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Robin Yount’s Memorabilia Up For Auction

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I was contacted on August 1st by SCP Auctions as to whether or not I would help them promote the existence of an auction of personal memorabilia of Brewers legend Robin Yount.

Being my favorite player, I was intrigued of course. The auction is live now and has to be seen to be believed.

This is something to at least check out whether you have the means to participate in the auction or not.

What follows is the press release I was provided.

BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER ROBIN YOUNT’S MEMORABILIA

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS SCP AUCTIONS’ 2016 MID-SUMMER CLASSIC

The two-time American League MVP’s awards, milestone baseballs and major league mementos go live on August 3 at scpauctions.com

 Laguna Niguel, Calif. (August 1, 2016) – SCP Auctions is extremely proud to announce that it has acquired the personal memorabilia collection of Milwaukee Brewers great Robin Yount. The Hall of Famer’s coveted lineup of baseball heirlooms and mementos encompasses more than 70 lots and will hit the online auction block on Wednesday, August 3, at www.scpauctions.com. It features Yount’s most prominent items including his Sept. 9, 1992, “3,000th Hit” bat and baseball, his 1976, ’82 and ‘90 Milwaukee Brewers game-worn jerseys, and his autographed 1982 American League Player of the Year Award presented by The Sporting News. In addition, there are several signed, game-used baseballs chronicling milestone hits during the course of his stellar 20-year career with the Brewers.

“We are extremely honored to conduct this auction,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler. “Robin was obviously an incredible baseball player whose many accolades will no doubt excite collectors worldwide who are interested in acquiring a piece of his sought-after memorabilia.”

Drafted by the Brewers third overall in 1973, Yount – who was nicknamed “The Kid” – made his MLB debut for Milwaukee in 1974 at the young age of 18 and quickly became the Brewers’ starting shortstop. With almost two full seasons as a regular before he turned 20, he broke Mel Ott’s longstanding record for most MLB games played as a teenager with 243. He won his first A.L. MVP as a shortstop in 1982 after hitting .331 with 29 home runs and 114 runs batted in before switching to center field where he captured his second league MVP award in 1989 after batting .318 with 21 home runs and 102 RBI. As the owner of 3,142 career hits, Yount had his fair share of diamond successes including a very memorable run to the World Series with the Brew Crew in 1982. Despite losing the Fall Classic four games to three to the N.L. Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Yount batted a phenomenal .414 that included 12 hits, six RBI and an off-the-wall slugging percentage of .621. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, in his first year of eligibility.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only at www.scpauctions.com beginning Wednesday, August 3 and closing on Saturday, August 20. For more information on how to participate, please call 949-831-3700.

So definitely feel encouraged to check it out. I know I will be.

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Why Yan Gomes’ Shoulder Injury Might Just Matter to the Brewers

Here’s a snippet of what I originally wrote for Today’s Knuckleball. Find the full article here: http://www.todaysknuckleball.com/around-the-diamonds/yan-gomes-injury-could-impact-lucroy-and-the-rangers/


The seemingly seized Jonathan Lucroy trade market might have gotten some grease from an unlikely source yesterday.

Cleveland’s starting backstop, Yan Gomes, separated his shoulder on Sunday in a tumble at first base. It’s a potentially season-ending injury, one that could quickly see his front office searching for a fill-in if not a straight upgrade.

After all, while Gomes is a terrific defender (receiving, game-calling, throwing, blocking) his offense this season has left much to be desired. Gomes has a .165/.198/.313 slash line in 262 plate appearances.

Let the record once again reflect that this is a position player. By the somewhat simple and somewhat flawed OPS statistic, Gomes (.511) is behind such notable sluggers as Madison Bumgarner, Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta, Patrick Corbin, Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright, Francisco Liriano, Joe Ross, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Martinez, Robbie Ray, Jose Fernandez, Gerrit Cole…

That list is conspicuous in that it contains all starting pitchers. And with the plaudits heaped on the relative offensive prowess of Bumgarner, Syndergaard, and Corbin, the platitudes which can be assigned to that of Gomes are stark in their divergence.

