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Suspension Details Stemming From Sunday’s Spat

Major League Baseball announced the following suspensions for players involved in the on-field incident in Pittsburgh on Sunday, April 20th.

  • Milwaukee Brewers
    • Martin Maldonado – 5 games (Accepted – Will serve from 4/22-4/27)
    • Carlos Gomez – 3 games (Appealing)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Travis Snider - 2 games (Appealing)
    • Russell Martin – 1 game (Appealing)

All players were fined as well.

Suspensions can be appealed or they are effective immediately. Carlos Gomez previously indicated that he would appeal any levied suspension.

Of note, Snider got fewer games than Gomez, which makes little sense to me. I’d also like to point out that Gerrit Cole, whose expressed feelings incited all of this, was not suspended.

Possible Fallout Scenarios From Sunday’s On-Field Brawl

As reminded by a couple of people on Twitter, players suspended for on-field incidents take their 25-man roster spot with them to suspension. What that means is that when Carlos Gomez and Martin Maldonado serve whatever suspensions they are (probably going to be) given, the Brewers will play without their roster spot for that length of time.

Carlos Gomez has already said that he’ll appeal any suspension levied against him and they can be staggered such that even if both players miss games, they won’t have to be missed concurrently.

That said, being that Maldonado is the team’s backup catcher the Brewers will likely want to have coverage available on the 25-man roster just in case the worst happens to the healthy catcher (*knocks on wood*) Jonathan Lucroy.

Since the Brewers don’t have a third catcher on the 40-man roster, any coverage would require a pair of moves. They’d need to open a 40-man roster spot and then move someone off the 25-man as well. Could that be accomplished by pushing the injured Tom Gorzelanny to the 60-day DL and then maybe optioning a relief pitcher or even Scooter Gennett down to Nashville for the length of the suspension? That would seem to make the most sense. It saves you from potentially losing an asset, and since you have several relief pitchers already making use of options this season, there’s plenty of flexibility.

As for losing Gomez, who in all likelihood will get less of a suspension than Maldonado, covering that all depends on how long it takes for his appeal to be heard. If it takes long enough that Logan Schafer could come back from the DL, then fine. However if it’s sooner than that, Elian Herrera would need to fill in as the starting CF and they’d only have three outfielders on the roster unless they again did a coupled move to get the other 40-man outfielder (Caleb Gindl) onto the 25-man roster.

Then again, if they can stagger the suspensions such that they’re only down one man at a given time, perhaps Elian Herrera’s versatility can cover the team well enough. After all, he was originally signed as a catching prospect when he was picked up as an amateur free agent by the Dodgers back in 2003.

Missing the players is bad enough, and we’ll have to wait to see how it all shakes out, but losing the ability to cover the games those players miss makes it an even tougher situation for the Brewers.

Stay tuned.

Video Highlights from Sunday, April 20, 2014

Here are the bench clearing lowlights

And Carlos Gomez discussing the situation during postgame…


Here are the three solo home runs that…

Tied the game in the 8th…

Tied the game in the 9th…

Won the game in the 14th…

Hank House to debut at Miller Park tomorrow

OFFICIAL RELEASE

Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” is getting a home at Miller Park.  The “Hank House,” a roomy, one bedroom Cape Cod-style dwelling, will debut tomorrow as the Brewers open a six-game homestand against the San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m.

The “Hank House” will be positioned at “The Point” in centerfield for the first game and as a mobile home, it will move around the ballpark throughout the season.  When Hank is at Miller Park, it will be his home and used for photo opportunities and appearances.

Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society.

The “Ballpark Pup” arrived in Milwaukee on March 16 on a Southwest Airlines charter flight and made his Miller Park debut in late March as merchandise bearing his image was released at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.  Twenty-percent of sales of Hank merchandise will be donated back to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund.”

The Brewers also announced a “BobbleHank” game at Miller Park on Saturday, September 13 where all fans will receive a bobblehead featuring Hank. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for the game will also go to the “Hank Fund.”


UPDATE:
Here are images of Hank’s House, just released by the Brewers:

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Player News: Never Stop Getting Better

The Milwaukee Brewers entered play on Saturday, April 19th with the best record in Major League Baseball. There are some inconsistencies at times, but for the most part the team is playing well.

There have been a couple of roster moves, one based on injury and one based on paternity, but stability has also been a calling card so far during this young season.

It’d be easy to rest on those laurels, but the Brewers are continually looking for ways to get better — either on the 25-man roster or in the minors.

JEFFRESS RETURNS

The Brewers recently signed back free agent RHP Jeremy Jeffress, who was their 1st round draft pick in 2006. Jeffress had some issues with drug suspensions (for marijuana) and if he’s caught one more time he receives a lifetime ban from MLB. That’s certainly a risk, however one that the Brewers have deemed worth taking as the 26-year-old still has a big fastball and late-inning relief potential. Jeffress would likely have been with the Brewers for his entire career if not for his being a part of the package sent to the Kansas City Royals in return for Zack Greinke prior to the 2011 season.

Jeffress was signed to a minor-league contract.

TOMMY JOEL

The Brewers also were confirmed to have attended the workout for free agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He could be ready to sign soon and if he regains the form he had in the years prior to injuring his UCL, he could be a major addition at the right time.

