Some things to read while starting over from the beginning.
We're roughly 24 hours away from pitchers and catchers officially reporting to spring training in Maryvale, and Adam McCalvy sat down with Ken Macha this week to get his thoughts on the upcoming season. The link is worth a click, but here's a summary if you're pressed for time: Macha acknowledges that he got off to a rough start with the team last spring. His strategy for 2010 is to do the same thing and hope they respond differently. Best of luck with that.
Aside from that, yesterday's biggest news was the unveiling of a new alternate away jersey, with "Milwaukee" written across the chest instead of "Brewers." Clearly, this will make them easier to ship home after road trips. You can pick one up at the Brewer team store at Miller Park or at the park in Maryvale, and receive free tickets to upcoming games as part of the deal.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers dominate our minor league notes today:
- The season finale of The Offseason is up, containing all your favorite memories from its brief existence.
- Meanwhile, Rattler Radio has a song that will be stuck in your head all day.
On Power Rankings and whatnot:
- Larry Dobrow of CBS Sports has the Brewers 22nd, 4th in the NL Central. (h/t BBTF)
- Twinkie Town has the Brewers 16th, projected for 79.8 wins, and third in the Central.
There's still time to sign up to win free stuff in the final days of our Brewer Advent Calendar: You have until 4 pm today to sign up to win a WhatifSports Gift Certificate, and until 4 pm tomorrow to sign up to win a ball autographed by members of the 2009 Huntsville Stars. Before you sign off for the day today, be sure to check back here at 4 for the final giveaway.
Angels: Avoided arbitration with Erick Aybar, who will earn $2.05 million in 2010.
Astros: Won their arbitration case with Wandy Rodriguez, who will earn $5 million in 2010.
Dodgers: Signed Eric Gagne to a minor league deal.
Marlins: Signed reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league deal.
Nationals: Starter Ross Detwiler underwent surgery to repair a torn hip flexor and will not be ready in time for Opening Day.
Pirates: Reliever Joel Hanrahan has been diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow and may not be ready for Opening Day.
Looking for a buy-low candidate this spring? The Marlins are reportedly upset with reliever Renyel Pinto, who missed the team's mandatory Fan Fest activities. Pinto has a 3.70 ERA in 224 career relief appearances (including a 3.23 ERA in 73 appearances last season), so this seems like a somewhat silly thing to get worked up over.
Wisconsin Sports Tap completed their five part NL Central Preview series today with a look at the Cardinals. They note some injury risks and potential regressions, but arrive at a conclusion we'll probably all reach sooner or later: This is a pretty good team and the odds-on favorite to win the Central.
Happy birthday to former Brewer pitching coach Dave Stewart, who turns 53.
That's all I've got for you today, unless you're trying to figure out how much to tip the pizza guy. (h/t C. Trent Rosecrans)