What we learned this week: October 19, 2013

Tom Lynn

This week's lessons include...the proper way to grow grass.

The Brewers replaced the Miller Park grass.

The big news of the week for the Brewers...was that they replaced the grass on the field. That's right. The biggest news of the week for the Brewers was about growing grass. You can see a picture of the grass being ripped up here, and a picture of the progress of their work here. John and Cait also have a blog post about the project. Yes, it was that quiet of a week for Brewers news. Make sure to check back here next week, where we will have a few gifs available of the new paint in the Miller Park suites drying.

There's still some activity going on with the minor league players.

While there's not much going on, there are still a few minor league notes to go through. The rough evaluation of the Brewers minor league system continued as Baseball America released it's list of top 20 Pacific Coast League prospects, but no Brewers made the list. They will have to take another try at that list next season, but they will do it with a new manager as Darnell Coles was promoted to manage in Nashville. A future prospect in the league could be Mitch Haniger, who was named the player of the week for the first week of the Arizona Fall League.

It's time to start budgeting for 2014.

Within a few weeks, the offseason will begin. The Brewers have to be prepared for that. It will be a little bit easier than previous years, with only three players eligible for arbitration entering the season. MLB Trade Rumors released their arbitration projections earlier this week, and projected $7 million for the Brewers three arbitration players. Kyle looked at the three players and predicted that two of them would be non-tendered based on their 2013 performance. It would free up a little more money, but would the Brewers be willing to do that?

There is still some baseball being played.

I guess it wouldn't be a complete post without mentioning the little bit of baseball still being played. There are some former Brewers still in these games, and Kyle challenged you to name those eight players in his Thursday Thinker for the week. Meanwhile, while we may not like all of the results from the postseason, let's remember that it's always good to call out the hypocrisy of the Cardinals. (Quick definition of hypocrisy from Dictionary.com: "A pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.")

Reviewing the MVBrewers series

#5: Norichika Aoki
#6: Jim Henderson
#7: Brandon Kintzler
#8: Yovani Gallardo
#9: Wily Peralta

Vote for #10 is now open.

Reviewing the BCB Community Report Card series

Infield: C-
Outfield: B
Bench: C-
Coaching: C-

The Collection of Mugs

10/14/2013: Exciting, but still slow
10/15/2013: Search your couch cushions
10/16/2013: No disrespect
10/17/2013: Fresh grass
10/18/2013: Meanwhile, north of the border...

A Quick History Lesson

10/14/1924: Dave Jolly was born.

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