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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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The Brewers Can’t Let Tim Dillard Go (At Least Not Permanently)

As I write this on Wednesday evening, the Brewers’ AAA affiliate Nashville Sounds are playing their last game at Greer Stadium, which the team called home for 37 years.  They’ll start the 2015 season in a new stadium, which naturally was financed by the usual indefensible corporate welfare. Leaving that aside, via

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Feeling a Case of Wild Card Jitters Coming On

According to JSOnline’s Matt Montgomery, by beating the Pirates yesterday the Brewers increased their odds of making the playoffs to a cool 83.4%.  If the Brewers had lost and the Cardinals had won against the Phillies, Milwaukee would have dropped nine percentage points.  Meanwhile, the goddamn Cardinals are still slight favorites to win the division […]

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