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Monday, February 18, 2019

Yelich, Brewers focus on clean slate after near-miss in 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Yelich has already had conversations with some of his Milwaukee Brewers teammates about their biggest message this spring after coming up one win short of the World Series.

“What you did last year means nothing basically. Whether it was good or bad for you as an individual or as a team, it means absolutely nothing. It doesn’t matter,” Yelich said. “We all start with a clean slate. It’s all what are you going to do in 2019 to help the Brewers win.”

Even for the young slugging outfielder who was the NL MVP after nearly winning the Triple Crown (.326, 36 homers, 110 RBIs) in his first season with the Brewers.

 

QLE Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Four teams are in on Mike Moustakas

Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is drawing interest from at least four clubs, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday. The Brewers are the presumed frontrunners to land the infielder, but Heyman adds that the Angels may take the inside edge as Moustakas hails from the San Fernando Valley and has invested in charity efforts in California over the last year. The Phillies and Padres, on the other hand, have been involved to a lesser degree as they’re both thought to be in hot pursuit of fellow free agent third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado, though their interest in the veteran Moustakas could ramp right back up should they lose out on Machado in the weeks to come.

I thought this film was one that they only sold with a brown paper wrapper….

 

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brewers, mike moustakas, padres, phillies

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Brewers trying to keep rival Cubs fans out of Miller Park again

The Milwaukee Brewers have made it clear: They would prefer the least amount of Chicago Cubs fans to fill Miller Park as possible.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Brewers announced presale tickets for their 10 home dates against the Cubs, tickets that will only initially be made available to residents of Wisconsin.

“If last season’s Game 163 taught us anything, it’s that every single game matters - especially in a rivalry like this. And, while we don’t dislike all Cubs fans, we just really prefer when Miller Park is packed to the brim with Brewers faithful,” the team’s statement read.

Rumors that the Brewers are plotting to have the Hiawatha Service shut down on game days is currently unproven.

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, miller park, tickets

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

He got Brewers playoff tickets in the mail that didn’t belong to him. What he did with them results in felony theft charge.

WAUKESHA - The sale of ill-gotten, high-priced tickets to a Brewers playoff game could cost a local man his freedom, if the courts ultimately confirm he was caught stealing.

Eddie Patlan, 34, of Waukesha is accused of selling 2018 Milwaukee Brewers playoff tickets valued at nearly $7,000 after he mistakenly received them in the mail at his residence.

Patlan faces one felony count of theft of movable property worth between $5,000 and $10,000, which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine, if he is convicted.

 

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 03:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs, tickets

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Miller Park to change name with American Family Insurance sponsoring

Communication sent to @MillerCoors employees today explain that #MillerPark naming rights are coming to an end when current agreement expires in 2020. American Family Insurance will be the new naming rights sponsor of the home of the #Brewers. Press conference at 2PM today.

Not here it doesn’t change.

Greg Pope Posted: January 22, 2019 at 11:54 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, corporate sponsorship, name change

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Madison Bumgarner to Brewers Blockbuster Would Create Cubs’ Worst 2019 Nightmare

The Milwaukee Brewers aren’t out to knock the Chicago Cubs from the National League Central throne. They already did that in 2018. Their goal for 2019 is to keep the status quo.

This explains their interest in Madison Bumgarner. According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the San Francisco Giants have had “substantive communication” about the ace left-hander with the Brewers, who represent his “most likely destination” in a trade.

It’s not guaranteed that the Giants will indeed move Bumgarner. There thus far hasn’t been any indication that they hired general manager Farhan Zaidi away from the Los Angeles Dodgers just so he could carry out a rebuild. They seem to be more in a retooling mode.

Isn’t the Cubs’ worst nightmare for 2019 a year where Jason Heyward hits like he did in 2016, fields like he did last year, and still leads the team in WAR?

 

QLE Posted: January 12, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, madison bumgarner, trade rumors

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Brewers bolster lineup, agree to terms with former-Dodger Yasmani Grandal

While the Cubs continue to sit on the sideline, the NL Central arms race keeps on moving along.

Wednesday night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal have agreed to a one-year contract. The deal is pending a physical.

Fans might remember Grandal for his nightmare performance in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Brewers. That one game aside, the catcher is a solid addition that will bolster an already dangerous Brewers lineup.

Apparently, he chose this instead of a $60,000,000 or so offer by the Mets- it sounds like the punchline to a joke, but I’m not sure on who.

QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, yasmani grandal

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Brewers have deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal | MLB.com

If the Mets rumored offer was real his agent should be fired.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2019 at 11:23 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, yasmani grandal

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Mets trade for outfielder Keon Broxton | MLB.com

The Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton for reliever Bobby Wahl and two prospects, right-hander Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio, on Saturday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2019 at 02:31 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Brewers trade Domingo Santana to Seattle for outfielder Ben Gamel, minor-league pitcher

The Milwaukee Brewers showed true holiday spirit Friday, doing some last-minute Christmas shopping.

A day after agreeing with second baseman Cory Spangenberg on a one-year, free-agent contract, the Brewers traded outfielder Domingo Santana to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor-league right-hander Noah Zavolas.

“As we looked at Ben, we thought he fit our club very well going forward,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “As you guys know, we value flexibility and versatility. Ben has both of those things.

For once, I’m not sure this is a further example of the Mariners waving the white flag.

QLE Posted: December 22, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: ben gamel, brewers, domingo santana, mariners, trades

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 Kahuna 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

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