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Monday, July 11, 2016

Texas Rangers could have a Surprise trade in the works | FOX Sports

Is regressing before you become an All-Star a really big issue? 

Benintendi, the Red Sox’s first-round pick out of Arkansas a year ago, has only 177 at-bats at Double A. Some Sox officials are wary of rushing him, knowing that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reached the majors quickly, then regressed before becoming All-Stars.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trade rumors

Friday, July 08, 2016

Aaron Hill provides depth for Red Sox

Not a blockbuster but hopefully he can help out a third. It’s not a big move but they didn’t really give up much.

The Red Sox kicked off their midyear process of filling needs, dealing for Brewers second baseman/third baseman Aaron Hill in exchange for Triple A righthander Aaron Wilkerson and High A second baseman Wendell Rijo.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox

Monday, July 04, 2016

Brewers bat out of order | MLB.com

The Brewers became the first big league team in nearly three years to be penalized for sending the wrong man to the plate, the result of an incorrect lineup card that had Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy listed in the wrong spots. It cost Braun a base hit and gave Lucroy an 0-for-1 start to his day, even though he’d never made it past the on-deck circle.
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After Braun smacked a single to center field off Nationals starter Max Scherzer, Washington manager Dusty Baker immediately emerged for a discussion with the umpires, who called Braun out. Lucroy was charged with an out, credited unassisted to the catcher.

Braun batted again leading off the second inning and grounded out. The two combined to go 0-for-8, with three strikeouts.
...
According to a database at Retrosheet.org, the Brewers were the first team to bat out of order since 2013, when the Rangers did so following a flurry of personnel changes in a game against the A’s. The last instance of a team batting out of order to start a game was earlier that same season, when the Giants did it against the Dodgers.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Mark Attanasio downplays trade rumors with Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy

Are they actively listening?

“Much ado about nothing so far,” Attanasio said of the constant speculation that either Braun or Lucroy, or both, will be traded before the Aug. 1 deadline.

“We’re not actively out shopping either of these guys.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan lucroy, ryan braun

Monday, June 13, 2016

From garbage man to garbage innings: An ode to Joe Winkelsas

An American (un?)success story.

It was there that a Brewers scout (re)discovered Winkelsas’ arm, which the pitcher claimed was restored by hauling garbage cans.


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Former Brewers pitcher Ruben Quevedo dead at 37

A number of reports out of Venezuela say that a former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher has passed away.Ruben Quevedo has died of a heart attack at the age of 37, according to the Venezuelan publication Lider. Quevedo had an 11-20 record with a 5.66 ERA from 2001-03 with Milwaukee. He also pitched with the Cubs for a year, and with Aragua and Venezuelan club Magallanes.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 11:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, obituary, ruben quevedo

Monday, May 30, 2016

Ryan Braun out with neck injury vs. Reds | MLB.com

On the same day the Boston Globe quoted one National League scout as saying Ryan Braun is “the hot name out there” on the trade market, that name was again absent from the Brewers’ starting lineup. And this time, it’s a new physical ailment.

A stiff neck sidelined Braun for the start of Sunday’s series finale against the Reds at Miller Park, marking the eighth time in the Brewers’ last 14 games that Braun was on the bench for the opening pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 11:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Sunday, May 29, 2016

MLB has lost its way with replay, Chase Utley Rule

“Prince of Darkness” Tom Haudricourt with some valid criticism of the demise of the neighborhood play and instant replay.

So, in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night with the score tied, 6-6, the Reds had the bases loaded with one down. Adam Duvall, whose three-run homer capped a five-run rally in the seventh that erased the Brewers’ seemingly safe 6-1 lead, grounded into what appeared to be a routine 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

But, wait a minute. The Reds’ video replay specialist, running the play over and over on his replay screen in the clubhouse, noticed that Gennett had pulled his foot off the bag ever so slightly before fielding the toss from shortstop Jonathan Villar. He notified manager Bryan Price, who notified umpire crew chief Jim Joyce that Gennett likely violated the “neighborhood” rule.

 

foop Posted: May 29, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, neighborhood play, reds, replay, replay sucks, utley rule

Monday, May 09, 2016

Baseball is a funny game

Baseball is magical. Also, “Realmuto is real gone” deserves to get Realmuto called out regardless of whether he passed the runner on the basepaths.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Craig Counsell, Pat Murphy have ties that bind

“He’s very high energy, very take-charge,” said leftfielder Ryan Braun. “It seems like he has a unique ability to inspire and motivate. That’s something you don’t find very often. He’s added a unique dynamic that we haven’t really had around here.

“The whole energy of this camp is better than any camp I’ve been a part of the lat 10 years. It’s been really good and he has been a big part of it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, craig counsell, managers, pat murphy

Friday, March 04, 2016

Brewers’ beloved Hank the Dog not replaced | MLB.com

Well, that’s settled.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 06:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Bark and Switch: Hank the Ballpark Pup is an impostor

He just went to a farm upstate.

