Brewers’ Decision on Francisco Right for Player, Impact for Team Murky

(Photo: Getty Images) The Juan Francisco saga cleared up a little bit Monday, with reports specifying that Francisco had been placed on release waivers, clearing him to sign with another team. A release from the Brewers was not the result I envisioned with Francisco.  After the conclusion of the 2013 season, I was adamant that […]


Hopefully We Have Heard the Last of Corey Hart’s Whining

(Hart in his seaman/sailor/navigator uni with John Buck; AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Back in October, I was all for the Brewers re-signing first baseman / outfielder / probable part-time DH Corey Hart to a new contract, for at least one year.  I went so far as to call Hart “True Blue Brew Crew.”  At the time […]

Book Review: Blockade Billy by Stephen King

(Image: Glen Orbik, Desert Isle Design via Scribner / Cemetery Dance Publications) It’s amazing the quick degradation from salivating over the start of Spring Training baseball to saying: “Ugh, I’m ready for the games to count already.”  To mediate my exhibition-season nausea, I read the cute little novella Blockade Billy by Stephen King, published back […]


Playing Pepper 2014: St. Louis Cardinals

(Image: Rarely seen Cardinals logo from 1949-1959 per (Editor's note: I participated in a "game of pepper" with Daniel Shoptaw of C70 at the Bat, which is part of the Cards Conclave cluster of blogs.  Click that link and check out what I had to say on the fortunes of the 2014 Brewers, along with […]


It’s Early, But Brewers Facing Tough Decisions Already

(Cloudy the future is.  Zuma Images) It could all be talk or it could lead to something happening.  The Milwaukee Brewers’ roster construction heading into Spring Training suggested that some players may be on the outside looking in to start the season.  That group would seemingly include out-of-options infielders Jeff Bianchi and Juan Francisco.  In […]


New Brewers Spring Training Uniforms Follow and Buck Trends

(The kooky and fun-loving Matt Garza in the new 2014 BP / ST jersey.  Image: AP) Way back in October, Paul Lukas of Uni Watch provided a glimpse at MLB’s new 2014 batting practice / spring training jerseys.  According to Lukas, MLB cycles these changes over a period of years.  It’s a bit difficult to […]


Death of the Metrodome

(All photos: Nick Michalski) The HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis is going, going, almost gone.  After several contained blasts to tear the roof down and crumble the walls of the decrepit old stadium, crews are working to smash and haul away the remaining metal, concrete and other crap left behind.  Folks coming into downtown Minneapolis by […]


Remember: Disregard (Almost) Everything Spring Training Produces

Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a helpful reminder on what to take away from MLB Spring Training: virtually nothing.  The Twins broke camp last year thinking Aaron Hicks would be their centerfield star all year and that Opening Day starter Vance “Vanimal” Worley could be an ace in the making.  It didn’t turn […]


TV Coverage of Brewers’ Spring Training Improves

(Hank's ready for some baseball.) I wrote about the TV coverage of the Milwaukee Brewers during Spring Training last year around this time, and wow: that looks depressing now.  There were only five games broadcast on each MLB Network and Fox Sports Wisconsin, and none until March 11!  This year the coverage has improved dramatically, […]


Sculpting the Brewers’ Mount Rushmore

(Image: Artist Eduardo Kobra's "Mount Rushmore Mural" in L.A. via I saw a post about a hypothetical “Mount Rushmore” of Golden State Warriors players via the blog Golden State of Mind, and apparently that discussion was brought on by some really interesting comments by the narcissistic but undeniably great LeBron James of the Miami […]


Brett Favre Poses as a Milwaukee Brewer in the 1990s

On eBay I came across the above curious picture…Brett Favre, the former holy-of-holies Green Bay Packers quarterback turned traitor (or as select Cardinals fans would have it: trader) and evildoer.  The item has been marked down from $119.95 to $95.96 (the description says Favre was taking batting practice in 1995-1996; get it?).  Apparently taken at […]


A.J. Burnett’s Decision to Sign with Phillies Could Empower Brewers

The Philadelphia Phillies will reportedly sign free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one-year, $16MM contract for 2014.  It had long been postulated that Burnett would either retire from baseball or pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the upcoming season.  The Pirates had declined to give Burnett a qualifying offer this offseason, which would have […]


Remembering the Three Cy Young Award Winners for Milwaukee

It’s a little tricky nailing down the exact date that Don Newcombe, the great pitcher who spent most of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, won the first Cy Young Award in 1956.  Newcombe also won the NL MVP that year.  I guess I’ll defer to MLB Network, which hailed Tuesday as the birthday of […]


Brewers Who Hit for the Cycle

No, I’m not talking about a home run ball sailing out toward the “hogs” above the Harley-Davidson Deck in left-center field at Miller Park.  Rather, the cycle: the accomplishment of hitting a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.  The “natural cycle” involves performing this more-than-minor miracle in increasingly powerful strokes, from […]