Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 14

Disciples of Uecker

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Around Milwaukee’s History: Hall of Greatness

This week, voting opened once again on the DoU Hall of Greatness. Our site’s Hall is a fun opportunity to reflect on Milwaukee’s baseball history, and maybe do so in a light that is more robust, inclusive, or fan-oriented than Milwaukee’s official Walk of Fame…. [More]

Garza: When is a bargain valuable?

After the Brewers signed Matt Garza, I had one consistent thought in my mind: the deal is an absolute bargain, but the Brewers might not be the best possible club to extract value from that bargain. Ryan, Vineet and James, and Adam have covered many… [More]

Fluctuation and Dependable Starters

In 2013, the Brewers’ rotation featured two of the National League’s dependable starters. Yovani Gallardo pitched his fifth consecutive season with 100+ IP in the NL, while Kyle Lohse pitched his third consecutive season with 100+ IP in the NL. Lohse was one of the… [More]

Kershaw, Greinke, Lohse, Gallardo: Value & Dependability

Clayton Kershaw‘s seven-year, $215 million contract might be the first megadeal in MLB history that seems like a bargain. First and foremost, Kershaw’s exceptional pitching record does not make it strange to hear that he’s the best-paid pitcher in MLB-history. Not only does Kershaw boast… [More]

Roster Constriction: 2013 Defensive Determinism

After a few weeks of compiling 2013 fielding positions, Vernon Wells, Will Middlebrooks, Eric Chavez, Jurickson Profar, and Yonder Alonso have the strangest cases of moving to different fielding positions around the diamond. Otherwise, the vast majority of MLB teams only move players to positions… [More]

HOF Round ‘Em Up: The Fan Experience

After last year’s debacle, the Baseball Writers thankfully inducted three worthy players into the Hall of Fame. Yesterday, ballots revealed that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas will be the next class of players inducted into Cooperstown. Craig Biggio nearly made it, and his… [More]

Brewers vs. Cardinals: Switching Positions

Lately, I’ve been writing about defensive determinism, which is basically the idea that a player’s position on the defensive spectrum determines whether (and where) his team will move him on the diamond. Interestingly enough, players also typically do not move to positions that they have… [More]

Roster Construction: the Corners and Defensive Determinism

On April 10, 2013, Yonder Alonso switched between 1B, 2B, and 3B in a strange version of defensive musical chairs for the Padres. The Padres were short infielders due to injury issues, so manager Bud Black swapped Jedd Gyorko and Alonso between 2B and 3B… [More]

Catching First Base

By on December 31, 2013

Catching First Base

One of the most popular 1B scenarios among Brewers fans is to try Rickie Weeks at first. The argument goes something like this: Since Scooter Gennett broke out in 2013, he deserves the Brewers’ starting 2B job. But, since Weeks is earning too much for… [More]

2005-2012: Competing vs. Rebuilding

At the end of July 2006, the Brewers were five-and-a-half games out of the National League Wild Card. It was an improbable wild card race, a phantom race, even; the Brewers would need to compete with a half dozen teams if they were to capture… [More]