The Electric Commentary

Monday, February 05, 2007

It's -3 degrees outside... time to start thinking about baseball

The Crew just signed Bill Hall to a four-year contract worth about $24 million. They're not only keeping last year's club MVP around, they're keeping him around for a while.

"I always wanted to stay in Milwaukee. We've got a good thing going there. Now, I know I'll be there for a long time."

Playing primarily in place of injured shortstop J.J. Hardy last season, Hall batted .270 and led the club with 35 home runs, 85 runs batted in, 39 doubles and 101 runs scored. Named the most valuable player on the team, he played in a career-high 148 games and compiled 78 extra-base hits and 297 total bases, also club highs. With Hardy expected back from ankle surgery to play shortstop, plans are in the works to move Hall to center field.

"I think that's going to be my position for the rest of my career," said Hall. "I'm excited about it. Next to shortstop, center field has the most action. I've always liked running around and diving for balls."

I really have to say that I like how this year's team is shaping up. We're spending some money to keep the talent we have and making some good trades in the offseason. We have what looks to me like a very solid starting rotation. Sheets, Supan and Capuano are all potential allstars. Vargus and Bush are both coming off 12-win-seasons in 2006. That allows Zack Jackson and Carlos Villanuava the chance to get in some more experience in the minors. Our young and talented infield of Hardy, Weeks and Fielder is healthy and ready to break out. Corey Hart is ready to start in the outfield with Hall and [Jenkins? Gross? Nix? Gwynn? Mench?]. We got a new Catcher that can hit with Johnny Estrada. It's my kind of team Charlie, my kind of team.

The only thing I'm particularly worried about is the bullpen. Cordero will obviously get the starting spot as the closer, but who's the setup man? Can Turnbow turn it around and start throwing strikes again?

I'm also still bummed out that they traded Cirillo, especially since Koskie is still injured.

I just ordered my 9-game package, which comes with a bonus opening-day ticket. Single game tickets go on sale on February 24th. I'm planning on making most of the Brewers-Cubs games. The Cubs' $300 million offseason looks to set them up to fail spectacularly and I want to be there to see it. I'm also going to try to make some road games, either in Chicago, St. Louie or the Twin Cities. This could be our year, right?

3 Comments:

  • I think Bush might actually end up being higher up on that Pitcher list than #4 and I don't mean because of injuries. He's going to be tuff this year. I wonder if they'll give Braun a shot at third-base.

    By Anonymous JJ, at 6:05 PM  

  • They do seem to be talking about Braun. Koskie is still all messed up. My guess is that they'll fill in third with Counsell and Graffanino splitting time for a while, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see Braun at some point this season.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 9:18 AM  

  • If you're nervous about the bullpen, read this:

    http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070207&content_id=1796964&vkey=news_mil&fext=.jsp&c_id=mil

    "Matt Wise's opinion of fellow reliever Derrick Turnbow's readiness is admittedly biased. Still, it's worth mentioning.
    "I couldn't hit him right now," Wise cracked earlier this week. "And I batted 1.000 in the big leagues one year.""

    ...

    "Wise, a changeup specialist, will also be looking to get back to form. He was limited to 40 appearances by a pair of injuries, first cutting the middle finger on his pitching hand on salad tongs..."

    I know I'm brimming with confidence.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 PM  

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