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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Brewers option Keston Hiura to open spot for Travis Shaw

This was a surprise.

Preserving depth on a major-league baseball team sometimes means having to make tough decisions, and the Milwaukee Brewers made one Monday afternoon.

Rather than lose a player they value, the Brewers optioned second baseman Keston Hiura to Class AAA San Antonio to open a roster spot for the return of third baseman Travis Shaw from minor-league rehabilitation assignment with that club.

In making that announcement, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns made it clear that it wasn’t anything Hiura failed to do in proving he can perform at the big-league level. Rather, it was a move made entirely because of roster considerations.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, keston hiura

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Brewers calling up top prospect Keston Hiura

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are calling up top prospect Keston Hiura. He’s a second baseman.

Milwaukee started the season with Mike Moustakas playing second and Travis Shaw at third, but Shaw’s struggles — he’s hitting .163/.266/.281 (46 OPS+) and that just can’t happen to a team defending a division crown. With Hiura in Milwaukee, Moustakas should switch back to third more regularly while the kid gets a chance. Ken Rosenthal reports that Shaw will either go on the injured list or be sent down to Triple-A.

So, where does this rank in terms of great baseball names?

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, keston hiura, prospects

Sunday, May 05, 2019

MLB roundup: Braun lifts Brewers over Mets in 18th

Ryan Braun’s two-run single with one out in the bottom of the 18th inning Saturday night finally capped a marathon game and lifted the host Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.

The Brewers have won the first two games of the three-game series from the Mets, who took the lead in the top of the 18th on Jeff McNeil’s RBI single before falling below .500 (16-17) for the first time this season.

Braun’s career-high sixth hit ended the longest game for the Brewers since a 10-9, 19-inning win over the Chicago White Sox on May 1, 1991. It was the Mets’ longest game since a 3-1, 18-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals on July 19, 2015.

Braun was the only Milwaukee player with multiple hits Saturday. His six-hit game was the first in the majors since teammate Christian Yelich went 6-for-6 against the Cincinnati Reds last Aug. 29. McNeil had three hits, while Alonso and Hechavarria had two apiece.

And, fifteen hours after this ended, they’re scheduled to play again….

 

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 04:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, extra innings, mets, ryan braun

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Brewers’ Christian Yelich has become an absolute monster at Miller Park

Freaky. One home run from the record of most home runs in March/April. Nine more days are left in the month.

How easy? After hitting two more home runs Saturday night in the Brewers’ 5-0 victory at Miller Park, these are Yelich’s numbers in 13 home games: .435 batting average, 13 home runs, 29 runs batted in, 19 runs scored, 1.326 slugging percentage, 1.868 OPS.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Cardinals keep pitching to Christian Yelich, and he keeps making them pay for it

A quirk of Yelich’s season so far…all his homers have been hit at home.

Yelich’s splits.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, christian yelich

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Yelich eyes history in Brewers’ series finale vs. Cards

Christian Yelich will try to match a major league record when the Milwaukee Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon to wrap up a four-game series.

Yelich, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, has homered in each of his first three games of the season. That represents a franchise record and is one shy of the all-time mark, shared by five players.

A home run in the series finale would give Yelich a piece of the record along with Willie Mays (San Francisco Giants, 1971), Mark McGwire (Cardinals, 1998), Nelson Cruz (Texas Rangers, 2011), Chris Davis (Baltimore Orioles, 2013) and Trevor Story (Colorado Rockies, 2016). Yelich is coming off a career-best season with 36 homers and 110 RBIs.

An interesting demonstration of the effects of the three true outcomes, albeit a subtle one.

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich, home runs

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Report: Brewers All-Star reliever Corey Knebel opts for season-ending Tommy John surgery

A valuable member of the vaunted Milwaukee Brewers bullpen is shutting down his season.

Corey Knebel opted on Friday to have season-ending Tommy John surgery to address a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

As of Thursday, Knebel was considering bypassing the procedure.

Going to be rather interesting to see how the Brewers respond.

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, corey knebel, tommy john surgery

Friday, March 29, 2019

Lorenzo Cain saved the Brewers by robbing a home run for game’s final out

Baseball is back, as the league celebrated Opening Day on Thursday.

And it didn’t take long for something awesome to happen, as Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain made a home run-robbing catch for the final out that gave the Brewers a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park.

Jose Martinez ripped what looked to be a game-tying home run against Josh Hader but then Cain leaped at the wall and made an excellent catch that sent the home crowd into hysterics.

