Tag:Brewers
Posted on: July 21, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 6:23 pm
 

White Sox angling for Fielder

Prince Fielder The White Sox continue to pursue a big bat and have turned their attention to Prince Fielder, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Chicago has been tied with Adam Dunn, but Washington's exorbitant price tag has scared off GM Kenny Williams, who made anyone in the farm available for Dunn. The Nats, however, reportedly are holding out for, among others, Gordon Beckham.

While Williams isn't willing to move Beckham for Dunn, he may for Fielder as Buster Olney of ESPN notes . However, the Brewers' primary goal is to acquire a starting pitcher. While the Pale Hose have Daniel Hudson in that category, the Brew Crew view Hudson as only a No. 3 starter at his best, which isn't enough to deal Fielder.

One thought could be to acquire Beckham and Hudson and then seek to flip second baseman Rickie Weeks or third baseman Casey McGehee for a starting pitcher, although the caliber of pitcher the Brewers would get back for one of the two would also be a No. 3 type. Milwaukee has a decision to make, then: try to acquire two No. 3 starter types or hold Fielder out for an ace.

Milwaukee's pitching depth is so thin that the former opportunity is not all that terrible, but it's difficult to move such an important part of the team's offense and only come away with two middle-of-the-rotation types.

Fielder is making $10.5 million on the year and will be eligible for arbitration one final time in 2011 before hitting the free agent market. His value may not be higher than it is now, as many scouts are concerned about his bad body and how well it will hold up over the length of his free-agent contract. Agent Scott Boras is currently talking as if Fielder deserves a bigger contract than Mark Teixeira got from the Yankees.

It's highly doubtful that Milwaukee will retain Fielder after becoming a free agent, so the Brewers may be forced to take the best deal they can get now -- it's unlikely they could get a better deal in the offseason or at the trade deadline next season.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 11:29 am
 

Uecker back to booth this week

Bob Uecker "Get up! Get up! Get outta here! Gone!"

Brewers fans can start counting down the days until the return of that well-known home run call, as it was announced Wednesday morning that longtime announcer Bob Uecker will return to the broadcast booth on Friday.

Uecker, 75, has been out recovering since undergoing heart surgery in April.

Uecker, who parlayed a mediocre playing career into a self-effacing comedy bit that landed him 64 trips to Johnny Carson's couch, a series of memorable beer commercials and several movie roles, has been part of the Brewers' announcing crew since 1971. In 2003, he was awarded the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasting by the Hall of Fame.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:03 pm
 

This week in free stuff: July 19-26


What's better than a day at the ballpark? A day at the ballpark and free stuff.

I remember as a kid going to a Tidewater Tides (as the Norfolk Tides were called then) and getting a Tides batting glove. I wore that batting glove even though it was for my left hand and I was a left-handed hitter. I loved that thing, with the Tides logo and elastic wristband. Since then, I've loved ballpark giveaways (or SGA as you can find them on eBay) and have a collection of odds and ends such as an Endy Chavez bobblehead or a Macon Braves batting helmet (I only get them now as a paying fan, not as part of the job). As a proud owner of a Savannah Sand Gnats Gnic the Gnat bobblehead, I often check around to see what's being given away at ballparks around the country. So here it is, this week in free stuff, from the majors and minors. Keep in mind, this isn't a complete list, just the ones I find most interesting, and even if many think bobbleheads are passe, I'm still a big fan and you'll see most of them here.

Tonight, July 19
Chicago Cubs -- a Cubs mouse pad… if you still use one of those. Ask your parents, kids.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie Appalachian League) -- seat cushion. One of the more underrated and classic give-aways, you don't see them as much anymore, yet your butt could still use a cushion after nine innings.

