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Friday, December 07, 2018

Cubs know NL Central is going to be a dogfight: ‘We have our work cut out for us’

The last time the St. Louis Cardinals played a postseason game, Jason Heyward and John Lackey were wearing redbird logos and had yet to suit up for the Cubs while Trevor Cahill picked up the win and Hector Rondon notched the save for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

In other words, it’s been a really long time since the Cardinals played in October.

They’re trying hard to change that fact, going all-in for 2019 by acquiring perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt in a trade with the Diamondbacks Wednesday. This comes after they pulled off a big deal with the Marlins last winter by trading for slugging outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

So, who among the Cubs is a first-rate aviator?

QLE Posted: December 07, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, nl central

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Yelich, Betts Win MVPs

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday, adding an appropriate finishing touch to a magical year for a team that won a franchise-record 108 regular-season games and its fourth World Series in 15 seasons, and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich earned the NL MVP honors after leading Milwaukee to an NL-best 96 wins and a return to the playoffs for the first time in 2011.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: November 15, 2018 at 06:54 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, brewers, red sox

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Still in mourning, Brewers have reason to feel good about next season

“Whenever they tell you to go home and whenever you can’t play anymore, it hurts,” Stearns said. “The longer you play in the season and you’re not the team that wins the final game, it hurts a little more. But, from an organizational perspective, I’m incredibly proud of how our organization presented itself throughout the season and particularly on a national stage in October.


Brewers General Manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell address the media in their season-ending news conference. Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“I think we put ourselves on a national stage and made everyone proud to be associated with the Brewers. That’s a rewarding aspect of this for me. Another rewarding aspect is we genuinely believe we are set up to succeed going forward. We return the vast majority of the core of this team. We return that core for multiple years going forward.

“Those are players that performed on a big stage in October and have the ability to continue performing as Brewers in the future. While we certainly feel like there are further steps for us to take as an organization, I believe we are well-positioned to take those steps. And I think we’re energized, and look forward to working toward those steps.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 11:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Brewers win NLCS Game 6 vs. Dodgers

Bullpenning on parade.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

The Brewers are becoming more and more positionless on defense | SI.com

Down is up and up is down.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, strategy

The Athletic:  “When I see somebody wearing it, I go ‘I’ve got a story for you’”: The inspired, melancholy life behind the Brewers’ beloved logo

Great article (behind a paywall) about the man behind a great logo. RIP, Tom Meindel.

Meindel wasn’t a fan of baseball. But he was intrigued by the challenge. In various interviews through the years, he described sketching the idea during a psychology class. His breakthrough came when he mashed together an M and a B. To him, it looked like a baseball glove. When he returned home that day, he presented the design to his wife.

“Do you see anything different about the logo?” he asked.

Immediately, she picked up on the symbolism. “He came home with this design, this logo, and I went ‘oh my God, don’t change a thing, send it in right now,” Elaine Meindel said. “That was perfect, the best logo I ever saw.” In recalling the story, she drew a comparison to a famous scene from the movie A League of Their Own. “You’re going to win,” she said at the time.

AndrewJ Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, logo, obituary

Thursday, October 18, 2018

MLB playoffs 2018: Brewers used a fake starter, Dodgers used Clayton Kershaw - SBNation.com

This was a cheap simulation league maneuver. There is no rule against it. Maybe there should be.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Montreal to host pre-season games between Blue Jays, Brewers

What, no neutral-site games in the regular season?

QLE Posted: October 16, 2018 at 06:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brewers, exhibitions, montreal

Sunday, October 14, 2018

All jokes aside, Bob Uecker seriously loves baseball

A true legend.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2018 at 07:16 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, bob uecker, brewers

The Brewers Are The Rare Team To Win The Offseason And The Actual Season

But last winter, something unusual happened: The Milwaukee Brewers won the offseason and went on to win in the actual season. The Brewers, who will begin the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, acquired the best player in the trade market last winter in Christian Yelich and the best player in the free-agent market in Lorenzo Cain. They also found an undervalued arm in Jhoulys Chacin.

