Tag:Milwaukee Brewers baseball
Posted on: June 13, 2009 10:01 pm


The Brewer's nation has asked for it and today GM Doug Melvin deliver. Melvin
meets lefty Brewer starter Manny Parra at his locker, after his nightmare start
against the White Sox and hands him a plane ticket to Nashville Tennessee.
Parra will be in uniform for the Sounds/Redbirds afternoon game at Greer

I have been defending Parra thru out the season. No question he has the stuff
that can get major league hitter out. Not sure what is going on his head, but
no question, its not getting hitters. I was hoping that his Miller Park era of 3.68
this season would help, compare to his road era of 8.86. I was hoping that Parra
in front of the Brewers nation, would pitch like we all know he can.

But the 6 run 2nd inning in front of the home folks, was the final nail in the
Junior college pitcher be with the Crew coffin. Melvin says with the days off between
the Tribe and Tigers series, a 5th starter will not be needed. It will give Sounds
manager Don Money and Sounds pitching coach Chris Bosio, projects to straighten
Parra out.

The Brewers called up 28 year Chris Narveson to fill Parra spot on the roster. Some
Brewer fans were surprise that Tim Dillard or Chris Cody were not called up to replace
Parra in the rotation. But like I mention with 2 days off in the next 2 weeks, a 5th
starter will not be needed. Plus Narveson could start if needed, he started 22 games
for the Sounds last season. He would have a record of 6-13 an era of 5.48.  57 walks
and 125 k's in 136 innings

Christopher Gregg Narveson was born December 20th 1981, in Englewood Colorado.
He is 6-3 180 left-handed pitcher. He would play his high school baseball at Roberson
High School, the home of the rams, in Asheville North Carolina. He would be a 2nd
round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000. 

After pitching for the Redbirds farm system, he gets his cup of coffee as a September
call-up in 2006 by Tony LaRussa.  He makes his major league debut in the 7th inning
at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, with the Redbirds already trailing 11-1, Narevson
throws 2 runs and surrenders 2 runs. He makes a total of 5 appearance and 1 start
for the future World Champion Cardinals. He has pitches a total 9 innings, which
includes 2 appearances against the Brewers. He surrenders 5 earned runs, with 5
walks and 12 K's

In 2009, Narveson has made 20 relief appearances with a record of 3-3 and 5 saves.
He has thrown 40 innings, allowed 29 hits 15 runs and walks 11 and k's 43.
Hopefully he will help the Crew and keep the Brewers nation, forgot about Manny
Parra for a while

Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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Posted on: June 13, 2009 1:56 am
Edited on: June 13, 2009 1:59 am


On July 7th 2007, Brewers GM Doug Melvin and Tigers Dave Dombrowski would agree to a trade between the 2 ballclubs. The Brewers would send the 26 year Jose Capellan to the Tigers. Capellan the 6-4 235 righty from Cotui Dominican Republic was not happy with his role with the Crew. Especially after appearing in 61 games for the Crew in 2006. In return for this veteran pitcher, with 88 games of major league experience, the Brewers would get in return a 22 year old kid by the name of Chris Cody. Cody who is a 6-0 180 lefty pitcher. Born in Mount Kisio New York. He pitches for Brewster High School in Brewster New York. After pitching for the Bears, he plays his college baseball at the University of Manhattan.

Next up for the former Jasper, he is drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 8th round of 2006 draft. If and when the Brewers turn to the minors for a starting pitcher, will this 25 year old lefty from Manhattan College be next. He made another statement last night at Greer Stadium in Nashville Tennessee. Pitching for Don Money's 1st place Nashville Sounds, he faces the 2nd place Memphis Redbirds, the Triple AAA farm team of the Brewers central divisional foe St. Louis Cardinals. Making his 2nd start at triple AAA, he passes it will flying colors and earns his 1st triple AAA win. Cody goes 7 innings, he only allows 5 hits and 1 earned run. He walks 1 and k's 3. The Redbirds only score comes with the 2nd batter of the game in the top of 1st, Redbirds 2nd baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir goes deep for the 7th time in 2009. Cody would have no room for error at Greer stadium tonight, because his teammates could not find the scoreboard, until score a 3 spot in the bottom of the 7th. Cody stats for 2 games at Nashville are 1-1 with 13 1/3 innings pitched 13 hits and 2 earned runs which makes his era 1.32 for the Sounds prior. So people would of course wondering if Cody could make the adjustment from Double AA to Triple AAA. Prior pitching for the Nashville Sounds, Cody pitched in 10 games for the Huntsville Stars. He those 10 games he would have a record of 5-1 an era of 2.30. He threw 58 2/3 innings of the Stars and his whip was an awesome 0.89. He only walk 10 and k's 48

