BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 652: Revenue, Run Differential, and Ways to Win Now by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Doug Melvin`s extension talks and then answer listener emails about run differential, the players` portion of revenue, Kris Bryant, and more.
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Brewers' Ramirez says he'll probably retire after 2015 season

PHOENIX -- It was a bit surprising at the time, but it turns out there was a reason why Aramis Ramirez opted to exercise his half of a mutual option with the Milwaukee Brewers instead of chasing a multiyear contract. Ramirez is entering spring training with the mindset that the 2015 season will be his last, as he plans on retiring following his 18th year in the big leagues. "I don...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Two Eras of Francisco Rodriguez

Doug Melvin, a few days ago: Melvin wouldn’t comment on the state of possible talks with the Phillies, but acknowledged the lines of communication have remained open with “K-Rod.” “I don’t know if it’s active, but we still have conversations,” Melvin said. “Mark deals more with that. (Agent) Scott (Boras) keeps calling Mark.” You know […]
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers On Deck 2015: Not Bad for Not Free

Last year, I attended my first Brewers On Deck, and thought it was worth well more than the price of admission – which, as you may recall, was $0.  They were charging again this year, but based on previous the $15 price of an advance ticket seemed like a fair deal.  Upon arrival, it didn’t appear that I was the only one who thought that.  I’m not licensed to analyze crowd...
Via Brewers Bar
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

GM Melvin: Brewers likely to add pitching, but not 'notable' starter

MILWAUKEE -- When the Milwaukee Brewers traded Yovani Gallardo to Texas, rumors immediately began swirling as to if the move was a precursor to either another trade or a free-agent signing.  Brewers general manager Doug Melvin quickly made it clear nothing major was on the horizon, as the club is ready to commit to young right-hander Jimmy Nelson as its fifth starter.  During the...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers GM Says Papelbon Trade Talks Hit Snag

Maybe it’s just posturing, or maybe the Phillies and Brewers really have taken a step back in their trade talks involving Jonathan Papelbon. Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin admitted that there had been dialogue between the two teams but according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The report says that the biggest hold-up is the option year, which likely means there is a discrepancy between...
Via Phillies Nation
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A Post-Winter Meetings View of the NL Central

The Cubs introduced Jon Lester earlier today, officially anointing him their new ace and implicitly declaring themselves the big winners of the MLB offseason.  There has been relatively little activity on the Brewers front compared to most of the league – although the Estrada-Lind trade has been well received, it’s hard not to feel a pang of insecurity when another team in the...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers remain quiet at Winter Meetings

Late Tuesday night, Jon Lester became the first major domino to fall at baseball's Winter Meetings when he agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Naturally, Day 3 of the Winter Meetings at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego was the most active thus far. But not for the Milwaukee Brewers, who continued to be quiet. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin did...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

As Winter Meetings kick off, Brewers turn focus to bullpen

As Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings got underway Monday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke held their first formal press conferences of the meetings Monday evening. The most glaring weakness on Milwaukee's roster is its bullpen, which also seems to be the primary focus of Melvin. "Doug's working...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Sign Willy Wonka to Major League Deal

BREAKING: Shattering the malaise of the Milwaukee Brewers’ offseason slumber is the news that Willy Wonka, the right-handed pitcher formerly of the Fudge Room Chocolatiers organization of the Roald Dahl League (Wales), has signed a major league contract. Wonka, 27, has pitched nearly 1,100 innings as a starter in the aforementioned league, which plays under rules and regulations...
Via Brewers Bar
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Rumors: Brewers to look for left handed relief options this winter

Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen took a big hit as Zach Duke signed a three year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.  Team beat writer Tom Haudricourt reported that while his loss will be hard to overcome, they will look for lefties to replace him this winter. #453254990 / #Brewers GM Doug Melvin said it was tough to lose Zach Duke but will still...
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers’ Hot Stove Mumbles Softly

Things to read after shooting your wad…. The Milwaukee Brewers have traded for a left-handed-hitting platoon first baseman to replace their previous left-handed-hitting platoon first baseman. Aging but professional third baseman Aramis Ramirez and enigmatic but soulful starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo will be Brewers to start the 2015 campaign. Athletic but confounding second baseman...
Via Brewers Bar
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Duquette voted TSN's MLB executive of year