It was quite a way to end a season opener and probably won’t be forgotten for some time in. Milwaukee:


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Yelich, Brewers look for another playoff season

Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers think the best way to duplicate their success from last season is to forget it happened altogether.

Milwaukee won the NL Central last year for the first time since 2011 and made it all the way to the NL Championship Series before losing to the more experienced Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Yelich earned his first NL MVP award after nearly winning the Triple Crown, and Josh Hader and Jesus Aguilar each had a breakout performance.

Barreling toward a season with considerable expectations, Yelich and Co. have little interest in revisiting the past.

A sentiment I suspect the Cubs fans here will agree with, albeit for very different reasons….

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich

MLB rumors: Brewers talking to former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel

We’re just over one week away from Opening Day, and Craig Kimbrel somehow remains unsigned.

But finally, there appears to be a team showing interest in the former Red Sox closer. That team is the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The hot stove that never ends marches on!

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, craig kimbrel, hot stove

Monday, March 18, 2019

Brewers make ‘Mean Girls’ parody vid

Craig Counsell seems like a good boss. And Brent Suter looks to be on track for being nominated for a short film Oscar in 15 years

Master of the Horse Posted: March 18, 2019 at 08:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Baker Mayfield visits Christian Yelich at Brewers camp and calls baseball his first love

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is closing his momentous week by visiting Milwaukee Brewers spring training camp in Arizona to meet up with his best bud, Christian Yelich.

Mayfield is friends with the Brewers outfielder and reigning MVP, and had plenty of quips to reporters about his intentions with the team, though his pure love of America’s Pastime wasn’t one of them.

The two stars became friends in early 2018 while training at the same facility in California, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. That winter Yelich was traded to the Brewers by the Miami Marlins, so the Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Oklahoma ordered custom gear.

Show of hands- how many of you would have assumed that “Baker Mayfield” is a commodity brokerage or white-shoe law firm at first glance?

 

 

QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Miller Park sales tax could end next year

I guess it’s time for a new park!

The five-county sales tax that financed the construction and operation of Miller Park is set to end a year from now.

Members of the board that oversees the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District voted Tuesday to proceed with plans to end the Miller Park stadium tax by March 2020.

The 0.1 percent tax, paid by residents and visitors in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Racine counties, has been in effect since 1996.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Brewers players consider Bob Uecker one of their own, including divvying up playoff money

PHOENIX — One of the factors that has kept Bob Uecker in the radio booth for the Milwaukee Brewers well into his 80s is the manner in which players have treated him as one of their own.

But, when the players put their money where their mouths were last November, it stunned Uecker, moving him to the brink of tears.

When deciding who would get full playoff shares after the Brewers advanced within one game of the World Series, the players voted to give one to Uecker, which was worth $123,000. Giving a full share to a team broadcaster, even a Hall of Famer, is basically unheard-of in baseball but showed once again that “Ueck” is considered one of the boys.

*Considers doing same for Joe Buck, albeit with an entirely different purpose in mind….*

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bob uecker, brewers, playoff shares

Monday, February 25, 2019

Just Send It: Brewers planning to go slowly with Canadian Brett Lawrie

PHOENIX — Almost two years after he was released during spring training, Brett Lawrie is getting a second chance to play baseball again.

He faces a long road back to the majors.

Lawrie, from Langley, B.C., finalized a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, returning to the organization that took him in the first round of the 2008 draft. But it’s going to be a while before he takes the field with any team in their system.

The Brewers are planning to go very slowly with Lawrie, who hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since July 21, 2016, with the Chicago White Sox. General manager David Stearns said the infielder is going to spend the next six weeks “putting his body in the best position to succeed moving forward,” and then progress to baseball activities.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 25, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brett lawrie, brewers, comebacks

Friday, February 22, 2019

Brewers’ Braun aiming to build off strong finish last season

PHOENIX (AP) — Those days of playing every day, they’re done for Ryan Braun. Most important for the longtime Milwaukee Brewers star these days is making the most of the time he’s in the lineup.

Now 35, Braun is inching closer to the downside of his career. And while he is still capable of being a game-changing presence, staying healthy and on the field on a regular basis is not nearly as easy as it was when he was 28 and just hitting his prime.

Managing Braun’s playing time to keep him fresh has been an annual challenge for Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell. He, Braun and the team’s training staff try to map out a plan each year to build in scheduled rest days along the way — day games after night games, especially ahead of scheduled team off-days — to keep Braun as available as possible.

Not quite at toast status, but the toaster is coming ever closer….

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


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 | 44 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

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