Cody is not a media darling likes of Tom Hanson for the Braves or David Price for the Rays. But the numbers do not lie, especially in the hitting friendly PCL. Heck, many Brewers fans do not know about him either !!!!! The Brewers nation wants an answer if the lefty Parra does not produce at the Keg today at Miller Park against the south siders of Chicago. The answer just might have been wearing #12 for the Nashville Sounds ---Chris Cody !!!!!

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 5, 2009 6:02 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2009 6:49 pm


It was 20 years on this date June 5th 1989, the Milwaukee Brewers would have the honor of
playing the 1st official baseball game at Skydome in Toronto. The Brewers would square
off with Cito Gastons and his ALCS bound Blue Jays on this monday night, north of
the border. 48,378 would be on hand for this 1st game at what is today the Roger Centre.

Brewers with a record of 24-30 under Tom Trebelhorn so far this season, would be play the
1st game of a 6 game road trip. 3 against the Jays and then 3 at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Trebelhorn would had the ball for the start to the 6-3 righty from Inglewood California, Don
August. August the Astros #1 pick and 17th overall in 1984, would be traded along with
Mark Knudson for Danny Darwin. August who play his college baseball for Division III power
Chapman University. The Panthers can be found in Orange California. August in his rookie
season finished 4th in the voting for the rookie of the year in 1988, which was won by Braves
shortstop Walt Weiss.  Bryan Harvey finishes 2nd and Jody Reed (former Brewer)

Cito Gaston would counter with the lefty from Huntsville Alabama, Jimmy Key. Key who just in
1987 finished 2nd in the Voting for the Cy Young to winner Roger Clemens of Red Sox. Key
who play his college baseball for the Clemson Tigers.  Key was a 3rd round pick of the Jays
in 1982.

Here are what the line-up cards look like for home plate umpire Rocky Roe

The Crew
1. Paul Molitor-3B
2. Robin Yount -DH
3. Gary Sheffield-SS
4. Rob Deer-RF
5. Glenn Braggs -LF
6. Greg Brock-1B
7. BJ Surhoff-C
8. Mike "tiny" Felder-CF
9. Gus Polidor-2B

The Blue Jays
1. Jose Felix-RF
2. Tony Fernandez-SS (future Crew player)
3. Kelly Gruber-3B
4. George Bell-LF
5. Fred "Crime Dawg" McGriff-1B
6. Lloyd Moseby-CF
7. Ernie Whitt-C
8. Rance Mulliniks-DH
9. Nelson Liriano-2B

The Crew get on the scoreboard first - Molly doubles and goes to 3rd on a sac bunt by Robin and
goes on a ground ball by Sheffield in the top of the 1st.  The Blue Jays would pull ahead in the
bottom of the 2nd. Bell draws a lead off walk and Fred McGriff hits the 1st homerun in skydome
history and his 13th of the 1998 season. The Crew tie the game on a bunt single by Felder and
he later scores on a sac fly by Yount in the top of the 3rd. The Brewers make it a 4-2 game, in the
top of the 4th.  Deer leads off the inning with a single to center and scores on Glenn Braggs 10th
homerun of the season.  The Brewers put up their final run in the Crews 5-3 win in the top of the 5th,
with 1 out Molly walks and goes to 2nd on a single by Yount and scores on a single by Sheffield.
Don August who registers the W, goes 5 1/3 and lefty Bill Krueger goes 1/3. Mark Knudson who
enters in the 6th, is still pitching in the 8th, he surrenders a gopher ball to George Bell.  Lefty
Dan Plesac gets the last 2 outs in the 8th and pitches the 9th for his 13th save of the year.

The era of the games of the Skydome and currently the Roger Centre had started.

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 5, 2009 5:27 pm


Sitting in the visitors bullpen tonight at Turner field is new Milwaukee Brewer Chris Smith. Wearing #52, for the Milwaukee Brewers, he has to wonder if the uniform still has the magic of the player that wore last for the Crew....CC Sabathia. Will it have the fate of the others that wore it, Mel Stocker, Jose Capellan, Ricky Bottalicco, Mat Ford, Nelson Figuerora, Mac Suzuki and 7 others.