Hanrahan, 32, recorded 76 saves between 2011-2012 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He could absolutely upgrade one of the bullpen spots were he to be added to the Brewers.

As always, breaking news hits Twitter first so follow me at @BrewerNation for the quickest announcements and then return to this space for expanded analysis and commentary.

Milestone Tracker Refreshed for 2014

Have you been by the Milestone Tracker yet this year?

It’s got a new permanent home URL: http://brewernation.mlblogs.com/brewers-milestone-tracker/ as well as being linked in the frame on the right hand side of the page.

It’ll be easier to update for me than last year’s proved to be and should be updated after every game. (There’s a handy date at the bottom of the post which will let you know when it is updated through.)

So please visit the page often and be aware of when the next run, hit, save, walk and more will mean more than just a +1 in the column.

Brewers To Present Award on Saturday

CARLOS GOMEZ GOLD GLOVE PRESENTATION SET FOR SATURDAY

Gomez to Receive Rawlings Gold Glove Award During Pregame Ceremony
 
Carlos Gomez, the winner of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award among National League center fielders, will be presented with his Rawlings Gold Glove Award in a pregame ceremony this Saturday at Miller Park.  The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. prior to the Brewers vs. Pirates game.
 
Gomez won the 10th Gold Glove Award in franchise history and became the fifth different Brewer to earn the honor, joining George Scott (first base: 1972-76), Cecil Cooper (first base: 1979-80), Sixto Lezcano (outfield: 1979) and Robin Yount (shortstop: 1982).  The Brewers had gone 30 seasons without a Gold Glove winner, which was the longest streak in the 57-year history of the award.
 
Gomez recorded a career-high 12 assists last season, which trailed only the Mets’ Juan Lagares (14) for the Major League lead among center fielders.  He also made five home run-saving catches and did not commit an error over his last 32 games.
 
Tickets for games at Miller Park can be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.

2014 Opening Day Affiliates Rosters

Opening Day is here for the minor leagues!

What follows are the announced rosters for each of the full-season minor-league affiliates for the Milwaukee Brewers, broken down by position group.

Nashville Sounds

Class-AAA Affiliate (Twitter: @nashvillesounds)

Manager: Rick Sweet

28 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (9)

Outfielders (3)

Huntsville Stars

Class-AA Affiliate (Twitter: @HuntsvilleStars)

Manager: Carlos Subero

28 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (7)

Outfielders (4)

  • Kentrail Davis
  • Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19)
  • Brock Kjeldgaard
  • D’Vontrey Richardson

BC Manatees

Class-A Advanced Affiliate (Twitter: @BCManatees)

Manager: Joe Ayrault

26 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (8)

Outfielders (3)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Class-A Affiliate (Twitter: @TimberRattlers)

Manager: Matt Erickson

27 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (5)

*Player/Coach

Brewers Player Music – As of Opening Day

2014 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Jeff Bianchi – “Tonight” by Jeremy Camp

Ryan Braun – “Still In This” by B.o.B

Khris Davis – “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” by Ice Cube

Marco Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Yovani Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous

Matt Garza – “Toss It Up” by Tupac

Scooter Gennett – “Courage To Grow” by Rebelution

Carlos Gomez – “All Me” by Drake

Kyle Lohse ­– “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Jonathan Lucroy – “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies

Martin Maldonado – “Watch Out for this” by Major Lazer or “Odio (Remix)” by Baby Rasta

Lyle Overbay –“Given to Fly” by Pearl Jam

Wily Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Aramis Ramirez – None (at his request)

Logan Schafer – “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison

Jean Segura – “Pa Que Tu Me Saluda” by Don Miguelo or “Dando Coriente” by El Alfa

Rickie Weeks – “Trophies” by Drake

2014 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

Zach Duke – “Outsiders” by Eric Church

Marco Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Yovani Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous

Matt Garza – “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” by Tupac

Jim Henderson – “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

Kyle Lohse – “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine

Wily Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Francisco Rodriguez – “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Cableron

Will Smith – “Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory

Source: John & Cait Plus…Nine

Milwaukee Brewers 2014 Player Salaries

Here is a listing of the MLB salaries of the 26* men earning MLB-level pay from the Milwaukee Brewers as of Opening Day.

Quick math: The figures below total $101,219,338.00

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Aramis Ramirez $15,137,803

Matt Garza $12,209,424

Rickie Weeks $12,000,000

Yovani Gallardo $11,500,000

Ryan Braun $11,111,111

Kyle Lohse $11,000,000

Carlos Gomez $7,000,000

Marco Estrada $3,325,000

Francisco Rodriguez $3,250,000

Tom Gorzelanny* $3,150,000

Jonathan Lucroy $2,100,000

Mark Reynolds $2,000,000

Lyle Overbay $1,500,000

Zach Duke $850,000

Jean Segura $534,000

Wily Peralta $515,000

Jim Henderson $512,000

Brandon Kintzler $507,000

Logan Schafer $505,000

Tyler Thornburg $505,000

Scooter Gennett $504,000

Khris Davis $503,000

Jeff Bianchi $ 502,000

Martin Maldonado $ 502,000

Will Smith $502,000

Wei-Chung Wang $500,000


*Tom Gorzelanny is on the 15-day Disabled List to begin the season

Source: USA Today

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