I can’t guarantee it, but I’m thinking of starting this recurring thing, maybe on Fridays, because everyone loves Fridays, called, you guessed it, “Brewers Around the Internets.”
In it, I’ll have links to sites that have something about the Brewers, or just cool baseball stuff in general, and brief descriptions/commentaries about said links. A lot of times I’ll link to stats that show how the Brewers are doing, should be doing, or were doing on this date in history (I hope I can back that last one up).
Anyway, enough for my lame introduction, on to the fun stuff!!!
A lot has been made of how Prince and J.J. are 1-2 in the NL in dingers right now. It’s totally awesome to see that, but apparently there’s a, shall we say, difference in the types of taters they’re hitting.
Hit Tracker, which will no doubt quickly become one of my favorite sites, tracks homers and comes up with their “real” length, links to videos for each homerun, and all sorts of other crazy delicious stuff.
Anyway, they’ve got a leaderboard for “No Doubts” and one for “Just Enoughs.” Click on the links to find out who’s who in Brewtown.
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I’ve been known to promote Adam Dunn‘s game. In fact, I have a big fat man crush on him. If the circumstances were right, I’d love to see him in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform, hitting monster homer, and raising the team OBP, and of course bumbling around in left field.
According to Baseball Prospectus’ Joe Sheehan, those circumstances aren’t exactly right. Sheehan writes in his Prospectus Today today:
Dunns OBP and power would help just about any team, even with his defensive deficiencies. Note that although hes signed through 2008, a trade voids next year and turns him into a free agent at the end of the season, making him a rent-a-player. That significantly affects his trade value. Looking around the league, I found about 12 teams who have need, who are in position to make a midseason deal, and who could put together a reasonable package.
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Milwaukee Brewers: They never walk, and that flaw has seen their OBP and runs ranks slip steadily since their hot start. At that, though, the only place Dunn could play for them is left field, and theres little chance that they would move Geoff Jenkins aside for a better version of Geoff Jenkins.
I’d maybe give Dunn a bit more credit than that, but when you throw in the fielding, maybe not, I don’t know. Like I said, I’m biased.
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Speaking of bias, Gery Woelfel of Racine speaks out that it’s high time the Brewers called someone up.
You guessed it (or just clicked on the link): it’s fellow Racine native Vinny Rottino. I mean, I like Rottino. He’s a useful player, and a great story — he’d be great for PR and might even hit better than Graffasell as Woelful suggests. But to say that Rottino can “flat out hit” and demand he be brought up without consideration of other circumstances (*ahem*contracts*ahem*) is a bit much. Also, calling a .293 batting average in the PCL “robust” is itself robust. And by robust I mean not really. He does have an .845 OPS in tow, but I think the Brewers want him to replace Damian Miller as backup catcher next year. I can wait for Rottino, but will be happy if he pans out for us.
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Last one. I expected this to happen, I mean, it makes senses considering they’ve been awesome, but I’m almost as excited to see Will Inman in Hunstville and Manny Parra in Nashville as I am to see (very literally) Yovani Gallardo in Milwaukee. To think that we might be able to graduate a very useful pitcher for the next three years is a very comforting thought.
Okay, so that’s the first installment. Give me a break if you comment. It’s the first one.