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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

DAVID CONE AND THE TRADE THAT SUNK THE ’92 BREWERS

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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

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

Friday, July 03, 2015

Brewers bullpen catcher eats 23 cheesesteaks, breaks Citizens Bank Park record | MLB.com

He’d just broken the record for cheesesteak consumption in the visitor’s clubhouse at the Phillies’ 11-year-old yard, downing 20 of the massive sandwiches as of Thursday afternoon—and counting. On Wednesday, Hanel broke the previous three-game mark held by Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill when he took the first bite of cheesesteak No. 18. On Thursday, Hanel blew past Marlins right-hander Mat Latos’ four-game record (18), and had already finished No. 20 when it was time to head out to catch Wily Peralta’s pregame bullpen session.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:09 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, phillies, tasty sandwiches

Thursday, July 02, 2015

CSN Philly: GIF: Kyle Lohse tackles Ryan Howard to the ground

Careful! The Phils don’t want to see Howard’s trade value go down.

Kyle Lohse went from pitcher to hitter to NFL safety in the time it took him to run to first base.

The Milwaukee Brewers righthander had himself a night against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, picking up the win and racking up three hits in a 9-5 victory over the worst team in baseball. One of those hits did not come easy, however, as Lohse wound up running right into the backside of mammoth first baseman Ryan Howard while trying to leg out an infield single.

Lohse is listed as 6’2”, 215 pounds. Ryan Howard is 6’4”, 250 pounds (if you believe that).

Howard wound up hitting the deck.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 03:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, kyle lohse, phillies, ryan howard

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Virginia Wins First College World Series Title

[bq]Turning Point: Pavin Smith’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth tied the game and gave Virginia momentum it would continue to build on for the rest of the night.
The Hero: Starting on three-days’ rest, Virginia lefty Brandon Waddell gave up two runs in the first but settled down quickly. Waddell ended up working seven innings and didn’t allow another run, holding the Commodores to just four hits.
You Might Have Missed: The CWS ended averaging 8.38 total runs per game, the highest figure of the TD Ameritrade Park era. The final CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium (and with the old bats) in 2010 averaged 9.6 runs per game[/bq]


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chris Perez suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

Chris Perez, former All-Star closer for the Indians, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession back in 2013 when a package of marijuana turned up at his house in Ohio addressed to his dog.

Perez is a free agent now, having been released from the Brewers’ Triple-A team in late April. But the 29-year-old right-hander just got popped again for drugs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2015 at 11:28 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, chris perez, dodgers, drugs, indians, marijuana, suspensions

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Brewers are sellers. Will anyone buy?

Testing the limits of supply-side economics:

For years, Melvin put together slugging lineups to take advantage of hitter-friendly Miller Park. But the Brewers no longer hit home runs with regularity, and with a terrible OBP they don’t get enough runners on base to sustain rallies.

....

Obvious trade candidates are veterans on the last years of their contracts with big salaries, such as third baseman Aramis Ramirez ($14 million), Lohse ($11 million) and reliever Jonathan Broxton ($9 million). All three are having subpar seasons, however, diminishing any return you could get, assuming there are any takers.

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: June 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, trade rumors

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mets eyeing Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman, sources say - Newsday

According to Foxsports.com reports, the clubs have engaged in preliminary discussions, though the talks have gained little traction.

[Aramis] Ramirez, 36, is a three-time All-Star with plans to retire after the season. He is off to a slow start, hitting .213 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 48 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 05:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: aramis ramirez, brewers, mets

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Braun leaves Brewers for right thumb procedure

Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun left the team Wednesday to travel to California to undergo a second cryotherapy procedure on his troublesome right thumb.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell downplayed the significance of this latest development, saying the procedure was pre-planned and referring to it as “maintenance.” But it was the first public indication of any kind that Braun’s first such procedure in October, during which a specialist injected a needle into the base of Braun’s thumb to freeze an inflamed nerve there, had “worn off” and needed to be repeated.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What’s wrong with Brewers?  Pretty much everything

team’s main beat writer captures the ugliness that is brewer baseball

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 31, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee, train wreck

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Brewers honor past, celebrate future with Selig exhibit

If this doesn’t bring the fans into Miller Park, what will?

