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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Brewers acquire outfielder Gerardo Parra from D-backs

gerardo parra
@88_gparra

Les’t go @Brewers

The Brewers like [Gerardo] Parra’s defense at all three outfield positions and his left-handed bat, so they parted with a pair of Minor League prospects to pry him from the D-backs on Thursday, about two hours before the non-waiver Trade Deadline…

Headed to Arizona in the Parra trade was Double-A Huntsville outfielder Mitch Haniger, who was ranked No. 8 on MLB.com’s list of the top Brewers prospects before the deal, plus 20-year-old left-hander Anthony Banda, who was drafted by the D-backs in 2011 but did not sign. The Brewers took Banda in the 10th round of the Draft the following season…

Parra, who is batting .259 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 104 games this season, has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining after this season. The 27-year-old has started mostly in right field this year, but Ryan Braun is a fixture there for the Brewers, Carlos Gomez is entrenched in center field and Davis is playing his first full Major League season in left. Ideally, Parra will spell each of those starters while providing insurance against injuries for Gomez, who has battled a back issue of late, and Braun, who has managed thumb, back and rib cage ailments at various times this year…

Parra is earning $4.85 million this season and would see that salary rise for 2015 if the Brewers go through arbitration with him.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2015 Competitive Balance Lottery Results

The Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 MLB Draft took place this afternoon. Twelve competitive balance picks are awarded, with the first six taking place after the first round’s conclusion and the next six taking place following conclusion of the second round. Here are the results, per MLB.com (Twitter links)...

Competitive Balance Round A

  Marlins
  Rockies
  Cardinals
  Brewers
  Padres
  Indians

Competitive Balance Round B

  Reds
  Athletics
  Mariners
  Twins
  Orioles
  Diamondbacks

As MLB.com’s Jim Callis explained earlier in the week, teams that have one of the 10 smallest markets or one of the 10 smallest revenue pools are eligible to receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds (Round A) or between the second and third rounds (Round B).

Its about time the Cardinals got some help to become more competitive.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Journal News: Recap of Derek Jeter Retirement Gifts

The big 2nd half issue at BBTF is likely to be the retirement gifts The Captain receives as he completes his Final Journey. To provide perspective, the LoHud Yankee Blog reviews the 1st half:

May 25 — White Sox
Once a powerful hitter for both the Yankees and White Sox, retired slugger Ron Kittle built Jeter’s U.S. Cellular Field retirement gift. Kittle created a bench made of baseball equipment with bases as the seat, bats as the back and arm rests, and baseballs used for decoration and spacing. Long time White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko also presented Jeter with clay removed from the shortstop position at U.S. Cellular, plus a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

Looks like it wouldn’t be difficult for Furtdao to top the Cubs effort on behalf of BBTF.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

MLB: Brewers heartbroken by death of Jean Segura’s 9-month-old son

Just awful. Nothing else to say.

MILWAUKEE—Sometimes life trumps losing streaks. Saturday was one of those sometimes for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Players spent the morning trying to focus on an ostensibly big game against the rival Cardinals while hurting inside for shortstop Jean Segura, who was informed following Friday’s series-opening loss that his nine-month-old son, Janniel, had died suddenly in the Dominican Republic. [...]

Segura’s return to the team is open-ended. A player can remain on the bereavement list for a minimum of three games and a maximum of seven.

“He’s emotional, he’s young,” said Roenicke, who fought his own emotion while breaking the news to reporters. “That’s why when I tell you I don’t know what’s going to happen with him, I worry about him.

“He’ll just have to make a decision where he’s at and what he feels like. It’s different with everybody. Some guys might feel like, ‘Hey, I need to get back and I need to play,’ and some other guys just can’t do it.” [...]

Gomez and other Brewers players planned to reach out to Segura during the All-Star break to remind him he was in their thoughts.

“If it was my kids, I probably would stay home. I’m not coming back,” Gomez said. “I don’t know how he’s going to react to coming back. If he’s coming back, we’re going to take care of him and help him to relax and enjoy life again.”

