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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

David Stearns on His Vision for Building the Brewers | FanGraphs Baseball


On the information beast: “I really don’t see a dichotomy between the analytics and scouting departments. I see them both as information sources where we need the absolute best of both. We’re going to build out both until we feel we have the best information we can possibly acquire. We’re always going to want more. That’s the nature of the beast. In this industry, the game is, ‘What is the next frontier in baseball and where can we get the next competitive advantage?’”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 03:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns, general managers

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tigers get Francisco Rodriguez from Brewers |

The Tigers reportedly acquired All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez in a trade with the Brewers on Wednessday. The teams have not yet confirmed the deal.

It was unclear what the Brewers will receive in return, though a report out of Venezuela said it will be a package that includes infield prospect Javier Betancourt.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, tigers, trades

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Self-Sustaining System Is Stearns’ Success Plan -

“The philosophy of building a sustainable playoff team is not a secret,” he said. “You need to acquire, develop and keep controllable, young talent.

“If you look at the sustainably competitive teams throughout the industry, regardless of market size and city, that’s what they have to do.”

Fortunately for Stearns, the Brewers made real progress in that direction before he was hired. By virtue of the team’s last two drafts, in particular their highly regarded 2015 selections, as well as prospects acquired in their July trades, the Brewers’ farm system was transformed in relatively short order from one lacking blue-chip players to one brimming with them.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2015 at 05:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns, general managers

Friday, November 06, 2015

Milwaukee - Baseball Prospectus: NL CENTRAL’S TOP-50 PROSPECTS

Baseball Prospectus breaks down the Top 50 by division.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, pirates, prospects, reds

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

OT: McCain, Flake slam ‘paid patriotism’ at sporting events

God blesses America, but it comes at a price!

A new report from two Republican senators slams the Pentagon for paying $6.8 million to the NFL and other sports leagues for patriotic events.

Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake slam the activities as “paid patriotism.”

The pair examined 122 contracts between the Pentagon and various sports leagues, including $49,000 for the Wisconsin Army National Guard to sponsor performances of “God Bless America” at Milwaukee Brewers games; $20,000 for the New York Jets to honor one to two New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers as hometown heroes at each home game; and $1,500 to honor five Air Force officers at an LA Galaxy game.

“All these major league sports teams do a lot of good work for the military, a lot of good work, that dwarves anything in these contracts,” Flake said at a press conference promoting the report.

“What is upsetting is that when you see activities like this that people assume when they go games are paid for out of the goodness of the heart by the owners and the teams, then to find out the taxpayer’s paying for it, it kind of cheapens the whole lot, and that’s simply not right,” he said.

Paying for these activities would be outlawed by the National Defense Authorization Act coming to the House floor this week.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Brewers name Tampa Bay’s Matt Arnold as assistant GM

Arnold, 36, replaces Gord Ash, who served in that role for the Brewers since November 2002. Stearns is talking with Ash about assuming another role in the front office.

Arnold previously worked as pro scouting director for the Rays and recently was interviewed by the Miami Marlins for a front office position with that club. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for the Brewers’ GM job but it was Tampa Bay assistant GM Chaim Bloom who actually was interviewed before Stearns was hired.

Arnold assisted Rays president of baseball Operations Matt Silverman in player acquisitions, contract negotiation and internal farm system evaluation. His responsibilities also included foreign and domestic special assignments and coordinating advance scouting coverage for the postseason.

In addition, Arnold oversaw the integration of science, biomechanics and human movement analysis within baseball operations at all levels.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Brewers David Stearns set for first offseason |

What’s he going to do differently than other GMs?

“Having a specified plan going into an offseason is always a little bit challenging because the dynamics of the offseason change consistently,” Stearns said. “With every trade, every team’s needs change somewhat. With every signing, the market can change a little bit. But heading into the GM Meetings [in Boca Raton, Fla., from Nov. 9-12] we should have a rough outline of what we’re looking to do as an organization. And then the period between the GM Meetings and the Winter Meetings [in Nashville, Tenn., from Dec. 7-10], as the market begins to take shape, we should begin to really target specific areas.

