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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 […]

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First Gay MLB Umpire Came Out and the Crowd Went Mild

Earlier this week, while watching Ken Burns’ Baseball on MLB Network, I noticed something in the crawl at the bottom of the screen about “first openly gay umpire comes out.”  Well, isn’t that nice, I thought to myself before continuing to go about my non-business.  Surely it’s a testament to how far we’ve come as […]

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What Do Miller Park Concerts Do For You?

When it was announced last month that boy band One Direction will play a concert at Miller Park next year, it made me feel young again.  Not because I’m a diehard fan of pop bands marketed to teenage girls (more of a casual fan), but because I’m old enough to remember when big summer music […]

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Reminder: Managers and Coaches Have Negligible Impact

Last week, stories inside and outside Brewers Nation reminded us that the effect coaches and managers have on the game is hard to figure. (Does anyone actually say Brewers Nation?)  News that longtime Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon chose to opt out of his contract surprised most MLB observers.  Closer to home, the Brewers […]

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What Do We Know About Ryan Braun’s Unprecedented Thumb Fix?

Last week, Ryan Braun had a cryotherapy procedure at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles to heal his injured thumb. Today was supposed to be Braun’s follow-up appointment with his physician, Dr. Vernon Williams, although I have yet to see any new reports.  The news that Braun had taken steps to correct the injury was […]

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10 Best Brewers Wins of 2014

With the Great Collapse of 2014 still a fresh memory, it may be hard to recall that the Brewers had some bloody terrific wins this year. Below is my list of the top ten.  Notably, all of these came before the last week of August, when the Brewers began digging a hole they would not […]

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Should MLB Make Players Wear Facial Protection for Their Own Good?

After that nasty hit Giancarlo Stanton took to the face in last night’s Brewers-Marlins game, it took no time for pundits to call for new safety measures.  ESPN’s Buster Olney compared face flaps to seat belts, arguing there is no downside to wearing either other than personal comfort.  USA Today’s Ted Berg cited Olney approvingly, […]

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Giving Up Is Painless: The Bright Side of the 2014 Brewers Downfall

At the time of this writing, the Brewers are just four games over .500, playing an all-but-meaningless game against the Miami Marlins.  And to think as recently as two weeks ago, a division title didn’t seem out of the question.  A wild card berth was practically guaranteed.  The Brewers’ postseason odds were over 80%.  Fans with […]

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