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The BCCC crew look to recap the past week's games for the Milwaukee Brewers. Week 6 for the brewers included a 6 game home stretch where they played three games against the defending World Series Champions, Atlanta Braves, and three games against the Washington Nationals. They went 4-2 in this stretch, putting their record at 26-15 overall, which is good enough for 1st in the NL Central and 4th in the National League. Come take a seat on the couch with the BCCC crew and hear what they have
This has been one of the most-requested features for a long time and I'm happy to announce that Dark Mode is finally a thing you can use across the site! Dark Mode is a new way to use Brewer Fanatic, especially at night or in darkened rooms. Instead of the background being black text over white background, it's the inverse: white text over black background. Some people find sites easier to use and read in this inverted scheme and now it's really easy to toggle back and forth as needed.
The BCCC crew look to recap the past week's games for the Milwaukee Brewers. Week 5 for the brewers included a 6 game road stretch where they travelled to Cincinnati for 3 games against the lowly Reds and over to Miami for another 3 game series against the Marlins as well. They went 3-3 in this stretch, putting their record at 22-13 overall, which is good enough for 1st in the NL Central and tied for 3rd in the National League. Come take a seat on the couch with the BCCC crew and hear what t
I made a post near the end of last night’s game after Devin Williams couldn’t get out of the 8th inning after starting with a 4 run lead, and the Brewers only got out of the inning when Urias made a diving grab on a soft liner that threatened to put the Reds ahead. The comment was:
“The last few days have exposed the Brewers bullpen as not nearly the strong point everyone assumed it would be. And if the starters keep laboring to go 5 or 6 innings it’s going to become a big problem.”
The BCCC crew look to recap the past week's games for the Milwaukee Brewers. Week 4 for the Brewers included a 3 game home series vs the Cincinnati Reds and a 3 game road trip to the defending World Series Champions, the Atlanta Braves. They went 4-2 in this stretch, putting their record at 19-10 overall, which is good enough for 1st in the NL Central and tied for 3rd in the National League. Has their high powered offense from Week 3 carried over? Is the starting rotation continuing to show
I'd like to think that most sports fans have players who make it into the inner circle of "favorites" who are obscure to some degree, odd, or just regular, average guys who might be bench warmers, or even guys who never made an impact of any great degree on the game they play. As Brewer fans, I feel like we've probably had more than our fair share of guys that we've had weird attachments to, fan-crushes, and quirky dudes like Tim Dillards, Keith Ginters, and so on. Guys that maybe aren't makin
I know some of you have been frustrated with the ad experience and I'm frustrated, too. My vow is that I will attempt to address everyone's concerns to the best of my ability, as it's literally my job to provide all of you with a quality experience on Brewer Fanatic. The following is not an excuse for a bad experience; I simply want all of us to understand and operate with the same knowledge base. I will continue to refine and tweak the ad experience until all (or really "most") of us can reach
New to the site, we've added both the active roster and the 40-man roster pages!
These pages will update nightly so they'll always be up-to-date with the current state of the big league club, adding yet another long-term feature I've wanted to see on our baseball sites basically forever. There isn't a lot to say about these pages other than they feature the standard set of player info: name, position, handedness, DoB, etc.
To find these pages, use the hamburger menu at the top right of
I did get pretty well dragged for last week's edition of The Weekly, wherein I suggested the Brewers' ability to develop catchers is at least overstated. Almost immediately after the post went live and I went to re-read it, I wished I were able to devote more time to developing it. Focus, assembly, delivery, all aspects were lacking. That's on me. For that, I apologize. Mea culpa.
I stand by the premise -- that if Omar Narvaez is the latest model coming off the catching assembly line, perha
There is one number that stands out above all others for this year’s Carolina Mudcats.
It isn’t their 6-4 record or their 5.21 ERA. It isn’t Eduardo Garcia’s OPS checking in at .969 thus far or Hedbert Perez’ being at .510. It isn’t Jeferson Quero’s .344 batting average or Hendry Mendez’s 25% walk rate. It isn’t Israel Puello’s 6:1 strikeout to walk rate or the fact that 11 members of the roster are still to young to legally drink.
No. the most important number regarding the Mudcats is
The good ol' days
I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.
-- Andy Bernard
Like many of us, my love of baseball and the Brewers started at a young age. My first baseball memory was 8-year-old me watching the 1981 Divisional Playoffs with my dad on ABC. Even though it was my first memory, I must have known enough to feel like Milwaukee was an underdog going against the big, bad Yankees, because I remember distinctly that feeling, an
From the time that this site got me mildly obsessed with following the Brewers’ farm system, I have been fascinated with trying to predict breakout seasons.
Specifically, pitching breakouts.
Sometimes, like Max Lazar, Zack Brown, Evan Reifert and to some extent Bowden Francis, the breakouts happen.
