Before I get down to business here, I wanted to let you know that I'll be appearing on The Mike Heller Show (The Big 1070 in Madison) at 3:40 today. Tune in for lots more spring training talk.
Anyway, I was home alone for lunch again today so I had some time to spend answering your questions on Twitter. Here's today's transcript:
JRRadcliffe: Regardless of outcome, will Shyam Das win biggest Wisconsin sports villain in 2012? (Das is the arbitrator in the Ryan Braun appeal.)
BCB: There's still a lot of year left, but he's built an impressive lead on the field.
BCB: I'll go somewhere between 24-26 wins. Easily enough to stay within reach in the Central.
NPetrashek: Worse third baseman: Ryan Braun circa 2007 or Aramis Ramirez circa 2012?
BCB: Oh, easily Braun. Ramirez isn't a Gold Glover, but Buster Olney said scouts think he can be good if motivated.
NPetrashek (following up): I'm preparing for the worst and hoping for the best!
BCB: If Ramirez is half as bad as 2007 Braun they'll probably move him off third.
miketotheg: do you think we see Big Red (Seth McClung) in a major league uniform this year?
BCB: Short answer, no. Too many guys with more upside ahead of him.
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JucheMane: If it is possible to find out, who is the franchise leader in situations where they reached base on an error?
BCB: Without looking, I'd bet it's Yount by a mile. Don't think
@baseball_ref lets you search for it.
Enrico_Palazzo_: why do you hate fantasy baseball? What has fantasy baseball ever done to you?
BCB: Years ago when I ran my own site, I realized all I was writing about was guys on my fantasy team. Quit immediately.
asecretikeep: if Braun does get suspended does that mean he's banned from all games, practices, etc? Or can he still workout, just not play?
BCB: He can still work out with the team, play spring games and rehab in minors. Just can't play regular season games.
asecretikeep (following up): when you say "rehab in minors" is that during his suspension or after it's complete?
BCB: I believe it's the last week-10 days of his suspension. It's before his suspension ends.
mcogs7: in order for the Brewers to have a playoff kind of season again, what one player needs to have an all star kind of year?
BCB: Rickie Weeks. A big season from him would really lighten the load on others in the lineup.
mcogs7 (following up): agreed. He needs to stay healthy. Where in the lineup do you see him?
BCB: If Braun is out, probably batting third. Once Braun is back, I have no idea.
mlmeloy: Who are you keeping a close eye on this spring?
BCB: I feel like the obvious answer is Aoki. A good or bad spring could swing his stock a long way.
brewcitybocce: If Greinke's "agent" requests 5/$77.5m, do Brewers do that deal? Can they afford to?
BCB: I'm not sure they could afford *not* to. That'd be a great deal.
SecondHandStore: What is the advantage to having Brooks Conrad over Taylor Green? Is Green just not a realistic option at 2nd base?
BCB: Green has options remaining, so he can be sent to the minors without being DFA'd. Conrad has more major league experience.
NPetrashek: Over/under on Axford at 45 saves in 2012?
BCB: Under. 45 is a big number. I'd set the bar closer to 37-38.
Jonseedc1: who did they pick up this year that will make the diff?
BCB: Ramirez is a big improvement at third, obviously. Gonzalez is also a nice upgrade defensively.
mcogs7: what kind of number does Gamel need to put up this season to consider it a successful year?
BCB: I'd say something like .280/.350/.490 would be enough to make him a long term answer at first base.
timcyoung: Is your meat man ready yet?
BCB: My freezer is stocked.
mlmeloy: any way to watch the Brewers without cable? Online feeds rarely work well enough and mlbtv blacks them out.
BCB: Sadly, nothing legal.