Lots of articles worth reading in the world of Brewdom, almost all of it good news. Here we go...
Minor League rosters: All Brewers minor league rosters have been announced. Here's an article about the new WV Power, and if you scroll down a ways here, you'll find the Brevard County Roster. With Mark Rogers, Yovani Gallardo, and Ryan Braun among those playing for the Manatees, it looks like it'll be a heck of a season at Space Coast Stadium this year.
The Turnbow extension: Drew Olson reports on the rock star. Call me a stupid optimist, but this is the kind of thing you really only read about on winning teams:
In other news, Deadspin took a potshot at Derrick, bringing up his suspension for banned substances. I don't particuarly want to go through the whole story again--I believe Turnbow, that he didn't use steroids and only got caught using a supplement because he submitted to the stricter Olympics standards.
About that infield: JJ Hardy likes turning double plays. Not exactly breaking news, but good to hear. And the Madison paper tells the tale of two Cirillos.
Down to business: Mark Attanasio knows revenue-sharing is important. We may be a small market, but ticket sales are up to 1.3 million, and the sales staff is still working on advertising deals beyond those already signed.
Sheets on his way: Ben Sheets will pitch Huntsville's opener, and the brilliant Baseball Prospectus-ite Will Carroll has more good news:
Pirates GM extended: For some reason, Dave Littlefield got a contract extension. Uh, okay. Charlie hates it, but I suppose I see the argument that Littlefield is hamstrung by a uninvested ownership group. Once again, I'm just glad we've got Doug Melvin.
Still climbing: Jay Jaffe's Baseball Prospectus hit list puts the Crew at 12th, just behind the Cubs and four spots back of the Cardinals. It's a little silly to have such a list on Opening Day, but I'll be looking for a steady improvement as the season goes on. And it'll be fun to watch the Cubs fall.
Instant Replay: I noted a while back that professional tennis is adopting instant replay. After the first complete tournament, it looks to be a success. I would like to hear what opponents like Roger Federer have to say, but this seems like a good sign. The best part about the method tennis has adopted is that it doesn't seem to painfully slow down the game.
One last thing: Not sure how I missed this a few weeks ago, but Deadspin presents an entirely new way to show your team spirit. Quite the rage in Japan.
Tags: Mark Attanasio, Dave Littlefield, Doug Melvin, Will Carroll, WV Power, Roger Federer