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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

Uecker Locked In Radio Booth

Bob Uecker?! I thought you were Boog Powell!!

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: May 07, 2015 at 12:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, prison, radio, uecker

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Baseball Prospectus | BP Ballpark Night

So there is still a chance…

Of course, the 2015 version of Ryan Braun does appear to be different than the pre-injury Braun. Some may ascribe his struggles to a lack of performance-enhancing drugs, but the batted-ball velocity suggests the power in his swing hasn’t subsided in any meaningful manner. Instead, the 2015 Braun is different because he’s exploitable. He’s pitchable. Opposing hurlers can challenge him early with hard stuff in on the hands and then work out of the strike zone with breaking balls and changeups. It has proven effective for the past two years.

All in all, the data suggest two things: (1) Braun seems to be fighting bad habits he developed last year while dealing with a nerve injury in his thumb; (2) if he cannot close the hole in his swing on the inner third of the plate, he should still be effective and hit for power but will likely struggle reach the elite pre-injury levels of production.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

In firing manager Ron Roenicke now, Milwaukee Brewers bring decisions they made in past into question, and now must act fast to avoid prolonging the current downward spiral, Ken Rosenthal writes | FOX Sports

You can’t fire all the players.

I asked Melvin: Did Roenicke lose the players?

“I don’t think he lost them,” Melvin said. “But he and I sat down a few weeks ago. I said, ‘Ron, how do we stop these losing streaks, going 2-8, 1-9?’ I don’t know why that is. That’s what we’re going to find out, what Craig is going to find out. I know we don’t have a No. 1 starting pitcher like a Kershaw. But there is no reason we shouldn’t be better than 7-18.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ron roenicke

Monday, May 04, 2015

Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke, reportedly set to hire Craig Counsell

President and general manager Doug Melvin announced the move hours after the team’s 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers will name Craig Counsell as Roenicke’s replacement on Monday, according to a FoxSports report.

“This has been a difficult start to the season, something that we certainly didn’t anticipate,” Melvin said in a statement. “Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should. It’s all about wins and losses, and after the first month of play this year we didn’t see the progress and improvement we had hoped for.

“The reasons for our disappointing start are many, but we determined that it’s in the best interests of the club to make this move,” he said.

Dan The Mediocre Posted: May 04, 2015 at 04:06 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jonathan Lucroy suffers broken toe in Brewers’ loss

Things aren’t going the Brewers way so far this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan lucroy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jimmy Nelson Found a New Pitch | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m always on the lookout for pitchers with the potential to have a jump in performance. Jimmy Nelson season looks promising.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jimmy nelson

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Local Cubs Broadcast Intro Is Just A Disaster

The GIF above cycles through some of the graphics that were used in the intro package that led into ABC 7’s broadcast of yesterday’s Cubs game. Did you catch all those errors? Here, let us slow things down for you.

To be fair, the season is still very young. Everyone’s still working out the kinks!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, giants, mariners, nationals, reds, spelling is hard, television

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Doug Melvin gets call on length of extension

Doug Melvin doesn’t know how long he wants to keep his job.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, doug melvin

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Brewers’ Jean Segura feeling invigorated after tough 2014

While everyone with the Milwaukee Brewers is eager to break camp and head north, Jean Segura has some extra incentive.

Nobody on the team had a tougher 2014 than the 25-year-old shortstop. He turned down a $38 million contract extension in the spring, struggled at the plate and, worst of all, dealt with the sudden death of his infant son in his native Dominican Republic.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 06:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jean segura

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 NL Central Preview

Stats, charts, breakdowns, snark and the surprising admission that the best thing about the Cardinals is “The players, probably. The players are pretty good.”

Chris Fluit Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, nl central, pirates, reds

Clark, Rogers among 7 sent to Minors; OD roster all but set | brewers.com

Brewers are down to 27.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jonathan Lucroy’s bat is literally on fire

In a recent promotional shoot, Lucroy decided to take the phrase literally.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 28, 2015 at 01:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan lucroy

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