Ryan Braun made himself available to media today at a Hunger Task Force charity event outside Miller Park. He was asked a flurry of pointed and direct questions, nary a softball among them.
Hear his comments for yourself right here:
I’ll be transcribing the dialogue later today if you prefer to read.
Recorded on location last night, here is the latest Brewer Nation podcast.
Check the tags for some of the players mentioned during this hour-long clip.
Here is post-game audio from the final home game of the season. This includes my exclusive with Donovan Hand after the Brewers’ 6-4 win over the rival Cardinals.
Enjoy it all!
Ron Roenicke’s Post-game Press Conference
Jim Henderson on the game, facing Matt Adams with the game on the line, the realization of his dreams, Mariano Rivera, etc.
Exclusive! Donovan Hand on coming in to a tough situation on Sunday, and how he views his role moving forward in his career
Scooter Gennett on confidence, coming through in the clutch, and goals for the off-season and 2014
As I have done every year for the past few, I chose a player from the Brewers most recently completed First-Year Player Draft to interview. In keeping with the Lee University theme started by the Brewers when they drafted three of their pitchers on Day 3 of the draft, and continued by me when I interviewed the head coach at Lee, Mark Brew, I decided to reach out to the highest-picked player of the trio.
Got all that?
Regardless, on Monday evening I had the pleasure of interviewing that draft pick for a few minutes. I think you’ll enjoy his answers and learning a little bit about a guy who just might be able to somewhat rocket through the system.
In 2012-13, RHP Andy Hillis pitched in 30 games and went 3-0 with 9 Saves in the closer’s role for the Lee Flames. He posted a 0.96 ERA in his 37.1 IP and his K/BB was 66/19. Oh, and let’s not forget his velo, pitch arsenal, stature and the rest.
And did I mention that he was drafted twice before by the same team and spurned their advances both times? Who was that? What are the answers to my other questions above?
For all of that, take a few minutes and give this interview a listen to find out.
Thanks again to Andy, who you can follow on Twitter at: @andyhillis.
We’re a weekend away from Opening Day at Miller Park. Three days until the games starting to matter. However, those aren’t the first games at Miller Park in 2013. Tonight there will be the first of a pair of exhibition games against the Chicago White Sox.
But for the wins and losses to start to matter in the standings, and what should be a holiday at work, Opening Day is three days away.
Now if you were expecting a profile of Yuniesky Betancourt in this space because after he was signed he took back his old number of 3, you’ll still get it, but not until much later today. Instead, this morning, I’m profiling the prospect who was been wearing number 3 for 99% of camp…
This is going to be a unique profile as I won’t do much explanation of background, or personal history here in the column itself. Why? Well that’s because of the convenience of modern technology coupled with the graciousness of Gennett himself. In other words, I interviewed Scooter last night and will be posting a link to that here.
It’s got the story behind his nickname if you don’t already know it. We discuss his childhood play and what led to him moving to Sarasota, Florida (where he was drafted out of high school) after being born in Cincinnati, Ohio. I ask him for a self-scouting report so you can get to know his game a bit better. There’s really a lot of information and a bit of fun involved in the conversation.
(To download an MP3 file of the interview from my Box.com site, CLICK HERE. I’m not sure if it can only be downloaded so many times, so get it while you can. I’ll replace this link with a permanent one after the file gets uploaded to our usual audio archive website.)
As for his 2013 outlook though, Ryan Joseph Gennett (soft G) told me in the interview where he is expecting to start play in the regular season. More than that though, this year will be another proving ground type year. Gennett has advanced up the organizational ladder every year since beginning professional play. He played in full-season affiliated ball right away in 2010 after signing in late 2009. He was with the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2010, the Class-A Advanced Brevard County Manatees in 2011 and spent all of 2012 racking up a .293 batting average with five home runs, 44 RBI and 11 stolen bases at Class-AA Huntsville.
But as Scooter said in my interview with him, the location where he’s doing his work doesn’t matter as much as always working hard to get better with that work. He’s sounds like a hungry player who not only wants to get better but needs to get better. That’s a distinction in professional athletes where the drive to succeed burns within them.
Just a couple of final notes as an addendum to what you can hear in the audio of our interview:
- Scooter’s dad, Joe, was a scout with the Houston Astros.
- Gennett was added to the 40-man roster last year on November 20, 2012.
