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BREWERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Milwaukee’s Billion Dollar Gambles

One of the biggest philosophical debates in sports is whether a team is a business or a public good, and the answer tends to be whichever suits the person talking at that specific time. As a rule, though, governments tend to think of their city’s organizations as goods, while the team owners think of them as businesses. Discussion of this contrast has been circulating for the last...
Via BP Milwaukee
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Fascinating Career of Aaron Hill

Let’s face it, baseball is weird. Basketball and football have their fair share of oddities, but there’s nothing quite like baseball. So-called “can’t miss” prospects never make the major leagues and players at their peak drop out of thin air, while unheralded and seldom noticed bench players turn into stars overnight. For every Brien Taylor and Allen Craig, there’s a...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Hill's time with the Brewers could be short

Aaron Hill says he has no issue with being traded to a rebuilding franchise, but his time with the Milwaukee Brewers might not be very long.The Brewers acquired Hill, who turns 34 before the beginning of the season, in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks that sent shortstop Jean Segura to the D-backs at the end of January.The veteran infielder tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel...
Via Fox Sports
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

How Do the Brewers Adapt to Miller Park?

Miller Park is notoriously a hitter-friendly ballpark, and the Brewers have exploited this in the past. Their best teams from earlier this century contained a team full of power hitters who were able to take advantage of a smaller, homer-prone field. But now, only Ryan Braun remains from that core, and this version of the team is not quite as well-suited to its home park. A team...
Via BP Milwaukee
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – Milwaukee Brewers

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Milwaukee Brewers. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Brewer Had the Worst Pitch in 2015?

On Tuesday, I wrote about the best pitches that we saw from the Brewers in 2015. Jimmy Nelson’s curveball, Ariel Pena’s four-seam fastball, Francisco Rodriguez’s changeup, and Will Smith’s slider all separated themselves from the pack in a good way. Now, we come to the natural compliment to that exercise — which Milwaukee offerings proved to be the worst in 2015? We...
Via BP Milwaukee
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers owner Attanasio remains involved in rebuilding process

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers owner Mark Attanasio talks to his general manager like a fan whenever his rebuilding club makes another move.The remodeling of the franchise, while long anticipated, is still testing the patience of the competitive and passionate boss.It could be a few years before the Brewers become a serious contender again, so general manager David Stearns and assistant general...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Expected rebuild will still test patience of Brewers owner

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers owner Mark Attanasio talks to his general manager like a fan whenever his rebuilding club makes another move. The remodeling of the franchise, while long anticipated, is still testing the patience of the competitive and passionate boss. It could be a few years before the Brewers become a serious contender again, so general manager David Stearns and assistant...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers Team Preview

The 2014 Milwaukee Brewers season was a mixed bag. The first five months of the season the “Brew Crew” established themselves as first-place representatives, but by the end of September, their season began to crash as they went 9-17 that month and ended up in third place. That offseason they lost relief pitchers Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny to free agency, and also hitters Mark...
Via The Fantasy Fix
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Scenes from Brewers On Deck 2016

Although the Brewers are at the beginning of what we suspect will be an arduous rebuilding process, you wouldn’t know it if you attended the annual On Deck event yesterday. I’m not licensed to estimate crowd sizes, but yesterday’s turnout seemed on par with the previous two years, which included free admission in 2014 and heightened expectations in 2015 after a surprisingly...
Via Brewers Bar
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Brewers’ Quiet Upside Play

There’s a lot to talk about with any five-player trade. And with the trade that sent Jean Segura from the Brewers to the Diamondbacks, there are plenty of noteworthy angles. There’s the matter of Segura’s offensive upside vs. Segura’s offensive reality. There’s the matter of the Diamondbacks clutching onto their highest remaining draft pick, and there’s the matter of...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers' Braun making progress after back surgery

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Outfielder Ryan Braun says he is making steady progress after offseason back surgery and hopes to be back at 100 percent when the regular season starts for the Milwaukee Brewers in a few months.For now, Braun says he's about a couple weeks behind from his typical offseason routine. He said Sunday at the team's winter fan event that he just started swinging a bat...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun not 100 percent, hopes to be by Opening Day

While the beginning of spring training is still a few weeks away for the Milwaukee Brewers, the health of their star player, Ryan Braun, is already a question mark. Ryan Braun said he will not be 100% at start of spring camp after back surgery but hopes to be there by opening day. — Tom (@Haudricourt) January 31, 2016 Braun said he's a few weeks behind schedule of where...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

How Do We Feel About the Brewers Encouraging Childhood Obesity?

I was concerned when I saw the headline that the Brewers announced changes to the 2016 Miller Park experience today.  Last year, some of the updates the Brewers made to the ballpark experience were real buzzkills.  I still haven’t fully recovered from the loss of Milwaukee Brewing Company’s O-Gii from Miller Park concession stands.  Change is scary. At first blush, the announced...
Via Brewers Bar
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Capuano, Milwaukee, and a Familiar Feeling

In the offseason of 2003, I was 14 years old. I was also used to watching some very bad Brewers baseball. They were coming off a 68-94 season, their third consecutive year with less than 70 wins and second finishing last in the NL Central. They would do this once more in 2004 before finishing .500 for the first time since 1992. Now I liked sports plenty back then, but didn’t learn...
Via The Sports Post
13 days ago  |  Discuss

What is Going to Happen With Jonathan Lucroy?

The Milwaukee Brewers are in full rebuilding mode and they have a catcher who wants to play for a contender not a rebuilding franchise. So what do the Brewers do with Jonathan Lucroy? Lucroy made it clear on Tuesday that he really didn’t want to stick around with franchise that is in the state that the Brewers are in right now and made it clear that he wants to be traded to a team...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Lucroy and the New Decline

Here’s a graph posted at Baseball Prospectus a week ago: You see, for each of the last six years, an estimate of Jonathan Lucroy‘s pitch-framing value. Now, there are freely available pitch-framing numbers you can browse through at StatCorner. Those will give you a good sense, but the numbers at Baseball Prospectus are the gold standard, with countless variables and adjustments...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

A Lukewarm Tribute to Elian Herrera (Both of Them)

Another small part of the Brewers’ rebuilding plan unfolded last weekend with the little-noticed news that utility player Elian Herrera signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers. Thus the Herrera era in Milwaukee came to an understandably quiet end. Fittingly, he’ll be returning to the organization he started his career with. Thanks to the @Brewers for the last 2 yrs of support...
Via Brewers Bar
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers fan vents about Miller Park's 'circus-like atmosphere'

If the Milwaukee Brewers ever want to climb out of the cellar in the National League Central, they might want to reconsider the way they encourage fans to cheer on their team. Or at least that’s what one disgruntled fan of the Brew Crew thinks. FYI The organist at Miller Park encourages opponents to get hits. pic.twitter.com/OmEbx5MNUV — Sam Oehler (@samoehler) September...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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