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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What to make of Jean Segura - Beyond the Box Score

Jean Segura under the microscope.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jean segura

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

For Brewers, Dodgers, clock hasn’t run out on Ryan Braun-Yasiel Puig trade

Braun and Puig were about 20 minutes from being traded to the Dodgers two weeks ago, according to several executives with direct knowledge of their trade talks, but the teams ran out of time at the Aug. 31 trade deadline.

The executives spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the talks.

Braun was being traded to the Dodgers, who would pay the entire $76 million in his contract, for outfielder Yasiel Puig, injured veteran pitcher Brandon McCarthy and prospects.

Negotiations lasted all the way to the 11:59 p.m. ET waivers trade deadline on Aug. 31. Officials vowed to revisit the talks again this winter.

The clubs even worked out the major stumbling blocks of the deal so that it would have been a virtual money wash this season. McCarthy and Puig are earning a combined $16.5 million while Braun is being paid $19 million.

The deal was so close, with just one last prospect being negotiated, that Braun was advised to stay around until the deadline expired. Several of his teammates even stayed with him in the clubhouse, prepared to say their goodbyes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 04:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, ryan braun, yasiel puig

Monday, August 08, 2016


Monday, August 01, 2016

Giants acquire left-handed reliever, but at a huge price - San Francisco Chronicle

The Giants filled one of their biggest needs Monday, acquiring left-handed setup man Will Smith from the Brewers, but the cost was enormous.

A source confirmed the Giants will send Milwaukee 2015 first-round draft pick, right-hander Phil Bickford, and catcher Andrew Susac.

Bickford, 21, has struck out 105 batters in 93 innings at two Class A levels this season and was considered a future cornerstone for the rotation. That the Giants would deal him for a reliever suggests how much the Giants felt they needed to shore up the bullpen to make a title run in 2016.

The price in trade was higher, too, because the Giants will have three more years of control of Smith, a 27-year-old Georgia native who has swing-and-miss stuff but whose numbers are off this year after he incurred an odd knee injury in spring training while trying to change shoes. Last year he struck out 12.9 batters per nine innings, this year 9.0.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 03:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, giants, trade

Why isn’t Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy catching for the Cleveland Indians today? | cleveland.com

And, of course, he’d have to live in Cleveland.

No.1.

Lucroy and his agent, according to industry sources, wanted the Indians to decline his 2017 club option worth $5.25 million and make him a free agent after this season. The Indians, in effect, would be giving up three of their valued prospects for a two-month rental.

There was some talk about an extension, but when the Indians found out that Lucroy really wanted to be a free agent, they said no to the extension. They felt they were giving up too much talent for a rental player. It was not only Lucroy’s talent that attracted them, but his contract as well.
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Bob Nightengale from USA Today reported that Lucroy and his agent turned down the deal because the Indians wouldn’t guarantee him the starting catching job in 2017 and certain financial incentives to his existing contract. Tribe starter Yan Gomes is out for six to eight weeks with a separated right shoulder, but a source indicated that if the Indians were willing to part with prospects catcher Francisco Mejia, outfielder Greg Allen and shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang, they weren’t going to do it for a part-time catcher.

In other words, Lucroy was going to be the starting catcher this season and next, but they just weren’t willing to guarantee him the job. He would have also seentime at DH and first base, but he was going to be the No.1 catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, jonathan lucroy, trade deadline, trade rumors

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Royals closer Wade Davis returns to Kansas City for MRI | The Kansas City Star

This doesn’t sound good.

Royals closer Wade Davis left the team and took a flight back to Kansas City on Saturday night to undergo an MRI on his sore right arm, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Star.

The news sent shockwaves through baseball just two days before the non-waiver trade deadline, ending the speculation that Davis might be flipped for prospects before Monday. For the Royals, a franchise snake-bit by injuries in 2016, the alarm bells sounded once more.

In early July, Davis headed to the 15-disabled list with a forearm strain, spending two weeks rehabbing his ailing right arm. For now, it appears the pain has not subsided.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, wade davis

Indians to trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy | MLB.com

According to multiple reports on Saturday night, the Indians have reached an agreement with the Brewers to acquire Lucroy, a two-time All-Star, as part of a multi-prospect package. MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Milwaukee would be receiving four players in exchange for Lucroy, who would still need to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal. Neither club has confirmed the agreement.

Three prospects reportedly heading to the Brewers are catcher Francisco Mejia—ranked sixth on MLBPipeline.com’s list of the Tribe’s Top 30 prospects—shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang (No. 12) and outfielder Greg Allen (No. 22). Mejia and Chang are with Class A Advanced Lynchburg, while Allen is with Double-A Akron.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, trade rumors

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.
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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.


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

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On balance, Bud Selig has been good for baseball

I bring all this up because word came out this week that Selig, who has said he would retire at the end of this year, will be offered a contract extension at the owners meetings this week. And by all accounts, he’ll take it, adding at least two more years to his tenure as commissioner. He’s been on the job since 1992, and two more seasons would take Selig to his 80th birthday.

cardsfanboy Posted: January 11, 2012 at 06:27 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, history, mariners

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