturday: Prince passes Cecil (Cooper), Suppan was strong (W)
Sunday: Prince passes Burnitz, Yovani finally gets run support, but doesn’t need it as the pitching staff dominates for the sweep(W)

Likes:

Sweeping the Astros

Winning 5 in a row…but it’s a little late to finally get the hot streak

Prince Fielder breaking records and Yovani getting to 200 K’s

Dislikes:

One loss away from being mathematically eliminated

Poor Counsell finally looks tired out

I realized during the semi-empty bobblehead game on Sunday just how amazing and electric it was last September…

Good for the Week

Jody Gerut has been beaten up all year, but finally has something to smile about. This week, Jody has hit .583 with 2 home runs, 8 RBI’s and more total bases than any other player (and he played in two fewer games)

Goat for the Week

The offensive offense from the catchers…we’re pretty sure Kendall isn’t coming back, but Rivera hasn’t inspired much confidence either.

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 3.69  (14th in the ML)                                     YTD: 4.72 (26th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .273 (11th in the ML)                                         YTD: .260 (17th in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .247 (12th in the ML)                 YTD: .266 (20th in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .403 (16th in the ML)     YTD: .423 (10th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .988  (11th in the ML)      YTD: .985 (10th in the ML)

Quick Hitter:

Prince is trying to play in all 162 games…Carlos Lee was the last Brewer to do it in 2005. Prince Fielder is also trying to START every game…Richie Sexson in 2003 was the last Brewer to do that feat.

Something to Think About:

What would have happened if Prince would have had THIS year’s stats last year? What would have happened if Braun would have hit over .300 last year? What would have happened if Cameron had a full season? What would have happened if Yovani didn’t get hurt and we had the rotation of Sabathia, Sheets, Gallardo going into the playoffs?The “if’s” drive me absolutley batty.

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.

In the News (5/20)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Tuesday’s Game: Brewers 4, Astros 2
Record: 25-14, 1st Place

Tuesday’s Game

- 7 in a row! This is quite a run!

- Bush had two runs scored off of him in the fourth, but that was it as the staff didn’t allow another one the rest of the night including another perfect inning by Trevor Hoffman.

- Hardy knocked in two, and Fielder and McGehee both added an RBI (McGehee’s first of the year)

Brewers News

- FanGraphs say no Rickie Weeks? No Problem… I say we’ll see. The Brewers already had problems making Rickie into a leadoff man and he finally looked comfortable.

- InBetweenHops thinks everyone should calm down too.

- Provus says that injuries are just part of the game and seems excited to see what happens next.

- The Doorman shrieks like Kerrigan from the news about Rickie.

- Eli and other rumor mills believe the Brewers should be interested in Mark DeRosa. Tyler salivates.

- Ray Durham is also staying fit and is ready for a call.

- But, the Brewers are first going to test their infield depth starting with Hernan Irribarren who was hitting very well in AAA.

- McCalvy twits or tweets, whatever, that the Brewers should let Irribarren play more this time.

- Gallardo hopes he isn’t rusty since the last time he started, it was only for two innings.

- Braun talks about Favre. He’s sick of it too, but can’t help but keep up on the news.

- The Courier Press runs a fun little article on Mitch Stetter. It’s very easy to like this young lefty.

- Vinny Rottino approves of the Mat Gamel

- Corey Hart also does an infomercial for Soup’s bar and grill on how to field in the outfield.

- Trevor Hoffman and Jason Kendall didn’t hit up the clubs after Kendall’s 2,000th hit…no…they brought out some commemorative bubbly and toasted like gentlemen.

- Quevedo at the Buffet pretty much sums it up.

- Well it’s not the mug, but Bernie’s going to be getting wet and wild thanks to the Kalahari.

Minor Leagues

- Jeremy Jeffress was demoted back to Brevard County.

- Green has done so well with the T-Rats, that he probably won’t be back with them when they come back to Appleton…but we knew that would happen already.

- Brew Crew Ball interviews Cutter Dykstra.

- A quick look at Huntsville’s manager Bob Miscik.

- Get to know Tim Dillard.

NL Central

- Piniella wants to keep playing the slumping Fontenot…maybe Theriot should just give Mike whatever he’s been using. Just kidding…don’t email me…

- Khalil Greene will be used as more of a utility player and this Padres blog celebrates their team finally winning in a trade.

- Joey Votto needs to be examined because of some strange dizziness he’s been feeling.

Other News

- Jack Z has pounced on Brad Nelson. Not surprised…and Brad’s already hitting about as much as Richie Sexson this season.

- Todd Helton has 2,000 hits now too!

InReview - Week 4

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Weekly Record: 5-2

Current Record: 13-12

Likes:

  • Strong homestand, but let’s not kid ourselves…it was a very good thing the Brewers had the Pirates in town
  • HELLS BELLS AT MILLER! Wow, that place rocks when it’s Trevor Time!
  • Mike Cameron…besides his little gaffe on Saturday, he’s being doing it all for the Crew
  • The pitching staff going from crazy unreliable to the current quality start streak.
  • Yovani doing it all…and now he holds the record for Brewers pitcher with the most home runs!!!

