Milwaukee Brewers “tried” to re-sign Grandal

Yasmani Grandal will earn $18.25 million per year for the next four seasons.

The Chicago White Sox announced via Twitter that they’ve signed the former Milwaukee Brewers catcher as a free agent.

Grandal hit 28 home runs and had 77 RBI in 2019, helping Milwaukee reach the post-season during his lone year with the ball club.

MLB Insider Robert Murray reports that the team tried to re-sign him during free agency but couldn’t reach an agreement.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan added that the four-year, $73 million deal is the largest in White Sox history.

Currently there are three catchers on the Brewers’ roster. Manny Pina is the most familiar name, having played in Milwaukee for the past four seasons. Jacob Nottingham and David Freitas made appearances last season as well.

This off-season, the Brewers have traded pitcher Chase Anderson, released Eric Thames and lost a bidding war for Grandal.

Anderson would have made $8.5 million in Milwaukee next season, Thames $7.5 million and Grandal played last year on a one-year $18 million deal. The math isn’t exactly black and white, but on the surface level that adds up to $34 million, between three players, off of the 2020 books.

The annual “MLB Hot Stove” of free agent signings doesn’t even have the gas line connected yet. There is still plenty of time for Milwaukee to make a splash signing and shore up some visible holes in their roster.

Christian Yelich graces cover of RBI Baseball 20

Christian Yelich is RBI Baseball 20’s newest cover athlete.

Add it to the list of recognitions he has received, and will continue to achieve since arriving in Milwaukee just two years ago.

The 2018 MVP finished second for the award in 2019, although he played in just 130 games after a fractured knee cap cut his season short.

It’s a little different of a pose than ESPN’s The Body Issue, but the Silver Slugger continues to show his marketability off-the-field.

Recently Yelich has appeared in advertisements for Associated Bank, Sargento Cheese and Chevrolet among others. He’s also a brand ambassador for American Family Insurance and starred in a cameo role in an episode of Magnum PI.

Also featured on the cover are the Milwaukee Brewers newest uniforms. They were released at an event this week and have received rave reviews from fans and players.

Between Yelich, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the trio of Wisconsin MVP’s is representing the state well in their respective sports, and crushing it in the marketing department.

Rodgers is endorsed by State Farm Insurance, a deal that includes a series of commercials feature Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. He also teams with Ford Trucks and Adidas.

Antetokounmpo recently launched his first Nike signature shoe and has done work with TCL TV’s and Metro by T-Mobile.

Milwaukee Brewers unveil new logo and uniforms

The Milwaukee Brewers don’t care that winter hasn’t even officially started yet, or that it’s pitch black outside by 6 pm.

They’re already excited for the 2020 season, the 50th in team history.

On Monday night, the team hosted an event on Miller Park’s club level to unveil new logos, uniforms and officially ‘play ball’ on a season that will be filled with celebrations, paying tribute to their half-century of existence.

Just the thought of baseball season, wafting in the aroma of a parking lot tailgate and the return of Christian Yelich, is a solid remedy to help power through the cold calendar months ahead.

Legendary Brewers players Cecil Cooper and Rollie Fingers sat in the front row, listening while majority owner Mark Attanasio addressed the crowd.

Also in that VIP row sat Mr. Baseball Bob Uecker and the individual responsible for bringing pro baseball back to Milwaukee 50 years ago, former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

“This is an exciting day for the Milwaukee Brewers and our fans as we usher in this next generation of Brewers baseball,” Attanasio said in statement. “As we reflected back on 50 years of the Brewers in Milwaukee, we turned to the past to inform our future.

“Our fans, our city and our state have been the fabric of our franchise since 1970 and they are the inspiration for our new look.”

That look includes four different styles, two for home games and two for road trips.

Veteran Ryan Braun, alongside rookie sensation Keston Hiura and pitchers Brent Suter and Brandon Woodruff to modeled the new gear for all to see.

Players got word that the team would revamp their uniforms during last season. Some took advantage of a photo shoot opportunity, including Yelich, who posted his new look to social media.

Attanasio said that the team initially considered changing the uniform during their rebuild of 2015, but he didn’t want new uniforms to appear as marketing ploy to distract from their on-the-field product.

That’s when the plans for a new logo to start the 50th season commenced.

“I was excited about it, I think we all were,” Ryan Braun said after walking the runway. “Something really special and nostalgic about incorporating the history and tradition of the organization and the fanbase itself.

“The ball glove logo goes back to something that our fans created. Something about that is so special and at the same time a new jersey, the new logo is a modern twist on the history and tradition that has become an iconic logo. Something that I am excited about, something that we are all excited about.”

Jacob Faria tweeted out his excitement.

Creator of the original ball-in-glove logo, the late Tom Meindel, was represented by his wife Elaine.

The new edition does feature some subtle edits. For example, the ‘M’ and ‘B’ are now connected above the glove’s webbing, symbolizing the unbreakable bond between the city and franchise.

Selig took the microphone and let the crowd know that of all of his life accomplishments, he was most proud of bringing The Crew to Milwaukee and witnessing the team’s growth and success in the city he adores.

Attanasio pointed out that the Brewers competed for a World Series championship while wearing this logo in 1982 and hopes the team will win the title while wearing the updated version.

Manager Craig Counsell continuously expressed how these uniforms, and this team, will always represent the State of Wisconsin.

