Wednesday's Frosty Mug: Here We Go Again

Norm Hall

We're talking about everything we know and don't know regarding Ryan Braun (and other stuff, too) in today's daily recap of all things Brewers.

Some things to read while narrowing your focus.

We are six days away from pitchers and catchers officially reporting to spring training but that moment could not seem further away after the last 24 hours. Last night Yahoo Sports issued a report linking Ryan Braun to the now-infamous Miami Biogenesis clinic run by Tony Bosch, which last week was accused of dealing performance enhancing drugs to several major leaguers. Here's a quick rundown of what's happened since:

We're continuing to keep you updated as things happen in our StoryStream on the topic.

Now that we've covered what's happened, here's reaction from around the web:

Meanwhile, in the textbook definition of "overshadowed news," the Brewers announced yesterday that the Arctic Tailgate will be held and 2013 single game tickets will go on sale on February 23.

John Axford reported to camp yesterday, and he's one of several Brewers with a lot at stake this season. Benjamin Orr of Reviewing the Brew called this a "career defining year" for the Brewers closer.

It's also a big year for Marco Estrada, who comes to camp as a projected member of the starting rotation for the first time. Andrew Gruman of FS Wisconsin says Estrada is still out to prove something this season.

In the minors:

If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, Mike Vassallo has a link to archived audio from Michael Gonzalez and Logan Schafer's appearances on Hot Stove Weekly on WSSP last night.

Around baseball:

Angels: Avoided arbitration with infielder Alberto Callaspo (two years, $8.9 million).
Cardinals: Starting pitcher Chris Carpenter is unlikely to pitch in 2013 and may retire following the season.
Diamondbacks: Avoided arbitration with outfielder Gerardo Parra (one year, $2.35 million).
Giants: Signed pitcher Ramon Ramirez (terms unknown).
Indians: Signed catcher Omir Santos to a minor league deal.
Marlins: Signed pitcher Jon Rauch to a one-year, $1 million deal and designated outfielder Bryan Petersen for assignment.
Nationals: Signed pitcher Jeremy Accardo and catcher Chris Snyder to minor league deals.
Orioles: Claimed 1B/OF Russ Canzler off waivers from the Yankees and designated catcher Luis Martinez for assignment.
Pirates: Signed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal.
Rays: Signed reliever Kyle Farnsworth (one year, $1.25 million) and second baseman Kelly Johnson (one year, $2.45 million) and designated infielders Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson for assignment.
Reds: Avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Leake (one year, $3.06 million).

Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash talked to Adam McCalvy about the possible end of Carpenter's career and called him a "tremendous competitor."

Today in former Brewers:

  • Disciples of Uecker inducted Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Gorman Thomas and Rollie Fingers into their Hall of Greatness on the 1980's ballot. Jim Gantner, Teddy Higuera and Ben Oglivie were three notable snubs.
  • Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus found a great old ad featuring Hank Aaron selling a TV that's probably currently non-functional in someone's garage.
  • Dave Cameron of FanGraphs used Jason Bourgeois, Cesar Izturis and Yuniesky Betancourt as three of 24 examples of replacement level players who appeared in the majors in 2012.

Today's sabermetric note comes via Jon Roegele of Beyond the Box Score, who used Pitch F/X data to suggest that the Miller Park system adds some velocity to the offerings of right handed pitchers and shows a little less vertical movement.

And in baseball economics:

It's a relatively slow day in Brewer history, so this morning's edition of Brewers A-Z remembers the career of 1986 catcher Rick Cerone. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also been 8000 days since the Brewers traded DH Dave Parker to the Angels for Dante Bichette, and six years since longtime Milwaukee Braves pitcher Lew Burdette died.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I can't unclench my teeth.

Drink up.

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