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Keston Hiura. Who Is, Was or Will He Be?

Every star's visibility starts with a shimmer before the glow, before you feel the heat. In the case of the Milwaukee Brewers 2017 first round draft pick, it took less than a year for the radiance of potential to show itself. The strong numbers in 2018 were rewarded with a promotion, and rewarded the front offices faith by putting up preposterous 1.106 OPS in AAA San Antonio. Milwaukee and the sample size, albeit a short one, and an injured Travis Shaw was enough to force the Brewers hand promot

Milwaukee Brewers 2022 Season: Week 6: vs Atlanta Braves + vs Washington Nationals

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

Introducing Dark Mode!

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. At t

Milwaukee Brewers 2022 Season: Week 5: @ Cincinnati Reds + @ Miami Marlins

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

Short Starts and the Bullpen

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.” If

Milwaukee Brewers 2022 Season: Week 4: vs Cincinnati Reds + @ Atlanta Braves

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

Ernie Riles, Teddy Higuera, and one trip to the Janesville Mall.

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

Why are ads necessary?

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

Introducing 40-man and active rosters!

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

A mea culpa of sorts

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

The Carolina number that matters most

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

How Earl Weaver helped me re-discover my love for baseball

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

In search of pitching breakouts

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

Better Devils sourcing, miscellany

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

Who likes to hit? That's still what I'm still trying to figure out.

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

The Legs Feed the Wolf

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

I Don't Know...Third Base!

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

We want you to blog & we'll bribe you to do it!

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

Welcome to Brewer Fanatic!

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 admin@brewerfanatic.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

Brewer Fanatic Tips & Tricks: Following

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

Introducing Achievements!

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

Brewer Fanatic Tips & Tricks: The Feed!

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!

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
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