Cleveland enters the day at 54-37 which not only positions them with the best winning percentage (.593) in the American League, but is also good for a 6.5 game lead in the its Central Division. They aren’t desperate — they’ll tell you as much if you ask them — but whether they actually think they’re best served by hoping Roberto Perez will be able to fill in for Gomes is something they would understandably keep closer to their collective vest


Again, view the full article here: http://www.todaysknuckleball.com/around-the-diamonds/yan-gomes-injury-could-impact-lucroy-and-the-rangers/

 

Brewers Announce Nine International Signings

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BREWERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH NINE INTERNATIONAL
The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms with nine players from the international signing period, which began today.  These agreements, announced by Brewers Director of Latin American Scouting Manny Batista, include the following:

  • RHP Jeison Medina, 12/06/1996, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • RHP Brayan Salaya, 02/13/2000, Caracas, Venezuela
  • C Roberto Molina, 12/07/1999, Merida, Venezuela
  • SS Victor Maria, 09/22/1999, San Francisco De Macoris, Dominican Republic
  • SS Jean Carlos Cruz, 10/27/1999, Bani, Dominican Republic
  • SS Jean Carmona, 10/31/1999, Sosua, Dominican Republic
  • OF Pablo Abreu, 10/19/1999, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • OF Francis Florentino, 10/13/1999, Cotui, Dominican Republic
  • OF Anderson Melendez, 05/31/2000, Barquisimeto, Venezuela

 Abreu, 16, is rated as the 29th-best prospect on MLB.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list, while Carmona, 16, is ranked as the 30th-best prospect on the same list.

Brewers Announce Extension of Double-A PDC

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The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a two-year player development contract extension with the Biloxi Shuckers. The new agreement ensures that the team’s Double-A affiliate will remain in Biloxi through the 2020 season.

“The Brewers and Shuckers have a great partnership and we are excited about this extension,” said Brewers Farm Director Tom Flanagan. “MGM Park is one of the premier ballparks in all of Minor League Baseball and we look forward to playing there for years to come.”

“We are extremely proud to announce the continuation of this partnership between the Brewers and Shuckers,” said Shuckers President Ken Young. “We have developed a great relationship with the Brewers over the past two years and the impact of the players and coaches on the field and in the community has been tremendous.”

Biloxi has been the home of the Brewers Double-A affiliate since the start of the 2015 season. The Shuckers have seen 19 members of the organization be named All-Stars in just two years. Last season, the team clinched a spot in the playoffs when they were crowned the Southern League South Division First-Half Champions. Biloxi made it to the Southern League Championship, but ultimately fell in the final game of a five-game series.

Official Release: Brewers Announce Donation of Over 20,000 Bat & Ball Sets and Books to Local Children

Effort is Part of “Play Ball Weekend,” Sponsored by Chevrolet

The Milwaukee Brewers announced the donation of over 20,000 plastic bat & ball sets to every student, grades K-5 through the 2nd Grade, in the Milwaukee Public School system. The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference at the Brown Street Academy by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Members of the team’s front office including Manager of Youth Outreach Larry Hisle, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Dr. Darienne Driver, Brown Street Academy staff, local officials, Chevrolet (sponsor) representatives as well as players Chris Capuano, Chris Carter and Alex Presley were on hand for the announcement and ensuing mini-clinics.

Each child will receive a brand new “Play Ball” bat and ball set, delivered to each Milwaukee Public Elementary School, courtesy of the Brewers and Chevrolet. In addition, the team announced that 125 schools all over the city will receive a set of baseball-related books. The effort is part of “Play Ball Weekend,” a Major League Baseball initiative, which is taking place today through Sunday.

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball launched “Play Ball” as the sport’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities.  The goal of the program is to give kids the opportunity to enjoy the game in a fun environment by highlighting the many ways baseball can be played and introduce kids to the sport who otherwise may not have the chance to experience it. Additionally, the program offers a healthy and active lifestyle option where many of those opportunities are offered less frequently.

