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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Report: Brewers discussing trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon

Doug Melvin Develops Dementia;Local Fan Provides Diagnosis.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 24, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, papelbon, phillies

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brewers committed to Jimmy Nelson, so scratch Jordan Zimmermann | FOX Sports

As Melvin told me: “Jimmy Nelson is in the rotation.”

OK, then.

So, it appears the Brewers will enter the 2015 season with Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Nelson.

No Zimmermann. No James Shields, either.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jimmy nelson

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sources: Rangers acquire RHP Gallardo in trade with Brewers | FOX Sports

The deal sends Gallardo to Texas in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas, right-hander Corey Knebel, and right-hander Marcos Diplan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 07:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trades

Friday, January 16, 2015

Congrats to Hank the Ballpark Pup, your 2014 Dog of the Year award winner

Beat out Paris Hilton, I gather.

One year ago, Hank was cold and alone—a stray pup who had wandered into the Brewers’ Spring Training facility looking for a place to sleep. Days later, Hank not only had found a family in the Brewers organization, but he had become an Internet sensation who was loved all around the world…

By the end of the year, he had helped raise over $130,000 for the Humane Society… On Thursday night, the pup finished his magical year with the airing of the World Dog Awards…

when it came time to award the Golden Fire Hydrant for Dog of the Year, well, there was only one option.

 

 

The District Attorney Posted: January 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

ESPN: Jonathan Lucroy To Washington

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is making an unexpected road trip to Washington. It has nothing to do with playing the Nationals. It’s not often that a ballplayer gets to attend a State of the Union address to Congress as the guest of a U.S. senator.

So when the office of Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin called with an invite to sit in on President Barack Obama’s speech next week as recognition for the All-Star’s charitable work, Lucroy accepted the opportunity.
.  .  .
A fan favorite in Milwaukee, the 28-year-old Lucroy makes regular visits to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and has served as a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Brewers Community Foundation charitable activities.

Lucroy is especially active with organizations associated with the military and veterans, including the Honor Flight Network, which brings World War II veterans to Washington. Lucroy met Johnson’s chief of staff during an Honor Flight visit from Milwaukee in November.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Deal of a lifetime, or Milwaukee marketing ploy?

PreservedFish asked, “What would have to occur in order to make this a good investment?” Well…

The Brewers are offering, for the (perhaps) low, low price of $1,000, a Timeless Ticket, redeemable for any Brewers regular season or postseason game in 2015 or any year beyond…

the ticket that you bought for $1,000 is worth $723 if you have 30 years to use it. It’€™s worth $923 if you have 50 years. Or maybe it’€™s $537 if you have 15 years… What’€™s in the fine print appears to be where the money really is.

In addition, Timeless Ticket holders may purchase up to three additional companion tickets for the redeemed game at the single-game box office price... Since you’€™re only buying these at face value, let’€™s say you’€™re paying only $300 plus inflation for them… if you and your partner value them at face value each, $300 present dollars, you’€™d only need a 10/17 chance of the World Series coming to Milwaukee—€”18 Brewers seasons. If you get the $1,000 secondary market price worth of value from being at Miller Park for that game, you’€™d only need a 10/31 chance, which the Brewers theoretically have in the next eight years…

That was all before Tuesday’€™s additional promotion, which says you can get a ticket to any nine regular season games of your choosing, Opening Day excluded… So it’€™s almost as if you’€™re paying $775 for the same package as long as you were going to go to nine games anyway…

So I wouldn’€™t be too quick to dismiss the value of these, but if I were buying, I’€™d probably make calls to ask a lot more questions, both at the box office and the doctor’€™s office.

The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2015 at 03:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Additional Benefits to Brewers Timeless Ticket Announced

Doug Melvin: “I decided a long time ago that I had to find an adult. A very rich, extravagant adult, to whom I could tell all my most precious roster-making secrets.”

The Timeless Ticket consists of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name. Only 1,000 of the items will be produced… The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.

This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem their Timeless Ticket for an actual ticket to any single future Brewers game at Miller Park, whether it’s in 2015 or 2050, or whether it’s Opening Day or the 7th game of the World Series. Plus, the package now includes ticket vouchers to attend nine additional Brewers regular season games of the owner’s choice (excluding Opening Day and Postseason).

