Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (9-13-11)


If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we discuss the Brewers unfortunate slide and upcoming series with the Rockies and Reds! [Read more…]

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (9-5-11)


If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee BrewersOrganization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we discuss Prince Fielder free agent rumors, a final bout with the Cardinals and a huge series with the Phillies! [Read more…]

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (6-27-11)


If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we talk about Prince Fielder as MVP, the sweep of the Twins and a highly anticipated series with the Yankees!

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Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (5-30-11)

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-25-11)


If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we talk about the surprisingly pleasant series with the Phillies, big money for Ryan Braun and an upcoming series with the rival Reds!

By: Nick Grays

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Where Will the Brewers’ Prince Fielder Land in 2012?


In an era where the new gold standard is no longer a million dollars but the almighty billion dollars, sports superstars are looking for every million they can drain out of these loaded sports franchises.

Boston Red Sox First-Baseman Adrian Gonzalez’ seven-year contract worth 154 million is a perfect example of such a thing.

The situation will be no different for Milwaukee Brewers Prince Fielder in 2012 when he becomes a free agent under the infamous Scott Boras.

Unfortunately for the Prince, the days of a designated hitter being crazily overpaid in the American League seems to be coming to an end. That’s why my top five destinations for Fielder are riddled with National League foes.

Follow the jump to see which teams are most likely to snatch up the left-handed slugger.

By: Nick Grays
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Early season baseball needs some perspective, not judgment

By Jake McCormick

After watching the Milwaukee Brewers go from getting four hits in a shutout to 10 runs in an inning 24 hours later, I’ve never been happier to know that there are 150 games left to play.

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Who’s on the 2000s Milwaukee Brewers all-decade team?

By Jake McCormick

This decade, the Brewers made their one and only postseason appearance as the 2008 National League Wild Card. As sad as that and their run of three straight last place finishes from 2002-04 sounds, it was still a much better decade than the 1990s. [Read more…]

The most interesting offseason in Milwaukee Brewer history

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By Jake McCormick

Milwaukee Brewer GM Doug Melvin is taking a page from the Batman book of rebuilding. At the end of Batman Begins, Michael Caine asked Christian Bale what the billionaire is going to do in regards to rebuilding Wayne Manor. Bale responds that he’s going to tear down the charred remains and build it exactly the way it was around the surviving foundation, with the exception of an expansion in the southeast corner.

selleckInstead of keeping some of the old remnants of the 2009 Brewer team, the Tom Selleck lookalike has purged the Brewer roster of veterans faster than Halloween stores change to Christmas stores on November 1. The end result is a strong foundation of hitters and an emphasis on expanding and strengthening a pitching staff that is in dire need of changes.

Because of Milwaukee’s small market and a potentially small window of opportunity with the best 1-2 punch in the National League, Melvin owns the toughest GM job in the major leagues. The Brewers had one of the best offenses in the NL last year, but the pitching staff had a surplus of pudgy, gopherballers who won most of their games with a 5 IP, 5 ER stat line.

As is customary for many teams in baseball, I spent the last month and a half of the Brewers’ season trying to predict what Melvin would do with the veterans in the offseason. Many analysts and fans expected at least one resigning out of Braden Looper, Jason Kendall or Mike Cameron, but Melvin has taken the road less traveled by letting each of them go into the open waters of free agency. This has been said many times by many people: I expected to see some roster shake ups, but I never expected that.

He replaced Cameron’s glove and power bat with Carlos Gomez’s good glove and slap hitting potential, and has hinted that 23-year-old top catching prospect Matthew, I mean Jonathan, Lecroy will get a chance to start next year. That means that the oldest Brewer position player will be 28-year-old Corey Hart, and the rest of the lineup will resemble the avatars in Backyard Baseball games. This makes the late 1970s Arnold/Sly combo of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder to de facto leaders of a very young team.

As a Brewer fan, I am happy to see some unpredictability from the GM office that once prided itself on stockpiling 33-year-old power hitting strikeout artists. At this point I’m also more than willing to sacrifice .230 veteran hitters like Popeye (Kendall) so Melvin can stockpile money to improve a painfully awful pitching staff.

BraunWith an explosive offense of 20-somethings, Melvin is free to concentrate on free agents like Mark Mulder, Jarrod Washburn, John Lackey, and Doug Davis. He’s also been linked to trades for someone like Detroit’s Edwin Jackson. None of these guys will be more than a No. 2 or 3 starter at best, but when you have a pitching staff of bullpen arms it’s hard to be too picky.

Big markets in Los Angeles and New York will predictably dominate headlines as they throw money like Bret Michaels at a strip club at soon-to-be overpaid free agents. But small market moneyball in places like Milwaukee will provide much more interesting storylines to the average baseball fan because of their limited resources year in and year out.

The rest of the Brewers’ offseason will play out much like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: You know exactly what the climax and ending will be, but you still can’t completely prepare yourself for it.