Depressoteric Posted: July 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oz: Thumb injuries to Yadier Molina, Brandon Phillips shake up NL Central

I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of ThD. That’s Doctor of Thumbology.

The news wasn’t good for the St. Louis Cardinals and their cornerstone catcher Yadier Molina. Molina has a torn ligament in his thumb and will miss 8-12 weeks after surgery, according to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

Nor was it good for the division rival Cincinnati Reds, who confirmed Thursday that their star second baseman Brandon Phillips also needs thumb surgery to repair a ligament. The Reds say he’ll miss six weeks…

Both injuries figure to shake up the NL Central, where the Cards and Reds had both been making a charge at the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Heading into Thursday’s action, the Brewers were up two games on the Cardinals and two and a half on the Reds…

Unless the Cardinals make a move — A.J. Pierzynski and his smartphone are available — Tony Cruz figures to takeover the everyday catching duties. He’s played in 21 games this season and is hitting .255 in 51 at-bats. He’s been with the Cardinals since 2011 but has never played more than 51 games in a season.

The Reds have utilityman Skip Schumaker listed as their No. 2 second baseman, but back-up shortstop Ramon Santiago played there Thursday against the Cubs….

With the Cardinals and Reds hurting, the Brewers have to feel better about their chances of holding on to their division lead. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates, four and a half back and in fourth place, have to sense a great opportunity in front of them.

The District Attorney Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:17 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, injuries, pirates, reds

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Murray Chass on Baseball: BREWERS BOAST BEST IMPROVEMENT

Murray & Melvins boner records

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The Brewers’ first-half success is welcomed by those of us who have not become wild-eyed fans of analytics. Melvin doesn’t disdain new-fangled statistics, but he keeps them in perspective.

“I use certain numbers,” he said without identifying them. “We use them internally. We don’t advertise them. Some are useful, some aren’t.”

Melvin said he doesn’t use them for minor leaguers. “The minor leagues are for development,” he said. “You can’t analyze players in the minor leagues. You develop players and until they get through the teaching process it’s hard to analyze the numbers. The minor league numbers don’t always relate to major league success.”

One of the reasons minor leaguers can’t be judged on the new statistics, Melvin said, is the intangibles. “Who are the players willing to take instruction,” he asked, citing one intangible that can’t be determined by a sabermetric formula. Á lot of players have early success but don’t develop,” he said.

Melvin also said new statistics can be costly to teams that live by them. He cited the Boston Red Sox signing of Carl Crawford as an example. The Red Sox gave Crawford $142 million “because he had a 6 ½ WAR number,” then couldn’t wait to trade him.

“There’s a spot for analytics,” he said. “You can put a certain percentage of weight on them. But some of the analytics have a high cost.”

Putting my view in perspective, Melvin said, “A scout once said ‘I may not be educated but my eyes are.’”

Repoz Posted: July 03, 2014 at 12:26 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, sabermetrics

McDonald: Jonathan Lucroy talks clutch hitting

Hyper-focus? Hell, who didn’t think Thijs van Leer wasn’t on something?

Lucroy’s stand-out year doesn’t end there. Looking closer, in high-leverage situations—those times when one swing of the bat can change the game—Lucroy is batting .406 in 79 plate appearances.

“I’ve been told by a psychologist before that I have the ability to hyper-focus,” Lucroy said before a recent game in St. Louis. “For some reason I enjoy those situations.”

Talk about clutch hitting not being a skill all you want, but the bottom line is the first-place Brewers are coming through when the game is on the line. Lucroy is a big part of this. He has 23 hits in high-leverage moments, third-most in MLB.

Lucroy said hitting for a high average in a clutch situation is not luck. He also thinks, despite conventional wisdom that clutch hitters do not exist, that there are guys who can be defined as clutch hitters.

