It's about that time of the year when most people are like "oh hey baseball exists wassup wit dat stuff?" and are beginning to become interested in it. (At least until the NFL Draft.) You may be peppered with tons of questions like "Is Ryan Brawn still good?", "Did they fire Yost yet?" and "CAN I GO TO OPENING DAY WITHOUT A TICKET? I JUST WANT TO DRINK IN THE LOT!" Things have changed and you might not even have noticed. That's why we're here to tell you all about it.
NEWCOMER: Randy Wolf RELEVANT MPD POST:Casual Brewer Randy Wolf WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW HIM: He's going to be here awhile, like the next three years. Plus, he's supposed to be the savior of our pitching rotation. No big deal. MADE UP FACT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Randy is a regular user of craigslist's "missed connection" feature. INTERESTING FACT(S) THAT IS TRUE: His brother, Jim Wolf, is an MLB Umpire. He bought his Hollywood Hills home from Slash. No word on how many needles were found during the move. WORTH BUYING HIS JERSEY? You wouldn't be wrong to, but you wouldn't be right to either. THING TO YELL IF HE SUCKS: "Hey Randy, you suck!" RECOMMENDED AT-BAT MUSIC: Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf" seems like an obvious choice, but I'd like for him to go with The Mama's and the Papa's "California Dreamin'". 1.) because it's obvious he'd rather be playing in California and 2.) because anytime I get the chance to make John and Mackenzie Phillips jokes, I'll take it. Continue reading »
As we head into spring training I have a few random things I'd like to get off my chest. Nothing that really requires an entire post, but some thoughts I wanted to get out there nonetheless. This is the worst time to follow baseball. That's all I really have to say about it because this guy sort of nailed it already. And since I have nothing else to write in this intro.. Here. We. Go. Continue reading »
There were a lot of different reactions to the results of Corey Hart's arbitration hearing. Some were happy, some were mad, some people went to see The Blind Side with their family to celebrate (okay, that was probably only Corey himself) and others didn't really care. When the news first broke we wrote on our twitter "Its good to see the arbitration process is as broken as the rest of baseball's salary issues." and then "It's not that I don't like Corey or think he doesn't deserve it. I just dislike the notion of getting worse and getting paid more." The thing is he was going to be getting a raise no matter who won, so there is really no need to get upset about it. Whether he "deserves" it or not, he was going to get over four million dollars. I don't see why I should be upset that he's going to get an extra $600k or whatever it is. It's not like that $600k difference is going to stop us from doing much of anything (and if it stops us from signing Corey Patterson to a minor league deal, even better). The thing is, this is a silly thing to get upset about. It'd be like a guy who blogs about pizza getting upset over spending Valentine's Day alone. Corey Hart was going to be on the 2010 Brewers either way. That small salary boost shouldn't make a difference in the way you feel about him. Corey Hart is apparently worried about that though, saying as much to Brew Beat and I have to say he pretty much nails it. Continue reading »
How many times have you read this statement during the offseason? "(Team) signed ______ to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training." 100? 200? All your favorite ex-Brewers like Frank Catalanotto and Seth McClung got these types of deals and the Brewers partook in the practice quite a bit as well. By my account there is at least 13 players headed to spring training for the Brewers, but there may be more. Some might make the team, some might disappear and some might head on down to Nashville. We're still a couple of months from those decisions being made and right now there is just a gaggle of veterans working out in hopes of making the team. Their probably all just home working out in preparation for the season right now, but what if they weren't? What if they were all just chatting on the internet? Continue reading »