The team picked up Gallardo's $13 million club option for 2015 -- he can be a free agent thereafter -- and declined on its option on Weeks' contract. The second baseman was drafted by the Brewers in the first round (second overall) of the 2003 Draft and had been a mainstay with the club since 2005.
MILWAUKEE -- It was perfectly fitting that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval squeezed the final out of the World Series before falling to his backside with joy. The end of the baseball season meant the start of the Hot Stove season, and Sandoval is positioned to be one of the game's top free agents. As of 11 p.m. CT Monday, he and others will be free to sign with any team.
Jonathan Lucroy, Francisco Rodriguez and Wily Peralta are among a number of Brewers who have been nominated for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards this year, not to mention the lovable Hank the Dog.
Lucroy received a GIBBY nomination for Defensive Player of the Year, Rodriguez was nominated for Closer of the Year and Peralta earned a nomination as Breakout Pitcher of the Year.
The Brewers' medical staff has been honored with the 2014 Martin-Monaghan Award for Best Medical Staff, which is handed out each year by Rotowire. Milwaukee, which also won the award in 2005, is the first team to be honored twice.
"The Brewers are honored to receive this award," director of medical operations Roger Caplinger said in a statement. "Our entire medical staff -- including athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and physicians -- strives to provide our athletes with the most comprehensive medical care in baseball. We have a passion and focus to be forward-thinking, innovative and progressive in injury prevention. The support we receive from Brewers ownership and our baseball operations executive team is critical, as they consistently commit the resources needed for us to be successful."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.
Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
MILWAUKEE -- When the Brewers limped into the All-Star break with a 2-11 stretch, general manager Doug Melvin gathered his baseball men for a debate.
Were the Brewers a good team that stumbled to the break with a bad two weeks? Or were they not as good as their early-season record seemed to indicate?
MILWAUKEE -- With Aramis Ramirez's future in limbo until after the World Series, the Brewers on Monday won a waiver claim for Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez, a 26-year-old coming off his first 20-homer season in the Minor Leagues.
Jimenez, a right-handed hitter, has enjoyed brief stints in the Major Leagues with the Angels in each of the past two seasons, but he spent most of 2014 at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he batted .286 with 21 home runs, 34 doubles and 12 stolen bases in 469 at-bats. Over parts of eight Minor League seasons, he has played almost exclusively at third base, with occasional appearances at first base, catcher and shortstop.
After a solid season with advanced Class A Brevard County, the Brewers gave outfielder Tyrone Taylor a challenge at the end of the year. He was promoted to Double-A Huntsville for the final week of the regular season and the playoffs. In all, Taylor played in seven games for the Stars, collecting three hits before their season came to an end in the Southern League semifinals.
Now, Taylor has a new challenge. He is one of nine Brewers playing for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.
Jonathan Lucroy will hope to become the first Brewers' catcher to win a Gold Glove Award when the winners are announced in a few weeks.
Lucroy is one the team's two finalists for the annual award given out by Rawlings for outstanding glovework, along with right fielder Gerardo Parra. Center fielder Carlos Gomez got the nod last year. Gold Glove Award nominations are based 75 percent on voting by AL coaches and managers and 25 percent on defensive metrics.
MILWAUKEE -- Another year has brought another promotion for a rising star in baseball's coaching ranks. The Brewers on Thursday hired Darnell Coles to be their hitting coach, continuing the former utility man's swift rise up the instructional ladder.
Coles, 52, worked in Milwaukee's Minor League system from 2010-13, first as a roving hitting coordinator, then manager at Double-A Huntsville in 2012-13. He finished the 2013 season as an extra coach with the Brewers, and had just been promoted to manage Triple-A Nashville when the Tigers hired him away last October to be the assistant hitting coach on new manager Brad Ausmus' staff.
MILWAUKEE -- The Twitterverse is a perilous source for these matters, but it shows there exists a segment of local fans who regret that the World Series -- which begins Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, first pitch at 8:07) -- will be dotted with former Brewers. Some expressed annoyance when it was Travis Ishikawa, briefly a Brewer in 2012, who hit the National League pennant-winning home run for the Giants on Thursday night. Others lament that a full third of the Royals' starting lineup once called Miller Park home, not to mention former manager Ned Yost.
Those 140-character takes conveniently ignore that Ishikawa is on his fourth team since he left Milwaukee, and that the trades which sent players to Kansas City produced positive results. Or that Yost was never particularly popular in Milwaukee in the first place.
Ryan Braun's comeback from right thumb surgery has officially begun.
Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash reported that Braun swung a bat Sunday, and Braun told club officials he felt "pretty good." It was Braun's first baseball activity since he underwent a cryotherapy procedure on Oct. 2, when specialists at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles inserted a needle at the base of Braun's right thumb to freeze a troublesome nerve that has caused him problems for the past two seasons.
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will be back for the final year of his contract in 2015, but he will oversee an altered coaching staff.
The team on Friday dismissed hitting coach Johnny Narron after three seasons in the role, and first-base coach Garth Iorg after four seasons. The rest of the staff, including Roenicke, will return.
GLENDALE -- The Glendale Desert Dogs improved to .500 with a 7-5 win against the Salt River Rafters on Wednesday night.
The victory, which halted the Rafters win streak at six, can be credited to the long ball as Glendale hit three balls out of the park en route to the win.
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers Minor League Player of the Year Clint Coulter will continue his transition to a new position in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
Coulter this week joined the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs as a taxi squad player, but he is not expected to see much game action, according to Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash. Rather, Coulter will continue working on the transition from catcher to right field during the team's workouts, a project he began in the Brewers' instructional league program.
