Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy Signs Five-Year Contract

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan LucroyGreat news, Brewers fans! Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy signed a five-year contract with our Milwaukee Brewers. Lucroy's five-year contract is worth $11 million. Lucroy proved to be valuable to the Brewers last season, which was his first season in the major leagues. Dealing with five starting pitchers takes mental prowess and Lucroy has proved that he is up to the task. Lucroy joins several other Brewers players who have multiyear contracts. Ryan Braun is signed through 2020 and both Yovani Gallardo and Rickie Weeks are signed through 2014.

Now that the contract deal is done and Lucroy's fate is sealed with the Milwaukee Brewers for at least the next five years, Lucroy can breath a sigh of relief and focus on leading the Brewers to victory. Lucroy is notoriously hard on himself, so don't worry about him sitting comfortably now that his future is sealed. This Brewers season should be an exciting one especially after last season's exciting post-season run. Do the Brewers have what it takes to make the playoffs again?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Brewers' Corey Hart Out For One Month

Ticket King Milwaukee Corey HartMilwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart will be out for one month due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. Hart already underwent surgery for his injury and is now on crutches. If Hart hadn't had surgery and continued playing, he would have blown out his knee, resulting in an absence that would have been a lot longer. While it's a minor setback that Hart will be out, in the long run, it's better for Hart to deal with the injury before it gets too serious. Hart remains optimistic and thinks that he can make it to the regular season on time. If he can play in the last week of spring training, then he can go over to the minors and get some at-bats with them. The key for Hart's return will be getting as many at-bats as possible before making his return. I guess only time will tell.

Hart found himself in a similar situation last season, except he actually missed the beginning of the regular season because of an injury. With Fielder gone from the Brewers lineup, there's room for Hart to step up and be a key player in the lineup. If he can stay healthy and hit well, Corey Hart will be a key ingredient in the Milwaukee Brewers' success this season.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Ryan Braun Debacle, Unexpected Morale Booster for the Milwaukee Brewers?

Was the Ryan Braun debacle an unexpected morale booster for the Milwaukee Brewers? I know it's difficult to see any positive in what I like to call the "Ryan Braun debacle," but I think the whole situation actually boasted the morale of the Milwaukee Brewers. Let me explain.

As we all know, the Brewers had an exciting 2011 season. Just as Brewers fans were still riding the highs of a great season that ran into October, Ryan Braun was named MVP. It couldn't get any better for Brewers fans. We knew that down the road Prince Fielder would be leaving, but we wanted to bask in the glory of Ryan Braun and the Brewers' success.

Then came the announcement that Ryan Braun failed a drug test. Ouch. That one stung. How could he?! Then came the announcement that Prince Fielder signed with the Detroit Tigers for a gazillion dollars. Another blow to the collective ego of Brewers fans. The reality of the end of the Prince Fielder era in Milwaukee had started to sink in.

Now, there was a gaping hole in the roster thanks to Prince Fielder and Braun faced a 50 game suspension. (Though he had appealed the decision, no player in the history of baseball had ever won such an appeal.) For all intents and purposes, the Brewers had lost two key players. Things were looking very grim for the Brewers and the 2012 season hadn't even started yet. Spring training hadn't even started yet!

Then, Ryan Braun won his appeal. The Brewers could let out a deep sigh of relief knowing that their star slugger would not have to miss 50 games. Braun joined his teammates in Arizona and Brewers fans around the country rejoiced. The Brewers are entering into their season rejuvenated at the fact that Braun has won and they won't have to start making plans for his absence. I think this gave a much-needed boost to the Brewers' morale and they will enter their 2012 season with a vengeance.