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-jp- / Brew Crew Ball 15 hours ago
What We Learned: Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day Edition!

What We Learned: Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day Edition!

It was Photo Day at Spring Training yesterday, giving us the chance to see the different sides of players. Yesterday was Photo Day at Miller Park, as the players and coaches of the Brewers came together to get their pictures taken for the upcoming season. While many of the photos are plain ones that get used in media guides, on websites, and everywhere else that needs player photos, there’s always plenty of light-hearted ones as well. This year, the bat was a popular prop for the players as they posed in their pictures. Infielder Scooter Gennett made the most of his prop, using it to show...
Brew Crew Ball 17 hours ago
Report: Jonathan Villar turned down extension offer from Milwaukee Brewers

Report: Jonathan Villar turned down extension offer from Milwaukee Brewers

Jon Heyman says Milwaukee approached the infielder about a $20 million extension after his breakout year With spring training games starting up this weekend, baseball's offseason is coming to an official close. With that in mind, Fanrag's Jon Heyman handed out grades for every team. He gives the Milwaukee Brewers a C for their offseason moves, but the most interesting thing about the column is in the 'Around the Majors' notes at the end, where he reports the Brewers tried to sign Jonathan Villar to an extension following his breakout 2016 season: The Brewers floated an extension in the $20...
Outside Pitch 17 hours ago

Ahead of the curve: How the Milwaukee Brewers could be on the bleeding edge of baseball

Fans of the Milwaukee Brewers are no stranger no change. There is no clearer evidence than the near-complete turnover the team has experienced over the last few years. In that span, they’ve hired a new general manager in David Stearns and a new manager in Craig Counsell, along with turning all but two position players […] The post Ahead of the curve: How the Milwaukee Brewers could be on the bleeding edge of baseball appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Brew Crew Ball 22 hours ago
Submit Your Questions for BCB Mailbag #17

Submit Your Questions for BCB Mailbag #17

Send in your questions and every Friday we'll answer them. Today is Thursday, and you all know what that means: Tomorrow is Friday. And you know what Friday means: Another edition of the BCB Mailbag! Spring training is now in full swing, games start tomorrow, players are trying out new roles, we’ve seen some international free agent rumors, and yesterday was picture day for the Brewers, so there should be plenty for us to talk about. Looking forward to seeing what ya’ll come up with this week!
Brew Crew Ball 23 hours ago
Craig Counsell won’t settle on Milwaukee Brewers batting order until after the World Baseball Classic

Craig Counsell won’t settle on Milwaukee Brewers batting order until after the World Baseball Classic

The Brewers have a lot of new faces in the lineup, and a lot of possibilities on where to put them in the order, but the manager will take a month to figure everything out You know what's really fun when you're killing time, waiting for a team to start playing some actual games? Trying to figure out batting orders. You know what manager Craig Counsell won't be doing for at least a few more weeks? Try to figure out batting orders. Counsell told reporters Wednesday that he won't start thinking about his regular batting order until after the World Baseball Classic. The WBC doesn't start for...
Call to the Pen Feb 23, 2017

Milwaukee Brewers History: Ryan Braun Appeals PED Test Successfully

No one had managed to successfully appeal a PED test in Major League Baseball. That is, until this day in 2012, when Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was able to have his suspension thrown out. PED testing in Major League Baseball has been amongst the best in the world for quite some time. While they […] Milwaukee Brewers History: Ryan Braun Appeals PED Test Successfully - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Reviewing The Brew Feb 22, 2017

Brewers News: Brewers Looked Into C Matt Wieters

The Brewers did their research on free agent catcher Matt Wieters before deciding they were content with the catchers on their current roster. Matt Wieters just reached a deal with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday but the Brewers were in the mix until the end. General manager David Stearns claimed to have done “due diligence” […] Brewers News: Brewers Looked Into C Matt Wieters - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
-jp- / Brew Crew Ball Feb 22, 2017
What We Learned: A few days to action