“Guys get mad because you can’t quantify that,” Lucroy said. “[Stats people] can’t put a number on that. But I think within the human brain you have an ability to go, ‘OK, I’ve got to get locked in here.’ I just can’t go up there and go, ‘I’m going to do whatever.’ [You have] to lock in and do this. That’s hyper-focused.”

His approach in high-leverage situations, then, comes down to his mental ability, not mechanics or muscle memory. “This game is really more mental than anything,” Lucroy said. “It’s amazing how mental this game can get.”

Repoz Posted: July 03, 2014 at 08:58 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bill Madden: An Old Brew GM

Melvin’s: With Yo’ Eyes, Not Yo’ Stats. (King Buzzkill)

For a guy whose team has just had the best first-half in the 45-year history of the franchise, Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin is sounding pretty grumpy about the state of baseball these days. Maybe it’s because the 62-year-old 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 (Brewer second baseman) 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.”

Melvin cited his left fielder, Khris Davis, currently leading the Brewers with 14 homers and 42 RBI, as perhaps the best example of that. It took Davis five years to win himself a regular job with the Brewers, partly because of his below-average arm, even for left field. “This winter I traded (outfielder) Norichika Aoki, who was one of our most popular players, to Kansas City for (lefty reliever) Will Smith, whose been a key guy (1.36 ERA, 49 Ks in 39.2 IP) in our bullpen,” Melvin said. “I couldn’t have done that if I didn’t think Davis was ready to be an everyday productive player for us.”

So the Sabermetric set aside, how does Melvin assess his Brewers, who, going into the weekend, had the largest lead of any of the first-place teams? “We’re not great, but we’re not bad either,” he said. “What we are is very balanced in the four important areas — offense, where we’re second (in the NL) in runs, starting pitching, bullpen and defense, where we’re considerably improved from last year when we had 24 errors alone at first base.”

Repoz Posted: June 29, 2014 at 04:01 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, sabermetrics

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WaPo: Ryan Zimmerman’s homer in 16th inning against Brewers caps longest game in Nationals’ history

A true deathmatch.  Personally, I’m disappointed: if the game had gone only one more inning, Adam LaRoche would have made his Major League pitching debut for the Washington Nationals.

MILWAUKEE — More than five hours after Tuesday’s game began, Miller Park nearly empty and only a handful of souls left to watch, Ryan Zimmerman’s monstrous swing mercifully put an end to the longest game in Washington Nationals history. Zimmerman’s two-run shot off reliever Mike Fiers in the top of the 16th inning, the first extra-inning home run of his career, gave the Nationals the runs they needed to finally get some sleep.

So much happened here on Tuesday night as it bled into Wednesday morning, enough to fill a short novel. Long after Jordan Zimmermann’s solid start in front of his home crowd, Anthony Rendon’s game-tying home run in the eighth, Ross Detwiler’s valiant four-inning appearance in relief and Denard Span’s game-saving catch in the 14th inning, Zimmerman hit the decisive home run to left field and Rafael Soriano notched his 18th save to power the Nationals to a 4-2 thrilling marathon win.

Depressoteric Posted: June 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bataan death march, brewers, milwaukee, nationals, washington

Monday, June 23, 2014

Carlos Gomez Symbolic Pursuit

this is a fine article.  it really captures the ‘essence’ of carlos gomez

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 23, 2014 at 03:47 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, carlos gomez, milwaukee

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Brewers sweep Rockies

Milwaukee swept the Rockies to finish 6-1 on a road trip that started in Arizona. The Brewers’ 27-15 record and .643 winning percentage away from home is the best in the majors.

Milwaukee also has the best record in the National League. 

No, really.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 22, 2014 at 09:25 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, first place, milwaukee

Brewers clear bases after wild pitch

The Milwaukee Brewers scored plenty with the bases loaded in Saturday’s 9-4 victory against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, but they didn’t need a hit do so.

Three runs came in after a wild pitch.

