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Monday, November 23, 2015

Ken Johnson, Only Loser of 9-Inning No-Hitter, Dies at 82

His son Kenneth Jr. said that his father had been bedridden with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and that he died after contracting a kidney infection.

For three seasons in the heart of his career, 1965-67, pitching for the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (the franchise moved after the 1965 season), Johnson was an effective starter, going 43-27 with 26 complete games. It was earlier, however, on April 23, 1964, that while pitching for Houston (then known as the Colt .45s) against the Cincinnati Reds, he claimed his spot in history.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Brewers name Tampa Bay’s Matt Arnold as assistant GM

Arnold, 36, replaces Gord Ash, who served in that role for the Brewers since November 2002. Stearns is talking with Ash about assuming another role in the front office.

Arnold previously worked as pro scouting director for the Rays and recently was interviewed by the Miami Marlins for a front office position with that club. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for the Brewers’ GM job but it was Tampa Bay assistant GM Chaim Bloom who actually was interviewed before Stearns was hired.

Arnold assisted Rays president of baseball Operations Matt Silverman in player acquisitions, contract negotiation and internal farm system evaluation. His responsibilities also included foreign and domestic special assignments and coordinating advance scouting coverage for the postseason.

In addition, Arnold oversaw the integration of science, biomechanics and human movement analysis within baseball operations at all levels.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Brewers fire numerous coaches

from the article

One day after finishing a dismal 2015 season with a 68-94 record, the Brewers did some major house cleaning on their coaching staff, firing everyone except hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar.

Pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bench coach Jerry Narron, first base coach Mike Guerrero, bullpen coach Lee Tunnell and assistant hitting coach John Shelby did not have their contracts renewed. Kranitz, Narron and Shelby had been on the staff since former manager Ron Roenicke’s first year in 2011.

It was the first official day on the job for new general manager David Stearns but these moves had as much to do with manager Craig Counsell’s plans. Upon replacing Roenicke on May 4, Counsell inherited a coaching staff not of his making and now he has the opportunity to do so.

“Obviously, this is a challenging day,” said Stearns. “Jerry, Rick, Lee, Mike and John have given a tremendous amount to the organization. They have touched players at a variety of levels and have left a very strong impact on a number of people here.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: October 06, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, craig counsell, firings, milwaukee, ron roenicke

Monday, August 17, 2015

Braun ties Yount’s team record for home runs

ryan braun tied robin yount’s franchise record with his 251st home run.  pretty low bar to clear in terms of career homers for a team. 

braun’s remarks:

“It’s definitely a special accomplishment, something to be proud of,” said Braun, whose four career homers against Harang are tied for his highest total against any pitcher.

“Robin’s obviously the greatest player in franchise history. Played here for 20 years, accomplished so many amazing things, so anytime you are mentioned alongside his name it’s definitely a special accomplishment.”

it was one sorry pitch. i think it’s an insult to curves to call that thing a curveball.  it just kind of loped its way toward home plate

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 17, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braun, brewers, home runs, milwaukee, robin yount

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Brewers minor-leaguer comes out publicly as gay

from the article because i do not know how to place anything in italics

efore revealing his secret to teammates, Denson figured it was time to finally tell his family, and did so in the spring. First, he told his sister, Celestine, a professional dancer married to former Brewers farmhand Jose Sermo.

“She said, ‘I’ve known since you were little,’” said Denson. “I said, ‘How did you know?’ She said, ‘You’re my little brother. I’m around you all the time.’”

Telling his parents, Lamont and Felisa, was not as easy. His father, a former athlete, needed some time to come to grips with the news.

“It took some stress off me, but it kind of built up a wall at the same time,” said Denson. “They weren’t too happy about it at first, though I think they sort of knew since I was little. They were afraid I’d be judged. They jumped right into the stereotype. No parents want to see their child discriminated against and talked about and put down.

“I don’t question that they love me. They never said they were upset about me being gay. It was harder on my dad than my mom. He’s a very hard-core Christian and he goes off the Bible and all that, which I completely understand, growing up in the church. I’m a Christian myself.

“It was an eye-opener for him. He finally came to terms with it. Coming out to my father was even harder than coming out to my teammates, because I knew how he felt about it. He grew up in sports, and I heard him talk (in derogatory fashion) about gay guys. That was hard for me to hear at the time.

“But I’m his son and he said, ‘It’s your life and it’s who you are. I love you.’ There’s a difference between accepting it, and supporting it and respecting it. I know he loves me and supports me and has my back.”

Denson had concealed the fact he is gay since being taken by the Brewers in the 15th round of the 2013 draft out of South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif. But the secret began to weigh more heavily on him, to the point he felt on the verge of a mental breakdown — or worse — at the outset of spring training this year.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 16, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 237 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What’s wrong with Brewers?  Pretty much everything

team’s main beat writer captures the ugliness that is brewer baseball

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 31, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee, train wreck



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