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Disciples of Uecker

We'd like to go to the Playoffs, that would be cool.

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Does Revenue Sharing Explain Declining Runs Scored? Part II

Something rather interesting happened over the last decade in Major League Baseball: the game’s biggest markets did not uniformly produce skyrocketing payrolls throughout the full decade. Some of this may be cultural: if there is one particularly “en vogue” area of Moneyball that caught fire,… [More]

Does Revenue Sharing Explain Declining Runs Scored? Part I

Impact Contracts The summer of 2011 was a brutal reminder of futility to come in Lakeview, as a bloated Cubs roster spent yet another year toiling in the NL Central. Part of a seemingly impossible payroll north of $130 million, third baseman Aramis Ramirez was… [More]

An Open Letter on Fielding Shifts

In case you missed it yesterday, a video interview featuring incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed, in part, the declining offensive environment in the MLB. Now infamously, the Commissioner suggested that he would be open to considering a ban (or limitation) on fielding shifts (depending… [More]

Value & Dependability: Yovani Gallardo’s Legacy

On November 20, 2014, I provided the following judgment (or outlook) for the 2015 Brewers rotation: Our beloved Milwaukee Nine have a rotation that is difficult to judge for 2015. On the one hand, there is a clear argument to be made that the Brewers… [More]

Building and Rebuilding #7: Organizational Outlook

There are several fan outlooks of the Yovani Gallardo trade, but those outlooks need not frame the trade in an either/or fashion. Certainly, there is always an urge to judge a trade immediately, stating who won or who lost, who got the best of the… [More]

Brewers Trade Gallardo

By on January 19, 2015

Brewers Trade Gallardo

The Milwaukee Brewers traded Franchise Pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Sunday was one of the most gutwrenching sports days I’ve experienced, not simply because of the Packers’ epic collapse in Seattle (which, oddly enough, seemed to perfectly echo the Brewers’ collapse of 2014). I was devastated when… [More]

Defining the Lead-Off Role

The Brewers’ offense arguably underperformed expectations in 2014, which means that producing expectations for the 2015 Brewers offense requires a key question: was the underperforming offense simply a matter of luck (such as injuries, expected or unexpected decline, poor timing, etc.) or function (batting order… [More]


By on January 13, 2015


Discipline is an extremely difficult element of baseball to analyze. If there is a basic rule about hitting that analysts work with, it’s that players must capitalize on their pitch when they see it. Obviously actually hitting a baseball is much more difficult that typing… [More]

Hall of Fame Home Run Casualties

Perhaps the brutal 2013 Hall of Fame return, during which no one was elected to speak at Cooperstown, was a necessary precursor to the 2014 and 2015 flood of plaques. After Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were voted in on their first ballot… [More]

2015 Outlook: Fastballer Mike Fiers

During a rather bleak 2013 season, MLB’s Official Website featured one of the best laughs (or lighthearted moments) for the Brewers. After unfortunately breaking his arm in the minors, Fastballer Mike Fiers compared himself to Henry Rowengartner, the 12-year old phenom who consistently threw 100+… [More]