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R.I.P.: 2011 Milwaukee Brewers

Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:46 am
Edited on: October 27, 2011 11:24 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series...

Team name: Milwaukee Brewers
Record: 96-66, 1st place in NL Central. Defeated Arizona 3-2 in NLDS, lost NLCS 4-2 to St. Louis.
Manager: Ron Roenicke
Best hitter: Ryan Braun -- .332/.397/.597 33 HR, 11 RBI, 33 SB, 38 2B, 6 3B
Best pitcher: Yovani Gallardo -- 17-10, 3.52 ERA, 1.215 WHIP, 207 K in 207 1/3 IP

2011 SEASON RECAP

The Brewers' offseason in 2010 was playoffs or bust -- and they made it. Despite early injuries to Zack Greinke and Corey Hart, the Brewers were able to stick around the top of the standings for the first half of the season and then took the lead for good after winning on July 27. From July 26 to Aug. 28, Milwaukee went 27-5 to go from a half-game back in the division to 10 1/2 games up. Braun and Prince Fielder both put up MVP-type numbers, and while their new starters, Greinke and Shaun Marcum, didn't challenge for the Cy Young, they were good enough and very good at times (at least in the regular season).

2012 AUDIT

Well, there's one big question mark. A really, really big question mark in Prince Fielder. Even though it's not much of a question, most expect him to leave Milwaukee, including Fielder. But Fielder's not the only free agent the Brewers have to deal with in the offseason. The team has seven free agents, plus a club option on Yuniesky Betancourt. That said, none of the others on the list come close to leaving a void anywhere near the one Fielder will leave. However, the team will have to seriously look at improving its infield.

FREE AGENTS

1B Prince Fielder
RHP Francisco Rodriguez
SS Yuniesky Betancourt ($6 million option)
RHP LaTroy Hawkins
UTIL Jerry Hairston Jr.
RHP Takashi Saito
UTIL Craig Counsell
OF/1B Mark Kotsay

OFFSEASON FOCUS

  • Sign Albert Pujols. No, I'm kidding. The Brewers are unlikely to be able to afford to keep Fielder around, much less sign Pujols. Make a goodwill offer to Fielder and let him turn it down to get every last dollar, that way you can tell your fans you tried and it wasn't up to you. If that's not enough to let you sleep at night, go see Moneyball and look into signing Scott Hatteberg -- it worked when the A's lost Jason Giambi. Mat Gamel is the internal option if you stand pat at first.
  • Decline Betancourt's option -- it costs you $2 million, but that's a small price to pay not to have Yuniesky Betancourt be your shortstop. Last offseason it cost the Royals Greinke, so consider yourself lucky. The replacement at shortstop doesn't need to be Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins, just someone who can field the position. If the Red Sox get rid of Marco Scutaro, he could be available for below sticker price -- see if he's interested in returning to the Brewers, who developed him.
  • How about signing Aramis Ramirez to play third base? He'll be costly, but nowhere in the Fielder-Pujols range. He also adds to the offense and helps give Ryan Braun some protection. Casey McGehee hasn't proven himself to be worthy of a spot in the everyday lineup. And if Ramirez regresses any more defensively, he can shift to first base. Ramirez has remarked about just how much he likes Chicago, and Milwaukee is close enough.
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Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:25 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Milwaukee Brewers

I don't think your post is entirely slow they are still getting young fans such as my self I'm barely an adult and I grew up on baseball now I do believe the more fans we lose every year cant be replaced by the ones we get because theres not as much of them, now a days. Back when baseball was at its peak was in the Depression when it was a reminder for those folks of how life used to be it was an escape of what their daily lives were.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:23 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Milwaukee Brewers

Fielder seems like he is 100% gone no matter what the Brewers do.  That is a bit of a shame.

Baseball is the only sport where half the teams act as a minor league development for the other half.

Someone with insanely deep pockets will pay Fielder as he made it crystal clear he wants a big payday.

I am happy that my Phillies have unlimited resources, but I sympathize for teams like the Brewers who simply cannot afford to compete.

Eventually a breaking point will happen.  The fans of baseball are already the oldest fans by far...These old fans will slowly die off.

MLB is doing nothing to nationalize its product to draw new young fans.  It just stick to the same imbalanced regional game for older fans.

It will reach a breaking point soon.




Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:19 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Milwaukee Brewers

I have to agree with Rebel on this one. The Cardinals are very good at home, that being said we have our ace Carpenter on more than 5 days rest so hes more than ready. We have a very potent offense, again Texas wasn't the best team in baseball Philly was, may I remind you the two powerhouses the Cardinals have already taken down to show that they do really belong here? No because it is already known that we belong here.

And I think the Cardinals will take the first two at home seeing as I'm no so sure how the Rangers will do without their DH, and to be honest I think we can take one in Texas as well because of our DH in Alan Craig, Matt Holiday, or Lance Berkman either of those three could be our DH because they are all OF and they are all great hitters and one of them will be benched other wise why not put the power bats in your lineup?

You can't say the Rangers have too big of an edge here. But they have an edge no doubt.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:34 am
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers are out of the Playoffs. Dont really care about this article. But I will say this
Again the Cardinals are tagged as the Underdog. I like our chances at Home first two Games. Carpenter is our Ace and Garcia piches well at Home. After that this Series will be wild. The Cards can hit just as well as Texas. Our bullpen is now our strength. Cards should win this in 6 games and again be the best Team in Baseball



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:45 am
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Milwaukee Brewers

RIP fits the brewers like no other playoff team. With fielder leaving it's back to mediocrity for Milw.

Ryan Braun says hi, and thanks for ignoring one of the absolute best outfielders in the NL, if not baseball.

Anyways, they can hang around, but they probably won't be anywhere as close to the world series as they where this year for quite a while.  Quite the shot in the gut really.  How the starting pitchers turned into even worse options then the Cardinals starters was just a freaking joke and is still shocking..


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:19 am
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Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:32 am
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Milwaukee Brewers

With there Pitching They will not contend next season.1 playoff apperance does not make a CONTENDER
Love seeing the opinions of posters who couldn't pass a fifth grade English class.....


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:01 am
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Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:59 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Milwaukee Brewers

RIP fits the brewers like no other playoff team. With fielder leaving it's back to mediocrity for Milw. 


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