What We Learned: A few days to action

Workouts are in full swing and the first game is just a few days away. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned. Countdown to Opening Day: 40 Brewers News and Notes Links from BCB Hiram Burgos to start Friday for Milwaukee Brewers, Taylor Jungmann moving to bullpen | Jaymes L, BCB The first game of spring training is just a few days away, and Hiram Burgos will be first up for the Brewers starters. Meanwhile, with too much competition ongoing among starting pitchers, Taylor Jungmann is shifting to a bullpen role. Milwaukee Brewers prospect Jacob Nottingham says he ‘tried too...
Brew Crew Ball Feb 22, 2017
Milwaukee Brewers are “Expected to be Active” on International Free Agent Market

Milwaukee Brewers are “Expected to be Active” on International Free Agent Market

The Brewers will have a bonus pool of $5.25 mil to work with. International free agency will take on a whole new look this year thanks to the recently agreed upon Collective Bargaining Agreement between the MLB and the Players’ Association. Gone are the days where teams can pony up exhorbitant sums to sign a prospect like Yoan Moncada, as now there are hard caps in place to limit how much each team can spend on international amateurs. Here is how the new spending caps break down, according to Baseball America: Most teams get a bonus pool of $4.75 mil that they can use to sign...
Brew Crew Ball Feb 21, 2017
Hiram Burgos to start Friday for Milwaukee Brewers, Taylor Jungmann moving to bullpen

Hiram Burgos to start Friday for Milwaukee Brewers, Taylor Jungmann moving to bullpen

With the first spring games just days away, pitching assignments begin to take shape We're just a few days away from actual baseball games being played, and the Milwaukee Brewers are starting to set up their pitching assignments for the first couple games. According to Tom Haudricourt, Hiram Burgos will get the first start of the Brewers' exhibition schedule, taking the ball for Friday's exhibition against UW-Milwaukee. #Brewers manager Craig Counsell said RHP Hiram Burgos will start first exhibition game Friday vs. UWM at Maryvale. Burgos ramping up for WBC— Tom (@Haudricourt) February...
Brew Crew Ball Feb 21, 2017
Milwaukee Brewers Winter Ball Recap

Milwaukee Brewers Winter Ball Recap

Who shined brightest while playing in foreign leagues during the 2016-17 MLB offseason? There are a myriad of reasons that players participate in foreign baseball leagues during the winter time. Many players return to their home countries after the regular season and are eager for an opportunity to suit up for the teams they grew up watching. Some head to winter ball to get extra reps if they missed time with an injury during their regular season in MLB-affiliated ball, or if they had a down year performance-wise and are trying to get back on track. Others still are simply looking for an...
Brew Crew Ball Feb 21, 2017
Milwaukee Brewers prospect Jacob Nottingham says he ‘tried too hard’ last year

Milwaukee Brewers prospect Jacob Nottingham says he ‘tried too hard’ last year

The guy who was supposed to be Milwaukee’s “catcher of the future” says he put too much pressure on himself to succeed in 2016 There were a lot of expectations placed on Jacob Nottingham last season. The centerpiece of a deal that sent slugger Khris Davis to Oakland, Nottingham was immediately pegged as “The Catcher of the Future.” He was coming off a year in which he hit .316/.372/.505 across two levels of A-balland was ranked among Baseball Prospectus' Top-100 prospects. And then he hit .234/.295/.347 for Double-A Biloxi, striking out 39 more times than he did the year before...
-jp- / Brew Crew Ball Feb 20, 2017
What We Learned: Camp is in full swing

What We Learned: Camp is in full swing

First full squad workouts of the spring were held over the weekend. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned. Countdown to Opening Day: 42 Brewers News and Notes Links from BCB Attanasio drops an f-bomb, talks Milwaukee Brewers payroll, Maryvale future | Jaymes L, BCB Mark Attanasio had his yearly preseason talk with the team as position players reported last week, and discussed many topics while at camp. Craig Counsell wants Milwaukee Brewers prospects to ignore rankings, and you should too | Jaymes L, BCB While prospect rankings are great for evaluating a team, at the end of...
Brew Crew Ball Feb 20, 2017
Neftali Feliz reports to camp, not officially Milwaukee Brewers closer

