Haudricourt confirms that Braun was penalized

October 29, 2012

> It was just as I feared. In last night’s article, I opined that Ryan Braun likely lost the Hank Aaron Award to Buster Posey because of Braun’s failed drug test prior to this season, because there’s no way Posey had a better overall offensive season than Braun.

Unfortunately, it seems I was right. Tom Haudricourt wrote about a similar topic last night, and he also thought Braun had the better offensive season. He suggested that Braun lost it because of the failed the drug test, but then also added this at the end of his article:

“And, from talking to members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, I get the distinct impression that Braun also will be penalized in the voting for NL MVP. He won last year before news of his drug test became public but from what I’m hearing, Posey will claim that award as well. By performance alone, Braun deserves to be among the top vote-getters but some are speculating he will be left off some ballots completely. That would show a definite agenda by an voters who do so.”

Unbelievable. I won’t be at all surprised at all if Posey wins the NL MVP; at this point, he’s the only other viable option for it if Braun doesn’t win. But Braun being left off the ballot completely is beyond unfair. And there’s a reason for that that may not come to mind immediately, but I might write an article about it in the coming days.

Anyway, there will probably be some “rogue” writers from the BBWAA who will put Braun on their ballots. But any remaining hope I had of Braun somehow winning the MVP has been drained.

POSTSEASON COVERAGE

> First of all, the 2012 baseball season is officially over.

Second, the Giants have won the World Series. Yes, the team that was down 2-0 to the Reds in the NLDS, down 3-1 to the Cardinals in NLCS- that team swept the World Series in four games against the Tigers.

The Tigers actually put up somewhat of a fight tonight, as they had an early lead over the Giants on Miguel Cabrera’s second inning home run. The also tied it at 3-3 in the sixth inning on Delmon Young’s solo shot.

But, none other than Marco Scutaro drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning. The World Series MVP will probably be a toss-up between him and Pablo Sandoval, who hit .500 in the series, including that three-homer game in Game 1.

THE NEWS

> Despite Haudricourt comments on the Josh Hamilton situation the other day, Nick Cafardo suggests that the Brewers are still “at least looking into the possibility, though their top priorities are still finding a starting pitcher and revamping their bullpen.”

> Clayon Kershaw won the Roberto Clemente Award.

THE EXTRAS

> My attempt at a Brewers-themed pumpkin for Halloween. You’ll immediately notice that I’m not the most artistic person. But this was done free-handed, which helps my case a little.

> This is the second straight title for the Giants in which they couldn’t celebrate with their home crowd, but their home crowd was dedicated enough to celebrate with them.


So there’s this new thing called a “catcher”

September 19, 2012

POSTGAME

> But I don’t think the Pirates have heard about it yet. The Brewers clobbered the Bucs tonight, 6-0, using the stolen base to inflict most of their damage.

Yovani Gallardo ran into a bit of trouble in the second and seventh innings, but had a scoreless outing all told. He went 6 2/3 innings while giving up just two hits. He walked four and struck out six. Yo improved to 16-8 on the year.

The Brewers only scored two runs off A.J. Burnett, which were RBI singles from Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura. But the Pirates’ bullpen was ambushed, allowing RBI singles to Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun, and Segura.

MY TAKE

> As you’ll see in “the numbers” section later this article, the Pirates may have one of the worst catching tandems- ever. The Brewers were stealing on them like there wasn’t even a catcher there, which was a conclusion I finally came to after Lucroy stole a base.

Michael McKenry might have an OK future since he’s still young, but Rod Barajas- who I’m surprised is still playing- probably should no longer be playing. He’s hitting under .200 at the plate and looks like a designated hitter attempting to play catcher.

THE NEWS

> Corey Hart’s foot reportedly hasn’t made any progress. Ron Roenicke continues to be optimistic and say Hart will see time before the season ends, but I have to wonder.

> Rickie Weeks was chosen as the Brewers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.

> My article on Reviewing the Brew earlier today. Basically my opinion on whether or not the Brewers should waste money on picking up an extra starter next year, despite having a boat-load of prospects Major League ready.

> Yunel Escobar, the Blue Jays’ shortstop, was hit with a three-game suspension from the club after having a “homophobic racial slur” written in his eye-black.

I’m pretty confused as to why he did it. You’re basically asking for a penalty of some sort by writing something on your face that is guaranteed to be noticed by cameras that stream to national television. But why would you even write anything on eye-black in the first place? I don’t know. Anyway, you can see a picture of this phenomenon in “the extras” section later in the article.

THE NUMBERS

> The Brewers stole seven bases off the Pirates. Braun took three, Weeks had one, Lucroy had one, Aoki had one, and Carlos Gomez had one. This is the first time since 1992 the Brewers had seven steals in one game.

> The Pirates have thrown out a grand total of 14 baserunners out of over 140 steal attempts off them. Might as well play without a catcher.

> Despite winning 6-0, the Brewers’ streak of 85 straight games with at least one extra-base hit ended.

> Travis Ishikawa went 0-for-4 again while he attempts to fill in for Hart. Needless to say it hasn’t gone well.

> Segura is 9-for-17 (.529) over his last six games. This is exactly the push he needed to prove he can start next year.

> Yo is 8-0 with a 2.69 ERA in his last 10 starts, all of which the Brewers have won. This is his second consecutive season of at least 16 wins.

> Tomorrow’s match-up:

Marco Estrada (3-6, 3.77 ERA) vs. Kyle McPherson (0-0, 1.54 ERA)

THE EXTRAS

> Escobar’s writing in his eye-black, which can be easily read in this close-up.

It reads “tu ere maricon.” That literally translates to “you are a faggot” in English. And why is that written on his face? I have no idea.


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