- Gennett hits left-handed, and is listed at 5’10″ and 157 pounds in this year’s Brewers Media Guide
And, as I mention in the interview, you can follow Scooter Gennett on Twitter: @Scooterg11
Miss anyone along the way? Catch up on the Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers profiles to this point:
- #5 Taylor Green
- #7 Norichika Aoki
- #8 Ryan Braun
- #9 Jean Segura
- #11 Alex Gonzalez
- #12 Martin Maldonado
- #14 Jeff Bianchi
- #15 Caleb Gindl
- #16 Aramis Ramirez
- #20 Jonathan Lucroy
- #21 Donnie Murphy
- #22 Logan Schafer
- #23 Rickie Weeks
- #24 Mat Gamel
- #27 Carlos Gomez
- #29 Jim Henderson
- #31 Burke Badenhop
- #32 Tom Gorzelanny
- #37 Mark Rogers
- #38 Chris Narveson
- #41 Marco Estrada
- #45 Kelvim Escobar
- #46 Hiram Burgos
- #48 Donovan Hand
- #49 Yovani Gallardo
- #51 Michael Gonzalez
- #53 Brandon Kintzler
- #54 Josh Stinson
- #57 Khris Davis
- #58 Josh Prince
- #59 John Axford
- #60 Wily Peralta
- #61 Darren Byrd
- #63 Tyler Thornburg
- #64 Mike Fiers
- #65 Miguel De Los Santos
- #67 Santo Manzanillo
- #68 Jesus Sanchez
- #70 Nick Bucci
- #71 Johnny Hellweg
- #73 Ariel Peña
- #74 Michael Olmsted
- #75 Travis Webb
- #77 Jed Bradley
- #78 Taylor Jungmann
- BONUS ARTICLE: #91-94 Adam Weisenberger, Hunter Morris, Kentrail Davis, Rafael Neda
Recorded last night over dinner and during a fantasy baseball draft, my podcast partner Cary Kostka and I get you ready for Opening Day!
We discuss the 25-man roster projection, lineup for Opening Day, rotation, Kyle Lohse, Yuniesky Betancourt and more!
Click here to download the podcast: Brewer Nation Podcast – 2013 Opening Day Preparedness
Here are some local (read: Milwaukee) radio spots archived for your listening regarding Ryan Braun and the reports of his connection to the Biogenesis Clinic.
Yup, over 90 minutes of just interviews. This doesn’t include the hours of time spent by these show’s hosts discussing the situation on their own.
I’ll add more as they happen and feel free to pass one along if I don’t have it listed.
(Unless otherwise noted, these interviews all took place on Wednesday, February 6, 2012.)
From the Chuck & Wickett show on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP
Host of the longest running Brewers post-game show in the market, Tim Allen (12:20)
Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy (12:40)
Co-author of the Yahoo! Sports Report, Jeff Passan, discusses his report (14:07)
From the statewide Bill Michaels Show (heard in the Milwaukee market on WSSP, hence the links)
Former lawyer Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s Hardball Talk joined Bill to discuss the report from a legal point of view (11:10)
Co-author of the Yahoo! Sports report, Tim Brown, discusses the same (7:33)
From ESPN Milwaukee (AM 540)
Jeff Passan continues making the rounds as he chats with “The D-List” (14:24)
Brewers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Tom Haudricourt joins “The D-List” (13:52)
From The Big 1070/The Big 920 (AM 1070 Madison & AM 920 Milwaukee, respectively)
Andy Baggot from the Wisconsin State Journal talks to Lucas & Lepay (9:06)
Tom Pippines of FOX6 in Milwaukee weighs in with Lucas & Lepay on Friday, February 8th (8:51)
From The Big Show on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale discusses the situation (6:44)
On the Brewers Flagship, AM 620 WTMJ
CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman talks to Greg Matzek (4:17)
Haudricourt with Matzek (4:42)
And if you missed any of the written statements surrounding this situation:
The newest Brewer Nation podcast featuring your humble blogger and my podcast partner Cary Kostka has been uploaded to Cary’s site and US available for consumption!
We discuss a number of topics from hire the season finished up to off-season leagues to naming our rotations should the Brewers not add another starting pitcher.
Click the link to access the podcast and enjoy! http://sportprofiles.files.wordpress.com/podcast-central/2012/03/bnation_112712.mp3
Here is a link to the podcast of last night’s edition of Brewers Weekly on AM 620 WTMJ radio.
My segment on the show begins at the 24:35 mark, but make sure to listen to the entire recording for Dan O’Donnell’s thoughts and his conversation with Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt as well.
The hour show without ads breaks down to 39:19 total.
Enjoy and let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments!