The Milwaukee Brewers' season ended on Wednesday with a common theme seen throughout the season—the bullpen blowing a sizable lead.
Milwaukee's failure to reach the playoffs cannot be placed solely on the bullpen, although they definitely deserve the blame. At times, Brewers' bats seemed invisible and the starting pitchers threw batting practice to the opposing team. For much of the season, it wasn't pretty.
As soon as Zack Greinke was traded, the Crew turned it around. Post All-Star Break, the Brewers were nine games above .500. They were 1.5 games out of the second wild-card spot with a week to go, but their efforts fell short.
This season didn't live up to expectations and was overall a disappointment. But let's not be negative Nancys. Let's see the brightness in a dark season.
Here are three positive takeaways from Milwaukee's 2012 season.