Monday, October 27, 2008

Brewers Rumblings

Two notable rumblings from Brewerland:

1) Kenny Macha seems to be leading the managerial race.

- Personally, I'd prefer Brenly. He's an "NL guy" who knows what it takes to win a World Series. I heard Mark Grace on the radio describe Brenly as "the opposite of Ned Yost...." That's good enough for me. Plus, as mentioned in this post, those A's managers just sit in the dugout and press whatever button the sabermetrics say works the best. Not a lot of real managing come out of the Athletics dugout.

2) Brewers will listen to offeres for Prince

- This is the first time it's been stated by the Brewers. Ever since he turned down contract extension talks, you knew it would come to this...the primary reason: Scott Boras. He's not gonna resign with Milwaukee. No chance. It would be tough to trade Prince, as he carried the Brewers for stretches late last year. But I'm not opposed to it. I'll stick with the mantra of "He's only gonna get fatter, and he's got DH written all over him."

14 comments:

Wrigleyville said...

we also wholeheartedly support bob brenly managing the brewers.

woziszeus said...

Ahhh yes...trade Prince Fielder.

Let the Brad Nelson era at first base begin.

Plesac's A Traitor said...

Hmmm. Replace one unathletic, fat, short first baseman that's defensively weak with a an unathletic, fat, tall first baseman that's defensively weak. I guess that's an upgrade, assuming Nelson is able to consistently hit the ball for one two-week period during a six-month season. He'd then be offensively equivalent to Fielder.

Either way it's lose-lose. Maybe Bill Hall can play first base. Then we can guarantee no offensive production in the 4 hole.

Rubie Q said...

To be fair, at least from an offensive standpoint, there's not a lot of "managing" to be done with the Brewers, as currently constituted. How many different ways can you say "swing for the fences"?

Charlie Marlow said...

Also, MLBTR says there's report that the Brewers will offer CC Sabathia 4/100.

Charlie Marlow said...

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/10/cc-sabathia-rum.html

There's a link for that.

Matt said...

Charlie, it appears that we're on the same page this morning.

garcia said...

Prince would be replaced by Gamel, but maybe Rivera could see some play time at first since Kendall will play 161 and 2/3 of the games next year.

Maybe Rivera could pitch!! They obviously don't use him for anything else!

Anonymous said...

Trading Prince is going to happen. What are people's thoughts on what we can get for him??

Charlie Marlow said...

No, Gamel will not play 1B next season. If its not Prince, its going to be Brad Nelson.

Why do people insist on believing that someone can just jump from 3B in AA into a starting role in MLB at 1B? Seriously...

And...if the Brewers can land CC, Prince is likely staying put.

garcia said...

Charlie... c'mon

gamel can't play 3B. he's just like Braun... great bat no glove. Other than 1st base, where are they going to play him? Right field is the only other option. He's not a 3rd baseman. Maybe Nelson will start off at 1st but I am sure Gamel will end up there.

they are going to do everything in their power to get his bat in the line-up. Is nelson that much better of a 1st baseman? Besides, the knock on Gamel was throwing accuracy... don't do too much of that from first!

I'm not saying that he's even gonna be successful there, I'm just saying, that's what's going to happen.

Charlie Marlow said...

There's no 'c'mon' about it, buddy. You're implying a player can go from playing his position every day in AA to a completely different position at the major league level the next season? That sounds like some good crack, dude

It seems inevitable that the Brewers will move him to 1B, and if they indeed do, he will play in AAA at 1B next season. They're not going to trade Prince thinking "Excellent! Gamel is ready to step in!"

Keep in mind, as well, that Don Money thinks Mat Gamel will make a good MLB 3B. Coming from a 4 time AS at 3B and 2 time AL MVP at that position, I'd say I'm going to take his word over yours.

DannyNoonan said...

"those A's managers just sit in the dugout and press whatever button the sabermetrics say works the best."

How is that a bad thing?

Anonymous said...

Because sabermetrics relies on high on-base guys. The Brewers have zero of those.