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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

After death of son, seasons of struggle in Milwaukee, new Diamondback Jean Segura may finally blossom in Arizona desert | FOX Sports

Segura, who turns 26 on March 17, rejected a seven-year, $40 million extension with an option for an eighth year in the spring of ’14, according to major-league sources. He felt he deserved better, particularly since the Braves had just signed Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million deal.
...
“I think the change will do him good,” Roenicke said. “I really like how (the Diamondbacks) play. They’re aggressive. They’ve got some really good leadership with (Paul Goldschmidt). They all buy into it. The center fielder (A.J. Pollock) is a great player, and he buys into that kind of work ethic, too.

“(Segura) needs to be happy. He plays better when he’s happy. When he first came over (in the trade), he was smiling all the time. You’d walk by him in the batting cage, and he would be smiling, laughing.

“You didn’t see that much from him in ’14 and the beginning of ’15 (while Roenicke was still manager). Being around guys who are relaxed and having fun, that’s what makes me think he can get to back where he was.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2016 at 05:52 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, jean segura

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Brewers’ Quiet Upside Play | FanGraphs Baseball

There is no concern about the future in Arizona. It’s all about the now.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, trades

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Brewers, D-backs strike 5-player deal: Segura, Wagner headed to Arizona for Anderson, Hill, Diaz

“The Brewers and D-backs made a Saturday splash with a five-player trade that sent shortstop Jean Segura and Southern League ERA champ Tyler Wagner to Arizona for right-hander Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill and Minor League shortstop Isan Diaz. The Brewers also received cash in the deal, presumably to cover some of the $12 million due to Hill in the final season of the veteran’s three-year contract.”

Scott Lange Posted: January 30, 2016 at 06:57 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, trades

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Joe Adcock newest addition to Miller Park Walk of Fame

from the article

Former Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock is the latest to be honored, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Friday.

The Coushatta, La., native played 10 of his 17 major-league seasons with the Braves, from 1953-‘62. He hit .285 with 239 home runs and 760 runs batted in over 1,207 games with the franchise.

He also accomplished several milestones while playing for the Braves, including recording the first base hit and scoring the first run in County Stadium history on April 14, 1953, and smashing four home runs to go along with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field on July 31, 1954.

His 18 total bases in that game stood as a major-league record for a single game for 48 years.

Adcock was a member of the Braves team that went on to beat the New York Yankees in the 1957 World Series in seven games. His RBI single was the difference in a 1-0 Braves victory in Game 5.

He also broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium on May 26, 1959.

Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1,206), homers, RBI and total bases (2,164).

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 23, 2016 at 05:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adcock, braves, brewers

Friday, January 15, 2016

Brewers optimistic but realistic on 2016 ticket sales

Don’t worry. The longer the rebuild takes, the more fans will stop purchasing tickets.

“Obviously, after a very disappointing 2015 season, we budgeted for a decline in season tickets and a lower renewal rate,” said Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger. “It has been better than what we originally forecast. Right now, we’re about 7% behind last year’s pace, which isn’t bad.

“With other teams in similar situations, you’re looking at double-digit declines. So, we’re satisfied that it’s only a marginal decline. We’ve got a lot of selling season left.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Stark:  The odd and troubling state of the National League

The Reds—“They’re in Houston mode, 100 percent. They tried it the other way. Now they’re the biggest example of doing it this way. They’re willing to do pretty much whatever has to be done.”...

Over and over, we heard executives of clubs on both sides of this divide say they think this approach was inspired by the success of the Astros. And why the heck not? They stripped down their payroll. They averaged 108 losses a year for three years. They became the first club in history to hold the first pick in the draft three years in a row. And then ... (ta-daaaa) ... they used all that mega-losing to catapult themselves from 111 losses to a playoff spot in just two years.

Oh, there were other reasons the Astros won, of course. But does anyone dispute that they analyzed this system, then did all they could to make it work? So have they plotted a course that has led the NL to this place, as other teams look for exactly the same edge?

TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 14, 2016 at 02:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, phillies, reds, tanking

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Brewers sign veteran first baseman Chris Carter

The power is out there.

Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns liked the way first baseman Chris Carter handled himself during the rebuilding process in Houston, where Stearns worked the last three seasons.

“He’s a player who has gone through the type of process we’re going through now,” said Stearns, who was hired to oversee the Brewers’ massive rebuild. “He understands how quickly it can turn. That’s one of the things he and I talked about. We need his influence with that.”

Carter, 29, helped the Astros finally break through to the playoffs in 2015 but was not retained after making $4.175 million during an overall subpar year. Stearns figured Carter was the man to fill the Brewers’ void at first base and signed him Wednesday to a one-year deal for $2.5 million with an additional $500,000 available in incentives.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:52 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, chris carter

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pirates Acquire Jason Rogers From Brewers

The Pirates announced that they have acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and right-hander Trey Supak.

(...)Supak is 19 years old and rated as the Pirates’ No. 15 prospect, per MLB.com. Supak received a healthy $1MM signing bonus out of the ’14 draft but hasn’t lived up to that investment just yet, as he struggled to a dismal 6.67 ERA with a 23-to-5 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings with the Pirates’ Rookie-level Appalachian League affiliate.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates, trade

An Open Letter from Mark Attanasio | brewers.com

I applaud his honesty. I’m not sure the typical Brewers fan will share my feelings in August.

Importantly, David has a great deal of flexibility to work with, as the team has just three long-term contracts remaining: Jonathan Lucroy (two years), Matt Garza (two years) and Ryan Braun (five years). As you probably know, David recruited Matt Arnold from the Tampa Bay Rays as his Assistant GM. At this month’s Winter Meetings, he and Matt started to implement their strategy, which David has articulated thematically as acquiring, developing and retaining as much young talent as we can. We do not have a rigid timetable because we believe it is vital to build a proper foundation for sustained success. I am encouraged by the level of teamwork I’ve been seeing in baseball operations and, most significantly, between David and Matt.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Mariners to acquire Adam Lind from the Brewers

Mariners camp will include “Hi, my name is….” nametags.

There is no word yet who the Mariners are sending to the Brewers, but they will need to create one space on the 40-man roster which is full to add Lind.

Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft Lind hit .272/.360/.460/.820 with 20 HR and 87 RBI last year for the Brewers with a 19 wRC+ and 2.2 WAR. The downside with Lind is he has not hit lefties well, just .212/.277/.298/.575 in 112 plate appearances in 2015. While the Mariners may not go with a straight platoon at first if Lind is acquired, he most likely would sit against tougher lefties.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 11:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, brewers, mariners

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Baseball Prospectus | 2016 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects

A freebie from BP.

The Top Ten

1. SS Orlando Arcia
2. OF Brett Phillips
3. RHP Jorge Lopez
4. OF Trent Clark
5. SS Gilbert Lara
6. RHP Devin Williams
7. OF Monte Harrison
8. RHP Zach Davies
9. RHP Cody Ponce
10. OF Tyrone Taylor

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, prospects

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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

This.

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 | MLB.com

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 - BaseballAmerica.com

“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 | brewers.com

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 | MLB.com

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 MLB.com 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

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