Thoughts on “Baseball in the Dominican Republic: Jean Segura”

After last night’s Brewers/Pirates game, Fox Sports Wisconsin aired the first of three “Baseball in the Dominican Republic” specials that will focus on current – and perhaps future – Brewers.  I hadn’t read this story of the series’ origin until after the first episode aired.  It sounds like a fascinating project: The plan was to […]


Ryan Braun’s Hand Specialist Gets Below Average Online Reviews

When Ryan Braun sat out the second game of the Red Sox series, he shared more detail about his thumb injury than he had previously.  Braun said two potential surgical options were unappealing, but that a third may be promising – except it hasn’t been done many times.  If Braun does eventually decide surgery is […]


The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 4/6/14

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our weekly recap.  Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing.  Please enjoy responsibly.


10 Questions About the 2014 Brewers

On the eve of the 2014 season, there are a few reasons for Brewers fans to feel confident.  After an injury- and suspension-marred 2013, it seems like there are enough pieces in place for the Brewers to bounce back and have a productive year.  Even though the Brewers have their work cut out for them […]


Apparently Spring Training Numbers Don’t Matter (Except When They Do)

(Image: Associated Press) The Brewers officially announced the end of the Juan Francisco experiment earlier today.  My colleague Nick Michalski said this is the right move for Francisco, and I see no reason to disagree.  Francisco seems to have worked hard in winter ball, made adjustments to his approach at the plate, and was having a great […]


Where Does Adorable Marketing Gimmick Hank the Dog Go From Here?

(Image: AP) At the outset of Brewers spring training, the storylines most fans were expecting to follow involved how Matt Garza looked in his early outings, the competition for starting jobs at 1B and 2B, and how well Ryan Braun performed coming back from his suspension.  None of us were expecting to have our hearts […]


K-Rod Escapes from Venezuela (I Wonder If Single-Day Visa Approval is Typical)

(Image: Associated Press) Like most over-fed, ignorant denizens of the first world, I’m not particularly knowledgeable about the social upheaval  going on elsewhere.  I’m vaguely aware that some terrible things are going on in Ukraine and Venezuela, but I don’t know the particulars.  My heart goes out to those who live in conflict zones and […]


Brewers Poll Season Ticket Holders on Ryan Braun (Will They Share the Results?)

(Wrestling legend Shawn Michaels, who worked in an industry untainted by steroids, enthusiastically supporting Ryan Braun in 2012) Earlier today, Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt reported that the Brewers are conducting an online poll of season ticket holders about their feelings on admitted PED user Ryan Braun.  Unfortunately, the opinions of those of us who […]


Should We Expect the Brewers’ Record-Breaking Payroll to Translate into Wins?

(Image: David Bernacchi) Until I read Tom Haudricourt’s blog post today – headlined “Mark Attanasio expects to win with Brewers’ highest payroll” –  I hadn’t realized the Brewers 2014 payroll would be the highest in team history.  According to Haudricourt, it breaks the previous record of $101.2 million set in 2012, and is well above last […]


Thoughts on Hank Aaron, a Milwaukee Legend Before My Time

(Image: Benny Sieu/USA Today) Hall of Famer and baseball hero Hank Aaron slipped on some ice Friday, and underwent hip surgery to repair the damage.  Aaron is expected to make a full recovery within six to eight weeks, which means he should be in good shape when the Atlanta Braves honor the 40th anniversary of his […]