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Sunday, May 13, 2012

NY Times: Brewers’ Owner Invests in Team That Built Team

The Brewers, who open a two-game series with the Mets at Citi Field on Monday, have started sluggishly after reaching the National League Championship Series last October. Yet last week, Attanasio gave contract extensions to General Manager Doug Melvin and Manager Ron Roenicke. Melvin’s new deal runs through 2015, when the club has an option on Roenicke.

“Stable management with good leadership is what you look for in companies,” [team owner Mark] Attanasio said. “You like to have stability, but not just for stability’s sake. If you have talented managers, whether it’s the C.E.O. of a company or the general manager and manager of a baseball team, it’s important to retain them. With the success Doug and Ron have had, they deserved this.” ...

The Brewers still have reasonable hopes for contending if their pitchers — and struggling hitters like Corey Hart, Aramis Ramirez and Rickie Weeks — perform to career norms. As a whole, the offense is probably due for better luck. Entering the weekend, the Brewers had a .269 average on balls in play, ranking 15th in the league; anything well above or below .300 is often an aberration.

bobm Posted: May 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. caprules Posted: May 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4130712)
Sure, Hart is struggling in the sense that he is hitting around .250, but he shouldn't be lumped in with the struggles of Aramis and Weeks. You could add up their OPS+ and Hart would be closer to their combination than he is to either one of them.
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4130726)
the bullpen is walking everyone in sight. multiple guys are averaging more than 4 walks per nine innings so hitters are laying off and creaming a hittable pitch. the starters have been pretty decent but everyone but loe has been pretty bad and with ron always playing for a 4-3 game that stuff counts

the brewers defense cannot turn a dp to save its life so with all the guys on board that hurts. and with gonzalez out for the year that isn't getting any better.

ron just has a weird offense. lots of sac bunts. lots of stealing but at a good percentage. team hits lots of homers but doesn't know ball four from a turnip. just odd
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 14, 2012 at 08:02 AM (#4130903)
cesar izturis is in the major leagues because of what? that was one sorry break for the plate yesterday. i am not going ok i am going and let me lollygag into the plate and slide 4 feet out from home plate so i stop and let the catcher tag me like i am 7 years old and don't really know when and how to slide.

or do much of anything. i am glad ron uses his bench. but i would appreciate it if ron had put people on the bench who did something other than take up valuable oxygen

geez oh pete
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 14, 2012 at 09:52 AM (#4130944)
cesar izturis is in the major leagues because of what?


He used to be fast, and a pretty good fielder. Not sure whether either or both are still true, or not.
   5. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4130951)
vlad

mostly rhetorical but yes he used to be both those things. but a team needs to focus on the here and now.

and the guy isn't doing help to help the team
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4130953)

Entering the weekend, the Brewers had a .269 average on balls in play, ranking 15th in the league; anything well above or below .300 is often an aberration.

This would seem to be a misuse of statistics. Batting average on balls in play is not random for batters. Perhaps we would expect *this team* to have a higher BABIP, but we'd need to make that case based on their statistical track record.

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