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Great James Randi reference. I recommend seeing "An Honest Liar." It really shows how complicated he is.
Would the best strategy now be to spend a lot on an ace, buy 4-5 relievers and then fill in the gaps with some middling starters who might have upside? I'm really considering shifting my pitching strategy based on the last two years-I think it's time to pay for relievers who can put up innings, right?
The introduction is just fantastic. Love the narrative and background.
Why is so hard for me to just spend a buck on a guy that only steals? I have to get over that, way too much value to pass up. Someone help me get over the mental hurdle!
Reading this puts a smile on my face. So much promise in that list. When Taylor can be pushed to 10th, things are looking good.
I think we might see that ISO go up again this year because of fatigue management. He was worn out the last 2 months from overuse. I bet he plays first base often/every time against a lefty. I feel he will be fresher and we might see that ops against lefties go up too.
He's definitely being moved to the outfield full time. Catching days are over.
Stunned that coulter isn't in the top 10. His skill set looks like major league regular to me. Is it because he doesn't play catcher anymore?
I'm more than a little surprised that Wang is seen as a guy who start for a few games next year. I was under the impression that he will see nothing but the minors next year as he was clearly not close to being ready to pitch in the majors. Anyone else see the same thing?
Incredible that the Brewers whiffed on both first round picks in suc a loaded draft.
Great time. Thanks for putting it together. Parks was just as sexy as had imagined him to be.
thanks, boy I was hoping to hear that he magically hits 95.
The Ned Yost post is pure brilliance. How in the world do you keep track of what he said and then know where it is and then know how to use it like that? Amazing.
Anyone know anything about Suter's velocity? I'm sure it's not great but I would love hear or read anything about it.
yep, man, thought I had something on the baseball experts.
Pretty sure he did, this is what I found.
I swear that Rafael Roque started opening day for the Brewers and that was his first big league start. Anyone know anything about him?
Bret, what do you think about no one taking Holland/Kimbrel/Jansen. Wouldn't it be a great advantage of having one just for the potential of 100 Ks out of a 40 save closer? Could be an advantage no one took.
Archer will be available in my home keeper league. I'd like to go after him but worry about innings limit and his WHIP. What do you project for those two?
Anyone have any thoughts on Corey Dickerson. I just love the thought of a $1 Colorado outfielder. He could put 1 tier value, right? Anyone with me?
greatest line ever from Red Forman in That 70s Show
I'm curious on the Brewer's international scouting. How is the team viewed in the industry when comes to being competitive in signing international free agents? Do the Brewers have a focus in any particular countries?
Has anyone dived into the advanced stats to see if there is any reason he was so bad? I quickly glanced at 0-Swing %, Z-Swing %, and the like and I don't see much there. Anyone? He's got to be worth a $1 bid on the chance he rebounds and hits 20 bombs, right?
Jesus, Christmas came 51 weeks early.
Any thoughts on Jesus Aguilar getting in here somewhere? He's been added to the 40 man roster.
I feel the trend for table 4 is one of speed. At least 5 of those guys get their value mostly from speed. SB appeared to be down this year.
1) Is the decline in speed this last season the beginning of a trend or anomaly?
2) Should I be focusing on sub $5 guys who mostly provide speed? Is that the market inefficiency for next year?
Love the work Mike.
appreciate the reply
I think it's perfect timing-I have keepers due Jan 1st and this is going to help. Should I keep Lo as one my 25 keepers in a 20 team dynasty league? Probably a throw back, right?
Wait a minute, long suffering? The late 90s and early 2000s were really good for Houson.
Milwaukee Brewers fan
I think getting Puig makes this even and then add in Bryant plus another pick in return. Bryant is a solid get because anyone who could potentially hit 30 homers is rare-look at how many mlb guys hit 30 this year-not many.
Started my day everyday with this.
Does Pierre still belong in the starting lineup? I don't know if anything has been said publicly by the Marlins staff but he has been doing a lot of pinch hitting. Looks like he may have been pushed to the bench.
Villanuenva worked out perfectly today.
help so much very appreciated.
This article is perfect. Hernandez, Haren, and Villanueva are available in my 19 team keeper league. I have a shot at winning this year (happens about every 5 years). I need help in Ks and Whip. Who do I pick up and why?
I now know why the Brewers of the late 90s were really gritty but couldn't get over .500
What I would love to know is the relationship between who was in charge of the farm, when the Brewers made changes, and if there is any relationship to when they finally got good.
The name could not be any better
Paul, do you ever look at career ops against an opponent? Usually I go to espn and look at my pitcher and his career stats against the batters for each team. Do you think that is more useful or ops against lh or rh batters (like Masterson)?
Curious about Morales being in a lower tier. He's projected for 24 homers which, I am coming to learn, is nothing to sneeze at anymore. Finding 25 homers in fantasy is harder to come by. Anyone else see 24 homers for $16 as great value?
Love Gutierrez for $2. Finally healthy after a nightmarish 3 seasons-he could go 15-15. I'll be considering him on auction day.
I worked at Wilson Park in Milwaukee as a teenager when he brought his team. They were good and he could go yard. It was packed and I was amazed at how many older women were there. He was kind of a big deal.
History teacher here. The main lesson of history: Everything changes all the time. It's past it's time and if history is correct it's on its last legs, as it should be imo.
Other Brewer rotations options will be Hiram Burgos, Jimmy Nelson, John Hellweg and Taylor Jungman. They have never had this kind of depth in the history of the franchise.
I"m finally getting to reply. You know Craig Counsell was on the team in '08, right? Ah, that feels better. 11-19-12
Super nervous and excited about this. Jackie Robinson is my hero and I so want to see this but I so want it to be awesome. It would be crushing if it doesn't well.
He's no He-Man, but Justin is Master of the Tribe's Universe.