Jonathan Lucroy was named the Most Valuable Player and Wily Peralta was recognized as the Most Outstanding Pitcher when the Brewers announced the Milwaukee Baseball Writers' Association of America award winners on Monday afternoon. Along with being recognized as the team's top performer, Lucroy also received the Good Guy Award for the second straight season. Left-handed reliever Zach Duke was honored with two awards -- Top Newcomer and Unsung Hero.
Lucroy won the MVP Award in unanimous fashion, receiving each of the seven first-place votes cast by members of the Milwaukee chapter of the BBWAA. Carlos Gomez received each of the second-place votes.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less
MILWAUKEE -- The cliché is uttered in every clubhouse, every season, usually with a healthy dose of hope: It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
There are many more original ways to describe the Milwaukee Brewers' 2014 season, but none would come close to matching the accuracy of that old adage. A team that charged to the top of the standings in April with a 20-7 start and held first place in the National League Central for 150 consecutive days all the way into September crashed down the stretch. The Brewers were eliminated from the division race on Sept. 21, though their slim postseason hopes extended into the final week of the season.
Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.
When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers and right fielder Ryan Braun expressed optimism about the surgical procedure both sides hope will relieve Braun from the painful nerve issue that compromised his production for the past two seasons.
Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right hand Thursday morning at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. A specialist, Dr. Vernon Williams, inserted a needle at the base of Braun's right thumb to essentially freeze a troublesome nerve that forced Braun to alter his mechanics, rendering him to swing, as Braun put it, "one-handed."
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin made the local sports radio rounds on Tuesday to explain why he will wait at least a week to make decisions about the status of manager Ron Roenicke and his coaching staff.
"We just want to take some time here and let the emotions -- as you can tell from everybody, the emotions of not a bad season, but a bad ending, takes charge here," Melvin said on 620-AM WTMJ, the Brewers' flagship. "You've got to wait until the emotions calm down on a lot of things. Then, you sit down and look at some of the issues with the club, and we'll determine [Roenicke's status] at that particular time. A lot of things will be determined over the next week or so. Like I say, I have to take a step back and look at a number of things."
MILWAUKEE -- It is not Ron Roenicke's fault that the Brewers went 9-22 in their last 31 games of this season. But when blamed is placed, the manager is often the first in line.
The 2014 Brewers are a particularly painful case since they were in first place for 149 consecutive days, but then, starting Aug. 26, they lost nine in a row and 13 of 14. For two weeks, the entire team slumped. After that, the pitching recovered, but the offense continued heading south. What happens next?
Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less
MILWAUKEE -- A 5-2 loss to the Cubs in Sunday's season finale gave the Brewers 22 losses in their final 31 games, and launched what could be Milwaukee's most compelling offseason in memory.
On one hand, a team that spent 150 days in first place has its starting rotation returning intact for 2015, a closer under contract and controllable talent at six of the eight defensive positions -- all six aged 31 or younger on Opening Day, including four former All-Stars. On the other hand, the Brewers are coming off a second-half collapse that bounced them from postseason contention and so disappointed principal owner Mark Attanasio that, for the first time in his tenure, he did not address the team Sunday before players scattered for the winter.
MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks' 10-year tenure with the Brewers ended quietly Sunday, with the former All-Star second baseman remaining on the bench for all nine innings of the Brewers' season-ending loss to the Cubs.
Weeks might not have lived up to the hype he generated when the Brewers drafted him second overall in 2003, but he was part of the wave of prospects, with Prince Fielder, J.J Hardy, Ryan Braun and others, who lifted the Brewers back to respectability beginning a decade ago. Weeks is 11th in Brewers history with 1,009 hits and sixth with 684 runs scored.
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' sensational April did not propel them to the postseason as they had hoped, but it did help at the box office. A crowd of 33,837 for Sunday's season finale pushed the season attendance at Miller Park to 2,797,384 -- the seventh-best total in franchise history, and within 14,000 fans of the inaugural season at Miller Park in 2001.
"My wish was a good start, and that was delivered, so that adjusted all of our thinking," said COO Rick Schlesinger. "I knew that we wouldn't be able to get to three million, no matter how well the team played, but I thought 2.8 million was attainable, and we're basically there.
MILWAUKEE -- For all their stumbles down the stretch, at least the 2014 Brewers will finish with a winning record.
Victory No. 82 was a 2-1 triumph over the Cubs on a Saturday night at sold-out Miller Park that was packed with Milwaukee milestones. Carlos Gomez broke a three-way tie with his team-best 23rd home run and Wily Peralta set a career high with 13 strikeouts in a game decided by Jonathan Lucroy's record-setting RBI double, and sealed when Francisco Rodriguez took sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time saves list with save No. 348.
MILWAUKEE -- Vowing a top-down review of the entire organization, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio on Saturday expressed extreme displeasure about his team's collapse, and he vowed to find answers for it.
"I think we need to give the fans a reason to come back," Attanasio said. "That means we have to identify what went wrong, we have to have a good explanation for how we're fixing it, and if we're not making any changes, we'd better have a damn good reason for why. And I mean changes broadly speaking -- [if the team retains the] same roster, same manager and coaches, same everything, we'd better say, 'Well, it was this, and that's why we're not changing.' And that's an option.
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said Saturday that general manager Doug Melvin's job was safe, but he could not offer the same assurance to Ron Roenicke or his coaches.
Roenicke is under contract through the end of 2015 with a club option for '16. When Attanasio was asked about Roenicke's performance this season, he deferred to Melvin, who said, "I think he's disappointed. We're all disappointed in a lot of our responsibilities to the club.