Nicely written article about the Brew crew’s offseason success translating into on-season success.

 

Russ Posted: October 14, 2018 at 07:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Justin Turner homers, Dodgers win NLCS Game 2 | MLB.com

Good game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:13 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

NLCS: George Webb to give away free burgers if Brewers win

Another take on free burgers in Milwaukee.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Brewers’ 12-game winning streak means free hamburgers for Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night, and in doing so helped the city of Milwaukee to free hamburgers.

Friday was the 12th straight win for the Brewers, fulfilling a prophecy made by the founder of George Webb Restaurants seven decades ago. From the Webb-site:

It started with George Webb himself in the 1940s with the Brewer teams of the American Association. George, ever the baseball fan and home team booster, predicted the team would win 12 games straight. If they managed the feat, George hinted the restaurants would give away free hamburgers. The prediction lived on when Milwaukee’s home team became the Braves, and continued the tradition when the Brewers took up residence in town. And oh, how close the teams came several times. You could almost taste victory (and burgers). Finally, on April 19, 1987, the Brewers did it. Three days, and 168,194 hamburgers later, George Webb fulfilled the payoff, to thrilled customers and Brewers fans alike.

Enjoy, denizens of Milwaukee, enjoy.

 

QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, food, giveaways, milwaukee

Ups and downs of bullpenning on display as Brewers take Game 1

A lengthy consideration of pitcher usage- the crux of the argument is probably here:

It was the perfect example of not just how the roles of pitchers are changing before our eyes, but why it’s happening. Kershaw is the practitioner of an art that is still vital and hopefully always will be, but sometimes, the masters of that art will be overtaken by the collective. Of course, here we’re not talking about Woodruff’s hitting, but the thing he’s actually on the team to do: get hitters out.

QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, bullpenning

Friday, October 12, 2018

Now quietly watching as adviser, former GM Doug Melvin got ball rolling in Brewers’ rebuild

Thinking of Harvey Wallbanger as the Brewers start the NLCS.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Brewers look to emulate 1982 AL champions

MILWAUKEE—Cecil Cooper willed the baseball to earth and Charlie Moore greeted Jim Gantner at home plate with a hug. Marshall Edwards made a catch. Robin Yount fielded Rod Carew’s grounder and threw him out at first base.

And Dwayne Mosely, who had the radio call while Bob Uecker was poised to interview players in the wake of the Brewers’ pennant-clinching win in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, bellowed, “Milwaukee, you have a World Series!”

It all happened 36 years ago today.

So, which one’s trying to be Gorman Thomas?

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: 1982, brewers

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Cubs fan loses bet with internet, writes 1,000-word apology for doubting Brewers

Every Chicago Cubs fan lost a little something when the team completed its disappointing season with back-to-back losses at Wrigley Field this week, but one fan lost a little more.

Once the Cubs lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in a National League Central division tiebreaker and the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild card game, it was official: Nathan Marzion had lost his very viral bet.

Back in May when the Brewers were looking hot and held a 3.5 game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central, a confident Marzion tweeted a promise that if the Brewers finished ahead of the Cubs this season, he would write a 1,000-word apology letter to whoever liked his tweet. The tweet quickly went viral among Brewers fans.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: apologies, bets, brewers, cubs, fans

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

With Josh Hader heading a killer bullpen, the Brewers staked their claim as NL’s best team

CHICAGO – The visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field is a dingy little room, low-ceilinged and shaped like a single-wide trailer, better suited for storage than a tangle of large men soaked in bubbly and tipsy on Miller Lite and high from the foregoing three hours of baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers, professional afterthoughts, had earned the right to defile the place with ribaldry. So defile they did.

Anyone who was dry took a sticky, boozy bath, from the soon-to-be MVP of the National League to the team owner wheeling around on a scooter with his recently repaired Achilles tendon swathed by a waterproof cover to the manager and general manager who conspired to get them here to the pitcher who spent the summer as a pariah and enters the fall ready to face his recent past.