Christopher Michael Smith was born on April 9th 1981 in Apple Valley California. Apple Valley is about 70 miles in the hills of California. Smith is 6-2 191 righty. He plays his High school baseball at Wantagh High in Wantagh New York. Wantagh New York can be found on Long Island and is a stone throw from Shea Stadium.

He goes back to California to play his College baseball. He plays at UCR or University of California Riverside. After playing for the HighLanders, he is drafted in the 4th round by the Boston Red Sox in 2002.

He pitches in the Red Sox minor league system. He starts his professional baseball career has a starting pitcher. After spending 6 years in Red Sox farm system, Terry Francona and the Red Sox, give him his call to the show. He walks out of the bullpen at Fenway Park wearing number 59, he enters the game in the top of the 2nd. Dice K, already aurrender 7 runs in the 1st inning against Tony LaRussa's St. Louis Cardinals. Smith does his job, he throws 4 innings and only allows 1 run. The Red Sox lose to the Redbirds 9-3.

The Red Sox would call on Smith 12 times in 2008. The results were quite different then that first night against the Redbirds. He throws a total of 18 innings and allows 16 earned runs and 6 homeruns. He walks 7 and K's 13. The Red Sox would release him after the season.

He would be the closer at Nashville for the Brewers Triple AAA team. He makes 21 relief appearances and has a record of 2-0 and 12 saves and era of 1.39

Welcome to the Crew Chris and hope that 52 still has magic in it and you bring us some good memories...

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Posted on: June 5, 2009 4:43 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2009 5:13 pm

The Brewers Invade Turner Field

The Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night will travel to Turner Field in Atlanta. Its the opening
of a 3 game weekend series. The Brewers who record is 15-24 against the Braves at Fulton
and Turner field in their lifetime. Game #1 will feature Yovanni Gallardo vs Javier Vaquesz.

A side note - it will be the 1st time former Radio announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers Jim
Powell, who is currently the voice of the Atlanta Braves, will be doing play by play against
his former team.

Brewers play in the same ballpark, they play their 1st game as a member of the National League
that game was played Tuesday afternoon March 31st 1998.  Cal Eldred vs the future Hall of
Famer Greg Maddux

The Brewers Line-up
1. Vina -2B
2. Cirillo-3B
3. Jaha-1b
4. Burnitz-RF
5. Grissom-CF
6. Valentin-SS
7. Newfield-LF
8. Matheny-C
9. Eldred-P

The Braves Line-up
1. Weiss -SS
2. Graffanino-2b (the future Brewer)
3. Jones -3B
4. Galarraga-1B
5. Klesko-LF
6. Tucker-RF
7. Perez-C (the future Brewer)
8. Jones -CF
9. Maddux-P

In the bottom of the 1st - Weiss singles (has 3 hits) and scores with 1 out on a single by
Chipper Jones.  The Crew even the score in the top of the 3rd, with 1 out, they get 3 straight
singles by Vina -Cirllio and Jaha.  Eldred goes 6 innings and Chad Fox pitches the 7th and 8th.
Maddux throws 7 innings. In the 8th, Bobby Cox uses Mike Cather for 1 out, Adam Butler
for another (Butler only pitched 8 games in his career all in 99) and Kerry Lightberg for the last
out.  Lightberg  pitches for the Braves in the 9th, he K's Newfield and Matheny, but then walks
Jessie Levis, Vina and Cirillo to load the bases. Lightberg is able to pick-off Cirillo at 1st for
the final out.

In the bottom of the 9th, lefty Mike Myers is on the mound, he gets the lefty Klesko to
fly out. Garner brings in Wisconsin born Bob Wickman to face Tucker, but Bobby Cox brings
up Gerald Williams (another former Brewer) to pinch hit. He draws the walk, Keith Lockhart pinch
hits for Lightberg and drills a single to to center. Andruw Jones K's....Lockhart breaks for second
to steal 2nd....Mathney throw is over the head of Vina at 2nd base....Williams scores and the Braves
win the Crew first NL game 2-1.  I remember it  like it was yesterday
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 5, 2009 4:22 pm

Starting Up the Blog

Hello fellow sports fans - Today I start my new adventure a Sports blog - Talk to me anywhere around
the country. Especially about the Crew and their march to the post-seasons.
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