Brewers embrace owner's direct message

Attanasio delivered annual speech to players before first workout on Saturday

Brewers embrace owner's direct message

PHOENIX -- The 2016 Cubs had "Try Not to Suck." Now the 2017 Brewers have "Don't Eff it Up."

That's what Brewers owner Mark Attanasio told players prior to Saturday's first full-squad workout at Maryvale Baseball Park, surprising everyone in the room by using the four-letter word not with malice, but with a smile on his face. Attanasio was urging players young and not-so-young to seize the opportunities afforded by a Brewers team entering its second full season of rebuilding.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garza puts work in to achieve bounceback '17

Right-hander is entering final season of his four-year contract

Garza puts work in to achieve bounceback '17

PHOENIX -- The workouts started at 5 a.m., five days a week. Matt Garza and Brewers pitching prospect Luis Ortiz met at a gym in Fresno, Calif., before the sun came up.

At 7 a.m., Garza left to take his kids to school, but he was back by 9 for weightlifting or baseball work, depending on the day of the week. Twice a week, the players met again at night for kickboxing. The next morning, they were back in the gym.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Attanasio wants Crew to take next step in '17

Owner, Stearns, Counsell address players before first full workout

Attanasio wants Crew to take next step in '17

PHOENIX -- Brewers owner Mark Attanasio talked about family, community and opportunity in his address to the team before its first full-squad workout on Saturday. And for the first time in 13 years, he dropped a four-letter word.

"I usually talk about family and community in some way with the players. But for me, this year, the opportunity is unmistakable," Attanasio said afterward. "There's a group of guys who are going to be part of this next push and who are going to be part of the next playoff team, and that's exciting. So they have to seize it.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun prepares for 11th season with Brewers

Braun prepares for 11th season with Brewers

PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun had barely stepped foot in the Brewers' Spring Training clubhouse Saturday when he absorbed the first wave of trash talk. It came from Joba Chamberlain, the veteran reliever in Milwaukee's camp as a non-roster invitee who first crossed Braun's path in college, when Chamberlain pitched at Nebraska and Braun played for Miami.

"He was reliving his glory days," Braun said with a smile. "They actually beat us in 2005 in the Super Regional. He threw a great game and we were talking about it. It's scary it's been 12 years or so now."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Attanasio eager to settle plans for spring hub

Brewers' owner says club hopes to remain in Arizona moving forward

Attanasio eager to settle plans for spring hub

PHOENIX -- The Brewers prefer to keep their Spring Training base in Arizona, owner Mark Attanasio said on Saturday while expressing a growing urgency to settle the question once and for all.

The team has called Maryvale Baseball Park its Spring Training home since 1998, and while the West Phoenix complex has its pluses -- most notably that the Brewers don't have to share it with another club -- it has fallen behind other facilities in Arizona and Florida and is surrounded by a neighborhood that is unfriendly to tourism. The Brewers are currently in a series of eight one-year options to train at Maryvale but have been exploring alternatives.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Villar embraces move across the diamond

Counsell: Brewers 'lucky' infielder has talent to change positions

Villar embraces move across the diamond

PHOENIX -- There is a subtle explanation for Jonathan Villar's embrace of the move to second base.

"It's the same, like shortstop. You see the catcher's signs," said Villar, who moved off shortstop for the Brewers last season when the team promoted top prospect Orlando Arcia. "You can move [based on] who's hitting."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Learning (the) curve: 3 vying for catching spots

Newbies Susac, Bandy and Pina each have own training techniques

Learning (the) curve: 3 vying for catching spots

PHOENIX -- Imagine you are a catcher joining a new team, and you have to learn a whole staff of pitchers -- their stuff, their mindsets, their quirks -- all at once. Where do you start?

Pose that question to the three Brewers catchers vying to replace mainstays Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado, and you get three different answers.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers will record early bullpens for reference

Brewers will record early bullpens for reference

PHOENIX -- Smile, Brewers pitchers. You're on camera.

The Brewers have a new video coordinator this year, August Sandri, after longtime club employee Joe Crawford left the team at the conclusion of last season for a job close to his native Ohio. Sandri was previously the assistant video coordinator for the Tigers, and stood out at Maryvale Baseball Park on Thursday as he climbed a stepladder to adjust a series of portable cameras which were clipped to a chain-link fence and trained on the bullpen mounds.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rivera hopes Caribbean Series success carries over

Rivera hopes Caribbean Series success carries over

PHOENIX -- It was just last week that Yadiel Rivera scored the only run, then squeezed the final out for Puerto Rico's first Caribbean Series title in nearly two decades. On Thursday, nine days later, he arrived in Brewers camp ready for the start of a new season.

Was he a little exhausted?

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers protective of prospect Williams

Arm injuries have slowed talented 25-year-old's development

Brewers protective of prospect Williams

PHOENIX -- Taylor Williams, the Brewers pitching prospect attempting a comeback from two seasons lost to elbow woes, is "full-go" in camp, manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday as pitchers and catchers took the field for the team's first formal workout.

Then Counsell offered an amendment.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guerra aims to build on breakthrough season

Guerra aims to build on breakthrough season

PHOENIX -- It was a small reminder of how significantly Junior Guerra's baseball story has been rewritten over the past year. On a couple of occasions over the winter, he went to Estadio Universitario in Caracas, Venezuela, and instead of heading toward the clubhouse to put on his uniform, he sat in the stands as a fan.