The “Selig Experience” attraction opens this week at Miller Park. It’s billed as a state-of-the art tribute to the franchise’s history and symbol of baseball’s rock-solid future in Milwaukee.

“Everything is really, really extraordinary. I can’t emphasize that,” said Selig, who got an early glimpse at the exhibit. “I am rarely speechless in my life. I was speechless.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, bud selig

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Video: Must C: Davis’ eventful homer | MLB.com

That is a weird one. The home plate umpire was right there. I don’t see conclusive evidence to overturn the call.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, khris davis

Friday, May 22, 2015

Brewers pitcher Will Smith ejected for using foreign substance

Umpires just don’t understand.

Brewers reliever Will Smith was ejected from Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Braves after umpires found a foreign substance on his arm.

With one out and Jace Peterson at an 0-1 count, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez asked umpire crew chief Jim Joyce to take a look at Smith’s arm, where he claimed to have seen something that wasn’t exactly sweat. Joyce went up, touched Smith’s arm, and quickly and calmly ejected him.

It’s not like it was particularly well-hidden, either.

Brewers television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder discussed after the ejection how foreign substances are, of course, illegal, but that many pitchers will use them anyway. However, the rule book is clear, Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not “have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically.”


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

San Diego’s handling of Triple-A skipper Murphy highly unusual

Pat Murphy is the Padres’ Triple-A manager. The Brewers want to hire him as a major-league coach. And the Padres have balked at letting him go.

A simple case of a team valuing an employee? Perhaps. But some in the industry view the Padres’ actions as highly unusual — and perhaps a sign that the Pads want Murphy to replace manager Bud Black or, at the very least, join the team’s coaching staff.

The Padres’ 20-20 record is fueling industry-wide speculation that Black could be in trouble. Ownership expects to win after opening the season with a club-record $109 million payroll. General manager A.J. Preller is in his first full season, and like ownership, inherited Black.

One Padres official, however, said that the team’s desire to keep Murphy is not a reflection on Black’s status. Rather, the Padres consider Murphy an “impact guy,” even though he is only at Triple-A, the official said.
A rival executive expressed skepticism with those claims.

“(Murphy) must have been made promises — big ones,” the executive said.

Ponies?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, brewers, bud black, coaching, managers, padres, pat murphy

Monday, May 18, 2015

Brewers GM Doug Melvin’s rant about Scooter Gennett and stat-heads looks really, really silly now

This morning the last-place Brewers demoted their starting second baseman since mid-2013, Scooter Gennett, to Triple-A because he hit .154 in 20 games this year after coming into the season as a career .300 hitter.

What makes the move particularly odd is that less than 12 months ago Brewers general manager Doug Melvin used Gennett’s success in the majors as an example to aggressively criticize stat-heads, angrily telling Bill Madden of the New York Daily News:

Melvin, an old school GM who values scouts over Ivy League whiz kid stat geeks, thinks his NL Central-leading Brewers deserve a little more respect from the Sabermetrics crowd.

“There’s this one guy,” Melvin was saying by phone Friday, “who rates the prospects in every organization, and last year labeled Scooter Gennett ‘just a backup utility player.’ Well, Scooter’s only hit nothing but .300 since last year and been one of our most important players this year and yet, when the guy was asked about him again last week, he repeated the same thing; that he thought he was nothing more than a ‘backup utility player.’”

“Why can’t these (stat) guys ever admit they’re wrong? A lot of them don’t even watch the games. But then everything has changed so much in baseball. Everything now has to be immediate. We live in a world of Instagrams when, more than any other sport, the most important thing in baseball is that you’ve got to be patient.”

Wow.

Let’s set aside his use of the always hilariously off base “a lot them don’t even watch games” cliche and focus on Melvin’s quotes about how “the most important thing in baseball is that you’ve got to be patient.” You know, “patient” like demoting your multi-year starting second baseman to Triple-A because he had a bad 20 games the season after you used his hitting .300 as a way to rip into the people who doubted his upside.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 11:59 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, doug melvin, scooter gennett, stat nerds

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Video: Must C: Davis’ mammoth blast | MLB.com

This was a shot.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, khris davis

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Mark Attanasio says rebuilding Brewers is not out of the picture

Do Brewers fans want Melvin gone?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

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