What we learned this week: March 1, 2014

Don't let Hank's cute face fool you. He's ready to defend the Brewers if you try to hurt them. - Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

This week's lessons include how spring can exist in frigid weather, the breakdown of an official survey, and (of course) more projections.

Temperatures can be hovering around 0 and it can still feel like spring.

It's March 1, and that means winter is coming to an end. While the winter weather just won't go away in Wisconsin, spring is in full swing in Arizona. All players are in camp now (with one exception), and the games have begun. We heard a Brewers broadcast for the first time this year on Thursday, and Bob Uecker made his return to the Brewers broadcasts yesterday. If you just ignored the weather in Wisconsin, it would feel exactly like spring. Today we will get the first split-squad day, as well as the first TV broadcast. It's official, spring is here.

The Brewers care about what the fans think, but their method of collecting this information is unusual.

It's important for an organization like the Brewers to collect as much information as possible to make sure they are providing the best possible experience for their fans. Surveys can be a good way to collect this information, but they can also just confuse people and provide tainted results. A survey like this was sent out to some fans earlier this week, and Nicole Haase was one of those fans that received a survey. It ended up confusing her more than anything else, and she took the chance to break down the survey page by page. From confusing questions to bad grammar, she looked at it all. It is important to collect this information, but the execution is just as important as the collection.

Of course, it's still the preseason, so there's still more projections coming out.

Until Opening Day is here, we will be seeing more projections coming out each week for the upcoming season. This week is no exception. The projections started from within this week, as Jordan continued his projections for the 2014 season. This week, he moved on to the outfielders. There's some security in two of the positions, but the third is more of a wild card. Overall, there's a lot to be positive about in the outfield.

At the end of the season, what it all comes down to is the win total. Can the Brewers put together enough wins to make the playoffs, or will they fall under .500 for the second straight season? For what it's worth, Vegas thinks that the Brewers will just fall short of the .500 mark. Maybe Vegas is right, but the Brewers will have to prove them wrong on the field.

Cram Session

- What could have been if Matt Garza didn't sign with the Brewers? We hard that the Angels made an offer to Garza that he passed on because he was on vacation, and now a report has come out that the Twins made an offer to Garza as well. Maybe the Brewers would have pursued Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. We will never know.

- Most of the major signings for the 2014 MLB season are done. We can now take a good look at the projected payroll for 2014, for the Brewers as well as the rest of the NL Central. Derek Harvey analyzed the payroll situation in the NL Central, breaking down the teams by positions.

- Who is the face of MLB? According to MLB Network, it is David Wright. SB Nation has their own opinion of who the face of MLB is, and it's a more literal interpretation of it. They looked at 30 candidates for the face of MLB, completely based on attractiveness. It might not be the deepest question out there, but at least it's honest.

- The Brewers have been on both sides of the DH situation by playing in both the American League and the National League. Whenever the topic comes up, there are strong opinions on both sides. On SB Nation, an ad got Grant Brisbee to revisit the DH argument. There's a lot to it, and it's not going away anytime soon.

Reviewing the BCB Community Prospect Rankings

Vote for #10 (David Goforth)
Vote for #11 (Clint Coulter)
Vote for #12 (Nick Delmonico)
Vote for #13 (In Progress)

The Box Scores

2/27/2014: Brewers 11. Athletics 3 (Game Thread/Preview)
2/28/2014: Giants 4, Brewers 3 (Game Thread/Preview)

The Collection of Mugs

2/24/2014: Stretching and selfies
2/25/2014: An intrasquad opener
2/26/2014: Intrasquad insinuations
2/27/2014: Cue the cactus
2/28/2014: Brewers undefeated

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