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Monday, January 27, 2020

Ryan Braun knows ‘it’s possible’ this is his final year with Brewers, and perhaps as player

Yes, it has crossed Ryan Braun’s mind that this might be his last year with the Milwaukee Brewers, and possibly as a major-league player as well.

During a media session Sunday at the “Brewers On Deck” fan festival at the Wisconsin Center, Braun talked about having a “sense of urgency” entering the 2020 season, which is the last remaining guaranteed year on his contract.

“I don’t take for granted the fact this could be my last year playing baseball,” Braun said. “Obviously, there’s a sense of urgency every year, but for me, knowing this could be my last chance ever, it’s something that certainly adds to that sense of urgency.

“I feel good about the fact that we put a team together that should be competitive again. We went to the postseason the last two years. The team that we lost to ended up winning the whole thing. It’s just about finding a way to get into the postseason and hopefully get hot at the right time. There’s an increased sense of urgency for me, with where I’m at in my career.”

 

 

QLE Posted: January 27, 2020 at 12:47 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Miller Park will become American Family Field in 2021

I have park naming fatigue.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2020 at 05:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Brewers extend manager Craig Counsell’s contract three years, through 2023 season

Counsell, who had one season remaining on his first extension, now is signed through 2023, which would put him on the job longer than any previous manager in the 50-year history of the club.

“We are pleased to extend the contract of one of the best managers in the game today,” said David Stearns, who inherited Counsell when he was named general manager of the Brewers after the 2015 season.

I don’t think this is a surprise.

Nasty Nate Posted: January 08, 2020 at 12:42 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Brewers, Lindblom finalize $9,125,000, 3-year contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Josh Lindblom’s journey to the Milwaukee Brewers included a detour or two through South Korea.

“I haven’t taken the most direct route to sitting here,” Lindblom said Monday after the Brewers finalized a three-year contract for $9,125,000.

A 32-year-old right-hander, Lindbloom was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft, he made six starts and 108 relief appearances from 2011-14 for the Dodgers, Philadelphia, Texas and Oakland. He signed with South Korea’s Lotte Giants ahead of the 2015 season, returned to the major leagues with Pittsburgh and had four relief outings in 2017, then signed with South Korea’s Doosan Bears.

He went 35-7 in two seasons with a 2.68 ERA, including 20-3 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.997 WHIP in 30 starts this year.

There is something to be said for this sort of adventure, isn’t there?

 

QLE Posted: December 17, 2019 at 01:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, josh lindblom, korean baseball

Reports: Brewers sign Avisaíl García to two-year deal

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAW) The Brewers have reportedly come to terms with outfielder Avisaíl García on a two-year, $20 million deal. The deal has been reported by Fox Sports and MLB Network.

García, an eight-year veteran, spent 2019 with the Tampa Bay Rays, where he hit 20 home runs and helped Tampa Bay earn a wild card spot in the American League.

 

QLE Posted: December 17, 2019 at 01:29 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: avisail garcia, brewers

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Brewers trade with Seattle for left-handed-hitting catcher Omar Narváez

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting Thursday morning that the Brewers are trading with Seattle for catcher Omar Narváez, a left-handed hitter with some pop, and three more years of contractual control.

Rosenthal did not say what the Brewers were sending the Mariners in return but Mariners beat writer Greg Johns of mlb.com is reporting that it is minor-league pitching prospect Adam Hill as well as a draft pick, presumably the Competitive Round B selection after the second round in 2020 (currently No. 70 overall) that the Brewers were assigned this week. Hill was acquired from the Mets last year in the Keon Broxton trade and went 7-9 with a 3.92 ERA in 26 games for Class A Wisconsin.

Narváez, 27, was reported to be on the trade market this winter as Seattle continues retooling its roster. He played in 132 games last season, batting .278 with a .353 on-base percentage, 22 home runs, 55 RBI and .813 OPS.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mariners, omar narvaez

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Report indicates Brewers plan on cutting payroll in 2020, but David Stearns says team will remain competitive

David Stearns is articulating intention to be competitive and an intention to fill up the 40-man roster with quality players. While Milwaukee was liberal in non tendering players, they are not the only team to use the non-tender deadline to pare down their roster. Per Jeff Passan, 13 more players were non-tendered on deadline day across MLB than were in 2018.

