Tim Schaefer | Disciples of Uecker

Disciples of Uecker

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Posts by Tim Schaefer

2014 Position Previews: Closer

Starter: Jim Henderson Backup: Francisco Rodriguez, Brandon Kintzler AAA Depth: Johnny Hellweg, Michael Blazek, Alfredo Figaro The future: Jimmy Nelson, Damien Magnifico, David Goforth, Wei-Chung Wang, John Axford again? Closers are a strange breed, or at least that’s the expectation. It’s perhaps the one role in baseball where a player’s outrageous /… [More]

Unwritten Rules & Carlos Gomez

By on September 30, 2013

Unwritten Rules & Carlos Gomez

Have you ever tried to explain baseball to someone who didn’t grow up with it and doesn’t understand it? It’s not impossible, if that someone is interested, and if you’re patient … and if you’re both at a game where obviously interesting baseball things are… [More]

No Strategy But Win

By on April 29, 2013

No Strategy But Win

This has been a spectacularly strange beginning to the season: team streaks, bizarre baserunning, Rickie Weeks on kryptonite, Ryan Braun in full Adam Dunn mode. Like a lot of fans, I tend to place parameters on my hopes for an upcoming season. This season’s boundaries… [More]

Carlos Gomez and Managing Expectations

If you’re expecting anything big from the 2013-14 iteration of the Milwaukee Brewers, chances are you will be disappointed. But this all depends on how you define “big.” This offseason sometimes seemed like a deliberate effort by the team’s management to lower fans’ expectations. It… [More]

Rip It Up and Start Again, Pt. II

I’m not great at analogies, except when they’re part of a joke. (You know, something something Clint Eastwood scolding a chair, something something Jimmy Stewart in Harvey. Seriously, imagine President Obama as Clint Eastwood’s imaginary bunny friend. Do it.) Even then, I’m not sure that… [More]

Rip It Up and Start Again?

I haven’t written anything about the Brewers in months, and not because there isn’t anything to write, but because I only have so much to say about a mediocre, post-fire sale team with only a handful of new faces to get excited about. Look, the… [More]

On Blowout Victories and Undying Optimism

I really hate when people describe a professional sports team as “disappointing.” Sure, disappointment is an inevitable part of sports fandom, but this makes it sound like the team is a talented but troubled teen you just caught smoking in his parents’ basement (I have… [More]

Thirty Bold Predictions for the 2012 Brewers Season

I’m not sure if there’s an official Spring Training Lull –it’s not the kind of thing people generally like to celebrate, anyway- but either way, we’re in it. We’re less than a fortnight away from Opening Day, and while there are a few clear questions… [More]

Ryan Braun Press Conference

By on February 24, 2012

Ryan Braun Press Conference

Ryan Braun gave a press conference at noon today, easily his most detailed and far-reaching statement on his successful appeal. I want to emphasize that Braun spent a good part of the conference thanking everyone who backed him up, but I was focusing more on… [More]

Aoki Fever, Catch It!

By on February 24, 2012

Aoki Fever, Catch It!

This post was originally going to be exclusively about Norichika Aoki, because I really needed to focus on something other than Ryan Brain’s once inevitable-seeming suspension via MLB’s seamless and well-oiled drug testing “process”. (This process apparently involves taking urine samples home and keeping them… [More]