Friday, November 21, 2008

Ben Sheets

How come nobody is talking about signing Sheets? The Crew needs to lock my man up to a multi-year deal. I don't know for sure, but I heard a few years ago a high quality local band here in Milwaukee wrote a song called 'Ben Sheets'. Did any band ever write a song called 'Suppan'? I don't think so!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Brewers Hire Willie Randolph as Bench Coach; Torres Retires

New Brewers manager Ken Macha has hired Willie Randolph as the new bench coach. I absolutely love the move. Randolph knows what a winning team looks like and has a ton of playoff experience. He should be a great fit working with the likes of Rickie Weeks and other young players. I think he will really help our younger guys with their inconsistencies and bad habits.

On another note, Salomon Torres has announced his retirement. Torres did a nice job for the Crew last year. He filled in nicely in middle relief and then became a decent closer for the Brew. It will be interesting to see how the Brewers fill this void. Good luck Salomon.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Brewers Name Ken Macha New Manager; Retain Dale Sveum

The Milwaukee Brewers have named Ken Macha the newBrewer manager. Macha had good success with a young, developing team in Oakland from '02 - '06. Oakland's lack of funds really handcuffed Macha's ability to get the Athletics to the next level. I think an $80 - 90 million payroll in Milwaukee will give Macha a real chance to take a young, talented squad to the playoffs.

I like that the Brewers have decided to retain the services of Dale Sveum. It didn't look like Sveum was going to stick around after the Crew named Macha as the new team manager. Sveum gets to try his luck as batting coach. He certainly can't do any worse than Skaalen did. Maybe Dale can get these "free swingers" to be more patient and get their strikeout numbers down. The players like Sveum and I'm happy he's coming back.

The Brewers also announced today that they are going to excercise Mike Cameron's option for 2009 for $10 million. We'll have to see how that works out. The Brewers don't have many options in centerfield and Cameron was very solid defensively. Cameron also showed good power with 25 homers despite not playing in April. Hopefully, Sveum can get Cam to strikeout less than 142 times and get his average up to .260.

It will be quite interesting to see the next number of moves the Brewers make.... or don't make.

What do you think Brewer Fans?