The District Attorney Posted: January 13, 2015 at 02:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business

Saturday, January 10, 2015

These three NL teams will make a leap in 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Tracy Ringolsby Article

The Dodgers should be able to keep pace with last year. The Brewers, though, will probably be heading in the other direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, marlins, predictions

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Always innovating, Melvin open to new outfield alignments | MLB.com

Doug Melvin, innovator.

Melvin was ahead of his sport’s metric timeline. The Brewers began extensive shifting, including for right-handed batters, in 2004, when manager Ned Yost shared his boss’s foresight.
“Yost was very open-minded,” Melvin recalled of the American League champion Royals’ current skipper. “We had enough data to prove the shift worked against certain hitters. We were one of the first to put three guys on the left side of second base for right-handed hitters. A lot of teams wouldn’t do it. Hey, any way you can gain an edge defensively. So we did some different things; the shift is interesting, like playing zone defense in the NBA.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, defensive shifts, doug melvin

Monday, December 01, 2014

Jim Bowden: Potential winter meetings trades (PAY)

BODES

Seattle Mariners | Los Angeles Dodgers | Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee

The Dodgers have a lot of outfield depth and are looking to build with younger players as they seek a World Series title in the near future. Not an easy formula to make transactions. Matt Kemp has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, and although I think it would be a mistake to trade him, the fact is that the Dodgers are listening to offers. The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base). Segura, 24, had a down year, but should return close to his 2013 form, when he hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. The Dodgers would still have Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their outfield.

Mariners acquire: Ryan Braun from Milwaukee

If the Mariners want to win the AL West next year, they have to acquire a big right-handed hitter to hit between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup, and Braun would be the perfect fit. GM Jack Zduriencik’s claim to fame when he was with the Brewers was his drafting of Braun, and he’d love to get reunited with him in Seattle. The Mariners have Chris Taylor—who could take over shortstop for Brad Miller, who would go to Milwaukee in this potential deal—and would still have a strong starting rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, even if they traded Paxton. Of course, they would have to probably sign a midlevel free agent like Brandon McCarthy or Kyle Kendrick after a trade like this.

Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle

The Brewers had to be concerned with Braun’s loss of power during the past couple of years. Granted, it’s probably because of the numbness in his right thumb that they now think has completely healed. However, after watching Kemp the last two months of the season, there is no doubt that he would be an upgrade over Braun, and while they may lose some in the swap of shortstops, it would be worth it to have less risk with Kemp than Braun. In addition, the deal would send a wake-up call and be a clubhouse chemistry change to a team that collapsed in September.


Monday, November 03, 2014

Adam Lind and Baseball’s Worst Position | FanGraphs Baseball

Will Lind solve the Brewers hole at first base?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada

Brewers optimistic Ryan Braun is making progress after thumb procedure

Braun was a far cry from the offensive superstar who averaged 34 home runs and 107 RBI while batting .313 over a six-year period from 2007-‘12.
...
The Brewers have a huge financial stake in Braun being able to return to his previous form as a hitter. After next season, during which he has a $12 million salary, a five-year, $105 million extension kicks in that carries through 2020, with a mutual option for 2021 worth at least $15 million more.

That financial commitment is huge for the club even if Braun is productive. If he is not, it becomes an albatross that would make it more difficult for the Brewers to compete.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Brewers, Blue Jays Swap Adam Lind, Marco Estrada

The Cheesehead Nightingale?

The Brewers have acquired 1B/OF Adam Lind from the Blue Jays, possibly pending physicals, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets. SportsNet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith initially reported the two sides were close to a deal. The Jays will receive righty Marco Estrada in return, Andrew Walker of Sports590.ca tweets.

The Blue Jays exercised Lind’s $7.5MM option on Lind earlier today, and Lind’s contract also includes a 2016 option for $8MM, or a $500K buyout… Lind hit .321/.381/.479 in 290 plate appearances this season, but the Jays’ acquisition of another lefty first baseman, Justin Smoak, last week was a possible indication that they were planning for Lind’s departure…

Estrada posted a 4.36 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 for the Brewers in 2014. He’s entering his last season of arbitration eligibility (in which he’s projected to make $4.7MM) before he can become a free agent… The Blue Jays currently appear mostly set in their rotation, particularly after picking up J.A. Happ‘s option last night, so Estrada could be ticketed for the bullpen.