“So we’ll have a plan. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m going to share the specifics of it publicly. But we’ll certainly have a plan formulated by then.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns, general managers

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Brewers fire numerous coaches

from the article

One day after finishing a dismal 2015 season with a 68-94 record, the Brewers did some major house cleaning on their coaching staff, firing everyone except hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar.

Pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bench coach Jerry Narron, first base coach Mike Guerrero, bullpen coach Lee Tunnell and assistant hitting coach John Shelby did not have their contracts renewed. Kranitz, Narron and Shelby had been on the staff since former manager Ron Roenicke’s first year in 2011.

It was the first official day on the job for new general manager David Stearns but these moves had as much to do with manager Craig Counsell’s plans. Upon replacing Roenicke on May 4, Counsell inherited a coaching staff not of his making and now he has the opportunity to do so.

“Obviously, this is a challenging day,” said Stearns. “Jerry, Rick, Lee, Mike and John have given a tremendous amount to the organization. They have touched players at a variety of levels and have left a very strong impact on a number of people here.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: October 06, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, craig counsell, firings, milwaukee, ron roenicke

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Brewers’ New G.M. Looks to Change Story Line - The New York Times

“Every organization and every situation needs to plot its own course,” he said. “No two situations are exactly the same, and the Astros’ was about as unique as you could possibly find. This is a different situation with different challenges.”
“Player development and scouting — and acquiring controllable major league players — is really the priority of the organization,” Stearns said. “So the energy and attention that perhaps in the past was given to a certain level of free agent is going to be directed to either a different segment of major league players, or minor league players and amateur players. We’re going to build this thing from the ground up.

“That doesn’t mean an exceptionally long time, but it does mean that we need a level of patience and understanding of where our attention needs to be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns, general managers

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BP: David Stearns Continues Baseball’s Ivy Invasion

Stearns represents what David Lennon called “baseball’s new executives” at Newsday: young, highly educated white men with advanced baseball experience, but whose training prepared them for Wall Street instead of sports. It’s a new era for the Brewers, who join a seeming ever growing list of teams prioritizing education over experience in front offices.

eddieot Posted: September 22, 2015 at 12:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns, general managers

Monday, September 21, 2015

Astros assistant GM David Stearns headed to Brewers - Ultimate Astros

More info about David Stearns.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2015 at 05:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, david stearns, general managers

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Milwaukee Brewers hire David Stearns for GM |

David Stearns hadn’t been born when the Brewers went to the World Series in 1982. As the team’s next general manager, his job is to get them back.

A source confirmed to Sunday that the Brewers were poised to hire the 30-year-old Astros assistant general manager to replace outgoing Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin. The choice was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network and Fox Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2015 at 08:57 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns, general managers

Monday, September 07, 2015

Brewers shut down Matt Garza, and he’s not happy

Clearly someone isn’t a Boras client ...

Manager Craig Counsell said ... that Garza was being removed from the rotation so that the team could look at some of its younger pitchers the rest of the season.

Garza was livid when asked about the move.

“It’s (expletive),” he said. “It’s not my decision. I didn’t get much say. It’s completely taken out of my hands. That’s it. I didn’t have any say at all.


“They do things differently here, I don’t know. But I’ll be here for the next two-three years, so it is what it is.”

Friday, September 04, 2015

Breaking tradition: Brewers reschedule fan appreciation night; Chicago Cubs may be to blame

“They all come up here thinking they own the place,” said fan Rachel Evanow.

“They come here in droves,” said another.

Brewers fans can’t stomach the idea of Cubs fans walking away with prizes intended for them.

“I hate the Cubs. The Cubs suck,” said Evanow.

And the Brewers agree—they’re breaking tradition and fan appreciation night is being moved two weeks earlier, to September 19th, against the last place Cincinnati Reds.

McCoy Posted: September 04, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, wrigley field north

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Race for Last Place

Who will win “The Biggest Loser”?