Needless to say, this team and their management are all-in on the revamped jersey and the 2020 expectations after two consecutive trips to the post-season.

“We have the privilege to play for the most passionate supporters in the country,” Attanasio added. “Fans that inspire us, and restoring this iconic logo is our way of paying homage to this storied relationship we have with them.”

Christian Yelich finishes second in MVP voting

Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the National League’s 2019 Most Valuable Player.

After recording 47 home runs and 115 RBI, Bellinger edged out 2018 recipient Christian Yelich.

A kneecap fracture cut the Milwaukee Brewers slugger season to just 130 games.

Via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Yelich was still thankful for the support from voters.

“Some people still saw me worthy of garnering a first-place vote and having an MVP caliber season is pretty cool,” he said. “It’s not the ending you want for your season but it’s still an honor.”

The final tally was 362-317, according to the Baseball Writer’s Association of America.

Yelich finished with 10 first-place votes and 18 for second-place. Bellinger had 19 for first and 10 for second.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell finished second for the NL Manager of the Year Award this year as well.

Brewers’ 2019 catcher Yasmani Grandal received two 9th place votes, tallying four points.

While Yelich was available for comment, Haudricourt took note of some of Yelich’s other comments, including free agency and an injury update.

Craig Counsell finishes second, again

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt won the 2019 National League Manager of the Year Award, announced Tuesday evening.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell finished in second place, just as he did in 2018.

Counsell lost out by just seven points and actually received three more first place votes than Shildt, 13-10. Shildt edged out Counsell in second place votes, however, 14-6.

The final tally was 95-88.

Per the Baseball Writers Association of America this is just the second time where the winning manager did not receive the most first-place votes. The only other occurrence was the American League race in 1995.

The Cardinals were the NL Central Division Champions. Milwaukee qualified for the playoffs as a Wild Card team, losing to the eventual World Series Champion Washington Nationals.

Finishing third was Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves. He is the manager who edged out Counsell for the honor in 2018.

Of course, the Brewers took a veiled shot at the results on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/Brewers/status/1194411461541552128

The BBWA provided the full breakdown of votes.

Christian Yelich wins Silver Slugger award

The Milwaukee Brewers continue adding to their post-season trophy case.

Reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich won the Louisville Silver Slugger Award for the second consecutive year.

Although his season was cut short after a knee injury, Yelich was still a stat stuffing machine, scoring 100 runs to go along with 97 RBI of his own, 44 home runs and a .329 batting average.

Yelich along with Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals) and Cody Bellinger (Los Angeles Dodgers) are finalists for the 2019 NL MVP Award that will be announced next Thursday.

Teammate Lorenzo Cain already won a Gold Glove award this year and manager Craig Counsell is a finalist for the Manager of the Year honor.

Brewers decline club option on Eric Thames

If Eric Thames is back with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020, he’ll be playing for less than $7.5 million.

The team announced on Monday that they’ve declined his option for next season, officially making him a free agent.

MLB Insider Robert Murray says that the team may be interested in bringing him back at a lower rate, however.

This news comes on the same day that the team traded right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson to the Toronto Blue Jays for first-baseman Chad Spanberger.

General manager David Stearns spoke to reporters following the announcement and confirmed that bringing back Thames is considered an option, but the team is considering all options at first-base for next season, including Travis Shaw and Ryan Braun.

Stearns specifically added that moving Keston Hiura to first was not an option.

Report: Brewers trade Chase Anderson to Blue Jays

The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly traded pitcher Chase Anderson to the Toronto Blue Jays, MLB Insider Robert Murray reports.

Anderson, a right hander, had an 8-4 record in 2019 and posted a 4.21 earned run average.

Murray followed up his report by adding that the team was considering not picking up his option for 2020.

The team option next season would have paid out $8.5 million.

Blue Jays’ reporter Scott Mitchell says that the Brewers will receive Chad Spanberger a 24-year old first baseman in return.

Lorenzo Cain wins first career Gold Glove

TODAY!

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain finally wins his first career gold glove award, a recognition many fans and players alike thought was well overdue.

Cain was a pitcher’s best friend last season, racking up 20 defensive runs saved and a highlight reel worth of ‘NOT TODAY’ home run robbery type catches.

It was a true mystery how Cain made it this long without winning the award before, but, after a long road, he’s just glad to have one under his belt.

Gold glove t-shirt, bobbleheads and other memorabilia coming soon the the Brewers’ team store?

Christian Yelich named Hank Aaron Award winner

Christian Yelich was the best offensive player in the National League for 2019.

That became a fact Wednesday when the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder was announced as the Hank Aaron Award winner. It goes to top offensive player in each league. Anaheim Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the award in the American League.

It was the second straight year that Yelich won and he did it in impressive fashion. He led the NL in batting average (.329), on-base percentage (.429), slugging percentage (.671) and OPS (1.100). The 27-year-old missed the final three weeks of the season after fracturing his kneecap. He still finished fourth in home runs (44) and third in stolen bases (30), while ranking inside the top-15 in RBI (97).

The award was first handed out in 1999 and Yelich is the first Brewers player to win the award twice. Former first baseman Prince Fielder won it in 2007. He’s one of 11 players to win the award multiple times and just the fifth player to win it in back-to-back years.