Milwaukee Brewers News for Feb. 20

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2009

Now with fewer calories.

Now with fewer calories.

Prince Fielder is slightly less fat thanks to organizational pressure: It’s good to hear Prince is working toward controlling his body. “Unfortunately, I can get huge,” he said. I have no real reason to add that, I just think it’s funny when taken out of context.

—After you’ve purchased your Right Field Bleachers gear, of course, do your part to stimulate this suddenly Haitian-like U.S. economy by paying way too much for a shirt from (already rich) Ryan Braun’s “Remetee” clothing line.

Eric Gagne made the difficult (but wise) decision not to compete as part of team Canada in the upcoming World Baseball Classic: Playing would almost assuredly hinder him from cracking Milwaukee’s 25-man roster out of spring training.

Adam McCalvy empties the contents of his notebook atop his sweet new blog.

—Slow news day, TH? Gagne won’t need glasses, goggles or steroids this upcoming season. He, like Bill Hall, had surgery to correct his vision this offseason.

—The Brewers blogosphere seemed to be buzzing with writers happy (or surprisingly indifferent) to see Gagne back, myself no exception. But Kyle at Brew Crew Ball sounds off on why he didn’t like the move. Read, react, comment, win an autographed Nashville Sounds baseball and give the ball to me.

—The absolutely stunning Danny Knobler talks about Yovani Gallardo’s, apparently realistic, Cy Young chances in 2009.

Macha, Knobler, video, magic.

Gopher Balls says Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun may be the best Brewers ever, basing the argument solely on home runs. Time will tell, but I think Braun could be the best if he stays long enough. If not, Marc Newfield.

PECOTA be shitting me!: Clay Davenport takes a first crack at predicting Milwaukee’s record—with math. The verdict? 86.4 wins, second place in the Central and a long playoff-less winter.

—Racing Sausage joke HERE.

—Dan Walsh from The Daily Drink also interviews new Brewers radio announcer Cory Provus. Watch the three-part chat.

Minor Leagues

Mat Gamel is on timeout. “We’re not mad at you, Mat, just disappointed.”

Bernie’s Crew and Between the Green Pillars resume their prospect chat.

—In pizza-related baseball news (my favorite type), Palermo’s is now the official ‘Za of your Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. I’ll stick with the cheesy helmet fries and buck beers, but good to know nonetheless.

NL Central

—Cubs and Mariners rumored to want to throw garbage on each other via trade.

Other News

Two-Fisted Slopper recaps Thursday’s Cecil Fielder interview that aired on MLB Network and posts numerous pictures of young, only slightly morbidly obese, Prince.

—Former Brewers top prospect Nelson Cruz looks to pick up where he left off at the end of last season. From the verge of exile to a chance to start and mash in the bigs, he looks to have made a complete turnaround. Best of luck, Cruzzie—unless Jared drafts you in fantasy…which he almost certainly will.

—A big heartfelt ”domo arigato” goes out to our readers in Japan. Let’s trade links! Keep reading, and spread the word. And if Prince’s neck tattoo happens to mean something unintentionally hilarious due to bad translation, please e-mail us.