“The goal of this program is to get kids engaged with the game by giving them the tools to play and the resources to learn about the sport,” said Schlesinger. “It doesn’t take nine kids to play the game, and it doesn’t require expensive or elaborate equipment. Major League Baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers are committed to connecting with area children through the ‘Play Ball’ program, and we look forward to what we know will be a fun and successful long-term initiative.”

Following the press conference, the players engaged with the children and put on a mini-clinic. The players demonstrated basic skills and taught useful lessons about the game.

In addition to today’s press conference, the team will continue to celebrate “Play Ball Weekend” with an on-field ceremony prior to tomorrow’s contest against the San Diego Padres. Nine players from the local Milwaukee RBI program will join Brewers players as they go to their respective positions on the field. The players will then present the kids with one of their very own Brewers caps.

For more information about Play Ball Weekend, the RBI Program or the Brewers involvement in the community, please visit Brewers.com.

Breaking News: Brewers Sign Torres

OFFICIAL RELEASE: The Milwaukee Brewers have signed right-handed reliever Carlos Torres to a one-year Major League contract. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns. To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Rymer Liriano (facial fractures) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Torres, 33, made 8 relief appearances with the Atlanta Braves this spring (0-0, 4.00era, 1sv, 9ip, 7h, 5r, 4er, 5bb, 6k, 2hr, .212ba). He went 5-6 with a 4.68 ERA in 59 relief appearances last season with the New York Mets. Torres owns a career record of 23-24 with a 4.26 ERA and 2 saves in 209 games (16 starts) with the White Sox (2009-10), Rockies (2012) and Mets (2013-15). He played for the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in 2011.

Torres enjoyed his best Major League season two years ago as he went 8-6 with a 3.06 ERA in a career-high 73 relief appearances (1 start) with New York. He led all Major League relievers with 92.0 innings pitched in 2014 and was tied for ninth in the National League in appearances that season.

Brewers 30 Clubs/30 Days Video Clips

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These are the archived videos aired on MLB Network on March 4th as Greg Amsinger and Milwaukee’s all-time Saves leader Dan Plesac visited Brewers’ camp at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Arizona as a part of the Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series previewing the 2016 season.

GM David Stearns sits down with Amsinger & Plesac

Ryan Braun talks about his bounce back 2015 and looking ahead to 2016

Jimmy Nelson with Dan Plesac

Domingo Santana talks about his fresh start

Will Smith on the bullpen

Ryan Braun demos base running/stealing with Plesac

Chris Carter talks to Greg Amsinger

Lucroy talks 2016 with Amsinger

Matt Garza talks youth and rotation with Plesac

Counsell with Plesac

Brewers Prospects with Jonathan Mayo

Brewers Fan Vote

Brewers Predictions

Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers ’16 – #46 Corey Knebel

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In an effort to squeeze this in before midnight, I’m going to make this short and sweet. We’re 46 days away from Opening Day and by now you know how “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers” works.

We’re gonna do the short-short version.

Here comes an unfortunately short look at…

Corey Knebel.

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For the background on how the Brewers acquired Corey Andrew Knebel and some of his history prior to the 2015 season, check out last year’s profile. This will save me some typing time.

As for that 2015 season, Knebel experienced some significant growth throughout the course of it. Appearing in 48 games in relief and tossing 50.1 innings, the right-handed Texan finished the year with an ERA+ of 124, which is to say that his park-adjusted numbers were 24 percent better than league average. A lot of that had to do with his strikeout numbers (58 K) and his ability to minimize damage.

Knebel did walk 17 hitters in his 50.1 IP, and that can be a huge problem for relievers, but his 3.22 ERA at the end of the day signifies a decent strand rate. You’d rather he not need to pitch his way out of trouble, but the fireman role is one he could really be useful in for 2016 as he continues to mature.