Tuesday, July 20
Los Angeles Dodgers -- James Loney bobblehead
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- Dustin Pedroia bobblehead
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Southern League) -- logo ball. I'm not usually a big logo ball fan, but this logo is a flying squirrel.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- paint your own Clawd bobblehead. Clawd is the team's mascot.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- eco-friendly cooler bag. I was at a Marlins game once and they gave out gas cans. I'm usually a big fan of practical give-aways, but I didn't take that one.

Brookly Cyclones Wednesday, July 21
Baltimore Orioles -- foam finger. A classic. I'd love to see the foam finger make a comeback, even if a No. 1 is a little unrealistic for the Orioles.
Chicago Cubs -- key chain. This one is actually a nice, simple design, something that can often be done wrong and is done well here.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- "Jersey? Sure!" Jersey. It's actually kinda great. The Cyclones are one of the minor league leaders in both quantity and quality of giveaways.

Manny Ramirez Thursday, July 22
Pittsburgh Pirates -- T-shirt. I don't normally get too excited by free t-shirts, but this one has a nice Pirate theme with a ship and all.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Manny Ramirez action figure. Action figures are this year's attempt at replacing bobbleheads. The Dodgers went the extra mile and made each of their three action figures as superheroes, but it still doesn't quite work.
Bowie BaySox (Eastern League) -- Nolan Reimold bobblehead. The Orioles prospect is getting his own bobblehead.
Iowa Cubs (Pacific Coast League) -- Casey Blake bobblehead. Blake is an Iowa native.
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Adrian Gonzalez bobblehead.
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League) -- Aussie hat. Not bad for a day at the beach on North Padre Island.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic Laegue) -- Dusty Wathan bobblehead. Wathan, son of former Royals manager John "Duke" Wathan, was the manager of the BlueClaws last season when the team won the South Atlantic League title and like most of his players, got called up. He's now the manager of the High-A Clearwater Threshers in the Phillies organization.
Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League) -- Bill Freehan bobblehead. The Loons are honoring Tiger legends with bobbleheads this season and Freehan is Michigan through-and-through. Freehan was born in Detroit, played football and baseball at the University of Michigan and then spent his entire 15-year career with the Tigers.
Orem Owlz (Frontier League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead.

Friday, July 23
Evan Longoria Baltimore Orioles -- tankard. More realistic than the foam finger, Orioles fans can drink away their problems in style.
Houston Astros -- gym bag. Again, one of the practical giveaways. I have a Braves bag I still use.
Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League) -- Evan Longoria bobblehead.
Clearwater Threshers (Florida State League) -- Mike Schmidt bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Larry Herndon bobblehead. It's a big week for former Tigers, apparently. Herndon caught the last out of the 1984 World Series.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Fireman Sandy bobblehead. A bobblehead of the mascot Sandy in a fireman's uniform.
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) -- Champ bobblehead. A friend of mine has a large collection of bobbleheads and says the mascot ones go for the most money on the secondary market.

Saturday, July 24
New York Yankees -- lunch box. I love the metal lunch boxes, they're a popular giveaway -- and for good reason.
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians -- Grady Sizemore bobblehead. One of the few chances to see Grady Sizemore in action at Progressive Field.
Houston Astros -- rainbow sleeve t-shirt.
Milwaukee Brewers -- grill master apron.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- wall clock.
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- James Loney bobblehead.
Visalia Rawhide (California League) -- beach blanket.
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- Lonnie Chisenhall bobblehead. The Indians prospect is nearly ready for the big leagues and he already has a bobblehead.
Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) -- Little Heiskell bobblehead. Little Heiskell is a German soldier weathervane figure that has become a symbol of the city.
Rome Braves (South Atlantic League) -- Tommy Hanson bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- glow-in-the-dark baseball.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- kids fielding glove giveaway. As a kid, these always kinda bummed me out, because it's not like they have a left-handed option. Sure, they're never good enough to actually use, but that's little consolation to a sad little left-handed kid.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- fleece blanket. One of my favorites, although many teams are moving toward Snuggie-like blankets instead of the usual throw.

