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It’s Opening Day in Milwaukee

April 5, 2010

It’s almost a holiday across the United States. Opening day is mere hours away.  Beer is flowing, brats are being cooked. There are tailgates that rival Caligula. It is a great day in Wisconsin and across america. Milwaukee Baseball is relevant again. I can’t wait to hear Uecker say announce “Brewers baseball presented by Kohls” and say great lines like “Usingers and Baseball, it’s just not summer without it.” “You’ve got a lot more going for you with Hank, (pause) Hardware Hank.”

Today is making me think of all the players that have donned the Powder Blue, Pinstripes, the MB Glove logo or that Notre Dame Knock off Logo.  There are some great players that have played in Milwaukee. OMC has gotten me thinking about my favorites, or the greatest players that have worn the uniform. Here is my list of The All time Brewer’s players:

C- BJ Surhoff – Loved him.

1B – Cecil Cooper- he’s the original Prince Fielder.

2B – Jim Gantner

3B – Paul Molitor – The ignitor could play any infield spot, but was mainly used as a dh. however with Fielder and Cooper, he has to play infield

SS: Robin Yount – he could play in the outfield as well but he’s still great

OF: Ryan Braun- Too much of a liability at 3rd.

OF: Darryl Hamilton

OF: Gorman Thomas – a lot of power.

DH: Prince Fielder. He’s got the power and the body to be one, and the Brewers have played in the AL for the longest time prior to

Bench: C David Nilsson, OF Greg Vaugh, IF Jeff Cirillo, Fernando Vina Richie Sexon, Kevin Seitzer Craig Counsell.

SPs: CC Cebathia, Teddy Higuera, Ben Sheets, Cal Eldred, Pete Vuckovich

Relief: Trevor Hoffman, Fransisco Cordero, Chuck Crim, Dan Plesac, Mike Fetters, Doug Henry

Closer: Rollie Fingers – AL Cy Young, AL MVP AL Relief man of the year and 2 All Star games as a Brewer.

DL: Chris Capuano – I love this guy. A few years ago I remember ESPN highlighting him as a future Cy Young candidate. Then he blew out his arm twice.

I love this year’s team. So much speed and potential for a lot of small ball (I love that). Carlos Gomez, Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, and Alcedies Escobar are all base stealers. Power comes from Fielder and Braun, but McGehee is going to see a lot pitches because he’s batting around the power hitters. I think of Gamel comes around there will be a lot of Good coming out of the Brewers line up. Brewers bench includes some great role players that can come in in the clutch.

I made the bold prediction that Jim Edmonds will start more games in the OF than Hart, but I not predict Hart is traded.

Brewers are in a great position pitching wise. They have Yo, Wolfe, Davis Bush and Parra. Suppan may not have to start for the Brewers! But even if he does, he’ll be a 5th starter. With other pitchers, that can fill in too. Plus a great group of relievers that can get to Hoffmann, including Charlie!

Bold pitching prediction: Chris Capuano makes a start of the Brewers.

Predicition about the Central division: Its a division that beats itself up, and under 90 wins can win it all. I think it’s  a two team race between the Brewers and Cardnials with the Cubs and Reds farther behind. Its hard to believe that the Wild Card will come out of the Central, so  the Brewers will have to take the division outright this year, which they can do, with a healthy pitching staff.

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