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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Brewers release Randy Wolf

The Randy Wolf era in Milwaukee is over. The Brewers have released the left-handed starting pitcher, the club announced Wednesday morning. Coincidentally enough, Wednesday is Wolf’s 36th birthday.

Considering the season Wolf is having, this isn’t much of a surprise. Wolf is 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. He leads the majors in hits allowed and the NL in earned runs.

This comes on the heels of Wolf having a serviceable season for the division-winning 2011 Brewers. He was 13-10 with a 3.69 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 212 1/3 innings last season. He also had a good start against the Cardinals in the NLCS.

Still, Wolf is in the midst of an awful season and his bad contract expires at the end of the season—well, there was a $10 million team option the Brewers were never picking up—it’s an easy move for Milwaukee to cut its losses. Wolf signed a three-year, $29.75 million contract with the Brewers prior to the 2010 season.

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The Randy Wolf era in Milwaukee is over. The Brewers have released the left-handed starting pitcher, the club announced Wednesday morning. Coincidentally enough, Wednesday is Wolf’s 36th birthday.

Considering the season Wolf is having, this isn’t much of a surprise. Wolf is 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. He leads the majors in hits allowed and the NL in earned runs.

This comes on the heels of Wolf having a serviceable season for the division-winning 2011 Brewers. He was 13-10 with a 3.69 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 212 1/3 innings last season. He also had a good start against the Cardinals in the NLCS.

Still, Wolf is in the midst of an awful season and his bad contract expires at the end of the season—well, there was a $10 million team option the Brewers were never picking up—it’s an easy move for Milwaukee to cut its losses. Wolf signed a three-year, $29.75 million contract with the Brewers prior to the 2010 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 22, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4214813)
It was fun when I moved back to Philly in 2001 and found out about the "Wolf Pack", which spawned an era of fan clubs for the string of mediocrities following Wolf who were rolled out as a rotation in the early 2000s. Who can forget "Padilla's Flotilla" and the "Duck Pond" (Brandon Duckworth, in case you have normal memories and forgot him). I was partial to the small and short-lived "Moyer's Lawyers", guys dressed in suits and carrying briefcases.
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM (#4214851)
Moyer didn't join the team until 2006, their third year in the new stadium. I thought all those 700-level fan groups died out when the team suddenly started selling out games?

Randy Wolf is somewhere between 19th and 8th among active pitchers in just about every counting stat. I'm sure he'll be forgotten soon but he'll always be a major figure in my perception of the baseball world.
   3. aleskel Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4214865)
I thought all those 700-level fan groups died out when the team suddenly started selling out games?

don't they still do "Doc's Patients"? I thought I saw them the last time I caught a Phillies game on TV.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4214934)
Pretty sure there was never a "Randy Wolf era" to begin with.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4214941)
Crisp, they really died out with the new stadium, but very small groups have bubbled up from time to time.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM (#4214943)
There certainly was a Randy Wolf era to those of us who had been accustomed to a rotation of Curt Schilling plus four bozoes. As soon as Schilling left it became Randy Wolf plus four bozoes.
   7. bunyon Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM (#4214946)
RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!!!!!
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4214983)
Was there a "Byrd's Nest"? I remember one in KC, but I didn't know if we stole that from Philly.
   9. eddieot Posted: August 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM (#4215030)
Loved the Wolf Pack! Even the Vet's media team got in on it and would play "Werewolves Of London" so the Pack could dance.

Also let's not forget Sal's Pals (for Fasano, they all wore bushy fu manchu 'staches), and Chase's Chicks.

Coincidentally, tonight is retro 90s night at CBP and the Wolf Pack has been invited to participate. Also, throwback fat P unis, Tommy Greene throwing out the first pitch, and a pre-game performance by Spacehog!
   10. phredbird Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4215053)
this is the kind of opportunity TLR and duncan used to jump on. i don't know if i should be relieved or sad that it probably won't happen this year.
   11. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 22, 2012 at 08:26 PM (#4215288)
he's a lefty and he throws slop and if the umpire isn't giving him the inside corner on his faux fastball he's a dead man.

last year he was a half inch tighter on the fastball and got the call more than not and centerfielders tracked down a number of the rainbow curveballs tagged solid

my guess is that there is another rebound season in wolf if he gets the chance. it's getting the chance that is the toughie

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