Now, there is nothing wrong with the new Hank. Hank II is, like his predecessor, a Very Good Baseball Dog. But do not lie to me and try to tell me that the dog on the left and the dog on the right are the same dog. The coloring in the face and the ears is all wrong, the face isn’t shaped the same way, and his ears don’t lay in the same spot. They didn’t just dunk him in a bucket of bleach and poof him up a bit. These are different dogs, folks.

None of this was necessary. The real Hank had been adopted by a family, and the Brewers have created a whole mess of memorabilia you can buy at the ballpark. The actual animal is now represented at the park by this large man in a costume, making him Milwaukee’s eighth current costumed mascot, in case you’re keeping score at home. We didn’t need a replacement Hank. What we have is fine, and we all know dogs don’t live forever.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, conspiracies, coverups, farms upstate, mascots

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ryan Braun Moving Back to Left Field

from the article:

The key to moving Braun back to left field after two seasons in right is opening the position for strong-armed newcomer Domingo Santana, whose skill set is better suited to right field.

“With the players we have on our roster this year, it’s an advantageous decision for both Ryan and the other players involved, specifically Domingo in right field,” said Counsell.

“I think you put the players where you think they fit best. I think both of them factor in to making the decision.”

Counsell said he made a telephone call to Braun to discuss the move and both agreed it was best for the team and players.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 21, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braun, brewers, duh, milwaukee

Friday, February 12, 2016

Athletics acquire Khris Davis from Brewers | MLB.com

The A’s have acquired outfielder Khris Davis from the Brewers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Bubba Derby and Minor League catcher Jacob Nottingham, the team announced Friday.

To clear a spot for Davis on the 40-man roster, left-hander Sean Nolin was designated for assignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2016 at 08:18 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, brewers, khris davis, trades

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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ryan Braun pleads case to special panel Thursday trying to avoid 50-game suspension

I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to play this game, and I am appalled that you would begin a three-member panel inquiry with a topic like that!

Ryan Braun, the National League’s Most Valuable Player, pleaded his case Thursday before a three-member panel that will decide whether he faces a 50-game suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

The appeal came just two days before Braun will accept his MVP award at the New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s dinner Saturday night at the New York Hilton, sources familiar with Braun told the Daily News.

A decision by the panel, which includes MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner, MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred and independent arbitrator Shyam Das, is not expected to come before Braun accepts his award. It was unclear if the hearing would continue into Friday.

...The Milwaukee outfielder, however, is playing a game that no major leaguer has won; despite conflicting reports, no player has ever seen a suspension overturned by the arbitration panel, according to people familiar with the process.

It is possible for a player to test positive for a banned substance and see his case dismissed in advance of arbitration because of chain of custody or other issues, without the public ever learning of his positive test. But Braun is past that point, and is looking to the arbitration panel as his final chance to avoid suspension.

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rumors, steroids

The Onion: Prince Fielder Wondering If He Has Truly Free Agency

NEWPORT BEACH, CA—After meeting with his agent Monday to discuss his free agency prospects, Prince Fielder told reporters he was left wondering if he or any man can ever say his agency is truly free.

“Free agency suggests I am able to make a choice void of any constraint, but right from the get-go, that premise is problematic,” said Fielder, adding that it isn’t as if he can just get a job as an acoustical engineer, or even as a professional athlete in another sport.

“In the end, I am not an autonomous entity who can choose a path based on multiple options. Instead, I am one link in a causal chain, so my actions are merely the inevitable product of lawful causes stemming from prior events. What I’m saying is, I’m essentially limited to the 30 baseball organizations in North America; realistic, long-term socioeconomic factors have already decided which cities can support a team that pays the kind of salary I demand; and roster decisions dating all the way back to the invention of the game have determined which teams are in need of a first baseman today—so there are only a few clubs that could logically take me. And human nature will compel me to pick the one that offers the best, highest salary.”

Fielder concluded the press conference by saying that he is essentially a determinist, and that he enjoys hitting baseballs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MVP Ryan Braun to speak at dinner

BBWAAH, must we?

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who faces a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, is expected to speak at a banquet where he will accept his award for being voted National League MVP.

Braun will appear at the annual awards dinner of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Saturday in New York, a spokesman for the player told The New York Times.

“He will be there and he will accept his award,” Matthew Hiltzik told The Times.

...He has not made a public appearance since news of the positive test broke on Dec. 10. Hiltzik told The Times that Braun does not intend to do interviews Saturday. Braun was named MVP on Nov. 22.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:14 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, brewers, rumors, steroids

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Brewers sign Japanese slugger Norichika Aok

This “slugger” hit four home runs and slugged .360 in 643 PAs. In Japan.

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed three-time year contract with a club option for 2014.

The Brewers won the negotiating rights to Aoki on December 19.
The 30-year-old Aoki has played his entire eight-year professional career with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, batting .329 with 84 HR, 385 RBI and 164 stolen bases in 985 games.

The Central League batting champion in 2005 (.344), 2007 (.346) and 2010 (.358), Aoki won the CL Rookie of the Year award in 2005. He is also a six- time Golden Glove Award winner.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 07:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, japan

K-Rod signs for $8 million

Why make billions when you can make millions?