Miami (54-79, one game out). Other than Oakland and maybe Milwaukee, this was the team on this list that had the highest hopes for 2015 coming in, though, then again, this is Miami, so you never know. Regardless, once Giancarlo Stanton got hurt, this team became impossible to watch. I love Ichiro as much as anyone else, but seeing him play every day in an empty building with a fish statue would make anyone sad. The Marlins might have a little push left in them the rest of the year. Stanton could be back this weekend, and Jose Fernandez should return in mid-September. That’s a positive for Fish fans desperate for a reason to go to the ballpark … but it won’t do their Drive For Last efforts any favors.

Colorado (53-78, one game out). Everyone jumped ship when Troy Tulowitzki was traded, and with good reason. Maybe the saddest thing about this Rockies team that has the second-worst record is that it’s virtually indistinguishable from every other Rockies team of the past six years. It’s only missing Tulo. And they don’t even have LaTroy Hawkins anymore.

Philadelphia (53-80, “first” place). For all the frustrations with Ruben Amaro—and the fact that he’s likely going to be out of a job pretty soon—one must admit: He ended up doing rather well for himself and the franchise with that Cole Hamels trade. There’s some nice young talent in Philadelphia’s system right now. But most of it isn’t on the big league roster—and Aaron Nola is still figuring out how the bigs work—which means there are going to be a lot of Jeff Francoeur and Darin Ruf at-bats over the next month. This is as bad as it’s going to get for the Phillies. But have no doubt: It’s going to be very bad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 06:09 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, brewers, draft, marlins, phillies, reds, rockies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Taylor Jungmann and Diminishing Marginal Utility | FanGraphs Baseball

Good stuff from Eno Harris.

So when Trevor Bauer dismisses the fact his curveball has the highest whiff rate among starters, saying, “That’s just because of how I use it, not because of the movement of the pitch,” then you can understand better how complicated pitching is — and how one good pitch thrown infrequently does not automatically beget one great pitch thrown more often.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pitching, taylor jungmann

Monday, August 17, 2015

Braun ties Yount’s team record for home runs

ryan braun tied robin yount’s franchise record with his 251st home run.  pretty low bar to clear in terms of career homers for a team. 

braun’s remarks:

“It’s definitely a special accomplishment, something to be proud of,” said Braun, whose four career homers against Harang are tied for his highest total against any pitcher.

“Robin’s obviously the greatest player in franchise history. Played here for 20 years, accomplished so many amazing things, so anytime you are mentioned alongside his name it’s definitely a special accomplishment.”

it was one sorry pitch. i think it’s an insult to curves to call that thing a curveball.  it just kind of loped its way toward home plate

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 17, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braun, brewers, home runs, milwaukee, robin yount

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Brewers minor-leaguer comes out publicly as gay

from the article because i do not know how to place anything in italics

efore revealing his secret to teammates, Denson figured it was time to finally tell his family, and did so in the spring. First, he told his sister, Celestine, a professional dancer married to former Brewers farmhand Jose Sermo.

“She said, ‘I’ve known since you were little,’” said Denson. “I said, ‘How did you know?’ She said, ‘You’re my little brother. I’m around you all the time.’”

Telling his parents, Lamont and Felisa, was not as easy. His father, a former athlete, needed some time to come to grips with the news.

“It took some stress off me, but it kind of built up a wall at the same time,” said Denson. “They weren’t too happy about it at first, though I think they sort of knew since I was little. They were afraid I’d be judged. They jumped right into the stereotype. No parents want to see their child discriminated against and talked about and put down.

“I don’t question that they love me. They never said they were upset about me being gay. It was harder on my dad than my mom. He’s a very hard-core Christian and he goes off the Bible and all that, which I completely understand, growing up in the church. I’m a Christian myself.

“It was an eye-opener for him. He finally came to terms with it. Coming out to my father was even harder than coming out to my teammates, because I knew how he felt about it. He grew up in sports, and I heard him talk (in derogatory fashion) about gay guys. That was hard for me to hear at the time.

“But I’m his son and he said, ‘It’s your life and it’s who you are. I love you.’ There’s a difference between accepting it, and supporting it and respecting it. I know he loves me and supports me and has my back.”

Denson had concealed the fact he is gay since being taken by the Brewers in the 15th round of the 2013 draft out of South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif. But the secret began to weigh more heavily on him, to the point he felt on the verge of a mental breakdown — or worse — at the outset of spring training this year.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 16, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 237 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to take on new role with team

Send in your resume, Harv!

