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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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Brewers to unleash the ultimate Wisconsin brat, nachos this season

Thank goodness for the Milwaukee Brewers, who are set to unleash two new food items this season. First up, it’s the ‘Down Wisconsin Avenue’ Brat. This brat has everything: fries, gravy, cheese curds and sauerkraut are placed on the dog. That gets covered with cheese sauce, fried jalapenos, sour cream and chives.

On top of that, the club has also announced the ‘Inside the Park Nachos.’ These are not your typical nachos. Nachos are great, but they are a difficult item to eat on the go. And, if you’re anything like me, you need to consume your ballpark food the instant it’s placed in your hand. With nachos on a stick, that’s no longer a problem! The ‘Inside the Park Nachos’ are packed with taco meat and crusted with Doritos. That will be topped with cheese sauce and sour cream, and will be served with salsa.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:05 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, fatass

Monday, March 16, 2015

Brewers among best in MLB at avoiding Tommy John surgery

Maybe because Tommy John never played for the Brewers?

In September of 2014, there had been 53 Tommy John surgeries since 2012. This includes great or potentially great pitchers like Jose Fernandez, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Matt Moore, Martin Perez and Tyler Skaggs. Sometimes players come back from Tommy John surgery and are as strong as ever. Some players never recover fully. Some have the surgery multiple times in their career. Some don’t even make it back.

Tommy John was always a concern, but it seems to have blown up in the last few years. Somehow, though, the Brewers have been one of a handful of teams to escape the wrath of the surgery fairly well. Using Jon Roegele’s amazing spreadsheet of organizational Tommy John surgeries over time, the Brewers have seen the second-fewest number of Tommy John surgeries from pitchers over the last 10 years…

Only the Giants have had fewer pitchers undergo Tommy John surgery in the last 10 years within their organization. Not a single team has had fewer Major League pitchers need the procedure.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2015 at 12:27 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, giants, tommy john surgery

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Milwaukee Brewers ban high fives to avoid spread of pink eye - ESPN

How about the low five?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Crane Kenney: Cubs Considered Playing A Season In Milwaukee

The Chicago Cubs of Milwaukee?

Crane Kenney’s statement indicates that they had considered playing an entire season—perhaps 2015?—at Miller Park, which would have given them from September 2014 to April 2016 to do significant work at Wrigley Field.

Logistically, this would have created significant issues for Cubs season-ticket holders who live, say, anywhere south of the Lake/Cook county line in Illinois. Even that line is about 70 miles from Miller Park; those season-ticket holders who live in the city of Chicago would be faced with a 90-mile drive to every game. The Bears did something like this when they played a year in Champaign while Soldier Field was being redone—but that was just eight games, once a week, mostly on Sundays. Baseball is a daily commitment. Further, since the Cubs and Brewers are in the same division and are often home at the same time, scheduling might have been difficult.

The Cell would have been, in my view, a better answer if the Cubs wanted to vacate Wrigley for a year to complete the project. At least it’s in the city of Chicago and accessible by public transit. There is a small subset of Cubs fans who refuse to go there. I know some of these people personally and I simply don’t understand that position. It’s a major-league ballpark with (mostly) good sightlines and natural grass.


Matt Garza Gives Brewers Pitchers Personalized Bathrobes

But when Matt Garza wanted to give his fellow Milwaukee Brewers starting pitchers a spring-training gift, he hit exactly the right note. He gave them all these oh-so-comfortable looking personalized robes. It’s one of those things you’d absolutely use but might never think to buy for yourself — the sign of a wonderful present.

Photos at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 04, 2015 at 01:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bonds, brewers, kyle lohse, lounge, matt garza

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brewers To Re-Sign Francisco Rodriguez

Apparently last season, he had 44 saves, a WHIP under 1, and made the All-Star team. Not even joking!

(That’s 348 saves going into his age 33 season…)

The Brewers have reached agreement on a two-year, $13MM deal with reliever Francisco Rodriguez. The team also holds a club option for the 2017 season over the Boras Corporation client.

The total guarantee is expected to include just $3MM this year and $6MM next season. That would appear to suggest that the contract includes a significant option buyout that would effectively function to backload its structure (and, potentially, make it more likely that the option will be a reasonable pick-up when the time comes)...

Rodriguez, 33, has spent most of the past four seasons in Milwaukee. All said, he owns a 3.11 ERA over his 193 2/3 frames with the Brewers. He has maintained double-digit strikeout-per-nine rates over the last two years in addition to an excellent K%-BB%. Though FIP has been down on Rodriguez’s work in recent campaigns, other ERA estimators like xFIP and SIERA view him as a 3.00 or better performer.

The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, francisco rodriguez, free agents, transactions

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baseball America: Five Historical Precedents for Cubs’ Loaded Top 100 Class.

1. 2006 Diamondbacks

The Players

SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)

The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.

The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: February 22, 2015 at 02:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, cubs, diamondbacks, prospects, rays, royals

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Brewers release Nick Delmonico

from article:

Delmonico, 22, is still under a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine late last July. Baseball America reported he has been signed by the Chicago White Sox.

Delmonico was acquired from Baltimore in exchange for reliever Francisco Rodriguez in late July 2013 and immediately was listed among the Brewers’ top prospects. The organization had a void at that position and it was hoped he would rise through the system and fulfill his potential.

But Delmonico missed minor-league camp last spring for what the Brewers termed “personal reasons.” He later reported to Class A Brevard County but played in only 37 games before being suspended. Delmonico was batting .262 with four homers, 15 RBI and a .300 OBP but hadn’t played since July 7 when his suspension was announced on July 28.

Brewers farm director Reid Nichols said Delmonico was released because the organization had lost contact with him.

“We couldn’t contact him,” said Nichols. “He wouldn’t return calls. We couldn’t find him.

“With all the maintenance, we didn’t feel like he was a major-league prospect. So, the work wasn’t worth it. It was too much to deal with. There was a lot going on there.”

As for Delmonico signing with the White Sox, Nichols said, “I hope it works out for him. Maybe this woke him up.”

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

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