Some things to read later than usual.
We are 38 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale and yesterday was Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico, where Martin Maldonado held his annual celebration for children in his native community. Adam McCalvy has the story, including notes on several fellow players and sponsors that helped make the occasion extra special.
It remains to be seen if Maldonado will have any more new teammates when the Brewers get to Arizona in a few weeks. Yesterday Doug Melvin told Adam McCalvy the team's inaction is a sign of faith in their young players, and also said they're not interested in trading young pitching for hitting.
In the minors:
- Juan Francisco went 0-for-3 but it didn't matter as Licey beat Escogido 7-3 last night in the Dominican Republic (box score). Jason Rogers went 1-for-4 with a double in the loss.
- Enrique Bakemeyer of The Brewers Bar has a recap of Brewers' winter league performance across the Caribbean.
Despite having had a somewhat mediocre winter season, Juan Francisco still profiles as a likely candidate to be the Brewers' Opening Day first baseman. Adam Wieser of Disciples of Uecker has a closer look at Francisco's performance in the Dominican.
Meanwhile, utilityman Elian Herrera's winter season is over as Estrellas was eliminated from contention in the Dominican Republic. Benjamin Orr of Reviewing the Brew wonders what Herrera's role could be with the 2014 Brewers.
Cardinals: Claimed outfielder Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Rangers.
Indians: Signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur and reliever Scott Atchison to minor league deals.
Mariners: Signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor league deal.
Mets: Signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a minor league deal.
Rays: Signed shortstop Ray Olmedo, infielder/outfielder James Darnell, pitcher Santiago Garrido and catcher Ali Solis to minor league deals.
Today in former Brewers:
- Chris Capuano is believed to be seeking a two-year deal this winter.
- Jason Brannon of Baseball Nation has Ted Simmons on his roster of the greatest players who never won a World Series, MVP or Cy Young Award and aren't in the Hall of Fame.
- Simmons (#26), longtime Milwaukee Brave Joe Torre (#34), Dave Parker (#44) and Willie Randolph (#45) made Baseball Past and Present's list of the top 50 players not in the Hall of Fame.
- Neil Weinberg of Beyond the Box Score says Dave Nilsson had the tenth best final season in MLB history.
- Halos Heaven ranked Jim Abbott as the 33rd greatest Angel of all time.
- Viva El Birdos is the latest to offer up a tribute to recent retiree Jeff Suppan, while Lee Warren of Minor League Ball remembers Suppan's work ethic during his 2011 season in AAA.
- Elsewhere in tributes, Chris Mehring of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers has one for former Brewer and Milwaukee broadcaster Mike Hegan.
Even on days like today when internet outages set me back several hours, it's nearly impossible for me to write a "quick" Frosty Mug. The reason is that frequently along my morning reading I get sucked into something great from around the web that causes me to put everything else aside and finish reading. Today that post came from Gaslamp Ball, looking at one of the little things that made longtime Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman great.
- 2013 Wisconsin Timber Rattler Eric Semmelhack, who turns 23.
- 2009 Brewer Carlos Corporan, who turns 30. We covered his birthday in Today In Brewer History last year.
- 2011-13 Brewer Francisco Rodriguez, who turns 32.
- 2006-07 Brewer Kevin Mench, who turns 36.
- 2008 Brewer Eric Gagne, who turns 38.
- 1999 Brewers manager Jim Lefebrve, who turns 72. We covered his birthday in Today In Brewer History two years ago.
- 1971 Brewer Jim Hannan, who turns 74.
- 1971 Brewer Dick Schofield, who turns 79.
Plunk Everyone notes that Gagne's 33 career hit batsmen are the third most ever for a pitcher born on January 7.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm getting weaker.