The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada, trades, transactions

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Attanasio discusses Brewers collapse, changes coming for 2015

the brewers owner had some frank things to say over the weekend

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 28, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee

Friday, September 26, 2014

Brewers Eliminated; Fans Left With Sheets Of Useless Playoff Tickets

The rare article I post because of a comment: “This is different from years ago, when Sheets was left with useless Brewers.”

The Milwaukee Brewers spent 150 days in first place this season, but they did not make the playoffs: the team was officially eliminated after yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Reds. Milwaukee’s collapse provided us with Brewers fans taking sad photos of their now-meaningless postseason tickets. It’s not your fault, Hank the dog.

The District Attorney Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch

Stanton immediately fell to the ground in the batter’s box at Milwaukee’s Miller Park and never stood back up as medical personnel tended to him and ultimately placed him into an ambulance while on a stretcher.

Scary stuff in Milwaukee. Also:

Umpires ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch as his body spun in an attempt to get out the way of the ball. Reed Johnson then took Stanton’s at-bat over, and Fiers then hit Johnson in the hand with a pitch high and inside.

Hopefully, this will be remembered in the end as the at-bat where a pitcher recorded a strikeout while hitting two batters in the plate appearance, and not as a turning point in Stanton’s career or life.

It's a shame about Athletic Supporter Posted: September 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, brewers, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Skunked Brew: The Bizarre Implosion of Milwaukee’s Playoff Hopes

That is what the Brewers looked like over the weekend, and what they’ve looked like over the past month. They look as though they are outside themselves, watching their play deteriorate and feeling that they are somehow responsible, but not able to quite figure out why and how. “We’re not doing good,” said Milwaukee All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez, who on Sunday got his first at-bat in a week after injuring his wrist. “That’s no excuse, you know. We’re not playing like a team. We just put it in the past and come tomorrow and win the fucking game.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Brewers as an Inning

an interesting view of the brewers last several weeks.  two games stick out.  the 3-2 loss in san diego where the brewers were looking squeak one out only to have the bullpen throw it away.  and then the 9-1 blowout against the cards where the crew looked like they were in a daze the entire game.

i know most figure milwaukee are just finding their ‘true talent level’.  that is one possibly true

but if you actually watched the games you didn’t see anything but a group of players who not only performed as if the game was somewhat strange to them but that they hardly knew one another.  there has been little to no coordinated effort other than to be inept.

it’s been tough to watch.  to not even be competitive most nights

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2014 at 09:08 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee, ron roenicke

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Baer: Jonathan Lucroy has broken the doubles record for catchers

With a first-inning double in tonight’s game against the Cardinals, his 48th of the season, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy broke the doubles record for catchers, per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter. Ivan Rodriguez held the record previously, doubling 47 times in 1996 though two of those doubles were hit as a DH. 41 of Lucroy’s 48 doubles have been hit when he has been in the lineup as a catcher (six at first base, one at DH)...

he entered the night with a .299/.366/.476 slash line along with 13 home runs and 62 RBI.

The District Attorney Posted: September 06, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, catchers, history, ivan rodriguez, jonathan lucroy, records

Cards, Brewers Exchange Words After Last Out

This Unlikable Catcher Brushed Up Against This Fiery Closer While Walking Off The Field.  You Won’t Believe What Happens Next.

Guapo Posted: September 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: aj pierogi, brawls, brewers, cardinals, francisco rodriguez

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Castrovince: The Brewers are fighting against a free fall

The mediocrity of the rotation surprises me more than the bullpen, not that the bullpen should be third-worst-in-baseball bad either.

The Brewers became just the fourth team in the wild card era to win 20 games in the season’s first month… Francisco Rodriguez, Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith, Zach Duke and Brandon Kintzler combined to give up just five runs in 62 1/3 innings of work in that opening sequence. It was never going to be that good again for the Brewers bullpen… the Brewers have the third-highest relief ERA in baseball since April 29…

not one starter ranks in the top 30 in Fielding Independent Pitching-based WAR. This is significant because it’s something that can’t be said of any other club in current playoff position.

Kyle Lohse, Wily Peralta, Yovani Gallardo and [Matt] Garza have all hovered around league average in adjusted ERA…

the offense is still getting on-base at a below-average pace (a .313 OBP since April 29)...

