Brewers News and Analysis
- In the BCB Community Prospect Rankings, Tyrone Taylor took the #2 spot. You have until noon today to vote for the #3 spot, where Clint Coulter has opened up a commanding lead.
- Ryan Braun reported to Brewers camp yesterday, and had a short meeting with the media. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com has some quotes from Braun, who feels pain-free right now and is ready to get back to work in 2015.
- One of the battles in camp this year will be for the infield bench spots. Adam McCalvy looks at the potential options for the Brewers, with four players competing for two spots.
- In his daily roundup of news from camp, Adam McCalvy notes that Mark Attanasio will speak to the team for the first time in a year tomorrow, Jonathan Lucroy is back in camp, and former Brewer Rickie Weeks got a haircut.
- When Carlos Gomez was not performing well for the Brewers, they decided to stick with him and the decision has paid off well for the team. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel profiles the center fielder as part of their position-by-position season preview.
- After a very unusual first season for a rookie, Wei-Chung Wang will get the opportunity for a much more normal season in the minor leagues this year. Over on JSOnline, Wang discusses how last season prepared him for 2015.
- The Brewers starting rotation depth is thin right now, and any injury could put this team in trouble. Nick Michalski of The Brewers Bar has a suggestion to fix this potential problem: Sign Kevin Correia to a minor-league deal.
- The Brewer Nation continued their Brewers by the (Jersey) Numbers series with #40 Johnny Hellweg. They are also tracking MLB Network's Top 100 players as they are released over the next few days.
- The Hardball Times has a list of the five active pitchers with the longest playoff droughts. Non-roster invitee Chris Perez makes the list, as he has been on a few playoff teams but has never made a postseason appearance.
- Images of the Bud Selig bobblehead were released yesterday, and Cait Covers the Bases has pictures of the upcoming giveaway. This is one of the better bobbleheads that they have put together.
NL Central Update
- Starting pitcher Homer Bailey won't be ready by Opening Day for the Reds. He is recovering from elbow surgery and is on track to return in mid-April.
- After leaving the Reds, Mat Latos made some comments about a lack of leadership on the team leading to a laid back atmosphere that hurt them. Joey Votto responded to those comments, noting that there was more that contributed to a losing season than a lack of leadership.
- LaTroy Hawkins enters the 2015 season as the oldest active MLB player at 42 years old, but is planning to bring his career to a close this year. He plans to retire at the end of the 2015 season.
- Count David Ortiz of the Red Sox as one of the players against the new pace of play rules. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Ortiz had some strong comments about the new rules, and may pay the fines to not follow them. Meanwhile, David Schoenfield of ESPN SweetSpot asks how much money this could cost Ortiz.
- Josh Hamilton of the Angels met with MLB officials yesterday about a disciplinary issue. No additional details were given, but Ken Rosental noted on Twitter that this could be about something worse than PEDs. Later reports confirmed that this is a relapse involving drugs.
- When Prince Fielder went vegetarian several years ago, we thought that was a major diet change. Mark Teixeira of the Yankees may have him beat, as he has gone gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free in his new diet, and hopes that diet, along with a new workout program, will get him back to 30 HR and 100 RBI this season.
- If you read Sports Illustrated, you will see a first on this week's cover. Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to be on the cover of the magazine in body paint, and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com has the details on Stanton's photo shoot.
- Is the eight-man bullpen becoming normal for MLB teams? Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com notes that some teams are finding benefits with eight relievers.
- Multiple sources this morning are reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has signed a deal with a team. The team has not been identified yet, but we know it's not the Marlins or Blue Jays.