Other times … well … I thought Conor Harber and Karsen Lindell were intriguing breakout candidates right up to the point where I saw the notices that they’d been released. I also think
Stathead -- the folks at Sports Reference, the people behind the incomparable Baseball Reference -- is exceptionally powerful, but slicing and dicing data can be frustrating. This is the output of the work I did for this morning's column, as you can see, there's no way to derive game result at that level, so yes, I had to go one-by-one through the no-decision games to come up with a record. That wasn't fun, but when I noticed that the Brewers were struggling more as the strikeout totals diminish
Fernando Vina squints in the spring sun as he faces down Texas’ Ken Hill. Vina chops his bat twice, then readies for Hill’s pitch…fastball…just a bit outside. The 1997 season was the last time the Brewers had a regular DH. Dave Nilsson started that April 1st game and led the team with 54 games at DH that season.
Now 25 years later as the Brewers prepare to re-enter the Baseball world where pitchers pitch and hitters hit, how prepared are we to maximize our offense? What will be the Bre
Popularized by Kurt Russell's portrayal of Herb Brooks in Miracle, the title of this, my debut column for Brewer Fanatic, is something that occurred to me considering not just Luis Urias' quad injury, but also the myriad lower body injuries that have plagued the Milwaukee Brewers in recent years. Let's look at some of the recent highlights:
Luis Urias' quad (last year and this!) Willy Adames' quad. Christian Yelich's kneecap. Travis Shaw's ankle. Rowdy Tellez' knee. Dan "Big Rhinelander" Vo
In Saturday's non-televised game against the Texas Rangers, infielder Luis Urías exited early after injuring himself while running the bases. Reports came in quickly that Urías strained his left quadriceps muscle. After the game, manager Craig Counsell told reporters in Arizona that they'd know more about the severity of the injury come Sunday morning after some tests were performed. The results of those efforts ended up being that Urías will be out at least two weeks which puts his Opening Day
One of the key aspects of this new site is that it extends the concept of community beyond posts, threads, and forums. We have status updates, we have reactions, we have follower lists, we have much more of a social media model (without the trolling and general awfulness) but at the very core of our concept of community is our user blogs.
Every user, once they register and post two pieces of content (comments, status updates, or threads) “graduate” to the Verified Member group, which opens
Dear BrewerFan.net users, welcome to the new Brewer Fanatic!
First, your accounts from BrewerFan.net work here, though I’m sure some of you have lost access to your linked email account, which may prevent you from logging in. If you have any issues logging in, just shoot me an email at email@example.com and I’ll get you sorted immediately.
Things might seem a little overwhelming but I promise this site is very easy to use and within days, you’ll wonder how you lived without table
Welcome to the latest entry into my Tips & Tricks series! In this brief post, I’ll quickly run through another new-to-us feature, “Following”. This will allow you to track and follow the content of people and content you like throughout the website.
Essentially, there are three aspects to following what you enjoy on the site: following categories, following content, and following individuals. I’ll run through each aspect and how each can be useful to you and improve how you find your fa
Welcome to the brief rundown of our newest feature, achievements! I have spent a rather unhealthy amount of time developing it for the site. I hope you enjoy experiencing it as much as I enjoyed building it.
Achievements, or awards, or gamification… you’ve probably run into it before in other avenues of your digital life. Achievements are most common (and were largely born out of) the console video game world, beginning on the Xbox platform in the mid-2000s.
Basically, it boils down to
As opposed to the previous default state of the site, you may want to set a custom feed as your Brewer Fanatic landing page. It's that useful. Instead of having to click through the (kinda insanely large now) site, you can tailor a feed to show basically whatever you want: select authors, topics you've followed, fellow users, unread content only... the list goes on.
First, to find your personal feed, near the top right of the screen you will see a newspaper icon in the red bar below your us
Brewer Fanatic Tips & Tricks, Part One: Tables! With this series of blog entries, I'm going to try to cover some of the features of the new site in a few paragraphs. Using the old site, as I'm sure many of you are aware, tables were basically unusable. That has changed! I'll tackle B-Ref tables quickly in this post but you can do similar things with FanGraphs or other sites that use table data (which is how almost all stat sites display their content). First, pop on over to Corbin Burnes's B
A random note about the name 'Julio Muchacho':
When I was first considering the transition from obsessive and creepy lurker in those epic minor league threads of the original Brewer Fan to an actual poster, I was really struggling with a name. Initially, I tried to craft an homage to Marquis Grissom's innate ability to swing and colossally whiff at every off-the-plate slider feigning as a possible pitch over home plate. I found that homage mysterious and challenging. For some reason, unbeknownst to my conscious self, a casual story 'The Rock' shared over a telecast sometime in the 1990-1991 season about then Brewers reliever 'Julio Machado' was milling about my Brewers-themed mind and it sunk its teeth in me. Apparently, Bill revealed at that time, Señor Machado loved to eat iguana. As an adult, having now traveled extensively in Central and South America, this is just not a big deal - not even remotely. BUT, as a suburban 8th grader at that time, I was incredulous. "Iguanas?!? Whoa." Machado had instantly achieved cult status in my eyes. And, that story had traveled with me in the dusty caverns of my mind ever since.
