Found November 18, 2012 on Brewers Bar:
Between the normal drudgery of following baseball in November and the annoying lack of non-Josh Hamilton rumors, the last few weeks have been a pretty dull time to be a Brewers fan. However, according to the folks at The Brewer Nation, that might change soon. The always-insightful Brewers blog reported today that the Brewers have been in talks with the agent of free agent reliever LaTroy Hawkins. The 40-year old Hawkins spent last year with the Los Angeles Angels, where he posted a 3.49 ERA in 42 innings. It would be great to see Hawkins in a Milwaukee uniform again, and the Brewers need all the bullpen help they can get, but I’m skeptical about bringing him back as a free agent. Hawkins probably can still prove serviceable in the right situation, but carries with him a fair amount of risk, and just doesn’t have the upside of other arms on the market that could justify the kind of contract he will likely command. I’ll start by saying that I wouldn’t completely be opposed to sign...

2012: Trout’s Rookie Season for the Ages

By Geoff Bilau - Senior Editor Of all the superlatives that can be lavished upon Mike Trout’s rookie season, perhaps the simplest and most appropriate is “unprecedented,” because no rookie in Major League history reached the statistical heights Trout achieved. For that matter, no second-, third- or even 20th-year player did so, either. And he did it all as...

Dodgers viewed as favorites to land Zack Greinke

Right handed pitcher Zack Greinke could be considered the top free agent starter this off season, and both the Angels and Rangers are expected to bid against each other to land him, but according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Dodgers are viewed as the favorites to land Greinke. Earlier this month, we learned that the Angels' top priority this offseason is to...

Halo Headlines: Angels meet with Fujikawa, might the Angels be better off without Greinke??

The November 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels meet with Fujikawa, wondering if the Angels be better off without Greinke and much more... The Story: The Angels hosted Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa for a visit yesterday. The Monkey Says: This was expected as Fujikawa is meeting many teams right now.  Hopefully this means...

Brewers letting fans design uniform

The Brewers are allowing fans to submit potential uniform designs that the team will reportedly wear during one spring training game. 

Greg Zakwin's 2012 IBWAA MLB Awards Ballot (#TeamTrout)

I was able to cast a ballot - for the end-of-season MLB awards - in a vote held by the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. The full list of 2012 Award Winners, as selected by IBWAA members, can be found here.*Click either picture to embiggen.*Thanks to Howard Cole, as always, for the opportunity to participate. Feel free to discuss the ballots and my selections, whether...

Milwaukee Brewers plan Miller Park improvements

The Milwaukee Brewers are planning improvements at Miller Park in 2013, including renovating the Dew Deck and Home Plate Lounge. The Dew Deck is a seating area above the right-field bleachers. The Brewers plan to add a 25-foot-high rock climbing wall in the shape of a Mountain Dew can. The wall will be open for about three hours every game day and can accommodate up to four climbers...

Mike Trout’s Candidacy, Sabermetrics Continue to Be Misunderstood in Wake of MVP Vote

If you believed in the MVP candidacy of Mike Trout over Miguel Cabrera, then the day since the announcement has likely been a frustrating one. Obviously there was the vote itself, in which 22 of 28 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America said that Cabrera was the more “valuable” player in 2012 — the other six did indeed vote for Trout. But beyond the outcome...

Dodgers Favorites to Sign Zack Greinke; Angels, Rangers ‘Outside Looking In’

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to sign free agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, according to an industry insider, while the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers are “on the outside looking in,” reports Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to an industry insider, the Dodgers are the favorites to wind up with top free agent starter Zack ...

The 2012 Angels season summed up by search keywords

Whenever I am struggling with writer's block or just insanely bored, I like to take a look back through the traffic sources for the blog,  Sometimes the keyword referrals provide me with an idea but most of the time they just provide a good chuckle, like the time someone cam across the site by Googling "is Jeff Mathis a homosexual."  That was my personal favorite...

Around The Web: 40-Man Roster Decisions + IBWAA Votes + PR Moves

Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Mike Petriello has a list of the players up for the Rule 5 Draft along with who he thinks will be protected on the 40-man roster. True Blue LA: Brandon Lennox has basically the same thing but from his perspective. Both are interesting reads, and I was considering doing one myself, but this off-season has been/will be a mess, so I’m not entirely...

Angels stepping up pursuit for Japanese releiver Kyuju Fujikawa

The Los Angeles Angels are stepping up their pursuit of Kyuju Fujikawa. A handful of teams are known to have spoken or plan to speak the to 32-year-old. The Japanese born reliever is a free agent and thus is not subject to the posting system. It was reported last week that the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks had met with Fujikawa. Fujikawa will meet with the Los Angeles Dodgers...


Sports fans are not only passionate about their team’s style of play but also their style of dress, and they are often very vocal when it comes to team uniforms. Fan-created concepts can often be found online, where uniform enthusiasts put their own stamp on team fashions. Despite their best efforts, fans don’t typically have a say in the design process. The Milwaukee Brewers...
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