Pitchers and catchers for the Brewers report today.
Today is finally the day to get back to some baseball. 145 days after the Brewers season came to an end in 2014, pitchers and catchers report today for Spring Training. It's the first step to getting back to baseball in 2015. The first workout will be on Sunday, and the full squad reports on February 25, with a full squad workout the next day. We are 12 days away from the first Spring Training game, which will take place on March 4. This morning, Derek provided a welcome to Spring Training by looking at some of the storylines for the Brewers as they begin. There are a lot of unanswered questions out there right not about the Brewers, but it won't be long before things become a little clearer.
Brewers News and Analysis
- How will Adam Lind perform in his first (and potentially only) season with the Brewers? Jordan continued his series on BCB Community Over/Unders with a look at the new first baseman for the Brewers.
- On Brewers.com, Adam McCalvy asks three big questions surrounding the Brewers at the beginning of Spring Training, which include Jonathan Lucroy's health, the bullpen closer, and the impact of Darnell Coles.
- Also on Brewers.com, Bernie Pleskoff profiles four Brewers prospects who could make an impact on the major league team this year.
- In an effort to provide some depth at catcher during the spring as Jonathan Lucroy recovers, the Brewers signed New Zealand catcher Beau Bishop to a minor-league deal. Reviewing the Brew has a quick profile of the new catcher.
- As pitchers and catchers report today, Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker looks at the 90 win mark, which should be a good goal if the Brewers want to make the playoffs.
- Tom Haudricourt of JSOnline has his Spring Training preview up as well, noting that the Brewers are hoping for a "season of redemption".
- Pete Schwichtenberg of Reviewing the Brew profiles Jed Bradley, who needs to have a good season to avoid being passed up by other pitchers in the organization. He also has a list of six former Brewers to watch in 2015.
- The Brewer Nation continued their Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers series with #46 Corey Knebel.
- The Brewers are launching a program this year to help combat bullying in schools, Cait Covers the Bases has the details on the Brewers new "Strike Out Bullying" contest.
- If you wanted tickets for one of the theme nights at Miller Park, you may be out of luck. Cait Covers the Bases notes that the Star Wars and Major League ticket packages have sold out, though more tickets have been added for the Major League night.
- Outfielder Mark Trumbo won his arbitration case against the Diamondbacks, and will make $6.9 million in 2015. The Diamondbacks had filed for a figure of $5.3 million.
- The Dodgers signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez won his arbitration case against the Pirates, and will make $5.75 million in 2015. The Pirates had filed for a figure of $5.25 million.
- Over on Beyond the Box Score, Bryan Cole analyzes the Vegas over/unders for each team, looking at which ones match history and which ones have been adjusted due to the offseason.
- In an effort to continue to speed up the pace of games, new rules have been introduced to help shorten MLB games. These include a timer for commercial breaks, requiring managers to remain in the dugout during challenges, and timed pitching changes.
- The bobblehead has become a popular giveaway at ballparks, and teams keep increasing the number of giveaways they have each year. Darren Rovell of ESPN.com notes that there will be 121 different bobbleheads this year, led by the Brewers with 12 bobbleheads.