Brewers Bar Best of 2011

We did this at the end of the calendar year last year, so why not do it again? Here were the most popular posts on The Brewers Bar during 2011. Enjoy. January11 Expectations for 20117 of 11 came “true,” some expectations more reasonable than others. Depressing Retro Previews: 2000With high expectations heading into the 2011 […]

Baseball Bloggers Alliance Hall of Fame Ballot

It’s Hall of Fame voting season, and everyone is making their arguments for who should and shouldn’t get in. The Baseball Bloggers Alliance is no different, and as a member of the BBA, I recently sent in my ballot for 2012. Last year, the BBA only made two recommendations for the Hall, and they ended […]

Nyjer Morgan Goes Zip-Lining

If you read Hardball Talk, you probably saw a story linked earlier today about the Mets being a little unhappy with pitcher R.A. Dickey scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro this offseason. They say they’ll void his contract if he gets hurt on the excursion. Now, squabbles like this probably aren’t all that uncommon, and Brewers fans know […]


Brewers snubbed in Olney’s top rotations list

Buster Olney rated his Top 10 starting rotations in baseball Monday morning for ESPN Insider. You’d think the Brewers, returning all of their starters from a 2011 season in which they posted a team ERA of 3.63, would rank somewhere in the Top 10. Nope. Olney left them off his list, which actually included 11 […]


Merry Christmas, Plush Style

He sees you when you’re sleeping… He knows when you’re awake… He knows if you’ve been bad or good… So be good for goodness sake. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, everybody.

Brewers add Cesar Izturis to utility mix

Yesterday, we took a look at some of the internal options the Brewers have to fill out their bench. Due to the money spent at other positions, it looks like the Brewers will have to get creative to fill out the rest of their 25-man roster. When we got to the utility/middle infielder spot on […]

Brewers bench could see youth movement

A few unforseen circumstances (Francisco Rodriguez accepting arbitration, Ryan Braun‘s potential suspension) have left the Brewers in a bit of a bind — they’re right up against their limit in terms of payroll, but still have quite a few holes to fill on the bench. As a result, it appears the Brewers will have to […]

Looking at Aoki/Braun scenarios

In a little over a week, the Brewers outfield has gone from a relatively — hell, perfectly — stable situation to a full-blown mess rife with question marks and uncertainty. Ryan Braun’s positive drug test and the winning bid for Norichika Aoki were both unexpected occurrences that aren’t likely to be resolved in the near […]

Brewers surprise winner in bidding for Aoki

Doug Melvin on December 2, responding to questions about the Brewers bidding on Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima: “I have trouble bidding on somebody you never saw,” said Melvin. “We make mistakes on players we’ve seen for three or four years. Why would we spend on somebody we haven’t seen?” It’s December 17th, and the Brewers […]

Details of Aramis Ramirez deal announced

When the Brewers signed Aramis Ramirez, it was easy to start wondering just how the Brewers were going to fit him into their 2012 payroll, especially with Francisco Rodriguez accepting salary arbitration just a few days ago. As it turns out, the answer is a drastically back-loaded contract. Ken Rosenthal had the details first this […]

Aramis Ramirez a sensible deal for Brewers

I’m late to the party on the Aramis Ramirez writing, but there’s been some good stuff written about the move already. Jack Moore wrote the move up at FanGraphs, and sees it as an upgrade at third. Ryan Topp recapped it for Bernie’s Crew, and doesn’t like it nearly as much. My feelings fall somewhere […]


Brewers trade McGehee for surprisingly useful reliever

This probably shouldn’t be as much of a surprise as it was, but the Brewers capped off a busy day by trading Casey McGehee to the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Jose Veras. With Aramis Ramirez signing with the Brewers earlier in the day and the non-tender deadline at 11 p.m. Central, today seemed like a […]

First thoughts on Ryan Braun’s drug test

People react differently to things. Some people, upon hearing that Ryan Braun failed a drug test, get angry. Some feel betrayed. Fans of other teams might even be enjoying some schadenfreude. Me? I stared at this blinking cursor for about 20 minutes before writing anything. I’m probably going to end up doing it again once […]


Difference Between Gonzalez and Yuni? Night and Day.

Let’s be honest here: Alex Gonzalez is not a world-beater. He likely won’t be an All-Star for the Brewers. We’re likely going to be just as frustrated with his bat as we were with Yuni’s. But he isn’t Yuniesky Betancourt, and just for that, there will be some that will love him. Of course, that […]