Dislikes:

  • Ryan Braun missing his own bobblehead day due to injury.
  • Certain calls that are obviously terrible and should be changed, but can’t be for whatever reasons

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 3.00 YTD: 4.14
Weekly BA: .242 YTD: ..248
Weekly Opponents BA: YTD: .239
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .438 YTD: .424
Weekly Fielding Percentage: YTD: .982

Quick Hitters:

If Mike Cameron’s March and April Stats from this year replaced his March and April Stats from last year when he was suspended, he would have hit around .254.

Last year the Brewers struck out 180 times and walked 88 times in March and April. With about 100 less at bats this year in March and April, the Brewers have walked 99 times and struck out 199 times, so don’t completely believe the hype about the plate discipline.

But believe the hype when it tells you that the Brewers had a .316 OBP to start out last year and this year it’s already at .337. Only one month did the Brewers have an OBP of over .337 all of last year and that was in the amazing August of 2008.

Prince is fine and J.J. is fine. They both started slow last year hitting a respective .250 with 4 home runs and .234 with 1 home run. If anything, J.J. has started the year with more power than last year and Prince is doing the same thing, but has a higher on base percentage (.368 to .408)

Players of the Month:

Mike Cameron - April Stats: .333 AVG, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 12 R, 2 SB, 13 BB, 0 E

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Yovani Gallardo - April Stats: 34.2 IP, 2.86 ERA, 1 CG, 34 K, 0.87 WHIP, .172 OBA, 8.83 K/9

Watch Out For:

Best in May (career averages): Rickie Weeks usually does well in May with a career batting average of .262 and a BAbip of .317

Worst in May (career averages): Braden Looper has career worst averages in ERA, W-L%, and WHIP in May

In the News (4/9)

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Boom, Outta Here

Wednesday’s Game: Brewers 4, Giants 2
Record: 1-1

Today’s Game

- Mike Cameron and Yovani Gallardo (!) hit home runs last night and that’s all the Brewers would need this time as the pitching was solid. Yovani went 6 and 2/3 strong allowing only two runs and striking out six. Then Todd Coffey and Carlos Villanueva closed the door.

- The big story is, of course, the Gallardo home run against Randy Johnson with two strikes on him! He was the first pitcher to take the Unit deep. Check out this clip: Yovani HR

- Recaps from MLB, ESPN, JSOnline

- The Brewers are continuing the Untuckem Tradition:

- Quote of the Night:

“I told him(Hoffman) every time I get a save for [Gallardo] he has to give me $1 million,” said Villanueva, filling in as the Brewers’ closer while Trevor Hoffman is on the disabled list. “He said whenever the team gives him $10 million for every win, he’ll give it to me.”

Brewers News

- Got this from a message board, but it’s worth posting: In Suppan’s last 29 innings, he has given up 31 runs, 13 home runs and opponents are batting about .400. Who else thinks that his bobblehead will be more of a voodoo doll or something to chuck at the wall rather than a collectible?

- Yesterday, we told you Prince was 2K Sports’ cover athlete for “The Bigs 2″, now here’s the trailer.

- Chuckie is now hacking from the sportsbubbler and compares Bush’s beard to Peter Griffin’s beard. You be the judge:

- From here:

When it comes to hot dog’s close cousin, the sausage, no one is in the same ballpark as the Milwaukee Brewers. It is projected that 430,000 sausages will be served this year at Miller Park - the only park in all of Major League Baseball where sausages outsell hot dogs. Many of the park’s sausages and hot dogs are dipped in Milwaukee’s-own special “Stadium Sauce” before being placed in the bun.

Minor Leagues

- It’s official…Brett has landed.

- Fox 11 did a little blurb about the Rattler’s star power…but it’s basically more about Lawrie and Dykstra.

- Oh, and the T-Rats sold out their home opener! I don’t believe anyone thought that this arrangement wasn’t going to make money.

- Two of the Brewers organizations have “can’t miss” promotions. The T-Rat bobblehead and Huntsville’s “Desperate Househusbands”. Apparently, they will take your picture at the game, send it to your wife and this frees you up to, I don’t know, go get a lap dance or screw the babysitter or something.

- First-round pick Jeremy Jeffress added a two seamer to his repertoire.

NL Central

- NL Central Wrap Up - The Cubs (1-1) beat the Astros (1-1) 11-6; The Pirates (2-1) beat the Cardinals (1-2) again at Busch 7-4. Finally, the Mets had to use their brand new bullpen again to beat the Reds (0-2) 9-7.

- Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is having nagging shoulder problems. Not good for the Cubbers. Good for the Brewers. He will be day to day for the first series at Miller.

Other News

- Robin Yount’s kid was dealt from Lincoln to Tuscon in the Independent League.

- Angels, A’s must be serious stuff. A man died in a fight on opening day at the Angels stadium.

RFB Fan Favorite Final!

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

It’s all come down to this! The winner of the position players division goes against the winner of the pitchers division. Last year it was Braun vs. Sheets. This year, it’s Braun vs. Gallardo! Here’s how they got here:

This poll will be up until Friday night, so get your votes in!

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Brewers Fan Favorite Final Four!

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The time has come! We have our final four! Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, and Seth McClung!

Congratulations to those who guessed the final four! It comes down to the tiebreakers since there are more than one of you!

Here’s the positional and pitcher finals vote:

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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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