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The Matheny Manifesto: Not As Bad As I Hoped

If not for the power of targeted internet advertising, I would not have known that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put out a book last week called The Matheny Manifesto.  For the last several days I’ve been bombarded by ads trying to attract the click of my mouse with “a young manager’s old-school views on success […]

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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 experience the $15 price of an advance ticket seemed like a fair deal.  Upon arrival, it didn’t […]

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Gallardo’s “Best” Game: April 29, 2009 vs. the Pirates

Reports first surfaced in the middle of the NFC Championship game that a trade was in the works to send Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers.  Yesterday, it became official: Gallardo is on his way to the Lone Star State in exchange for three players, two of which were Top 20 prospects in the Rangers […]

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Best to Keep Sports and Politics Separate

I don’t know how to quantify this, but I’ve long assumed Jonathan Lucroy is the most popular Brewer.  Sure, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez were voted into the All-Star Game last year, but I sense that Lucroy has broader appeal.  If there were a tool for measuring crush/man-crush intensity among Milwaukee baseball fans, I bet […]

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What Other Brewers Broadcasters Are Wall of Honor Worthy?

Yesterday, the Brewers announced that the latest inductee to their Wall of Honor would be longtime TV color analyst Bill Schroeder.  I was a bit surprised upon first hearing the news.  Based on my understanding of Wall of Honor qualifications, Schroeder was 800+ plate appearances and/or one Hall of Fame induction short of meeting inclusion […]

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With 3D Miller Park Display, Bud Selig Hero Worship Goes Too Far

No one disputes that Bud Selig was the driving force behind bringing baseball back to Milwaukee more than 40 years ago.  The sports landscape of this city would be very different if not for Selig, and for that Brewers fans are undoubtedly grateful.  We express our gratitude by supporting the team – attending games, buying […]

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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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