In failing to re-sign their biggest free agents, non-tendering five players from the roster, trading away long-term rotational cogs Chase Anderson and Zach Davies, and declining Eric Thames’ 2020 option, the Milwaukee Brewers are in jeopardy of having a vastly different team on the field for Opening Day next spring. But that does not necessarily mean they will have a bad team or embark on another rebuild. With so much room to play with in the payroll, might Stearns and Company be preparing for something substantial? On the other hand, will the front office brain trust try to put together a “competitive” team on the cheap?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2019 at 03:55 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Padres send Luis Urias to Brewers, get Trent Grisham, Zach Davies

Urias is a second baseman who is presumably being moved to SS.  This deal opens a hole at second for the Friars.  And while obviously Urias isn’t a 398/600 hitter (like he was at El Paso last year), he looked to have second nailed down in a Placido Polanco sort of way.  Their outfield does need help, in part because they traded Franmil Reyes (who, to be fair, really is a DH). Padres also gave up Eric Lauer to get Zach Davies.  That part of the deal is fine, if kind of boring.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: November 27, 2019 at 10:13 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, luis urias, padres, prospects

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Brewers returning to ball-in-glove logo for 2020, unveil new uniform designs for 50th anniversary ce

And now, for some lighter news….

What was once old is new again.

That was the Milwaukee Brewers’ message as they announced a branding overhaul Monday night at the Skyy Lounge at Miller Park. The team confirmed growing rumors that they are returning to the clever, memorable ball-in-glove logo that came to identify the team until 1994, when they moved on after a 25-year run.

But this is not your parents’ ball-in-glove.

The Brewers gave it some modern flourishes, connecting the “m” and “b” that form the glove, changing the color from royal blue to navy blue and putting two seams on a now-centered baseball to give it a more authentic look. Club president of baseball operations Rick Schlesinger said the intent was to stay true to the nature of the original logo while bringing it forward to mesh with a rebranding of player uniforms as well.

 

 

QLE Posted: November 20, 2019 at 01:44 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, logos, uniforms

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Brewers’ Christian Yelich tweets harshly at Yu Darvish over accusation

Although a lot of people are talking about banning technology to deal with this problem, technology might provide the solution. Why not have wearable Bluetooth devices where the catcher and pitcher communicate? A lot of catchers already wear wristbands with notes. Why not replace them with a couple of buttons for pitch type and location?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, sign stealing

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Moustakas, Grandal go onto free agent market

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal declined their mutual options with the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming free agents.

Moustakas, who turned 31 in September, is a free agent for the third straight offseason after earning $18.7 million in a pair of one-year deals.

He hit .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBIs this year for the Brewers, earning his third All-Star selection. After starting the season at second base, he moved across the diamond to third when Travis Shaw slumped.

 

QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, free agents, mike moustakas, yasmani grandal

Friday, November 01, 2019

The Nationals won their first title. Who’s next?

When I was a kid there were two immutable truths about baseball: the Boston Red Sox were cursed and the Chicago Cubs were losers, however lovable they might be.

Four World Series titles in the bag make that Red Sox curse seem rather quaint. The Cubs’ 2016 title — and four or five straight years with them considered rich and powerful contenders — put that lovable loser thing to rest. Time marches on and the stuff you believed about the world when you were a kid becomes inoperative as you grow older.

Young baseball fans today carry with them a different set of assumptions about who are baseball’s haves and who are baseball’s have-nots. To them the Sox and Cubs are and always have been alpha teams. Those powerful Braves and Indians teams from the 90s are only vague memories. The Dodgers have replaced the Braves as that great regular season club that can’t seem to get over the hump. And, of course, there are a handful of losers, some lovable, some not-so-lovable, that seem destined to never win it all.

Last night’s win took the Nationals out of that category. Their October surge — complete with five wins in elimination games in which they trailed at some point — forever vanquished the narrative about how they had never won a postseason series and kicked the memory of those 90-100-loss Nats teams from the first several years of their existence into a deep, deep hole.

A consideration of the chances that the six teams that have never won the World Series have of getting out of that club.

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mariners, padres, rangers, rays, rockies, world series

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Brewers almost certainly going back to ball-in-mitt logo for 2020

There have been a number of rumors that the Milwaukee Brewers would be getting rid of the “M-with-the-barley” as the primary logo and going back to some version of their classic ball-in-mitt logo next year. Now we have at least partial confirmation.

Chris Creamer of Sportslogos.net posted a photo last night of what appears to be the new/old logo being used in a preview of a 2020 Topps baseball card set featuring mascot Bernie Brewer. The blue on the glove is darker and there are a couple of very minor changes to it, but it’s basically the classic logo, complete with the sorta hidden “m” and “b” which comprises the top and bottom of the glove.

