Back in Milwaukee, preparations continue for Opening Day at Miller Park. Road construction and busy parking lots could make getting to the park a bit of a challenge this season, but Fox 6 News has a guide
to avoiding that stress by riding the bus.
You probably won't see Bob Uecker on the bus, but you will see him at the ballpark for his 59th professional Opening Day. Uecker turned 80 over the winter, but Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger told Rich Kirchen of the Milwaukee Business Journal
the Brewers have no plans to groom a replacement for him.
I don't think Hank the Dog is allowed on the bus either, but I'm sure his presence will be felt (and hopefully not smelled) around Miller Park this season. Hank is even getting his own bobblehead day on September 13
Today in previews, projections, predictions and the like: Jonah Keri of Grantland
previewed the NL Central and says the Brewers' best case scenario has them "surging to second place with a shot at the Wild Card."
: Claimed outfielder Alex Presley off waivers from the Twins.
: Infielder Ryan Reynolds opted out of his contract and is now a free agent.
: Signed pitcher Chris Young and designated pitcher Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.
: Third baseman Ed Lucas will open the season on the DL with a broken hand.
: Re-signed reliever Michael Gonzalez to a minor league deal.
: Pitcher Alfredo Aceves has opted out of his minor league contract and is now a free agent.
: Released 1B/OF Bobby Abreu.
: Pitcher Craig Breslow will open the season on the DL with a shoulder strain.
: Returned Rule 5 draft pick Patrick Schuster to Diamondbacks.
: Signed 1B/3B Miguel Cabrera to a 10-year, $292 million contract.
Aside from the Cabrera deal, yesterday's biggest news around baseball was almost certainly the changes to baseball's drug policy
. First-time offenders will now see their suspensions raised from 50 to 80 games, and players suspended in a season will not be eligible for postseason play, even if they've served their full punishment.
Today in former Brewers:
- Prince Fielder and the Rangers played Quintana Roo from the Mexican League in an exhibition game in Arlington last night, and Fielder hit a 424-foot home run in his first home game in his new park.
- Bless You Boys is introducing Tigers fans to Alex Gonzalez, Detroit's newest infielder.
Today's most interesting sabermetric note comes via Scott Lindholm of Beyond the Box Score
, who has a look at how game-time temperature affects offense as the season goes along. This shouldn't be a factor for the Brewers at home against the Braves, but it could be when they travel to Boston and Philadelphia.
Finally, with help from the Baseball Reference Play Index
, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to 2002 Brewer Ryan Christenson
. He turns 40.
Today is also the 35th anniversary of the Mariners releasing pitcher Jim Colborn, effectively ending the MLB career of the first 20-game winner in Brewers franchise history, and the 31st anniversary of the Brewers releasing reliever Dwight Bernard, also ending his career. I covered those events in Today In Brewer History last year
and two years ago
Now, if you'll excuse me, the great hand returns