Something to read while trying to enhance your chances.
The big news this weekend, of course, is Hernan Iribarren was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. (Fanshot) Tom H has Doug Melvins reasoning behind putting Iribarren on waivers so early in Spring Training. I'm disappointed that Iribarren is leaving, but am relieved that I don't have to remember how to spell
Irribarren Irabarren Irabarin Iribarren anymore
That news originally broke from battlekow over at brewerfan.net along with news that Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren had been offered back to the Indians. Until Saturday, we had been waiting for a couple days for confirmation of either news as both players were still participating in Spring Training games. Now, we are still unsure whether the Lofgren rumor is true. Doug Melvin won't comment on the rumor at all. Meanwhile, the JS still ran a profile on Lofgren, which is basically just another ST puff piece.
We're still getting plenty of stories on Rick Peterson, as well. This weekend, we can read MLB Fanhouses piece profiling the new pitching coach, which is pretty much the same as most Peterson pieces you have probably seen. Or you can read a McCalvy article on how Peterson is particularly helping Manny Parra. It's interesting that with his well-documented struggles last year Parra was considering getting help from Peterson prior to him joining the Brewers.
By now, most of you have probably heard that Ryan Braun will be opening a restaurant in Milwaukee. However, if you want to work there, you need to be good-looking. Miller Park Drunk, as only he can, breaks down the help-wanted ad.
In other small-enough-not-to-merit-their-own-paragraph Brewers news:
- Bugs and Cranks reports that Bob Uecker will be inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame
- Craig Counsell was scratched from the Rockies game Saturday with a stiff neck. Nothing serious, it seems.
- Our very own Kyle wrote a piece for SBNations main page giving the current state of the Brewers
- Andy Seiller ranked teams scouting directors. Milwaukee's Bruce Seid comes in at number 17 after taking over the job last year.
- View From Bernies Chalet has a podcast that I haven't listened to yet, but plan on listening to soon.
- Quevedo at the Buffet has a Cubs hate post, which is really more of a Carlos Zambrano hate post. And for good reason. I recommend reading it.
- Keith Law recently attended a Brewers game. Cute Sports has a run down of Laws tweets showing how highly he thinks of the Crew.
- Miller Park Drunk tells you why you shouldn't care about spring training results.
- The Brewers are happy with Trevor Hoffmans progress thus far. Hoffman isn't injured, nor has he pitched in a game this spring. He is just old. To each his own, I guess.
Elsewhere around the Majors:
Red Sox: Top prospect Ryan Westmoreland needs brain surgery for a "cavernous malformation". Scary stuff. I hope things turn out OK for the guy.
Twins: Signed Denard Span to a five-year deal, buying out all of his arbitration years with an option that would cover his first free-agency year
Rangers: Ian Kinsler will miss a week with a high ankle sprain
Dodgers: Third Base Coach Larry Bowa was rushed to the hospital Friday with stomach pains. I haven't heard any updates yet. If anyone has, please inform.
Astros: Lance Berkman needs knee surgery and could miss opening day
That's all for this weekend, unless you still haven't found a way to get a leg up on the competition.