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Milwaukee Brewers Notes For Week 3 Of MLB Action

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Chris Zantow (Featured BBBA Baseball Writer/Owner – chriszantowauthor.wordpress.com) 

In last week’s Milwaukee Brewers post I touched on the new plate patience philosophy from manager Craig Counsell. So far, so good.  Going into Wednesday’s game with Minnesota, the Brew Crew had a team total of 54 walks, good for third in the National League behind Pittsburgh and Chicago.

As individuals, every regular position player has drawn at least one walk with second baseman Scooter Gennett leading the way with nine.  Also mentioned in the previous post is the new plate approach from “all or nothing” basher Chris Carter.  He’s drawn six walks so far and had an on base percentage of .340 prior to yesterday’s contest.

Right now the increased .OBP is an important stat for the team as these guys really aren’t hitting – the team batting average is just .215 while the collective .OBP is .304 – a whopping 94 points higher.

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Milwaukee Brewers – What We Learned In Week 1 Of 2016

New Milwaukee GM David Stearns has his hands full trying to compete in the NL Central for the next several seasons.  Really the club should be starting a full scale rebuild that includes trading Ryan Braun. Jonathan Lucroy and potentially Wily Peralta.  With dealing with the Cubs, Cards and Bucs all in the NL Central, expect a 100 loss season coming forth for the club.

New Milwaukee GM David Stearns has his hands full trying to compete in the NL Central for the next several seasons. Really the club should be starting a full scale rebuild that includes trading Ryan Braun. Jonathan Lucroy and potentially Wily Peralta. With dealing with the Cubs, Cards and Bucs all in the NL Central, expect a 100 loss season coming forth for the club.  This squad split their 1st 6 game homestand with after being blistered by the Giants, Milwaukee took 2 out of 3 in Interleague play versus the Houston Astros.

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With one week in the books, let’s take a look at what Milwaukee Brewers fans have learned so far.

This isn’t last year’s team. GM David Stearns ran off nine trades that netted 16 players after taking the job last year.  Stearns has repeatedly said he’s looking to stock up on pitchers – not just arms – but pitchers that throw strikes and get ahead in the count.  Stearns also feels the Brewers outfield has a lot of depth and is an area of strength.  So if this isn’t the 2015 team that went 68-94, then what can fans expect?

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Milwaukee Brewers – Opening Day Memories

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Chris Zantow (Featured BBBA Writer/Owner – chriszantowauthor.wordpress.com)

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Attending baseball’s Opening Day means a lot of different things to fans. Depending on the stadium and team, as I like to say, your mileage may vary. 

I’m a Milwaukee Brewers fan and attend games at fan-friendly Miller Park – which believe me was important this week with temperatures in the 30’s with blustery winds and occasional blasts of snow.

I dare say attending Opening Day is now a tradition for me as this was my tenth straight opener. Of course this may seem Little League to others – especially to the guy I hear interviewed on the radio every year. 

He’s been to every Brewers home opener since 1970.  Talk about a streak!  So with a few of my own under my belt, in this post I’d like to take a look at some of the things that make Opening Day special – and how I got started going in the first place.

In 2006 I started thinking about taking my Dad to Opening Day.  It was one baseball “thing” that had eluded us since he started taking me to games at Milwaukee County Stadium

Dad had a hard time landing Opening Day tickets during those pre-internet days, yet somehow he got us into the ’82 playoffs.  Go figure.  He had a couple opportunities to get us on the “Drunk Bus” as he called it, but after a night game incident that went awry, he never went that route.

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Milwaukee Baseball History – 50 Years Ago: The Opening Day that Wasn’t

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In early April, 1966, Milwaukee County Stadium sat silent for the first time since 1953. It was a quiet time in Milwaukee baseball history – and certainly no April Fools’ Day joke.  The field didn’t need any special attention, stadium workers weren’t hired for the season, and concessions weren’t purchased.  The Braves skipped town after the 1965 season and there would be no professional baseball played in the Cream City for the first time in 80 years.

Tickets were sold in Atlanta for the 1966 season starting in January of that year.  The team was caught between two state court injunctions.  In Wisconsin, Judge Elmer Roller ordered the team to play in Milwaukee until a replacement franchise could be obtained.  Judge Sam Phillips of Atlanta issued a temporary injunction that called for the Braves to play games that season in Atlanta.

Braves owner, insurance industry executive Bill Bartholomay, acknowledged both injunctions in interviews. Yet he said, “The Braves fully intend to honor our contract with the Stadium Authority and all our larger obligations to the citizens of Atlanta, of Georgia, and the entire southeast, as the Braves have always honored our agreement with the county of Milwaukee.”

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Father And Son Milwaukee Brewers Connection – Eric Young And Eric Young Jr.

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On January 5, 2016, Eric Young Jr. quietly signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers with an invitation to spring training in the big-league camp. 

I say quietly because most reporters gave the signing an obligatory two or three paragraph article after it was first mentioned December 31, and finalized a few days later. 

Of course there is more to this signing than meets the eye since his father once played for the Brewers.  So today on the blog I’d like to provide a bit more depth and backstory than has been reported so far.  

To tell Junior’s story, first let’s go back and take a look at his father’s story and stint with the Brewers.  

Eric Young, or ‘EY’ as he was nicknamed and will be referred to going forward, had a pretty good career in the big leagues and played for 15 seasons all told.  He was born in Brunswick, New Jersey, and stuck around to play both baseball and football at Rutgers. 

EY decided to pursue a career in baseball and was drafted in the 43rd round of the 1989 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Yup, you read that right – the 43rd round.

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