Milwaukee Brewers: In the News (April 6)
It was a very busy weekend for Right Field Bleachers with our First Pitch event. Thanks for everyone who came out. It was a blast! And the Brewers were busy too. This might be the biggest In the News post ever…
—Trevor Hoffman will need more than 15 days on the DL. This is expected but disappointing news. Hopefully he can get on track soon and start helping this team.
“This is one of the best cities I’ve played in, if not the best city,” Kendall said. “I take that back. It is the best city I’ve played in. The atmosphere, the fan interaction on a daily basis, the guys in the clubhouse. Not very often do you get 25 guys that actually get along and play the game the right way.”
Kendall just won some major points with me.
—If you’ve read any Brewers season preview, you know that they all hammer how hard it will be to replace the production of Ben Sheets and CC Sabathia. Well, roguejim at Brew Crew Ball says their losses are being overstated. I agree completely.
—Mike Woods of the Post-Crescent writes a negative column on the outlook for the Brewers pitching in ‘09. He says it’s hard to be optimistic about the pitching going into the season. It must be hard for Mike to be optimistic about anything because I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a single positive word from him on any Wisconsin sports team.
—MLB-teams?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=49" target="_blank">Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says the Brewers pitching is so thin that even a mid-season acquisition like Sabathia might not be enough this season.
—Sully Baseball also picks the Cubs third, but has the Brewers in fourth with the Reds winning the division and the Cardinals winning the Wild Card. Wow, that’s an interesting take to say the least, but I do agree with some of his opinions on the Cubs’ weaknesses…
—Viva El Birdos says the Brewers will finish in the middle of the division with the Cardinals and Reds, but will need to get lucky to get back to the postseason.
—Over 2,000 people visited Greer Stadium in Nashville to see the renovations the new Sounds owners have made. It’s good to see so much excitement for the team down there. The new owners have to receive great grades for the way they’ve run the team thus far.
—Some video of outfield prospect Cole Gillespie getting a spring training hit:
—The Cubs released Chad Gaudin and optioned Jeff “Tramp Stamp” Samardzija to AAA. I can’t believe they couldn’t find a trade partner for Gaudin, despite his horrible spring.
—Carlos Zambrano said the Cubs need a new stadium this weekend and then backed off his comments. There’s no question that Wrigley Field is a dinosaur, but it’s sacrilegious on the North side to suggest it’s anything but a jewel. Zambrano made similar comments after throwing his no-hitter against the Astros at Miller Park last year.
—The Astros will not finish above .500 this year, yet many of their fans, some media, and even their manager continue to have delusions that they’ll be competitive.
—The Rays might be going with a Gabe platoon in the outfield. Former Brewers Gabe Gross and Gabe Kapler would make up the platoon.
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