Ultimately, the Brewers look like an example of water finding its level in the 162-game schedule. They bought themselves an irresistible opportunity with that absurd April. All they had to do was win as much as they lost for the next five months, and they’d be fitted for a division crown.

Now, it’s going to take much more than that for the Brewers to recover from their recent free fall. And with the Cards coming to town for four, the recovery must be immediate.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Brisbee: Finding baseball’s most hopeless franchise

The included tweet should guarantee the honor just on principle.

Old teams in large markets with thin farm systems

This is where the Phillies are. This is where the Yankees are. Here be the White Sox… None of these teams will ever qualify for most-screwed status, though… their large-market status will always guarantee that there’s someone in a worse spot.

Older teams in small markets

The Reds might really be screwed… A lot of what makes the Reds a sorta-contender now, though, could still be good in the future… In about a week, the Brewers could be here… A lot of their best players are still 30 or under, though, so I’m not sure if they’re close to an “old” team just yet…

Cursed teams

the Padres… have a respected farm system, for what it’s worth, and they have young talent on the roster. Heck, they’re close to .500 right now because they’ve proven adept at developing pitchers, at least the ones who stay healthy.

They make the list, though, because they’re the Padres…

The Rockies

They get their own category because they win. What are the Rockies? Have you ever seen a team like this, a team so committed to its GM through 90-loss seasons, unless that’s not really the GM? An owner who might be something of a meddler and whose brain might be filled with gestational YouTube comments that he filters through his fingers and shares with fans?

Their franchise players are chronically hurt, and they have a long track record of breaking young pitchers, both in body and spirit. Everything about them is a mess right now, from the top down. That’s all before you get to the worst part: They already start with the biggest disadvantage in baseball, the thin air of Coors Field… It’s one of the Hilbert problems of baseball, except it’s been the same mathematicians working on the problem for the last 15 years, and most of the available evidence suggests they’re using a watch calculator with the “7” key missing.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, padres, phillies, reds, rockies, white sox, yankees

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Brewers prospect plays every position, all in one game

Nathan Orf plays for the Brevard County Manatees, the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and he might just be the most versatile player in all of baseball. Normally we’d need to show you a series of charts and supporting claims to prove that point. Instead just look at the box score from Sunday night….

That’s right. Orf played all nine positions for the Manatees, and you know, he didn’t completely suck. He drew a walk, then forced a ground out in the ninth inning as a pitcher. The team’s manager planned to play Orf at every spot, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, nathan orf, playing all nine positions

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brewers Acquire Jonathan Broxton

I always thought Broxton was pretty Turnbow-y. But he does lead the Reds in games pitched and has a 1.86 ERA, so maybe I’m wrong. (3.52 FIP)

The Reds have traded right-hander Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).

The District Attorney Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:36 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan broxton, reds, trades, transactions

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ron Roenicke rips into home-plate umpire

ron is considered too passive by man brewers fans so this outburst is surprising. 

“Roenicke was ejected by home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger in the aftermath of the game-tying home run hit by Padres catcher Rene Rivera off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth.

The homer came on just the third pitch thrown by Rodriguez, who fell behind Rivera, 2-0. Rodriguez eventually got out of that ninth, but it was a tough pill to swallow for a Brewers team that fought to take a 2-0 lead in the seventh only to eventually give it back late.

Rivera then beat the Brewers with a walk-off single off Zach Duke in the 10th.

Asked about Ripperger in the minutes following the loss, Roenicke didn’t hold back. Ripperger, as it turns out, was behind the plate for one previous Brewers game this season, a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets at Miller Park on July

“This is the thing that bothers me: this is the same umpire that we had before, and he is terrible behind home plate,” he said. “He calls pitches that aren’t even close. The catcher sets up six inches off the plate and he calls them strikes. I should have been kicked out the last time that we saw him. He was behind the plate,

“I’m tired of sitting here watching the catcher set up off the plate and hitting his glove and (the umpire) calling it a strike. They’re balls. So Frankie misses, OK, it’s off the plate this much, the first one he calls a ball. He’s been calling it all night. The next one was a little further off, but he’s been calling that also. Just call the same pitches, but they’re balls.

“I should have been kicked out in probably the second inning today. It’s the same guy.”

(i appreciate all the tips on how to distinguish my comments from the article but i confess that is too complicated for me.  sorry.  i don’t understand why the old way had to go away.  that was very straightforward and worked.  this is just beyond me)


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