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01-28

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Night at Miller Park - May 9, 2014
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Joe Hamrahi

06-04

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The Call-Up: Scooter Gennett
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

04-24

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Wezen-Ball: When Brewers and Beer Clash
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Larry Granillo

04-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Startlingly Selective Yuniesky Betancourt
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Ben Lindbergh

04-19

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The Call-Up: Hiram Burgos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Eight-Man Bullpen Comes Back to Bite the Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years
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Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis

03-15

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Raising Aces: Trending: Over the Top
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Doug Thorburn

03-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 159: The Carlos Gomez Extension and the 2013-14 Free Agent Class
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 149: 2013 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-18

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Painting the Black: Martin Maldonado and Learning to Love Defense-First Catchers
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R.J. Anderson

02-15

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Pitcher Profile: Milwaukee's Rotation Brew
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Harry Pavlidis

02-08

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22

Pebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Best Farm System in Baseball
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Sam Miller

01-23

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Wezen-Ball: The Milwaukee Walk of Shame?
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Larry Granillo

12-22

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Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders
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Ben Lindbergh

09-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 41: The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-10

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Wezen-Ball: Milwaukee's Impossible Road to the Wild Card
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Larry Granillo

07-13

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Pebble Hunting: Making the Most of Mike Fiers
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Sam Miller

10-19

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23

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Milwaukee Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-22

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Overthinking It: Life Without Fielder
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Ben Lindbergh

08-30

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: A Hot Cup of Brew (Crew)
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Larry Granillo

08-23

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On the Beat: Boom Times Back for the Brewers
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John Perrotto

08-16

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winless in Milwaukee
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Larry Granillo

08-04

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Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
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Mike Fast

06-29

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Clubhouse Confidential: Melvin Making Moves
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Marc Carig

06-15

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Big Gamble
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Jay Jaffe

06-14

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Painting the Black: Something Brewing
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R.J. Anderson

04-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: At Your Service
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Larry Granillo

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Greinke Trade
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Christina Kahrl

09-27

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Milwaukee Brewers
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Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-08

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Ahead in the Count: Trading The Prince
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Matt Swartz

04-04

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29

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-19

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-01

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On the Beat: Let the Games Begin
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John Perrotto

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Brewers
by
Jay Jaffe

09-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Strange but Memorable Brew
by
Jay Jaffe

09-15

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Prospectus Today: Justice in Milwaukee
by
Joe Sheehan

09-03

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On the Beat: Contenders and Pretenders
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John Perrotto

07-08

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Prospectus Today: Sabathia for LaPorta
by
Joe Sheehan

07-08

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You Could Look It Up: The New Brew
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Steven Goldman

07-07

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Transaction of the Day: Beating the Deadline by Weeks
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Christina Kahrl

06-04

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On the Beat
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John Perrotto

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

07-18

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Beertown Build-Up
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John Perrotto

07-11

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Player Profile: J.J. Hardy
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Marc Normandin

04-02

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-03

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers, July 30, 2006
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Derek Jacques

07-28

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Prospectus Today: Decision Time in Beer Town
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Joe Sheehan

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June 29, 2011 9:00 am

Clubhouse Confidential: Melvin Making Moves

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Marc Carig

Doug Melvin's willingness to make bold moves to acquire aces continues to serve the Brew Crew well.

NEW YORK—Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin cut his teeth as an executive years ago with the Baltimore Orioles, where he served as an assistant under former GM Roland Hemond. Melvin still considers the longtime executive a mentor who has taught him valuable lessons, including the one that has allowed him to pull off his most daring trades.

“Roland always taught me to always be ready and available to do anything and to adjust,” Melvin said. “You have to have a game plan. But the game plan's not as important. Your ‘A’ game plan isn't as important as the ability to adjust from your game plan if you have to, to go to Plan B or Plan C.”

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Milwaukee got off to a slow start, but with some Princely additions in the offseason, they may still be able to salvage a spot in the playoffs.

If this is Prince Fielder's last go-round in Milwaukee, he's doing his best to make it memorable. Over the weekend, Fielder led the Brewers to a three-game sweep of the Cardinals, homering on Saturday and Sunday, with his mammoth 440-foot two-run blast on the latter day giving the Brewers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. A free agent-to-be at the end of the season, Fielder is making a strong case for a contract along the lines of Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez, having hit eight homers in a 10-game span to climb to second in the league with 19. With his help, the Brewers are the senior circuit's hottest team.

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June 14, 2011 9:00 am

Painting the Black: Something Brewing

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R.J. Anderson

Six studs form the backbone of the first-place Brewers, but valuable contributors round out the roster of the streaking team.

After an offseason spent fostering optimism through action, the Brewers emerged as one of the darling picks for prognosticators in the early spring. The sins of yesteryear were shed along the way, as Milwaukee picked up two new starters, a role player or two, and a new manager who was cut from the same cloth as those who helmed winners with the Angels, Rays, and Padres. The roster appeared well-rounded, and the club’s chances of taking home a division crown—and perhaps more—seemed strong.