Guerra had pitched for Tiburones de La Guaira in each of the previous eight seasons, since he was a 23-year-old Mets farmhand. Now he was going on 32 and coming off a breakthrough season in the Major Leagues that saw him post a 2.81 ERA in 20 Brewers starts. Because he logged a career-high number of innings between Triple-A and the big leagues, and spent a month on the disabled list with an elbow injury, the Brewers strongly urged Guerra to take the winter off. Reluctantly, he obliged.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aaron cemented legacy during time with Brewers

Hall of Famer left impact in two seasons with club

Aaron cemented legacy during time with Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Hank Aaron was 40 years old and was feeling a bit weary in November 1974. He had just borne the weight of breaking Babe Ruth's all-time record for home runs, part of a trying season in Atlanta that saw Aaron's friend and former teammate Eddie Mathews relieved of his duties as the Braves' manager. Robin Yount was 19 and over the moon. Aaron was coming back to Milwaukee.

"A 19-year-old kid was going to get a chance to play with the home run king," Yount said last month at Brewers On Deck. "It was a pretty big deal for us."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peralta enters camp eager to compete

Brewers righty among several vying for rotation spots

Peralta enters camp eager to compete

PHOENIX -- Last year, Wily Peralta was the Brewers' Opening Day starter. As pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday for the start of Spring Training, Peralta was preparing to fight for a job.

"There's always competition, every year," Peralta said. "You see six or seven guys for [five] spots. It's never easy. You have to come ready."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

First-round pick Ray 'unlikely' to play in spring

Stearns says Feliz's arrival slightly delayed because of visa issue

First-round pick Ray 'unlikely' to play in spring

PHOENIX -- Brewers first-round Draft pick Corey Ray remains in rehab mode after undergoing knee surgery last year, so his first big league Spring Training will be more about soaking in the experience rather than showing off his skills.

Ray, an outfielder who is the Brewers' No. 2 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, underwent surgery in early October for a torn meniscus in his left knee, an injury suffered in the fall instructional league. On Tuesday, general manager David Stearns described Ray as "limited" at the onset of Spring Training.

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Brewers win arbitration hearing with Anderson

Right-hander will make $2.45 million during the 2017 season

Brewers win arbitration hearing with Anderson

PHOENIX -- Chalking it up to "part of the business," Chase Anderson shifted his focus back to the field on Tuesday after learning he lost his arbitration case with the Brewers.

Anderson will be paid $2.45 million in 2017 instead of the $2.85 million he'd been seeking.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

As spring begins, so does Brewers' competition

Spots up for grabs in Milwaukee's rotation, bullpen

As spring begins, so does Brewers' competition

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Brewers squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

MILWAUKEE -- Let the competition begin.

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Crew to feature rotation battle during spring

Milwaukee will have six established starters on roster entering camp

Crew to feature rotation battle during spring

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Brewers squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee will open Spring Training with too many starting pitchers, a "problem" that general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell would love to still be facing on the eve of Opening Day.

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Brewers looking for continued growth in '17

Young players like Arcia, Santana next in line to break through

Brewers looking for continued growth in '17

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Brewers squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season.

MILWAUKEE -- What does a perfect season look like for the Brewers in 2017? The answer will not be found in the standings, owner Mark Attanasio says.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers GM focuses on middle infielders

Highest-profile acquisitions have been shortstops

Brewers GM focuses on middle infielders

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Brewers squad each day this week. Today's topic: What's the vision?

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers GM David Stearns grew up in Manhattan a New York Mets fan, and his favorite players as a kid should not surprise those who has watched his work in his 16 months on the job. They were Kevin Elster and Rey Ordonez, both Mets shortstops, and later Mike Piazza, a catcher.

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Villar, Peralta top Brewers on WBC 2017 rosters

Minor Leaguer Burgos returns for 2013 runner-up Puerto Rico

Villar, Peralta top Brewers on WBC 2017 rosters

MILWAUKEE -- The Dominican Republic's Jonathan Villar and Wily Peralta top a list of nine Brewers players on rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Besides Villar and Peralta, three other members of Milwaukee's 40-man roster are in line to participate in the event: Starting pitcher Jorge Lopez (Puerto Rico), infielder Hernan Perez (Venezuela) and reliever Carlos Torres (Mexico). Brewers Minor Leaguers Andrew Barbosa and Hiram Burgos (Puerto Rico), catcher/first baseman Cody Decker (Israel) and Wei-Chung Wang (Chinese Taipei) are also on rosters for the tournament.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers release spring broadcast schedule

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers and their broadcast partners unveiled a Spring Training broadcast schedule on Tuesday that includes 14 games on radio, 13 on television and 10 more set to air exclusively via MLB.com webcast.

Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker, Jeff Levering and Lane Grindle will call the radio broadcasts on 620 WTMJ. Analyst Bill Schroeder will be joined by Brian Anderson, Craig Coshun and Jerry Augustine on the telecasts. Anderson, Coshun, Grindle, Levering and Schroeder will team up on the webcasts.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healthy Braun back where Counsell expected

After 2016 trade rumors -- and fresh off rehab-free offseason -- slugger enters '17 in Crew's lineup

Healthy Braun back where Counsell expected

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Brewers squad each day this week. Today's topic: How's Your Star?

MILWAUKEE -- The two National League Central teams in transition find themselves with star players in similar spots.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brinson looking to emerge for Brewers in '17

Top prospect has impressed, but he'll have to fight for spot in crowded outfield

Brinson looking to emerge for Brewers in '17

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Brewers squad each day this week. Today's topic: Who might surprise?

MILWAUKEE -- The roster decisions are out of his control, but Lewis Brinson, the Brewers' top prospect, does know this: In his own mind, he is ready for the Major Leagues.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thames could be key for Brewers in 2017

First baseman motivated to prove himself in return to MLB

Thames could be key for Brewers in 2017

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Brewers squad each day this week. Today's topic: What's the difference?

MILWAUKEE -- The statistical models are bullish on first baseman Eric Thames, the Brewers' most out-of-the-box acquisition this winter.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.