Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 7

Disciples of Uecker

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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]

Roster Construction: Positions By Year

Odds are, when Rickie Weeks finishes his tenure with the Brewers, Brewers fans will focus on disappointments. Weeks never quite lived up to the mythical potential fans supplied for him. Weeks’s injuries always seemed to interfere with his abilities just as he was turning a… [More]

Brewers Do Not Need a Lead Off Bat

A common refrain from Brewers fans is, “The Brewers need a lead-off hitter.” This chorusĀ has beenĀ prominent since Doug Melvin traded Norichika Aoki to Kansas City, and it reverberated beneath the club’s hunt for a 1B during the winter meetings. Yet, the fans’ desire for a… [More]

Sunday Night Wishlist: Winter Meetings Begin

Heading into the winter meetings, it is strange to consider that baseball’s frenzied offseason has not eliminated some of the very best trading chips and free agents in the game. As Brewers GM Doug Melvin heads to Orlando, he has a couple of relatively low-key… [More]

Thursday Morning Coffee: The Valuable Carlos Gomez

For some reason, I felt a shudder when I first heard about Jacoby Ellsbury‘s contract with the New York Yankees. To get the Red Sox’ oft-injured centerfielder into pin stripes, the Yankees paid Ellsbury Top 20 money. Among deals signed over the last year, Ellsbury… [More]

Emerging Contracts: Revisiting Gallardo’s Value

While DoU is forging ahead with a few new changes, the last few weeks of right-handed pitching contracts have catapulted me back into the past. Last year, I fumbled through a couple of posts about the RHP-contract explosion in order to argue in favor of… [More]

Memorable Brewers Moments: Walk-Off Balk

Allen Craig‘s obstruction call in the 2013 World Series framed several beautiful issues with baseball’s rules. First and foremost, Craig showed a key benefit for hustling in baseball: when you hustle, and force a play, you force the umpires to make a call. In this… [More]

Roster Round-Up: Winter Ball, Staying Put

Yesterday, reports from Cardinals GM John Mozeliak‘s press conference found the Gm happy with his club’s roster. Mozeliak noted that although the Cardinals have some time to work on other moves, if the season started today, he likes their roster. It was a striking comment,… [More]