Neftali Feliz reports to camp, not officially Milwaukee Brewers closer

The presumed closer isn’t the official closer just yet, but is in camp after getting his work visa Reliever Neftali Feliz is finally in Brewers camp, getting to Maryvale nearly a week after his fellow pitchers after dealing with work visa issues before being able to leave his native Domincan Republic. The 28-year-old righty is sitting at 99 career saves, and figures to be the Brewers' closer this season, but according to the AP, manager Craig Counsell won't make that official announcement just yet -- even if he's talking him up already. "Neftali is going to get really important outs for...
Brew Crew Ball Feb 20, 2017
Ex-Milwaukee Brewers find New Homes

Ex-Milwaukee Brewers find New Homes

There’s almost enough for an expansion team here! Like every major league team, the Brewers have lots of former players spread throughout baseball. Many of them changed teams this off season, some traded, some signed as free agents, some taking minor league deals in an attempt to get back to the show, and some still looking for gainful employment. I can’t claim that this is a comprehensive list, but I will claim that I spent way too much time trying to track all of them down. TRADES The Brewers sent Tyler Thornburg (2012-2016) to Boston and Martin Maldonado (2011-2016) to the Angels in...
Brew Crew Ball Feb 20, 2017
Digging Out Things the Milwaukee Brewers Were Good at in 2016

Digging Out Things the Milwaukee Brewers Were Good at in 2016

The Brewers did some things well last season. I promise only one of these is sarcastic. Ignoring overrated traditional metrics of success like hits, on base percentage, team wins, or runs scored vs. runs allowed, you’ll find the Brewers had an excellent season in 2016. I spent a Friday night spam sorting Fangraphs tables to reveal things the Brewers were good at in 2016. Some are well documented, some less so. Stealing Bases (1st in MLB) Buoyed by Jonathon Villar’s league leading 62 SB’s, the Brewers stole way more bases than anyone else (181). If my math’s right, that’s like 7...
Baseball Prospectus Feb 20, 2017

Austerity and Collusion

The Milwaukee Brewers rebuilding and analytics campaign fits perfectly with a new narrative of revenue reorganization within the MLB. Mirroring a broader era of austerity in the United States of America, MLB owners are redistributing revenue upwards, to the detriment of both MLB and minor league payrolls, as well as draft and international spending bonuses. […]
Brew Crew Ball Feb 19, 2017
Attanasio drops an f-bomb, talks Milwaukee Brewers payroll, Maryvale future

Attanasio drops an f-bomb, talks Milwaukee Brewers payroll, Maryvale future

Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio’s annual spring address to the team features some colorful verbs Full-squad workouts are now officially underway, after position players reported to camp on Saturday. With everyone now in Maryvale, some interesting Brewers notes came out of the weekend, and most of them came from the team's owner. Mark Attanasio made his annual address once every member of the organization was gathered, and this year it included some uncharacteristic language from a normally mild-mannered guy, telling the players "don't (fun) it up." To be clear, it doesn't appear to...
-jp- / Brew Crew Ball Feb 17, 2017
What We Learned: First few days of camp in the books

What We Learned: First few days of camp in the books

The first few days of camp are done, and position players are ready to report as well. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned. Countdown to Opening Day: 45 Brewers News and Notes Links from BCB Milwaukee Brewers 2016-17 Offseason in Review | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB With camp underway, it’s time to take a look back at everything the Brewers did during the offseason. Milwaukee Brewers 2017 Payroll Projection: Update 4 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB The payroll is now nearly set for Opening Day, with Chase Anderson’s arbitration case settled and locked in to the payroll. Brew Crew Ball...
Brew Crew Ball Feb 17, 2017
Craig Counsell wants Milwaukee Brewers prospects to ignore rankings, and you should too

Craig Counsell wants Milwaukee Brewers prospects to ignore rankings, and you should too

Top 100 lists frequently don’t paint the whole picture and are often flat-out wrong Ask any prospect-ranking guru, and they'll tell you the Brewers have one of the best farm systems in baseball right now. The hype for Brewers prospects has significantly increased over the past couple years, and it may have reached its peak this offseason, with the organization consistently placing a half-dozen players in various Top-100 lists. The lists generate a lot of excitement for fans and give us something to talk about all winter, but now that those prospects are starting to trickle into spring...

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