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Kyle Lesniewski

Milwaukee Brewers Winter Ball Recap

Who shined brightest while playing in foreign leagues during the 2017-18 MLB offseason?

There are a myriad of reasons that players participate in foreign baseball leagues during the winter time. Many return to their home countries after the regular season and are eager for an opportunity to suit up for the teams they grew up watching. Some players head to winter ball to get extra reps if they missed time with an injury during their regular season in MLB-affiliated ball, or if they had a down...

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Episode 28 – Milwaukee’s Tailgate Baseball Podcast

Jake Odorizzi was traded to the Twins over the weekend, and J.P. and Steve discuss whether the Milwaukee Brewers should have been in on the deal considering what it took to get him. They also talk about Eric Hosmer’s deal with the Padres and what a deal for Jake Arrieta may look like. Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/MKETailgate Music: Fair Weather Fans by The Baseball Project, Recorded Live at WFMU

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Kyle Lesniewski

Celebrate All-Star Corey Knebel and the possible return of the bullpen cart with BCB and Breaking T!

The bullpen cart might be coming back to help transport Milwaukee’s All-Star closer to the mound.

Ever since Rob Manfred took over as commissioner of Major League Baseball, pace of play has been one his hot-button issues. Pitch clocks, limiting mound visits and pitching changes, and a ban on shifting are among the various resolutions that he’s discussed, but one possible solution that has been mentioned harkens back to a bygone era of the game...

...the return of the bullpen cart.

It...

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Vogt using weighted balls to strengthen arm

Stephen Vogt reached the big leagues on the strength of his bat, but his chances of staying there with the Brewers depend on the strength of his right arm. He has a little black bag in his locker filled with the tools he hopes will help.

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Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Roundup: Februrary 17

A roundup of news and notes from Brewers camp.

Here is today’s roundup of news from Brewers camp.

As Keon Broxton came into camp this year, he knows he is in a tough position as the Brewers outfield acquisitions place him lower on the depth chart. Almost all players are in camp now, with just Orlando Arcia and Ryan Braun missing so far. Position players are not required to report until Monday, though. (Adam McCalvy via Twitter) Josh Hader made an appearance on MLB Network Radio yesterday,...

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Counsell: Broxton understands OF acquisitions

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said "we've already had a good conversation" with Keon Broxton, the wall-climbing, free-swinging center fielder coming off a 20-homer, 20-stolen base season.

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Jaymes L

Keon Broxton knows he’s been passed over on the Brewers depth chart

Last year’s starting centerfielder is coming off a 20/20 season and lost his job. Now he’s trying to make the best of the situation.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s another side to every transaction. As exciting as the additions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain were, another reality came with them -- other guys who mostly performed well last year are going to lose an opportunity.

Domingo Santana will still get his at-bats this year. But guys like Keon Broxton? Not so much....

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Villar looks to Votto's swing for inspiration

If you notice Jonathan Villar choking-up on his bat during a Spring Training game in the coming weeks, he may be trying to channel a little bit of Reds great Joey Votto.

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What We Learned: Camp is underway

The first few days of camp are out of the way as the Brewers prep for the regular season. We look back at them in today’s What We Learned.

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Pitchers and Catchers Report: 2018 begins with heightened expectations for the Milwaukee Brewers
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Suter has 'leg up' on Brewers roster spot

Brent Suter is in the best shape of his life, and he is working on his changeup, a combination that might make the Brewers left-hander the perfect Spring Training player.

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Cubs pass on 'ticket war' started by Brewers

The Brewers recently limited tickets to their 10 home games against the Cubs to Wisconsin residents, but Chicago did not retaliate.

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Jaymes L

Vegas sets Milwaukee Brewers over/under at 84.5 wins

Bovada thinks the Brewers will still be in the playoff race, but with a slight step back from last year

Now that spring training is officially here, optimism knows no bounds for just about everyone (at least outside of Miami).

The Brewers added Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain in the offseason, but is that enough to get them over the hump and into the playoffs? Various projection systems have mixed answers.

But Vegas knows better than anyone, right? After all, those casinos in the desert...

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Kyle Lesniewski

BCB Mailbag 40: We are all Brewers insiders, now

Answering the burning questions from you, the reader.

Happy Friday, everyone! Time for the first mailbag post of the 2018 baseball season:

joeybal56 asks:

Who do you think has a better season, our beloved Brew Crew or the baby eating redbirds from St Louis?

Both the Brewers and Cardinals made some fairly notable moves this past offseason, and they are projected to finish pretty close to each other. The folks USA Today pegged STL for 85 wins (and Milwaukee 86) while PECOTA currently has the...

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Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects List: #21-33

You all picked ‘em, so what happens from here on out is YOUR fault!

This was our hardest ever voting process, and not just because some of these guys might become significant contributors in the Brewers’ (or somebody else’s) future. No, we had to vote three extra times! Thank you all for your kind attention and participation.

Perhaps it’s just because I have paid more attention to the Brewers’ prospect lists, but there was a time when all of the last ten prospects would have been a...

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The Bare 2019 Cupboards and 2018 Rotation

This Thursday, David Stearns told reporters that his Brewers are confident in their pitching staff and that they feel no need to make another big move in the free agent market. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stearns is “comfortable with arms he has on hand.” That’s fine for a number of reasons. First of all, while the Brewrs’ rotation is far from great, the addition of Jhoulys Chacin and the assumed summer return of Jimmy Nelson can add a solid base...

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Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Roundup: February 15

A roundup of news and notes from the first day of workouts.

The Brewers camp got into full swing today as pitchers and catchers took their physicals and got into their first workouts. Here are some notes from the first day of workouts:

One more player is coming into camp, and it’s a familiar face. The Brewers signed Nick Franklin to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training. The first day of workouts didn’t last too long due to wet fields. The Brewers held a workout at 1:30...

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Nelson bullish on returning ahead of schedule

Somewhere in the athletic training room at Maryvale Baseball Park, Jimmy Nelson said, is a document that answers the question he has been asked dozens of times since beginning his comeback from shoulder surgery: When will you be back?

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Gallardo itching to crack Brewers' rotation

Recent reports of the Brewers' interest in free agent starting pitchers have been "exaggerated," GM David Stearns said Thursday, which would be good news for the most accomplished of the six candidates vying for two open rotation spots.

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Milwaukee Brewers sign Nick Franklin to minor league deal

Some BCB folks will be overjoyed!

He’s back!

The #Brewers have signed INF/OF Nick Franklin to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Major League camp. pic.twitter.com/gvOLb4Vyly

— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) February 15, 2018 Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Hard to see a way for Nick to log any playing time with the Milwaukee Brewers, but infield depth at AAA Colorado Springs is still needed, and in an emergency Nick has played MLB and can go infield or outfield for...

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Kyle Lesniewski

Submit Your Questions for BCB Mailbag #40

Send in your questions and every Friday we'll answer them.

Today is Thursday, and you all know what that means:

Tomorrow is Friday.

And you know what Friday means:

Another edition of the BCB Mailbag!

Things got pretty busy around here so it’s been a little while since out last mailbag. The Brewers confirmed that the rebuild is over with the Cain and Yelich acquisitions, and Spring Training officially started yesterday as pitchers and catchers reported. But David Stearns may not be done...

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