Grading the Brewers: Introduction
It is Fall in Wisconsin. A little cold for many Americans living in warmer states, but a beautiful season in America's Dairyland nonetheless.
The leafs are starting to feature bright yellow and orange colors that highly contrast the gloomy skies. The state is prepared for another long and cold winter season and the expectation for the first sunbeams of Spring is already jammed in people's hearts.
Similar to the majority of state residents, the Milwaukee Brewers are also looking forward to surviving the winter season and emerging as a better team next Spring.
This year could not have gone much worse for a team that kicked off 2009 with high hopes of repeating as post-season participants after the tremendous noise made in 2008.
The fan base was also keeping its expectations high and the business operations department of the Brewers once again showed positive balances following a surplus of purchased season tickets in comparison to previous seasons.
But the team never played up to par with the built expectations.
This year's on-field collapse of the Brewers brought a feeling of letdown to many fans who in difficult economic times provided strong support for the team they love.
The feeling is that the Brewers are due to pay their dues and the winter season will show the direction in which the franchise is headed for years to come.
In the midst of disappointment, I decided to offer Brewers fans a series of articles detailing the Brewers performance in 2009. My goal is to review the performance of the Brewers, not only on the field, but also in terms of sports and business operations decisions.
The topics to be covered in these series are:
Part I: The Infield
Part II: The Outfield
Part III: Starting Pitching
Part IV: Bullpen
Part V: Coaching
Part VI: Minor League Development
Part VII: Sports Operations
Part VIII: Business Operations and Ownership
Part IX: The Fans
Part X: By The Numbers and Wrap-Up
Part I will be released a week after the last regular season game of the year.
For the moment, all that is left for fans to do is give their team one more reason to fix things this winter by providing strong support over the remaining days of the regular baseball season.
I hope you will enjoy this as much as I will!
Boris Yovchev is a Milwaukee Brewers Featured Columnist for the Bleacher Report and a supporter of the children's story "A Glove of Their Own."
"A Glove of Their Own" is the award winning children's story that teaches Pay It Forward through baseball and is being supported by Louisville Slugger, International Baseball Federation, iFungo, Rawlings, Modells, as well as players and coaches including Jason Grilli, Joe Torre, Luis Tiant, Dick Drago, Ken Griffey, Craig Biggio, and Sean Casey.
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