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  • The Most Popular Milwaukee Brewers Discussions of 2022


    Brock Beauchamp

    The look and feel of Brewer Fan may have changed with the transition to Brewer Fanatic, but the great content remains. Here are our most popular community discussions of 2022.

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    On March 13th of this year, Brewer Fan relaunched as Brewer Fanatic. As we close out our inaugural year, we’d like to take a moment to thank all the great community members, moderators, and contributors to the site who are vital to the growth we’ve seen over the past several months.

    On Brewer Fanatic in 2022, users created 1,690 topics and posted an impressive 58,597 comments. Let’s take a look at the most popular discussions of the year.

    Josh Hader Traded to the Padres
    Unsurprisingly, the biggest shock of the year generated the most views. Amid another run at a postseason berth, the Brewers traded fan-favorite closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres. While many expected this to be the first move to shore up offensive weaknesses, this proved to be the defining move of the 2022 trade deadline for the Milwaukee Brewers and is still a point of contention among fans today.

    Hat tip to @Eye Black for creating the most popular discussion of the year!

    2022 Trade Market
    Not long after the season began, Brewers fans were concerned about the team’s ability to compete at a high level over a 162-game season. As Brewer bats started the season ice cold, most were concerned about the offensive firepower after veteran bats like Lorenzo Cain, and Andrew McCutchen stumbled out of the gate. Over the next few months, the discussion continued to almost every rumored trade candidate available on the market.

    Kudos to @nate82 for starting this discussion.

    Putting Yelich on Waivers
    Well, this one was controversial and perhaps not the most well-researched topic. A user asked whether GM Matt Arnold should place Christian Yelich on waivers. News flash: that wouldn’t change whether the Brewers are on the hook for the rest of Yelich’s massive contract. With the removal of revocable waivers in 2019, the option for teams to “dangle” veteran players to see if another team wants to take on the contract while reserving an option not to lose the veteran on waivers was removed from major league baseball.

    2022 MLB Draft Pick Discussion, Rounds 1-10
    The MLB Draft is a big deal on Brewer Fanatic. A really big deal. In a thread spanning over 400 comments and tens of thousands of views, you’d think the Brewers had a top-five pick in this draft. This community’s dedication to the minutia of baseball is incredible and one of the things that makes this place such a wonderful place to discuss all things Milwaukee Brewers.

    2022 MLB Draft Pick Discussion, Rounds 11-20 and UDFA Signings
    Rounding out the top five is a discussion of the latter rounds of the MLB Draft, which speaks volumes to the level of dedication of the Brewer Fanatic community. While the MLB Draft is undoubtedly exciting in the early rounds as we all dream of future Brewer superstars, the second half of the draft often feels like throwing darts at a board while blindfolded. There are undoubtedly young gems to uncover, but we won’t know who they are for years.

    Those are the top five discussions of the year based on community views. Once again, we’d like to thank every commenter and contributor to Brewer Fanatic over the past nine months and here’s to an even bigger year in 2023!

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    Absolutely no surprise that it's the Hader trade. That one might be tough to top for a while. Sucks how it turned out. But I'm happy to have Contreras and Gasser. 

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    And the question will remain…do they trade Burnes, Woody, or Adames  at the expense of the current 2023 team by mid season when sitting in 1st or a WC position? It will linger throughout the season. If they were willing to do it with Hader, they will do it with any one of those guys. Pretty hard for me to believe one is not traded mid season regardless of what they say now.

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    27 minutes ago, rickh150 said:

    And the question will remain…do they trade Burnes, Woody, or Adames  at the expense of the current 2023 team by mid season when sitting in 1st or a WC position? It will linger throughout the season. If they were willing to do it with Hader, they will do it with any one of those guys. Pretty hard for me to believe one is not traded mid season regardless of what they say now.

    I can't believe they didn't learn their lesson with Hader. If you can trade one of the big three in the next month and still field a competitive team in 2023, that's going to go over with fans better than what happened last August.

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    25 minutes ago, Brock Beauchamp said:

    I can't believe they didn't learn their lesson with Hader. If you can trade one of the big three in the next month and still field a competitive team in 2023, that's going to go over with fans better than what happened last August.

    100% agree.  If we are still in a playoff hunt at this year's deadline, no way they trade one of the big 3.  If it is going to happen this season, it will between now and opening day.  I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say they learned a lesson from trading Hader when they did.   IMO

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