Something for the uniform fans among us.

 

QLE Posted: October 30, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, logos

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Brewers GM makes bringing back Grandal, Moustakas a priority

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers are hoping Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas will be back next season after the team made back-to-back playoff appearances for just the second time in franchise history.

Grandal and Moustakas have mutual contract options. Grandal, who led NL catchers with 28 homers, is likely to decline his $16 million option, and Moustakas could be a free agent for the third straight offseason if either side declines the infielder’s $11 million option.

“I don’t think it’s particularly controversial that I’d love to have both of them back,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said Friday. “They are two very good players that fit with our organization and our team very well. Whether the realities of the free agent market permit that is something we will have to evaluate as we go through the offseason.”

Milwaukee finished second in the NL Central this year with an 89-73 record. The Brewers played the last part of the season without slugger Christian Yelich, who broke his right kneecap Sept. 10.

The sound you here is a certain regular getting rather excited…..

 

QLE Posted: October 05, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mike moustakas, yasmani grandal

Tuesday, October 01, 2019


Monday, September 30, 2019

St. Louis Cardinals win NL Central; Milwaukee Brewers settle for wild card

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central on the final day of the regular season Sunday, routing the Chicago Cubs 9-0 to secure their first division title since 2015.

Manager Mike Shildt and the Cardinals began the day with a one-game lead over Milwaukee but used Jack Flaherty’s arm and Matt Carpenter’s bat to ensure there would be no need for a division tiebreaker game Monday.

Flaherty pitched seven impressive innings, and Carpenter led a three-homer attack with a three-run drive to help St. Louis advance to the NL Division Series, starting Thursday at Atlanta.

“This is what it’s all about,’’ Shildt said. “I love to see the guys enjoy the fruits of their labor—it’s something special.”

The one race of the season still active on the last day- is it just me, or is that a little low compared to the last few years?

 

QLE Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, nl central

Friday, September 27, 2019

Improved Pitching Is Fueling Brewers’ Postseason Push Without Christian Yelich

September constitutes its own weird frame of reference for MLB—speed and distance are harder to accurately discern, everything passes too slowly or too fast, the stakes are either so high that you cannot look down or so low that the situation is all flattened out. The usual standards do not apply.

So, from the perspective of this late-season weirdness, when Christian Yelich fractured his kneecap on September 10, it seemed fairly clear: Milwaukee’s season was over. The Brewers would not return to the postseason for a second consecutive year. An extreme reaction to one injury? Sure. But the team was one game back of the second wild-card; Yelich was not only their best player, but arguably the best in the National League; and their proximity to a playoff spot had been possible only with an extreme hot stretch that seemed like it would be difficult to sustain even under the best of circumstances. Their remaining schedule was fairly easy (four of five series were against losing teams), but even so, there was no room for error; FanGraphs put their postseason chances at just 25%. The stakes were just too much, and Yelich was too good. There was too much time to fill. From this frame of reference, Milwaukee was, if not screwed, dangerously close to it.

But, of course, it wasn’t. The Brewers’ Wednesday win over the Reds clinched their postseason spot. Even without Yelich, they’re going back to October. They have not just survived the last two weeks. They’ve dominated them. Since Yelich’s injury, Milwaukee is 12-2, part of a greater run that’s turned on the strength of what was formerly their biggest weakness: In September, Brewers pitching has been crucial to their success.

Milwaukee’s staff has ranged from clear problem area (in the spring) to serious liability (early season) to, at best, simply fine (late summer). As a group, it’s never been a particular positive. And now?

Not what any of us were expecting two weeks ago, is it?

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich, pitching

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Brewers 9, Reds 2: Ryan Braun’s first-inning grand slam helps punch a second straight postseason tic

CINCINNATI – The Milwaukee Brewers wanted desperately to punch their return ticket to the postseason on Wednesday night.

Ryan Braun was more than happy to oblige.

He hit a grand slam off Tyler Mahle 20 pitches into the game, Eric Thames hit a solo home run two pitches later, and the Brewers coasted from there to a 9-2, wild-card-clinching victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Keston Hiura also went deep against Mahle in the second inning, helping chase the right-hander from the game after only 2⅓ innings.

And, with this, the National League playoff picture is largely settled- all the teams are clear, and only the NL Central still has a race left.

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs

Monday, September 23, 2019

Brewers move into tie with Nationals for first NL Wild Card

The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.

