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What We Learned: Offseason reviews begin

It’s time to start looking back at the 2016 season in today’s What We Learned.

Colorado Rockies v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Baseball America Ranks 2 Brewers in Arizona League Top 20 Prospects | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Baseball America is releasing a league-by-league look at the top prospects in each league, and two Brewers prospects made their Arizona League list.

Milwaukee Brewers to Pick 9th in 2017 MLB Draft | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

With the season wrapped up, the Brewers have officially locked down the #9 spot in next year’s draft. Since it’s a top 10 spot, the first-round pick is protected if the Brewers choose to sign any free agents with compensation attached.

Predicting the 2017 Brewers All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaways | great198, BCB

It’s never too early to start predicting which players will get honored with a bobblehead next season.

Brewers Minor League Wrap Up by the Numbers - Pitchers Addition | Infield Fly Rule, BCB FanPost

Continuing a look at the minor leagues, it’s time to focus in on what the pitchers did in 2016.

Links from Other Sites

Stearns has Brewers ahead of schedule | Adam McCalvy,

David Stearns has the Brewers on track, as Adam McCalvy does his look back at the season in review.

Counsell eager to put in work ahead for Crew | Adam McCalvy,

Meanwhile, it’s a busy offseason ahead as the Brewers have some decisions to make to continue building the team.

220: The Rebuild Is Over | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

At 220 games of “rebuilding”, it’s time to end the rebuilding phase and begin the improvement phase.

10 Best Brewers Wins of 2016 (Part 1) | Enrique Bakemeyer, The Brewers Bar

First of a two-part series looking at the best wins of the 2016 season.

Minor League Notes

Timber Rattlers Alumni in the 2016 MLB Playoffs | Rattler Radio

Several former Timber Rattlers will play in the postseason this year.

Mehring Monday: 2016 MLB Debuts | Chris Mehring,

Five former Timber Rattlers made their big league debuts in 2016: shortstop Orlando Arcia, outfielder Mitch Haniger, and pitchers Jacob Barnes, Damien Magnifico, and Brent Suter.

The Carolina Mudcats. | Lane Grindle, Minor Details

A quick look at the Brewers newest affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats.

Around Baseball

Red Sox to retire Papi's No. 34 next year | Ian Browne,

In a break from tradition, the Red Sox will retire David Ortiz’s #34 right away, in a ceremony planned for next season.

White Sox replace Robin Ventura with Rick Renteria | Chris Cotillo, MLB Daily Dish

The White Sox have parted ways with manager Robin Ventura, but chose to name bench coach Rick Renteria to the manager position instead of conduct a search.

Walt Weiss resigns as Rockies manager | Chris Cotillo, MLB Daily Dish

Walt Weiss is the second manager out, as he chose to resign amid conflicts with the front office.

Diamondbacks fire Chip Hale, Dave Stewart | Chris Cotillo, MLB Daily Dish
Arizona Diamondbacks: Tony La Russa no longer in charge | Matt Goldman, MLB Daily Dish

In a bigger shakeup, the Diamondbacks have fired both their manager Chip Hale and GM Dave Stewart. In addition, Tony La Russa is no longer in charge of baseball operations and may not stay with the organization.

New York Mets: Terry Collins’ fate reportedly hinged on a single game | Matt Goldman, MLB Daily Dish

One manager who managed to keep his job is Mets manager Terry Collins. He would have been out had he lost the final game of the season.

MLB Playoffs

Tonight’s Games

AL Wild Card Game
Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays | 7:00 pm, TBS
Chris Tillman vs. Marcus Stroman