PHOENIX (AP) Baltimore's Dan Duquette was voted The Sporting News baseball executive of the year after the Orioles won their first AL East title since 1997. Duquette also won the award in 1992 as general manager of the Montreal Expos. Duquette became the fourth Baltimore winner after Harry Dalton (1970), Hank Peters (1979, `83) and Roland Hemond (1989). He received nine votes in...
Via AP on Fox
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Montgomery returns to Brewers as scouting director

The Milwaukee Brewers have hired Ray Montgomery as vice president of amateur scouting and special assistant to the general manager, the club announced Monday morning. Montgomery replaces the late Bruce Seid, who died unexpectedly on Sept. 2. The 45-year-old is returning for his second stint in the Brewers organization after serving the past four seasons as the director of scouting...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

For the First Time Since 2011 the Brewers Have a “Real” First Baseman

After the 2013 season, it was obvious that the Brewers were in serious need of help at 1B. During that offseason, the Brewers brought in veterans Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds as insurance in case they decided not to give the starting job to Juan Francisco.  At the time, few fans were enthusiastic about the prospects at 1B heading into 2014, but the Brewers really didn’t have...
Via Brewers Bar
November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Rumors: Yovani Gallardo's option officially picked up

Doug Melvin denied reports as the season ended that Yovani Gallardo's option had been picked up, but now it appears that the Milwaukee Brewers have officially picked up his option for 2015. #455982906 / Yovani Gallardo's option has been officially picked up by the Brewers.— timdierkes (@timdierkes) October 30, 2014By picking up the option, Gallardo will make...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers hire Darnell Coles as hitting coach

MILWAUKEE (AP) Darnell Coles is the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that missed the playoffs in large part because of problems at the plate. Coles returns to Milwaukee after spending this season as the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers. Coles previously worked in the Brewers organization as the team's Double-A manager from 2012-13, and as minor league...
Via AP on Fox
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Coles happy to be back with Brewers as new hitting coach

The Milwaukee Brewers have filled one of the two vacancies on their coaching staff, naming Darnell Coles as hitting coach Thursday. Coles replaces Johnny Narron, who was relieved of his duties Oct. 10. The 52-year-old returns to the Brewers organization after spending 2014 as the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers. "Darnell has an impressive major league background as...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Survey Questions on Team Direction More Interesting Than Answers

Yesterday, Noah Jarosh at Brew Crew Ball alerted us to a survey the Brewers sent to select fans on the team’s direction.  It’s not clear how fans were chosen to take the survey, but if you didn’t get it the entire thing can be read at the BCB post.  Although I assume my opinion doesn’t count for much in any area of life, it would have been nice to be one of the chosen. ...
Via Brewers Bar
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Make Right Call By Retaining Ron Roenicke

Last Friday, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin announced that Ron Roenicke will return to manage the team in 2015. It ended nearly two weeks of speculation about Roenicke’s job security following an astonishing September collapse by the Brewers. Despite holding the lead in the NL Central for a total of 150 days throughout the year, Milwaukee lost 22 of its final 31...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Homer-Dependent Teams Rarely Win World Series

During the broadcast of the Orioles-Royals series Tuesday, I was struck by a stat mentioned regarding the Royals and their small-ball ways. Since 1985, only one team (2009 Yankees) has won the World Series after leading MLB in home runs during that regular season. For Doug Melvin, that number (1) should be a keen warning. Or at least it should serve as an enthusiastic reminder, a...
Via Brewers Bar
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers 2014 Season in Review

What a season! So much drama! So much excitement! So much baseball! So much ********** and despair! I never felt great about the season. Those first couple months were pretty cool, but it never felt quite right. There was just something.. off. It felt like the things that went right went a little too right, if that makes sense. They were good, but deep down I think that everyone...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers keep Roenicke as manager, fire two coaches

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will return for the 2015 season, the club announced Friday afternoon. Not all members of the coaching staff survived the team's late-season collapse, as hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base/infield coach Garth Iorg were dismissed. "Over the course of the last few weeks, we have evaluated the work of Ron and his coaches and believe that...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers fire hitting, first base coaches

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have fired hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base-infield coach Garth Iorg after the team's late-season collapse. But the team said Friday that manager Ron Roenicke and the rest of the coaching staff will return next season. General manager Doug Melvin says after evaluating the work of Roenicke and the coaches, ''this is the best course of...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

All Quiet on the Roenicke Front

The situation remains quiet regarding the Brewers front office’s decision on the future of manager Ron Roenicke and the rest of the coaching staff. This lull in offseason decision making is a dead zone when it comes to public information, but undoubtedly it gives Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and GM Doug Melvin time to meet with Roenicke and decide how to pursue improvement over...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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