During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.

Is it just me, or, between this and how the Yankees have been doing, are injuries not having the effect that they usually have on a team?

 

QLE Posted: September 23, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich, nationals, nl wild card

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Christian Yelich exits with knee injury | MLB.com

All the Brewers could do was look on as reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner Christian Yelich sat in pain near home plate during his first at-bat of Tuesday night’s 4-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park. After the game, their worst fears were confirmed: Yelich sustained a broken right kneecap and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2019 at 10:51 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich

Thursday, September 05, 2019

LEADING OFF: Strasburg vs Braves, Lorenzen does it all

DOING IT ALL

Michael Lorenzen is making himself valuable wherever the Reds need him. In his latest performance, he did something no major leaguer has done since Babe Ruth in 1921.

On Wednesday, Lorenzen earned the win as a pitcher, hit a home run and played the field as Cincinnati beat the Phillies 8-5. Lorenzen pitched two innings, connected for a two-run drive and finished up in center field.

There’s something to be said concerning versatility….

 

 


Sunday, September 01, 2019

Brewers injuries may take all the drama out of National League playoff race

At this point in 2018, the Milwaukee Brewers were headed for a September surge that would help them overtake the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals atop the National League Central standings.

One year later, as we prepare to flip our calendars to September again, there’s a much different outlook in Milwaukee. And because of that, there’s a much different outlook in the NL playoff picture.

Injuries have overtaken a Brewers roster that had undeniably disappointed between March and August, but was still considered dangerous enough to finish strong again in September and perhaps push for another division title or wild card berth.

With that looking less likely, the question now becomes: Will another team emerge to create chaos, or will the National League playoff picture actually be void of any real drama down the stretch?


I don’t know about that- there’s still a strong race for the NL Central, and there are still several teams with a decent chance of getting the wild card.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2019 at 03:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, injuries, nl central, playoffs

Friday, August 30, 2019

LEADING OFF: Wild-card hopefuls set for key weekend series

STILL FIGHTING

The Rays got themselves off the ropes by rallying late to beat Houston on Thursday night, ending a four-game skid. Now the AL wild-card hopefuls open a pivotal three-game home series against Cleveland. The Indians are 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top wild-card spot, with Oakland one game ahead for the Rays for the second. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-6, 3.23) is set to pitch or Cleveland against RHP Austin Pruitt (2-0, 5.57).

PULLING AWAY?

The Cubs host the Brewers hoping to bury another NL wild-card competitor after sweeping the Mets over three games this week. Chicago pulled five games ahead of New York for the second wild card and is four games ahead of Milwaukee. LHP Jose Quintana (11-8, 4.05) will start for the Cubs in the matinee against RHP Chase Anderson (6-3, 4.34).

This competition is not just in the majors- in Triple-A baseball, many playoff spots are still in contention with only a few games left in the season.

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, athletics, brewers, cubs, indians, rays, yankees

LEADING OFF: Wild-card hopefuls set for key weekend series

STILL FIGHTING

The Rays got themselves off the ropes by rallying late to beat Houston on Thursday night, ending a four-game skid. Now the AL wild-card hopefuls open a pivotal three-game home series against Cleveland. The Indians are 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top wild-card spot, with Oakland one game ahead for the Rays for the second. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-6, 3.23) is set to pitch or Cleveland against RHP Austin Pruitt (2-0, 5.57).

PULLING AWAY?

The Cubs host the Brewers hoping to bury another NL wild-card competitor after sweeping the Mets over three games this week. Chicago pulled five games ahead of New York for the second wild card and is four games ahead of Milwaukee. LHP Jose Quintana (11-8, 4.05) will start for the Cubs in the matinee against RHP Chase Anderson (6-3, 4.34).

Similarly, Triple-A is starting its last homestands of the season, and there’s still competition in both the PCL and the International League to enter their playoffs.

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, athletics, brewers, cubs, indians, rays, yankees

Monday, August 19, 2019

LEADING OFF: Kluber checked, Ohtani streak, Brewers-Cards

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

CHECK HIM

The Indians will see how ace Corey Kluber is feeling, a day after he was pulled from a Triple-A rehab start because of abdominal tightness.

The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner pitched one scoreless inning for Columbus before exiting as a precaution. The 33-year-old right-hander will be examined in Cleveland.

Archie Bell and the Drells have a lot to answer for….

QLE Posted: August 19, 2019 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, corey kluber, lorenzo cain, shohei ohtani, trevor bauer, wade miley

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