Entering a “we desperately need a strikeout” situation can be brutal on pitchers in terms of leverage and stress but Knebel did well, allowing only three inherited runs to score all year.

With the bullpen now being constructed the way it is in terms of returning back-end arms, the role which manager Craig Counsell is going to rely on Knebel should increase as well.

This is a player who shot through the minor leagues after being picked in the 2013 draft. He’s still just 24 years old and refining his craft. He looks like he’ll be a good one for a while, something the Brewers certainly want to have a lot of as they move toward their next competitive window.

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Brewers 2016 Regular Season Promotional Information

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The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the team’s full 2016 promotional schedule. This season’s jam-packed calendar is filled with 14 All-Fan Giveaways, three brand new All-Kid Giveaways, the return of the Brewers Postgame Concerts and much, much, more.

Six bobbleheads, a Bob Uecker Talking Alarm Clock and the addition of three All-Kid Giveaways highlight the list of items that will be given away at Sunday afternoon contests at Miller Park this season. In addition, the Brewers will continue Free-Shirt Fridays for the third straight year. Seven different T-shirts will be given away throughout the season, including one at every Friday home game at Miller Park from June through August.  The T-shirt designs were chosen as part of an online vote and were revealed on stage at Brewers On Deck. Additional information about this year’s All-Fan Giveaways is available at Brewers.com/allfans.

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2016 All-Fan Giveaway Dates at Miller Park
April 10 vs. Houston | 1980s Vintage Brewer Bobblehead
May 1 vs. Miami | Ryan Braun Franchise Home Run Leader Bobblehead
June 10 vs. New York (N) | Bernie’s Chalet T-Shirt
June 12 vs. New York (N) | Barking BobbleHank
June 24 vs. Washington | Camo Ball & Glove T-Shirt
June 28 vs. Los Angeles (N) | Greg Vaughn ‘90s Bobblehead
July 8 vs. St. Louis | Hank Aaron Shirsey
July 10 vs. St. Louis | Bob Uecker Alarm Clock
July 22 vs. Chicago (N) | Retro Royal T-Shirt
July 29 vs. Pittsburgh | Brew Crew Bottle Cap T-Shirt
July 31 vs Pittsburgh | Jimmy Nelson Bobblehead
August 12 vs. Cincinnati | Milwaukee Icons T-Shirt
August 14 vs. Cincinnati | Craig Counsell Player/Manager Bobblehead
August 26 vs. Pittsburgh | MKE Home T-Shirt

New for the 2016 season is the addition of Kids Eat Free Sundays.  Every Sunday home game, all kids 14 and under will receive a voucher upon entrance to Miller Park good for a free hot dog, apple slices and a bottle of water. If that wasn’t enough, the Brewers are excited to also announce three All-Kid Giveaways this year. All kids 14 and under who are in attendance will receive a Jonathan Lucroy Replica Jersey on May 15, courtesy of Kwik Trip, a Paint-Your-Own Bernie Bobblehead on May 29 and a Jonathan Lucroy Chest Protector Backpack on August 28, also courtesy of Kwik Trip.

Thanks to the success of last season’s inaugural series, the Brewers are proud to host two Postgame Concerts in 2016. On Saturday, May 14, the Brewers will welcome one of the music industry’s hottest stars to Miller Park as multi-Platinum pop artist Andy Grammer will perform a full-length, free postgame concert, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save, following the Crew’s matchup with the San Diego Padres. Then on Saturday, August 27, country music star Kip Moore will take the stage following the Brewers vs. Pirates game, presented by 94.5 KTI Country.

In addition to the many giveaways at the yard this year, the Brewers will bring back the 5-County, 5-Day Celebration, Spring Madness (414), Student Nights, Miller High Life Mondays and Kids and Senior Citizens Discount Days.

Fans in the region will want to head to Miller Park from April 20-24, as residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties can purchase half-price tickets during the team’s annual 5-County, 5-Day Celebration.

