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A Brief History of Owgust, the Barrel Man

Milwaukee Brewers fans and residents of Wisconsin in general are no doubt familiar with the cartoon Beer Barrel Man, who became an official symbol of the modern Brewers when the franchise arrived in town in 1970.  The new, major league Brewers of that time needed some branding, a logo, something to represent the team and […]

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Bob Uecker Immortalized Friday

(Photo: Uecker chills in the shade as J.J. Hardy plays ping pong) A former player, a comedian, an actor, perhaps the most influential and significant play-by-play radio announcer of his generation, Robert George ‘Bob’ Uecker will be honored with a statue Friday afternoon outside Miller Park.  Known as ‘Mr. Baseball’, a fitting title given to […]

Looking at Brewers in the AFL: Hitters

Photo: Jim Prisching/AP   Yesterday, we briefly explained the Arizona Fall League and profiled the Brewers who will be pitching in it. Today, we’re going to look at the hitters: (Advance warning: Most of these guys are probably going to put up huge numbers in the AFL because everybody puts up huge numbers in the AFL. […]

Looking at Brewers in the AFL: Pitchers

Even if no Brewers (with the possible exceptions of Randy Wolf and Shaun Marcum) will be playing in October this year, some of the club’s top prospects will have their seasons go on for another couple months yet. Rosters for this year’s Arizona Fall League were announced today, and Per their twitter account, the AFL […]

Wolf to Baltimore; Marcum on Waivers

A roundup of some important Brewers stories today:  – Shortly after Ben Sheets’ comeback attempt was put on hold due to a shoulder injury, another former Brewers pitcher has found a job with a contender. Randy Wolf, who was released by Milwaukee last week, will sign with the Baltimore Orioles, according to Orioles beat writer Brittany Ghiroli first […]

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Orioles Sign Randy Wolf

The Baltimore Orioles apparently have signed free-agent lefty and recent Brewer Randy Wolf.  It didn’t take long for Wolf to find a new team.  Wolf will be pitching in the AL for the first time, although as of now it’s unclear if he’s joined Baltimore to fortify a young rotation or to help from the […]

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Spoiler Alert

Photo: Benny Sieu, US PRESSWIRE In taking two of three games versus the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend, the Milwaukee Brewers showed the kind of damage they could do to foes over the next month in terms of spoiling other teams’ chances at the playoffs.  Nearly a month ago, I waxed on the possibility of […]

Some Failed Predictions From Last Offseason

Photo: Jeffery Phelps/AP It’s fair to say that this season hasn’t exactly worked out the way we all hoped it would. After the Brewers won 96 games and an NL Central title last year, there were high hopes for 2012, even with the loss of Prince Fielder – and the ugly specter of regression – […]

Looking Back at the Randy Wolf Contract

AP Photo As was reported yesterday, Randy Wolf was released by the Brewers, bringing an end to the 3 year, $29.75M deal they agreed to during the 2009-2010 Winter Meetings. I covered most of the immediate issues in the previous post, but I wanted to also take a look at Wolf’s tenure with the Brewers […]

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Starting Pitching Miscellanea

Marco Estrada was finally able to land his first win of the 2012 season on Tuesday evening against the Cubs, and it was a long time coming.  Estrada has now started 16 games, with 95.2 innings pitched and a 4.23 ERA.  That translates to roughly 6 innings pitched per game, which is actually more than […]

Randy Wolf Released By Brewers

Photo: Matt Slocum/AP   It has been known for some time that Shaun Marcum would be returning to the Brewers’ rotation soon, but the way the club chose to free up a spot for him still caught a lot of people off-guard. Despite early reports that the Brewers’ brass would likely either shut down a young […]

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Miller Park Roof Should Stay Open Most of the Time

Miller Park has a retractable roof to shield fans in cases of rain or inclement weather.  But have Milwaukee’s baseball fans become soft with Miller Park’s cozy bosom?  Sometimes it appears as if the roof overlords at the stadium overreact to weather possibilities.  Yeah, the game was delayed about seven minutes or whatever for the […]

Six-Man Rotation Could Work For Brewers

At some point in the next week or so – hopefully, at least – whatever has been ailing Shaun Marcum’s elbow will subside enough for him to rejoin the Brewers’ rotation. When he returns, the club will be left with an interesting conundrum as to how they will alter their current setup of Yovani Gallardo, […]

Notes on Yovani Gallardo’s Changeup

In case you missed it, Yovani Gallardo had another great start last night, allowing one run over seven innings while striking out nine. Gallardo made a few mistakes during the game – two of the four hits he allowed were doubles – but he appeared to be playing cat-and-mouse with the Phillies lineup for most […]

Is There Any Bullpen Help Out There? Anywhere?

Photo: Tony Farlow/MiLB.com   I’m going to be blunt here: The Brewers’ bullpen has had a really terrible season. So many things have gone wrong, both for each individual pitcher and the unit as a whole, that you feel like you’re witnessing something historic each time the staff surrenders a hard-earned lead – all 23 times, […]

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