Yesterday's big news was the announcement of several awards from the Milwaukee chapter of the BBWAA. In a somewhat puzzling move, the six voting members selected Casey McGehee as the 2010 Brewer MVP, giving him the first place vote on three ballots. Here's a quick rundown of the awards:
|Most Valuable Pitcher
As you might expect there was plenty of reaction to McGehee's selection, and most of it wasn't positive:
- Miller Park Drunk lists this vote as an indictment of the Journal Sentinel's Brewer coverage.
- Jack Moore of Disciples of Uecker has a deeper look at the numbers.
- John Steinmiller wants you to cast your vote.
Elsewhere in awards, Brew City Sports is down to their final four in the tournament to crown 2010's worst Brewer. Unfortunately, the addition of photoshopped images makes this round's link potentially NSFW.
Meanwhile, on the managerial front:
- Pat Listach is still scheduled to interview in Milwaukee today, and so is White Sox bench coach Joey Cora.
- ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that the Brewers are still allowed to interview Tim Wallach of the Dodgers, but the Blue Jays are not. Wallach's 2011 contract with the Dodgers required him to limit the teams with which he's allowed to pursue managerial openings, and Milwaukee is on the list. (h/t Toby Harrmann)
- We're still not sure if he's a candidate for the Brewers' opening, but Rays bench coach Dave Martinez is interviewing with the Blue Jays.
- Adam McCalvy has a candidate-by-candidate look at the people likely being considered for the job. The Bucky Channel also has a look at who's out there.
As we continue to discuss managerial candidates, this seems exceptionally relevant: Minor League Ball has an interesting conversation starter asking if you'd rather have an expert tactician or clubhouse leader at the helm.
Meanwhile the possibility of trading for Zack Greinke remains out there, but there are questions about whether or not it's a good idea. View From Bernie's Chalet compares it to eating that second donut, and cautions against mortgaging the future for a short term sugar rush.
Speaking of expensive options, here's a reminder that a fair number of 2010's expenditures didn't work out: The Brewers ranked third in the Central in 2010 with $2.46 million spent per marginal win. The Reds came in first at $1.42 million, followed by the Cardinals at $2.2.
In the minors: It was a pretty good day for Brewers in the AFL, as Caleb Gindl and Eric Farris both had productive games at the plate and Brandon Kintzler pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in a Surprise victory (AFL Update). It sounds like Farris had the at-bat of the day: Jason Grey reports he singled to end a 14-pitch AB, then stole second on the next pitch.
Odds are I'll never get the opportunity, but if I ever get the chance to run a major league team I'm going to hire Wezen-ball as my director of promotions and this list of failed 2010 ideas is the reason why.
Here's how you know it's a slow news day: The guys at Hardball Talk are discussing reenacting a 2007 incident in the stands at Shea Stadium.
On this day in 1982, the Cardinals routed the Brewers 13-1 in game six of the World Series, forcing a winner-take-all game seven.
Happy birthday today to:
- 1999-2000 Brewer Horacio Estrada, who turns 35.
- 1996-98 Brewer Marc Newfield, who turns 38.
- 1964-65 Milwaukee Brave Sandy Alomar, who turns 67.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've found a new use for bacon.