Just this past week the top two unsigned free agent pitchers, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel, found new homes, and neither has a Milwaukee address. The weeping and wailing from Brewers’ fans over the failure to lure either pitcher to Milwaukee could be heard from Superior to Shullsburg and all points in between.
Fans always want their team to make a big splash and are disappointed when they don’t. The simple fact, as I pointed out several weeks ago, is that neither player was affordable to the Brewers. Not to worry, the “Crew” can still make some moves. The trade deadline is a month and a half away and if the Brewers are still in the pennant race, rest assured they will make some moves and pitching help will be the target.
Names like Madison Baumgarner and Marcus Stroman will likely be on the Brewers’ radar. Milwaukee’s starting pitching save for Zack Davies and Brandon Woodruff is pretty much a mess right now. Help could be on the way, as owner Mark Attanasio has never shied away from spending money wisely to improve the team.
The next four to six weeks could get very interesting.
Chin music . . .
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham says he’s going to have a bounce-back year. Graham had injuries and never did develop a chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers a year ago and had a poor season. Graham says it will be different this year under new head coach Matt Lafleur and a revamped offense. The Packers desperately need Graham to return to his old form.
Is there a team in major league baseball more screwed up than the New York Mets? New general manager Brodie Van Wagenen predicted in spring training his team was the one to beat in the National League East division. The new players they acquired have flopped, and their two stud pitchers have under performed. Then to make matters worse, manager Mickey Callaway recently asked radio show host Mike Francesa on the air if he should allow rising star Pete Alonso to participate in the MLB home run derby. When you start listening to the media or the fans, you usually wind up sitting among them.
Former Packer great Jordy Nelson will sign a one-day contract and retire as a Packer sometime this August.
Has anyone else noticed that Dove chocolates taste better than their soap? Asking for a friend.
The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will play North Carolina State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the second year in a row. The game will be on Dec. 4 in North Carolina; the Badgers won last year 79-75 at the Kohl Center.
As expected, the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have made it official and will play an exhibition game in August in Winnipeg, Canada. The Raiders will also play the Chicago Bears in London Oct. 6, which will make them the first team in history to play games in three different countries in a season. That very well could be the Raiders’ highlight for the year.
The Hayward Hawks are off to a fast start with a 3-0 record and play at home this Wednesday night, June 12, and Saturday night, June 15. The Twin Ports Northstars and Chippewa Valley Timbers provide the opposition.
Lori Loughlin says she is “exasperated” that her college admissions scandal case is taking so long. I suppose she could try and speed things up by slipping the judge a “C-Note” or two.
How does Angel Hernandez keep his job? He is by far the worst umpire in major league baseball and he has been for years.
Both Green Bay first-round draft picks are said to have been impressive so far in the OTA’s. Then again, it’s just guys working in helmets and shorts. Wait until regular camp opens in late July before getting too excited.
After Cleveland this year, the MLB All-Star game will be in Dodger Stadium in 2020 and in Atlanta’s new Sun Trust Park in 2021.
And finally, I’ve reached the age where I hear about a TV show that I didn’t even know was on the air, and I’m extremely OK with that.
And there you have it!