The Brewers’ intrasquad scrimmages are going to take on a bit more of a competitive edge this week, as the team gets closer to its scheduled Opening Day at Wrigley Field next week.
The team has announced a 7-game series — the “Blue-Gold World Series” — this week, with two squads picked by captains Omar Narvaez and Avisail Garcia.
Omar Narváez and Avisaíl García are the captains for the Brewers' upcoming Blue & Gold World Series. There is a draft today to determine teams. Game 1 is Tuesday night, and I think the broadcasters are going to be involved in the streams.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 13, 2020
Today, the Brewers announced that Adam McCalvy’s hunch was right — the “Blue-Gold World Series” will have the added bonus of the TV broadcast team getting some work in before the start of the season.
Most of the Brewers’ intrasquad scrimmages have been streamed online to this point, but the lack of commentary and graphics made it hard to follow at times. Hopefully the addition of some play-by-play and talk of professional hitting will help make it feel more like “real” baseball.
McCalvy has more details over at MLB.com — Brian Anderson, Bill Schroeder and Sophia Minnaert will be working “Game 1” Tuesday night — first pitch at 6:40 p.m. — with the radio team of Jeff Levering and Lane Grindle calling some games later in the week. Games still won’t be full-length — Craig Counsell says they’ll likely only by 5 to 7 innings long — but it sounds like there will be some experimentation with how the video production crew will present games without fans in the stands. The games will be live streamed on Brewers.com. Actual umpires will call the games instead of members of the Brewers’ coaching staff.
We’ll likely find out who’s on each team later today, once the “draft” takes place.