Sunday, July 25
Philadelphia Phillies -- Chase Utley action figure. Like the real Utley, this one no longer has a cast on his hand.
Milwaukee Brewers -- Robin Yount bobblehead. Not only is Yount wearing a great old Brewers uniform, the Yountstache is in full effect.
Albuquerque Isotopes (Pacific Coast League) -- Orbit bobblehead. Another great mascot bobblehead. Most minor league mascots are better in bobblehead form than mascot form.
Reno Aces (Pacific Coast League) -- skateboard deck. Another new one this season, the Aces deck is one of the best.
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- paint your own bobblehead.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (South Atlantic League) -- Chris Coghlan figurine.
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) -- lunch box.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- Skipper leg lamp bobblehead. It's the leg of the mascot, Skipper, and it's a leg lamp, just like Cleveland's own A Christmas Story.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Allie Gator bobblehead.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:01 pm
 

Venters, Cox suspended for hitting Fielder

Jonny Venters Major League Baseball has suspended Braves left-hander Jonny Venters four games and manager Bobby Cox one, according to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Venters threw back-to-back pitches at Prince Fielder in Saturday's game against the Brewers. He was warned after the first one went over Fielder's head and was successful, hitting Fielder in the back, with the second.

Bob Watson wrote Cox was suspended for "the intentional actions of Venters after a warning had been issued to the pitcher following the first intentional pitch thrown at Fielder."

After the game, Venters (and Cox) denied the actions were intentional, even though it was the second consecutive game Fielder was plunked. In Friday's game he was hit following a Ryan Braun homer and Saturday's came in the next at-bat following his own homer.

Brewers manager Ken Macha said he complained to MLB about his players getting hit too often. Brewers have been hit 47 times, the most in the majors.

Neither of the balls that hit Fielder looked as if they were being targeted anywhere near the plate. On Friday, Tommy Hanson's 92 mph fastball hit the Brewers' first baseman on the thigh. Saturday, Venters hit Fielder with a 94 mph fastball between the 2 and 8 on Fielder's back after Fielder was able to duck out of the way of the previous pitch. Macha certainly has a right to defend his players. Rickie Weeks has been hit 17 times, the tops in the majors, and Fielder is third with 14.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 7:49 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Melvin: Macha's job safe

Ken Macha The Brewers have had a disappointing start to the season, 40-49 at the break and 8 1/2 games out of first place.

GM Doug Melvin has no interest in firing manager Ken Macha despite the squad not living up to expectations, however. Rumors had surfaced that Melvin might not be in the dugout to kick off the second half which prompted Melvin's comments.

"I'm not a big believer in interim managers," Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel . "If things get to the point where you see no fight in the players, that's different."

For now at least, the fight very much so remains in the players, and Macha will stay in the dugout. Whether he remains there to begin 2011 is a different story altogether as the veteran manager is in the final year of his contract.

Melvin also addressed trade rumors primarily centering around Corey Hart who has predominantly been linked to the Giants and Rays. Melvin said he's not actively shopping anyone, but has spoken to various general managers about trades.

"If I think we have matches with other clubs, I'll talk to them," he stated. "If something came along that made us better for now and in the future, you've got to look at it. If a trade makes you better, you do it. You don't trade just to trade."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Rays, Giants interested in Hart

Corey Hart Could Corey Hart be on the move?

The Brewers' outfielder, who has 21 home runs at the break and participated at the Home Run Derby, has the Giants, Rays and Padres interested, says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle .

Hart is under team control through 2011, which certainly works in his favor as the cash-strapped Giants, Rays and Padres would like to make a move with the long-term in mind. However, Milwaukee is expected to ask for starting pitching in return and the Giants have stated they will not be trading any.

Closer Brian Wilson believes the Giants are just fine without Hart.

"I think we've got just what we need," he said. "Would it help [to add a bat]? Of course it would help. Putting a big hitter in the lineup would help any team. We're excited about what we have."