Then camp started, and suddenly clouds began to gather. Team doctors diagnosed Zack Greinke, acquired to front the rotation, with a broken rib. He was expected to miss weeks and wound up returning in the first week of May. Shaun Marcum, the organization’s other big off-season injection of talent, suffered from shoulder tightness but would persevere and open the season without issue. 

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April 25, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: At Your Service

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Larry Granillo

No analysis of a major move is complete without some consideration of what it might mean for the fanbase.

Why would a team sign a 27-year-old Ryan Braun to a five-year, $105 million contract extension when the extension is still five years from kicking in, as the Brewers did last week? There are certainly practical reasons, but one overriding one that rarely receives its full due from analysts is fan service. The small market curse—that teams can develop superstars, but cannot afford to retain them—is very much alive in Milwaukee, and fans are keenly aware of it. The Prince Fielder situation is a perfect example of this.

In Prince Fielder's final plate appearance at Miller Park in the 2010 season, the 30,000 fans in attendance  gave him a rousing ovation. Later, after Fielder walked and was replaced by a pinch-runner, the ovation was louder and longer, forcing a curtain call from the slugger. It wasn't because Fielder had just hit a walk-off home run or knocked in the winning run. It was because not a single person in the stadium believed that the power-hitting first baseman, who had finished third in MVP voting in 2007 and fourth in 2009, would ever play a game in a Brewers uniform in Miller Park again. The fans wanted to make sure that he knew how much he was appreciated.

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, both in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards  (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. 

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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December 20, 2010 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Greinke Trade

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Christina Kahrl

The Brewers land an ace, but how much of a future did they give up to get him?

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September 27, 2010 1:00 pm

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Milwaukee Brewers

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Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

There are many issues, including the pitcher, Prince Fielder and Ken Macha.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade— whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview of this season from Buster Olney, a take from Baseball Prospectus, a look toward an immediate 2011 move courtesy of Rumor Central and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview. You can find all the teams on one page by going here.

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July 8, 2010 8:00 am

Ahead in the Count: Trading The Prince

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Matt Swartz

The Brewers would maximize Prince Fielder's value by trading the slugging first baseman right now.

At this point, it is clear that 2010 is not going to be the Brewers’ year. They finally reached the postseason in 2008 after a drought of 26 years, but they exited in the first round and did not return in 2009. The small-market franchise has done a good job of fielding a competitive team without being able to outspend their competition, though Mark Attanasio has proven to be more willing to open his wallet than most other owners receiving revenue-sharing money, but 2010 has seen the Brewers already slide about 10 games out of first place in the National League Central and in the NL wild card race. The young team that the Brewers spent years building through excellent drafts is getting older and the minor-league system is no longer well-stocked, leaving them in a position where they are not quite good enough to compete right now, and not likely to be especially competitive in a few years. This is why I think that the Brewers should make the difficult decision to part ways with Prince Fielder.

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. Picking favorites for the Wild Card for the respective leagues initially might have seemed easy, since the selections universally favored the second-place team in the AL East, while all but two voters picked their second-place teams in the NL East to earn the non-division champ playoff team, but a tie in the rankings had to be broken in favor of the team named the Wild Card winner on the most individual ballots, which is sure to upset some people.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that's been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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August 19, 2009 12:38 pm

On the Beat: Midweek Update

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John Perrotto

Brewers and cheeseburger sounds more fun than it is, discontent in the Windy City, plus news and views from around the game.

Ken Macha has a unique term to describe the Brewers' schedule for the final month and change of the season: "It's a full cheeseburger." Indeed, the Brewers' late-season slate is like more like a triple cheeseburger from Wendy's with every topping imaginable piled on than, say, a cheeseburger in paradise. The Brewers play 32 games over the final 34 days, and all but six will be against teams currently in contention for a playoff spot. They will play the National League Central-leading Cardinals nine times, the Cubs seven times, the Phillies four times, and the Giants and Rockies three times each.

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April 6, 2009 3:36 pm

Preseason Predictions

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Baseball Prospectus

BP's dirty dozen makes their prognostications to generate the wisdom of at least one small crowd.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. Picking favorites for the Wild Card for the respective leagues initially might have seemed easy, since the selections universally favored the second-place team in the AL East, while all but two voters picked their second-place teams in the NL East to earn the non-division champ playoff team, but a tie in the rankings had to be broken in favor of the team named the Wild Card winner on the most individual ballots, which is sure to upset some people.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that's been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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October 1, 2008 12:40 pm

On the Beat: Let the Games Begin

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John Perrotto

The Brewers rise to the occasion, Cashman looks to the Yankee future, and news and notes from around the major leagues.

PHILADELPHIA- When the Brewers' team bus pulled up to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday morning, it hit Dale Sveum all at once. "We were just here a couple of weeks ago and never did I think I would be right back here in the situation I'm in now," the Brewers interim manager said. "It's amazing how things can change in this game." It certainly is.

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