Heads up play by Segura.  Only thing that could have made it better is if Carlos Gomez had been the final run and broke into an eight part celebration dance that cleared the benches.  Please reserve a spot for me on the Brewers bandwagon.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, clusterf, rockies

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jaffe: Untimely Ryan Braun plunking backfires against Diamondbacks

Welcome Mr. Marshall! (disastrous plan)

The Unwritten Rules blew up in the Diamondbacks’ faces on Tuesday night in grand fashion.

Quite simply, Arizona picked a particularly poor time to Make A Statement about what’s acceptable on the diamond. In the seventh inning of their game against the Brewers, the Diamondbacks were clinging to a 4-3 lead with runners on second and third and one out. Reliever Evan Marshall then proceeded to hit Ryan Braun with a pitch that was almost certainly intentional.

Determining intent isn’t easy, of course, but the Diamondbacks were worked up — perhaps understandably so — over Brewers starter Kyle Lohse hitting both Didi Gregorious and Chris Owings earlier in the game. They might have gotten away with retaliation had it been more subtle, but Marshall first threw behind Braun, then plunked him in the left hip with his next pitch, whereupon he was tossed by home plate umpire Ted Barrett. That beaning loaded the bases, and Marshall departed to a standing ovation, one that included a rather gleeful Kirk Gibson, who fist-bumped his ejected reliever.

Gibson has been particularly critical of Braun in the past due to his belief that the Brewers’ 2011 division series victory over his Diamondbacks was fueled by the slugger’s as-yet-undetected use of performance-enhancing drugs. Braun’s positive test, the one whose result was overturned by an arbitrator in early 2012 because his sample was improperly handled, came after Game 1 of that matchup.

Alas, choosing to load the bases in the late innings of a one-run game is a dumb time to try to exact revenge, whether it was Marshall acting alone in an effort to curry favor with his manager and teammates — in which case, mission accomplished — or following Gibson’s ill-considered orders in a high-leverage spot. Reliever Brad Ziegler came on in relief of Marshall, and on his first pitch, he served up a grand slam to Jonathan Lucroy, who had hit a solo homer in his previous bat as well.

Repoz Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, d-backs

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s Anti-Cardinals All-Star Ad Is Perfect

Best Attack Ads in Baseball

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s making a push to get voted into this season’s All-Star Game, and his anti-Yadier Molina, anti-Cardinals message features the kind of mudslinging one could only find in a local political ad.

I voted 150 times for Lucroy when I heard the sound of a baby crying over footage of Molina.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2014 at 09:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, brewers, cardinals, jonathan lucroy

Saturday, June 14, 2014

BtBS: Jonathan Lucroy is the best catcher in baseball

This season, Lucroy has compiled a .325/.394/.491 batting line for a 146 wRC+ and 2.4 fWAR, easily the highest mark among catchers. Over the last calendar year, he’s managed a .306/.370/.480 line for a 135 wRC+ and 5.3 fWAR. That’s a half win more than Molina and almost two full wins more than Posey. [...]

Lucroy, Molina and Posey all rate very highly with regards to pitch-framing. Of the three, Lucroy is clearly the best.

bobm Posted: June 14, 2014 at 08:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, catchers

Robin Yount, no fan of old timers games, says: ‘I ain’t playin’ so don’t ask me to come’

Love to hear Robin go tweet (NO!) tweet (NO!) tweet (NO!).

Yount is not sad to see the demise of old timers games. He said he would never consent to play in them because they diminish the memory of how good a player was when he was active.

“I think it (the Brewers Wall of Honor ceremony) was far better than any old timers game you could ever have,” Yount said. “I am not a fan of old timers games, in all honesty. And I’ll tell you why. Some of these kids will recognize names and not ever have seen them play. Old timers games when we played were fairly common.

“And I will tell you what,” Yount said. “When somebody is very recognizable in a certain organization, a player the kids have heard their parents talk about. This individual and that individual. ‘What a great player this guy was. Yadda, yadda.’ Then you have an old timers game and this guy hasn’t touched a ball or bat for 10 or 15 years. He’s out of shape. And you ask him to go try to play baseball and the youngsters say, ‘Dad, that’s the guy you told me was so good?’

