The Brewers and the MLB Draft

At this time of year, most Draft addicts are typically going through Mel Kiper withdrawal syndrome. Fortunately, draftniks do not need to wait too long before their next fix, and can enjoy the MLB Draft that begins on Thursday night. While it lacks the pizzazz and immediate impact of its football and basketball counterparts, picking […]


Why Not Bat the Pitcher Eighth? (Because No One Else Does)

In a recent Notebook, Adam McCalvy reported Ron Roenicke is open to the idea of putting the pitcher in the eighth spot of the batting order: “It has been discussed for the past four or five days, [and] there is merit to it,” Roenicke said. “It depends on your personnel, really on who is […]


The Usefulness of Pitcher Jimmy Nelson

As Tommy John surgery spreads across baseball like the bubonic plague, perhaps it would be worthwhile to re-name the Cy Young award after the famed sports surgeon James Andrews. Fortunately, Milwaukee has avoided this mighty scourge of arm injuries. The Brewers managed to get to Memorial Day weekend with their rotation completely intact. Unfortunately, such […]


Memories of Memorial Day 2009: the Gallardo-Carpenter Duel

Memorial Day is a time to reflect and be grateful for the heroic actions taken in the name of making our lives better.  As a Brewers fan, I can think of few actions more heroic than beating the goddamn Cardinals.  It on this day five years ago that one of the great Brewers win of […]

Baseball’s Game of Thrones: A Rule of Three, Two…or One?

In an article for The New York Times Thursday, Michael Schmidt provided some interesting details about the clash of wills between current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and a group of owners seemingly led by White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who disagree with Selig’s plan to install his “deputy” Rob Manfred as baseball’s next commish.  Reinsdorf […]

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Brewers Lately? Shield Your Weary Eyes. Change the Channel.

Losers of four straight games and 12 of their last 19, the Milwaukee Brewers don’t seem like a team that’s 27-19 and leading the NL Central division.  It’s getting hard to take them seriously, as the pitching has grown shoddy and the bats anemic.  The St. Louis Cardinals are now only 2.5 games back and […]


Are the Brewers Hurting Wang More Than He’s Hurting Them?

After Wei-Chung Wang’s latest batting practice session against the Braves, it’s probably safe to say Brewers fans have seen all we need to see.  The Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday videos put a smile on our face, but there’s nothing funny about any of Wang’s recent appearances.  When Curt Hogg at Disciples of Uecker says Wang’s last […]


What is Rickie Weeks Worth?

Back in March, the only sports story Wisconsinites were talking about more than the Badgers’ Final Four run was the Brewers’ second-base battle. Young Scooter Gennett, coming off a fantastic rookie cup of coffee, challenged incumbent Rickie Weeks for the starting job. After a full slate of games down in Maryvale, manager Ron Roenicke essentially […]


Trying to Understand the Unwritten Rules of Pitcher Retaliation

Before yesterday’s Brewers-Pirates game  – the first contest between the two teams since Easter Brawl 2014 – it wasn’t surprising that fans and pundits had retaliation on their minds, particularly since instigator Gerrit Cole was starting for Pittsburgh.  As it turned out, Cole did hit Carlos Gomez in the third inning, but it was an […]


Gomez Drops Appeal; MLB’s Inaction Strange

Twenty four days have passed since the Brewers-Pirates brawl at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Easter Sunday.  Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider served their suspensions regarding the matter, while Pirates catcher Russell Martin has yet to serve his one-game suspension because he’s on the disabled list.  That leaves Milwaukee outfielder Carlos […]


How Heavy is the Absence of Aramis Ramirez?

While this baseball season has been full of surprises, Aramis Ramirez getting injured is not a shock to anyone. The Dominican third baseman, who turns 36 next month, is scheduled to go on the disabled list with hamstring issues. Again, most observers should have seen this coming. Although Ramirez has been durable for much of […]