The best part of the K is that Trout looked back at Cook. The look on his face was How did that just happen? He looked incredulous.
Saw it yesterday and love this analysis.
I'm in love with this article. Is there any chance we could "retro" other tirades to check for accuracy? I would love for someone to go back and check for accuracy on Lee Elia.
Freakanomics talks about this as well: decisions come down to incentives. I think the book used an Israeli day care center to get the same point across about deciding on taking a financial penalty.
I'm not sure sure Riggleman's decision was bad. It seemed that they weren't going to resign him. I thought I remember reading somewhere that Davey Johnson was rumored to be waiting in the wings for the job. Wasn't he in the organization at time already? If your're not gonna get the job why not put all your chips on the table, he called the bluff and lost, imo
I teach high school and Rex's view on this reminds me a lot of how sixteen year-olds see the world. Sometimes the way baseball players see things can be so childish. What if opposing players are brothers?
I was expecting this to be the manager using it as motivation. Is this for real?
How does the rest of the league feel about it? Do you see it coming back next year? Do you think this will catch on in other leagues?
that's a good one.
I think Josh Hamilton is a possibility. Michael Young has an outside chance. Not saying it's a hard rule but it seems in most professional sports the teams that make the finals have a couple. The only team I could think of that doesn't appear to have a future Hall of Famer was the Pistons team that won the NBA title in the early 2000s.
Kevin, I go under the impression that if a team wants to get to the World Series they need to have a couple future Hall of Famers. With the draft, I always wonder who has the most potential to go the Hall of Fame (I know, sort of ridiculous to try and predict such a thing).
Do MLB teams view the draft like that?
Care to make a guess about who has that potential or is it just obvious that the the top picks are the ones that teams think could be future Hall of Famers?
McClouth is the only guy available in my league from this list. I love my deep leagues but man, when I lose someone like Werth, it hurts badly.
I must fight for Ben Oglivie and Cecil Cooper. I really think Cooper is underrated.
Ah, I'm on the wrong day. That would explain it.
I must be missing something. I have Carlos Gomez in at around 16-17 seconds from last night. I'm sure I've screwed up somewhere. Anyone know what I'm missing?
Thanks so much for the reply. It's hard to believe that someone is faster than Dyson so I cannot wait to see Hamilton in some highlights.
Dyson is the fastest guy I have ever seen on baseball highlights. I'm looking for comparison. I have never seen Billy Hamilton play but he gets an 80 on the speed scale. Who's faster?
I love Game's honesty. Has anyone ever seen anything like that before? One of the strangest plays I've ever seen.
I cannot believe that the Brewers are 10th. Life long Brewers fan. I just typed several sentences and deleted them all because I really don't know what to say.
I know it has been mentioned several times but has it been confirmed that there was synthetic testosterone? I've seen it reported from once source but has it been seconded? I feel like it's being used as fact and I'm not sure it is. Anyone?
I'm going to take all the playoff games I went to last year instead of Lawrie in a Brewer's uni. I had way too much fun.
That story is crazy good. The only time in the last 25 years the Brewers were in the playoffs, Craig Counsell was the on the team. Conicidence? Maybe not.
It's pretty incredible how history has forgotten that the two managers are to blame for the tied all star game.
As a Brewer fan, having Prince back for one more year would get me to sign up for a season ticket package right away. Last year was so much fun going to the games. I wouldn't want to miss it.
um, Ramadan is the Islamic holy month.
I never once thought about Fielder playing his last home game last night. I hope that is a good premonition.
Mike, if I only keep 2 of the 3 going foward, who do you keep: Chris Perez, Brandon League, and David Hernandez.
Waht a shock.
Love reading this. Keep it up!
Love the FAAB coverage. Lecure is my guy if he is rp/sp elgible.
The '87 Brewers made me a Brewer fan for life. 12 wins in a row meant free burgers at George Webb. Heaven to a 10 year old.
Carlos Gomez has already walked 2 times this month. Been watching the games and he looks to be at least somewhat improved. He might actually stick if he keeps playing this way.
I feel special, I got mine yesterday. Wow have the Brewers been historically bad in terms of the difference between pitching and hitting. And holy crap was the Reds offense incredible in the 1970s.
This comment just kills me to read as a Brewer fan. Interleague play is something I am really worried about for the Crew.
Is there any recollection of what was said about Santana when he was drafted? Is it easy to see who could really be a great snag for a team?
Is there ANY chance that Marquez Smith could see regular time? I see him as highly underrated. Anyone else?
It really hurts as a Brewer fan to see two years of the prime of Braun and Fielder wasted. It's astounding how bad they are this year even with career years from Weeks, Hart and Mcgehee. I feel like a crime has been committed by Doug Melvin but on the other hand I'm not sure that he isn't handcuffed by what he can spend.
I would be curious about Mike Morse.
I live in West Allis and the garbage is still picked up on Tuesdays. Good to see some things don't change.
"...but he'll still have a good shortstop in Brendan Ryan as "opposed to Alcides Escobar."
Does this sentence then mean that Escobar is a "bad" shortstop? Watching the Brewers this year I've thought that he was at least average, not bad.
Don't know if anyone can answer this: if Jeffress tests positive again, is he banned from minor league baseball or all of baseball? I ask because if it is only minor league baseball, then I guess the Brewers could bring him up to the majors but then could never send him down again. Not probable but possible?
Villanueva has options left so it's looking like he's going to the minors.
George Hendrick throwing out Robin Yount at 3b in game 7 in 1982. A killer for the Brewers.
a dreary day in Wisconsin just became bright.
Thank God for Sabathia. It\'s incredible to think that if Melvin had made the trade one week later, I would not be going to the first Milwaukee playoff game in 26 years. I think the Crew will be lucky to win one game.