The Milwaukee Brewers tweeted on Tuesday, August 11th that team general manager Doug Melvin will transition into an advisory role with the club.

According to the Milwaukee Brewers website, Melvin joined the Brewers on September 26, 2002 as the eighth general manager in franchise history. During his 12-year tenure, Melvin has 957 regular-season wins and two postseason berths, including a 2011 National League Central Division championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 01:24 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, doug melvin

Monday, August 10, 2015


Because this was an August deal, after the July 31st deadline, Cone had to pass through revocable waivers before the trade could be completed. The Blue Jays had stood atop the division all year long. When the deal went through, Toronto was 73-55 and only the Oakland Athletics had a better record at 76-51. As such, any other team in the American League could have claimed Cone on waivers in order to block the trade. And so one must wonder: why didn’t the Milwaukee Brewers, who wound up being Toronto’s closest competitors, claim Cone and block the deal?

Unsurprisingly, part of the answer is that Bud Selig was a cheap skinflint who cringed at the thought of paying the remainder of Cone’s contract — a bit over $1 million before he became a free agent at the end of the season. But that isn’t the whole story. The Orioles were actually in second place in the division at the time, just 2.5 games behind Toronto, and they also declined to claim Cone. Furthermore, Cone wasn’t the only affordable, quality player to pass through waivers. A whopping 12 post-waiver deals were completed in August of 1992, including five in the final two days of the month. Quality players like Jose Canseco, Kevin Bass, Bill Krueger and Jeff Reardon were also dealt that August…..

Vincent was kicked out in September, just after a number of odd deals like Cone’s were allowed by competitive clubs to transpire during the waiver trade season. Marvin Miller, players’ union head, agreed with Vincent and told reporters the behavior of both the owners and previous commissioner Peter Ueberroth in the 1980s had been “tantamount to fixing, not just games, but entire pennant races, including all post-season series.”

I’m not sure exactly what David Cone meant when he said “some funny things were going in 1992,” but for Brewers fans, I don’t think there’s a single satisfactory explanation. Either the end of the 1992 season was corrupt due to the ongoing collusion and labor battle within the game, or Bud Selig was utterly unwilling to open up his checkbook to get his squad to the playoffs. Or both! We can’t forget that possibility.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brewers, bud selig, collusion, david cone, fay vincent, trades

Friday, July 31, 2015

Astros Acquire Acceptably Healthy Carlos Gomez | FanGraphs Baseball

Fangraph’s Jeff Sullivan’s take on the Astros deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, trades

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jon Heyman on Twitter: “carlos gomez and mike fiers go to houston”

His hip is good in Houston.

I will update as more info becomes available.

Updated: 7:55 PM

Updated: 7:50 PM


Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 07:35 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, trade rumors, trades

Mets-Brewers nix deal for Carlos Gomez |

What a mess.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that—pending medical approval—would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets’ 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that “there is no trade.”

A source confirmed early Thursday morning that the Mets nixed the deal due to concern over Gomez’s right hip. The former—and no longer future—Met spent two weeks on the disabled list in April with a strained right hamstring and has been dealing with a sore right hip since at least early May, when he skipped three straight games in an effort to quiet the issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez from Brewers |

Twelve years after the Pirates traded him away, Aramis Ramirez is coming back to Pittsburgh.

The Bucs acquired Ramirez and cash considerations from the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for Minor League right-hander Yhonathan Barrios, providing a much-needed upgrade for the injury-ravaged left side of their infield.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates, trades

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MLB Fan Power Ranking

some blog tried to determine the ‘best fans in baseball’ in the form an of index

from the article:

We have taken data from various sources including ticket sales, social data, attendance, and team revenue, and used it to compile a ranking of MLB fan bases.

Here’s how we did it:

Average attendance for 2014 as a percentage of stadium capacity
Average ticket price on the secondary market (driven by demand) for the 2014 regular season
Annual team revenue for 2014 as provided by Forbes
Total number of Twitter followers as a percentage of the metro area population
Total number of Facebook fans as a percentage of the metro area population

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, fans, nl central, power rankings

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