The Brewers have struck a one-year deal with Francisco Rodriguez for $8 million, avoiding what could have been a complicated arbitration case.

Rodriguez had a base salary of $11.5 million last year and was a free agent who unexpectedly accepted the Brewers’ offer of salary arbitration last December.

The Brewers plan to use “K-Rod” as a setup man for closer John Axford. His agent, Scott Boras, views him as closer material, and thus the stage was set for an interesting philosophical debate.

Instead, this deal was struck, leaving the Brewers with three players in arbitration: RHP Shaun Marcum and relievers Kameron Loe and Jose Veras.

Rodriguez was acquired from the Mets at the all-star break last season and formed a dynamic 1-2 punch with Axford. In 31 games, he compiled a 1.86 ERA and held batters to a .209 batting average. He logged 33 strikeouts in 29 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Brewers’ Craig Counsell retires

Advisory Counsell, if you will.

It’s official. The Brewers have named Craig Counsell as a special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin. There will be a news conference at Miller Park at 1:30 p.m.

“We are pleased to have Craig join our organization in a very significant role,” Melvin said. “His knowledge of how to play the game along with his work ethic and passion to see the Brewers succeed will now be utilized and welcomed by our front office.”

“I am excited to begin a new challenge in baseball,” Counsell said. “I look forward to contributing in any way I can to the success of an organization that has been a special part of my life for many years.”

Craig Counsell played all or part of 16 seasons in the major leagues, appearing in 1,624 games as a versatile infielder who played second base, shortstop and third base. He compiled a .255 batting average with 218 doubles, 40 triples, 42 home runs, 647 runs and 390 RBI in 4,741 at-bats.

Repoz Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Stein: Judaism on Steroids

The widespread use of PEDs in baseball is nearly as old as the game itself. In 1889, pitcher Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Burghers began endorsing a testosterone supplement made from dog testicles. He won 23 games that season. Anecdotal evidence indicates that baseball legends Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Babe Ruth experimented with testosterone, amphetamines, and sheep testicle extract, respectively. By the 1970s, amphetamine use was rampant, and an increasing number of ballplayers soon began experimenting with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone. Cocaine reached epidemic levels in the 1980s.

Jewish sources confirm this human desire for self-improvement, but also discuss the potential moral and medical drawbacks. The most comprehensive study of medicine in the Bible and Talmud remains Biblisch-Talmudische Medizin (Biblical and Talmudic Medicine), published by Julius Preuss in 1911. Preuss, who was a doctor and Hebraic scholar, utilized a rigorous, analytical approach in studying the ancient texts, and this extensive volume reflects a lifetime of serious medical and Judaic scholarship.

Over 18 chapters, Preuss covers anatomy, neurology, psychology, obstetrics, sexual health, Jewish medical rituals, dermatology, and a range of obscure and familiar maladies as discussed in talmudic and biblical writings. He also chronicles ancient remedies, some fantastical, others familiar. For an earache: pour lukewarm kidney fluids in the ear (though melted chicken fat works in a pinch).  A fever calls for radishes; a cold for beets; and cabbage works across the board.  Wine, small fish, and leeks were known to aid digestion. Fred Rosner, who translated Preuss’s tome in 1978, summed up the general health and nutrition advice of the Talmud: “Eat moderately, eat simply, eat slowly, and eat regularly.”

However, the advice is not merely gastronomical. Rabbis throughout Jewish history also experimented with a range of concoctions meant to increase strength and stamina—kosher PEDs.

In tractate Gittin, the sage Abaye recommends a mixture of ground safflower boiled with wine to promote vascular and sexual health. Rabbi Yohanon appears to have been a fan of the formula and offers an emphatic endorsement: “This restored me to my youthful vigor!” Maimonides, in his treatise “The Regimen of Health,” mentions oxymel, refined syrup of roses, and infusion of tamarind as effective means to increase strength and ward off disease.

Of course, Braun was not busted for high levels of tamarind in his system. Regardless of talmudic inspiration, cheating is certainly frowned upon in Jewish law. At the least, steroid use represents a violation of gneivat da’at, deceit; at most, it is downright theft. If steroids influenced Braun’s on-field performance (which, I understand, is kind of the point), then he effectively robbed another worthy ballplayer of the MVP trophy, a spot on the All-Star team, and perhaps a lucrative spot on the Brewers’ roster.

PEDs also violate the biblical prohibition of self-endangerment. Based on the verse “you shall guard yourself rigorously,” rabbis derived a series of laws prohibiting physical or spiritual self-harm. Steroids may qualify as both: Physical consequences of steroid abuse include liver tumors and cancer, jaundice, high blood pressure and increased cholesterol, kidney tumors, fluid retention, and severe acne; men may experience shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, breast development, and increased risk of prostate cancer. Psychologically, steroid abuse can lead to increased aggression, anxiety, and depression.

H/T DSM

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: January 13, 2012 at 07:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, steroids

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