On Sunday, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tweeted the "Rays appear to be getting serious" about Hart and have Jeremy Hellickson available. Hellickson is 11-2 in Triple-A as a starter with a 2.21 ERA. The lefty is banging down the door to the majors, but the Rays are deep with top prospect Wade Davis occupying the fifth spot and Andy Sonnastine in the bullpen.

Although Davis has a ton of promise, he has a 4.69 ERA and Hellickson may be better prepared to give the Rays quality innings down the stretch. The Brewers would be able to afford to groom Davis for the remainder of the year and have to love his strikeout potential -- but not his four walks per nine innings.

One thing is clear: the Brewers need pitching and the Rays may be the best fit with a stockpile of young pitching and a clear need for offense, whether that's out of the DH spot or outfield.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Gallardo put on DL


Yovani Gallardo The Brewers have placed right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the disabled list and the team activated left-hander Doug Davis.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' s Anthony Witrado , Gallardo had more tightness in his left oblique area than he was comfortable with and was placed on the disabled list.

General manager Gord Ash told Witardo it was a "safety first" decision.

Gallardo will be available  to come off the disabled list on July 20 in Pittsburgh. The Brewers had planned on bringing outfielder Lorenzo Cain to Milwaukee, but he never made it and the team needed to keep more pitchers on staff because of the recent strain on the bullpen.

Gallardo suffered the injury in the third inning of Sunday's game with the Cardinals, the same day he learned he'd made his first All-Star team. Manager Ken Macha said Monday that Gallardo would be unavailable for the All-Star Game , even if he wasn't placed on the DL.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2010 6:14 pm
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

Cliff Lee Could Jack Zduriencik of the Mariners be trying to engineer a three-team trade?

Buster Olney of ESPN speculates on Cliff Lee's future -- as everyone will do up until he is traded -- and notes that Seattle wants a "difference-making hitter" in any Lee trade.

Olney suggests Justin Smoak from Texas, but it's hard to imagine the Rangers agreeing to that. Perhaps Chris Davis is a more viable alternative, but Texas would then have to upgrade other elements of the package.

Another player that may catch Seattle's eye is Yonder Alonso of the Reds. Alonso was drafted as a first baseman but since Joey Votto has that position locked up, has been playing left. The Mariners could return him to his natural position of first or even slot him as DH, and the Reds would certainly love Lee as they make a push for the NL Central crown.

Olney then turns his attention to Brett Lawrie of Milwaukee. When Jack Z worked for the Brewers, he selected Lawrie in the first round of the 2008 draft. Lawrie has since emerged as one of the best prospects in the game while manning second base. Even though the Brewers are out of the race and wouldn't be interested in a Lee-for-Lawrie swap, Olney speculates that Zduriencik could engineer a three-way trade, sending Lee to the Reds, a stable of pitching prospects from Cincinnati to Milwaukee (fulfilling the Brewers' need for pitching) and Lawrie to the Mariners.

There's nothing to support this trade, but it's an intriguing idea.

All that said, Charley Waters of the Pioneer Press hears that the Twins are the frontrunners for Cliff Lee and are currently deciding whether Wilson Ramos should be made available to Seattle, who craves a young catcher. Interestingly enough, Waters says the Mariners love their 26-year-old catcher, Adam Moore, so Ramos may not be as available. Hard to imagine any team turning Ramos down who is head and shoulders above Moore but even if that's the case, Minnesota has more chips they can send out.

That starts with center fielder Ben Revere, who -- despite a clear lack of power -- has advanced well in the system since being selected in the 2007 draft. Joe Benson is another outfielder in the system that could be available, as well as major-league starting pitcher Nick Blackburn. It's doubtful Seattle would entertain Blackburn as the last thing they need is another back-of-the-rotation starter.

The Cliff Lee sweepstakes are heating up, and it's anyone's guess who plucks the prized left-hander with an obscene 89/6 K/BB ratio.

-- Evan Brunell

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