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Cardinals name Mike Matheny manager

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The former Brewer has no managerial experience and has never coached in the majors. It's an interesting decision.

Wilson Ramos Rescued From Abductors

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Thank goodness. Glad to see him out of harm's way and safe again.

Phillies reportedly acquire Papelbon for 4-year, $50 million deal

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In the first big move of the off season, sure seems like a lot for a reliever. Keith Law says it is a bad move. (Need ESPN Insider to view preceding link)

Jamey Carroll near deal to unknown team (Update +1)

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Update 12:50: Minnesota Twins have had recent disussions with Jamey Carroll (mlbtraderumors.com for more) Even though the Brewers aren't listed as finalists, but knowing Doug Melvin I would not be surprised if they are the unknown team. Brewers fans, would you want Carroll on a two-year deal?

Wilson Ramos Kidnapped

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The link goes to his VWL baseball team's twitter feed. It translates to: Unfortunately the news of the hijacking was confirmed Wilson Ramos, allegedly the same thing happened at his home in Valencia ... Hope he's OK, but this goes down as very strange.

In Which Idiocy Is Met With Delusion ...

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Melvin has spoken with Betancourt's agent about re-signing the player for less than the $6 million his option called for, and was told Betancourt intends to gauge the market.

Today's Mug is going to be a little late.

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Kyle is out after a root canal today and I'm taking over but am running a bit late. It will be up before 1:00, I promise. In the meantime, this link takes you to a video of a sleep-walking dog.

Brewers History

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There are some interesting reflections on Ted Simmons at the bottom of this interview with Bob McClure. - TL

John Axford cameo in Rushmore (1998)!

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I'm told Yuniesky Betancourt had a bit part in The Royal Tenenbaums but I'm still working on confirming that.

Full Brewer coaching staff invited back for 2012

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Dale Sveum, of course, will only be back if he doesn't get the managerial job in Boston or Chicago.