Another great deal for fans comes around Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30 as Spring Madness (414) returns. Fans can save 50% on select seats while enjoying special “414” concession pricing with $4 16oz beers, $1 hot dogs & small sodas and $4 nachos.

Fans looking for start-of-the-week fun will want to check out the return of Miller High Life Mondays, which feature a new lower price this year. Terrace Reserved tickets are just $6 for all Monday home games with a 6:20 p.m. start time, courtesy of Miller High Life.

Also returning in 2016, most weekday afternoon home game kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save 50% on tickets on Kids and Senior Citizens Discount Days.

Students are also invited to take in the fun with a great deal as every Friday home game is a Student Night, where those in high school and college can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved or $15 Loge Bleachers tickets. On top of that, students can enjoy a special $3 Happy Hour menu – featuring hot dogs, nachos, soda and beer – through the end of the first inning.

The complete 2016 promotional schedule is available at brewers.com/promotions.

Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers ’16 – #61 Ramón Flores

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Another day, another post. As we arrive Wednesday, February 3 and sit 61 days away from Opening Day, I am forced to remind myself that the milestones along the way to our destination are much closer.

  • Truck Day is in six days.
  • Pitchers & Catchers report in 16.
  • First full squad workout is in 22 days.
  • First Cactus League games (it’s split-squad) are in one month.

But we don’t countdown to those days with “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers”, do we?

With that, here is the individual profile of…

Ramon Flores.

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Back in late November when it was announced that the Milwaukee Brewers had acquired Flores from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Luis Sardiñas, it was widely assumed that Flores would end up playing the role of reserve outfielder for Craig Counsell’s 25.

That was in part because of Flores’ lack of minor league options but also because of the changes in the makeup of the 40-man roster. Michael Reed and Shane Peterson (since DFA’d) were around to back up Khris Davis, Domingo Santana, and Ryan Braun, but it could be argued that Reed wouldn’t be hurt by some Triple-A time.

Flores brings a solid approach at the plate and a solid defensive profile with him to work every day. Still just 23 (he’ll turn 24 before Opening Day), Flores could continue in his development and offer even more than he currently does, but some talent evaluators maintain that his ceiling is a fourth OF type, and that may be what he already is. Still, Flores remains inexpensive with three full seasons before he would first be arbitration eligible.

Sounds perfect for a rebuilding team — right?

Well the problems for Flores come in that it’s been nearly 11 weeks since the Brewers traded for him and General Manager David Stearns hasn’t exactly been resting on his laurels since then. Stearns has claimed veteran Kirk Nieuwenhuis off of waivers, traded for Keon Broxton and a DFA’d former top prospect Rymer Liriano, and signed Alex Presley and Eric Young Jr. to minor league contracts with invites to big league camp. By the accounts I’ve read, every one of those added players can handle all three defensive positions in the outfield.

ramonfloreheadshotSo, quick math, that’s six added players with only one possible subtraction (we don’t yet know whether Shane Peterson will remain with the organization) along with the incumbent Reed all competing for what will, at this point, be two bench jobs. And even that is assuming the Brewers carry five outfielders which isn’t a guarantee (though I think they will). Yes, Ryan Braun could start the season on the DL if he suffers any setbacks with his recovery from off-season surgery on a herniated disc, but that’s still too many players for too few spots.

I suppose Flores will have somewhat of an advantage due to his lack of the aforementioned options, but that’s hardly a guarantee especially when you consider that neither Nieuwenhuis or Liriano have options remaining either.

Regardless of how it shakes out, Flores should get plenty of opportunities in the spring to show Counsell and his new coaching staff what he can do.

If a trade happens between now and decision day (Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com apparently said on the radio recently that the Chicago White Sox showed interest in Davis for example) then the logjam eases a bit. And if there’s one thing we know already about David Stearns it is that the 60 days between today and Opening Day are a long time for him to continue to manipulate what today seems to be an overcrowded situation.

And you probably thought rebuilds weren’t intriguing.

Follow Ramón on Twitter: @ramonflores16

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