Previewing the Milwaukee Brewers 2012 starting line-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last decade or so, the Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the best offensive teams in the MLB. With that said, they’ve also been a team on the rise which finally culminated with the squad capturing their division title for the first time in twenty five years last season.

Even though the team has lost slugger Prince Fielder, they remain in the hitter-friendly Miller Park and covet the NL’s reigning MVP in Ryan Braun.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the Brewers’ projected starting line-up in 2012.

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Brewers GM on Prince Fielder: “We’ve Had to Move On”

prince fielder free agent

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in a little more than a month and Prince Fielder still has not signed a free agent deal with any MLB team.  Some Milwaukee Brewers‘ fans are hoping that as long as teams drop out of the Fielder sweepstakes and he remains on the open market, there is a glimmer of hope that he might return to Milwaukee even if it is just for a one-year deal.  However, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Monday night that Fielder will not be a Brewer next season and that the team is still awaiting word on Ryan Braun‘s suspension.

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Brewers Corey Hart Returns With a Bang; Three HR and Seven RBI

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (3-7-11)


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 a couple of injuries to key Brewers and Zack Greinke’s not-so hot start to the year!

By: Nick Grays

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The Yohawk Mohawk & Baseball Beards

There’s hair on the chinny, chin, chin of a number of Milwaukee Brewers players.  And the team’s ace-in-the-making Yovani Gallardo is sporting a mohawk.  What’s with the hair extraordinaire? That didn’t throw Tuesday night’s game for Gallardo, did it?

 “No, it’s not that,” says Gallardo.  “Can’t blame it on that.  Can’t blame it on anybody but yourself.”

 If anything, new hairstyles and facial hair seem to be good luck charms. Prince Fielder has let his beard grow a bit longer than we’ve seen in weeks past. George Kotteras has a nice, full beard. John Axford’s token mustache has grown so long, it has surpassed the Rollie Fingers’ curl and curved down towards the chin. Corey Hart also hasn’t touched his full beard.

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Live From Milwaukee: Brewers/Reds Rubber Game

Miller Park Press Box

On the final day of a three-game series with the division’s now-tied-for first-place Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers host an afternoon rubber game. The game is not televised today; which means you can tune in on your radio or follow along on foxsportswisconsin.com.

Tuesday night’s loss prevented the Crew from earning a broom trifecta—or third consecutive home sweep—after the Crew swept both the Pirates and the Nationals at Miller Park earlier this month. Today, we’ll keep you informed live from Miller Park with updates during the game @MilwBrewersBeat on Twitter as well as post-game coverage and features.

By Melissa S. Wollering, Brewers Contributor to FoxSportsWisconsin.com & The Sportsbank.net  [Read more…]

Corey Hart Proves He is Star Material, Sometimes

Corey Hart

Perhaps he was trying to prove to the Milwaukee Brewers organization that his dismal start to the season has no bearing on his talent.  Maybe he was putting on a show for other clubs interested in acquiring him.  Either way, Corey Hart was on a mission during the Home Run Derby Tuesday night.

“Anytime you make the [All Star] team it’s good, but to basically just point a finger at the Brewers and say ‘I told you so’ would be more gratifying than anything,” said Hart, in an interview late last month.

Corey Hart got just that, smacking 13 out of the Angels Stadium in the Home Run Derby’s first round. But then he recorded a goose egg in the second round; zero homers across the allotted 10 outs. So do the Milwaukee Brewers keep the hot hitter or trade him before the Hart stops beating?

By: Melissa S. Wollering

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How Many Milwaukee Brewers are All-Stars?

Prince Fielder & Ryan Braun

Besides Ryan Braun, who on the Milwaukee Brewers team is All-Star material this year?  Is Yovani Gallardo deserving of a pitching spot?  Does Corey Hart have a chance?  What would it mean for the man whose rough March and April has all but been forgotten?

“Anytime you make the team it’s good, but to basically just point a finger at the Brewers and say ‘I told you so’ would be more gratifying than anything,” says Hart, in a good-natured way.

The Brewers have had at least three players on the All-Star roster in each of the last four years.  However, the Milwaukee Brewers were playing baseball above the .500 mark during all four seasons.

By: Melissa S. Wollering

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Brewers Can’t Catapult Streak to Six

 If you hit a double to left-center, drive in your pitcher and your leadoff man who was just walked, then slide head-first into home plate thanks to an error by the opposing pitcher, you must be none other than Corey Hart.

“I’m still tired,” said Hart.  “I wish there wouldn’t have been that many mistakes so I could have stayed there.”

A throwing error by pitcher Doug Fister accounted for Hart being able to dive home slip-and-slide-style after batting-in Randy Wolf and Rickie Weeks to make it 3-2 Crew. Good thing it was the Brewers’ sixth sellout crowd of the season, so fans could stand and cheer in sheer disbelief of the spectacle. 

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How Thin Can the Brewers Bench Get?

Joe Inglett

Does your bench not stretch? Can we use you if you catch? Is there anyone for innings when we need you for some winnings? Are we down to just the pitchers if we made some fielding switchers? Does your bench not stretch?

Bases loaded and one down in the tenth.  Joe Inglett (coming off his own ankle problem) and Craig Counsell have been used. Jody Gerut nursing a bruised heel is passed on. Backup catcher Jonathan Lucroy is being saved in case something happens to Kotteras.

So Ken Macha turns to Randy Wolf to pinch hit. Another K is born. Fortunately, Rickie Weeks wins the game with a walk-off walk in the tenth to give the Brewers their first series win at home since the Opening Homestand against Colorado. Does your bench not stretch?

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Three moves to hassle the Hoff and shake up the Milwaukee Brewers

Trevor Hoffman

Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio was willing to can manager Ned Yost with 15 games left in the 2008 Wild Card race. Last August, he fired pitching coach Bill Castro, options the struggling JJ Hardy to Triple A, and showed Bill Hall the door. If Attanasio wants to keep a consistent message, he needs to make at least one of these three moves. [Read more…]

Can the Milwaukee Brewers Wheel & Deal Corey Hart?

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Earlier this week, we told you Corey Hart’s starting position in right field was up in the air for Opening Day. Now we’ve learned the Brewers organization tried to off-load Hart on Washington and pick-up free agent Jermaine Dye, but couldn’t come up with an agreement that satisfied.

If Hart stays with Milwaukee, fans will have to be satisfied with a .127 batting average (Hart’s numbers in Spring Training) and Jim Edmonds will likely see more playing time. As we discussed earlier this week, the thorn in the organization’s side is that Hart won his arbitration session this season the Brewers are now paying the Spring Training slumper $4.8M. Doug Melvin probably wanted something for Hart, but if they had decided to release him before Opening Day, the Brewers would have only been responsible for one-quarter his salary. [Read more…]