“And I know that’s funny, but I am being very serious,” Yount said. “I don’t think you want to have that memory put into that kid’s mind. They’re disappointed. They thought nothing but how great these people were. That’s just me. I’m not a fan of old timers games. I’m a huge fan of bringing guys back like we did (Friday). Put ’em in a uniform. Some guys will look better in uniform than others. You walk around. You say hello. You wave to the fans. You sign some autographs. And let the best high school teams go out there and play each other. We’ll watch.

“I mean that sincerely,” Yount said. “I don’t like old timers games for that reason right there. And so if we have one here, I ain’t playin’ so don’t ask me to come.”

Repoz Posted: June 14, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, history

Friday, June 13, 2014

Derrick May & Dave May, Jr: What We Think About When We Think About Dad

DAVID MAY, JR.: Toward the end of his career, Dad tended to be more of a fourth or fifth outfielder, but he gained this reputation for being one of the greatest batting practice hitters in the game. I mean, from what his friends and ex-teammates have told me and what we remember, whenever he wanted to turn it on, Dad turned it on. One of those times was during the All-Star Game in Venezuela. Dave Parker was down there, too. This was during the 1976/1977 offseason. Parker was on the verge of becoming the superstar we all know. So, of the ten players in the contest, it comes down to Cobra and Dad. They go back and forth and Dad finds himself down by seven dingers. He gets into the batters’ box, sets and just goes off on it. He must’ve hit like 15 home runs in a row. Wins the Home Run Derby. It was really here where I understood what guys were saying about his batting practice prowess.

djordan Posted: June 13, 2014 at 02:14 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mlb

Brewers to unveil Wall of Honor on Friday

The Brewers Hall of Fame
The Brewers Hall of Very Good
The Brewers Wall of Guys Who Played for the Brewers

In what might be the largest gathering ever of former Brewers players in one place at one time, the Brewers will unveil the newest major addition to Miller Park on Friday.

Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers and Robin Yount will be [ 58 Brewers ] greats in attendance for an afternoon ceremony at the Brewers Wall of Honor, a new installation outside the ballpark to commemorate longtime contributors to the club.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: June 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gallardo wins it for Brewers—as a hitter

MILWAUKEE—As he was about to be intentionally walked, Brewers infielder Mark Reynolds was chuckling in the batter’s box, knowing that his team needed a starting pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, to get a big hit to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

It turns out that Gallardo got the last laugh.

With the Brewers out of position players, Gallardo’s pinch-hit double off T.J. McFarland scored Reynolds from first with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Orioles at Miller Park.

“I kind of made eye contact with Yo and said, ‘Let’s go, man,’” Reynolds said. “He’s a good hitter. He threw a fastball and Yo put a good swing on it and it was fun.”

Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, orioles

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hadricourt: Bullpen mixup a lowlight in Brewers’ loss

Roenicke then went to plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth to make a double-switch and pointed to the bullpen for a lefty. There was no lefty warming up so Duke volunteered to come out, but Roenicke told Culbreth he wanted Smith.

The rules state that a new pitcher can throw no more than eight pitches after taking the mound. Because Culbreth was informed Smith had not been up in the bullpen, he asked Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez if he would agree to more pitches and Gonzalez said no.

Two things I have never seen before - at least I knew what the rule was for number of warmup tosses.  But for the rest of the game, the question of whether or not Duke was eligible to come in the game again was the subject of much debate.  He clearly entered the field of play, but since he was not forced to pitch to a batter before leaving, was he officially in the game?

spike Posted: May 23, 2014 at 04:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, umpiring

Friday, May 09, 2014

Sounds’ Mike Fiers making most of opportunity

Sounds starting pitcher Mike Fiers was hurting in more ways than many knew last season.

The compilation of grief and pain would be enough to break most people, but Fiers pressed on with his baseball career, determined to rehabilitate his arm and his heart to make good on the fresh start a new season promised.

And he has not disappointed.