So, as I was considering my 'screen name' I became married to an homage to this one-time Brewers reliever, Julio Machado, who had somehow managed to continue occupying a snug place in the archives of my Brewers nostalgia even tho he pitched a mere season with the club! Why did he only pitch one season? During the inquiry, I hit a snag. As I was randomly trying to validate my memory of that same broadcast on the interwebs, I discovered Mr. Machado was expected back with the Crew for the 1992 season but there was a hiccup: he was being investigated for allegedly murdering a secretary in his home country of Venezuela during a traffic dispute (in which, he later claimed, he feared he was being robbed). The iguana story careened to the wayside when learning of this truly unfortunate event. Who knows what truly happened that disastrous evening? I certainly don't. It's just a terrible event any way we look at it and a woman was taken from her life in ways she never imagined. Machado was ultimately released after serving 4 of his 12 year sentence in a Venezuela prison...and, with it, so did the aura of magic surrounding my memory of the 'telecast iguana'. I was defeated. But, I had already committed.
SO, downtrodden and morose, I simply opted for 'Julio Muchacho'. If I translated it truly and with emotion, it would read: 'Julio, Man!'. What I intended to use, originally, was: 'Julio Machado's Iguana'. 🤣
AND, my friends, that is entirely too much detail behind my screen name. But, what can I say, I began writing this lil piece. I had committed.
My mother arrived today for a 2 month stay on my Farm. It brings back all sorts of nostalgia as Spring Training progresses. What is hot on the nostalgia stove this morning?
On Monday June 2nd, 1986, as a wee 8 year old lad, my parents took me to County Stadium to witness the Brewers defeat the Kansas City Royals 7-2. We sat about 20 rows up the First Base Line directly above the dugout - catty-corner home plate as it were. Teddy Higuera went the full 9 innings and I was completely engaged; on deck; glove at the ready. BUT, more than anything that fine evening, oddly, what I remember most is my mother steadfastly reading Ken Follett's Eye of the Needle. Teddy went 9. Ganter, Oglive, and Sveum had decent nights at the Plate. BUT, through it all, my mother turned page after page only glancing in brief moments to give me an affirming smile or a nod of recognition.
Some 13 years later, while working as a college student in a local bookstore, I was well into my lifelong fandom of the Milwaukee Brewers. And, it just so happened I was the individual shelving and buying Mystery and Thriller novels. The world often spins a Web of Meaning: One early spring day, I laid down in the employee break room on a ragged old couch and began my own reading and interpretation of the very same Eye of the Needle. Apparently, it was time to close the Circle. It was 1999. Phil Gardner was now the manager. The Brewers were yet again inconsequential. AND, frankly, I was questioning my own life's direction (as any 21 yo young man would do) and certainly my fandom of a team seemingly destined to annually define the phrase: "Mediocre at best!". A Brewers season was on the horizon. All hope and aspirations languishing in a sea of 'Meh'.
As the 2022 season approaches - salvaged miraculously from the throes of a devastating Lock-Out - I ponder a line from Follett's seminal international thriller I encountered that day on that couch:
"The trouble with being inspired to perform the impossible was the inspiration gave you no clues to the practical means."
I don't know how the Brewers can win a World Series championship in 2022, but I hope they are inspired to perform the impossible. In the Spirit of Gratitude, I give great GREAT thanks for these past 4 years. I, for One, remember the doldrums. We are living in the next Golden Era of our fanaticism. Let us not forget this.
I realize I may be somewhat of an unknown quantity to many of you, so here's a little about me and my background:
I'm not new to writing about MLB or the Brewers. I cut my teeth in 2015 writing for now-defunct Outside Pitch MLB, starting as a Brewers beat writer, writing gamers and series previews and recaps and player profiles few people saw. I was promoted to managing editor there, worked with some killer writers, some of whom are now doing this dang thing full-time for major outlets or are Baseball Twitter superstars. Later, I was promoted to VP of Content, overseeing all editorial operations for three OP verticals.
After OP, I launched Bronx to Bushville in 2017 with some of those guys, a boutique, baseball and baseball-adjacent website where the content could be either a lot more abstract and freeform, or could be us breaking the story about the Dodgers' malfeasance surrounding covered up allegations of sexual assault and the penalties that were supposed to come down and didn't. BtB ended last summer, and I decided to do a semi-frequent Substack, Crowd Pops and Bat Flips, which talks about baseball and/or professional wrestling.
Through the good fortune of being name-dropped, the Twins Daily/BF brass reached out to me, seeing if I had interest in coming aboard here as a contributor. I was flattered, and said I'd think it over.
The rest? Well, the rest is being typed now.
I love the Brewers, but I love baseball more. It's the best game on the planet, and while my team is local, I resist the urge to be a homer. If I could, I'd be all too happy watching West Coast games late into the night, not worrying about needing to be up the next morning. Poor Mike Trout.
I believe in numbers. I also believe in trusting a gut. Analytics are fine. Hunches are fine. Analytics alone are a disaster. Hunches alone are also a disaster. Statistics give us information, history gives us insight. I'm more John Thorn, less Jay Jaffe. I'm also a member of SABR and IBWAA.
So hopefully that gives you a glimpse into my background and generally where I'm coming from when I write. It's nice to have this opportunity to move beyond IYKYK status.