That it was Josh Hader on the mound for the final six outs of a tense, titillating Game 163 on Monday afternoon was only fitting for the Brewers. They stood by him when his vile old tweets were exposed at the All-Star Game. He never wavered, never faltered and never looked better than he did in shutting down the Chicago Cubs for the eighth and ninth innings and sealing a 3-1 victory that gave Milwaukee the National League Central division title, the top seed this October and home-field advantage through the NL playoffs.

One explanation as for how the Brewers had their surge to the top of the NL Central- I’ll leave it up to you to offer your thoughts as to whether or not there are other explanations of equal or greater merit.

QLE Posted: October 02, 2018 at 09:33 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: best team in the league, brewers, josh hader, relief pitching

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Tigers shut out in season finale, end season with 98 losses

Tigers fans on my Facebook are marveling that the Tigers have 98 losses and still finished in third place. That must be a record. Someone said the previous record was 92 by the 1999… Tigers. Can this be true?

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 30, 2018 at 09:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, tigers

Triple Crown Winners End Up In Hall of Fame

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich entered the final week of the 2018 baseball season as a much-discussed MVP candidate. He left Saturday’s game as an MVP lock and a threat to win the National League Triple Crown.

That’s an achievement—leading the league in home runs, batting average, and RBI—that hasn’t happened in the NL since 1937, when Joe Medwick of St. Louis did it.

Bote Man Posted: September 30, 2018 at 11:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, brewers, christian yelich, hitting

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Brewers riding hot Braun against Tigers

MILWAUKEE — It’s been a full decade since the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a 26-year playoff drought, thanks in large part to a monster final week by Ryan Braun.

Braun, who came up big again three years later when the Brewers won their first NL Central crown, has been through a lot since. But now, with the team headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, it’s no coincidence that Braun is again playing at an elite level.

He has five home runs over his last four games, including a two-homer night on Friday in the series opener against the Detroit Tigers, after hitting just one over his previous 28 contests.

My understanding is that “riding hot Braun” is either a sandwich they eat in Louisville, or something that will get you in deep trouble with the police….

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Brewers sweep Cardinals to become latest team to clinch a playoff berth, their first since 2011

The Milwaukee Brewers became the latest team to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday night, earning their trip to October with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Brewers won a tight 2-1 contest thanks to Travis Shaw and their pitching staff, among others, and a lucky break. Shaw drove in both of Milwaukee’s runs, giving him 85 RBI on the season. Meanwhile, Jhoulys Chacin and four relievers held St. Louis to two hits all night.

As for that lucky break, the Brewers were able to end the St. Louis portion of the eighth on a play at the plate after Adolis Garcia tripped rounding third. Garcia had represented the tying run.

The racing sausages are certainly rejoicing over this news.

QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Everyone Thank The Marlins For Making The NL Playoff Race Fun

Things are getting hot in the National League in the final days of the season. After last night’s results, here’s how things stand: The Brewers lead the wild-card race and are a half-game back of the Cubs in the central division; the Rockies are a half-game back of the Dodgers out west and now hold a half-game lead over the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. If you’re enjoying this, thank Derek Jeter.


Milwaukee——LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Really interesting article as Yelich discusses Lorenzo Cain as a teammate, his experience being traded and his experience as a member of the Brewers. Just thought it was worth sharing

Master of the Horse Posted: September 26, 2018 at 11:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich, milwaukee brewers

Friday, September 14, 2018

Granderson triple bounces twice on HR marker

Curtis Granderson missed a home run by… a millimeter? It bounced on top of the stretchy nylon rope that separates the field from the basket where home runs can land. Then it bounced on top of the rope AGAIN and landed in play. Truly amazing.

Also, the Brewers look like the team to watch in the playoffs. We don’t get excited about these teams that suddenly add multiple short-term veterans who are hungry for a championship, because it might fall apart in the off-season, but the team and its fans sure get excited.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, curtis

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