The 28-year-old is off to a hot start to the season for Nashville, earning the Brewers’ minor league pitcher of the month honors with a 5-0 record and 0.80 ERA through five April starts.

Good to see Fiers succeeding. Expect to see him back with the parent club soon.

Downtown Bookie Posted: May 09, 2014 at 03:08 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, comeback, minor league baseball, nashville

Monday, May 05, 2014

Seaver’s Double Duty for the White Sox

Thirty years ago, when the old Comiskey Park stood across the street, a different White Sox manager also ran out of relievers. But Tony La Russa had a better option, one of history’s greatest starting pitchers, who was ordered to put down his crossword puzzle, get dressed and win the longest game — by time — in the history of Major League Baseball.

The game, between the White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers, began on May 8, 1984. After 17 innings, it was suspended under an American League curfew rule that existed at the time. It resumed the next day, before a regularly scheduled game. Harold Baines won it for the White Sox, 7-6, with a homer in the bottom of the 25th inning.

The winning pitcher was Tom Seaver, a future Hall of Famer who started the day with 274 career wins and ended it with 276. That’s right: Seaver finished the first game in relief and then started the second game, working eight and a third innings to win again, 5-4.

HMS Moses Taylor Posted: May 05, 2014 at 12:09 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, tom seaver, white sox

Friday, May 02, 2014

Brewers’ Carlos Gomez gets robbed, has his revenge against the Reds

Carlos Gomez is the type of guy who always seems to find himself at the center of something. On Thursday he was integrally involved in the the two best plays of the night.

The Brewers’ sparkplug-slash-nemesis of those who defend all rules that are unwritten hacked at the first pitch of the game from the Reds’ Homer Bailey and seemed destined for his 17th extra base hit of this young season, but Billy Hamilton had other ideas. Hamilton raced into the gap in right-center, dove into the air and snagged Gomez’s liner. It wasn’t all good news for the Reds – Hamilton reportedly sprained the third and fourth knuckles on his left hand and will miss a few games – but it was another reminder of the many ways his speed can impact the game, and of how quickly a player who was exclusively a middle infielder until last season has taken to centerfield

In the bottom of the inning, it was Gomez’s turn to flash both his athleticism and his leather. This time Joey Votto swung at the first pitch he saw from Brewers starter Marco Estrada and drove it high and deep to center. Gomez raced back, drifted to his right and then curled back to the left before turning his back to the wall. One perfectly timed leap later and a certain Votto homer had become a harmless flyout:

Gomez, being Gomez, exulted and pounded his fist into his glove, but Votto, to his credit, appeared to take no offense. Instead he flashed two fingers towards center, not in order to flip the international bird to Gomez but to remind him, as if he needed it, that he’d robbed him before, to end a game last July.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 02, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, reds

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brewers win despite injuries

Only injured players Ryan Braun and Jean Segura were left on the bench by game’s end and every reliever in the bullpen other than seldom-used Wei-Chung Wang saw action in the game. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez (bruised elbow) joined the casualty list before the night was done but the Brewers still found a way to prevail.

This blog entry is more interesting than the game recap.  and it highlights the dumb nickname convention that exists in baseball today.  just horrible.  you want to know why there are no good nicknames?  because managers speak in baby talk toward their players.  rami?  RAMI???

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 29, 2014 at 07:53 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, injuries, milwaukee

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ryan Braun hits Jean Segura with bat in dugout

Pictures may say a thousand words, but the only one that comes to mind when looking at this GIF of Ryan Braun accidentally hitting his teammate Jean Segura in the face with a baseball bat is “Ouch.”

While the damage to Segura doesn’t appear too severe, according to Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz on the FS Wisconsin telecast and Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt on Twitter, the shortstop has a “pretty good gash over his eye.” Although Segura hasn’t exactly been dominant himelf, any time missed by the shortstop may have an adverse effect on what’s been a dominant Brewers squad so far this season.

Thanks to HJ.

Repoz Posted: April 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

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