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.

New restaurant coming to Miller Park in 2020

There will be a different look to the left field corner of Miller Park next season.

The Milwaukee Brewers announced Tuesday that a new restaurant will taking over the spot that currently houses TGI Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill. It will be called Restaurant To Be Named Later.

The club put together a video featuring Bob Uecker and his struggle of coming up with a new name for the restaurant.

According to the Brewers, the new restaurant will be operated by Delaware North Sportsservice.

“We are always looking to enhance the complete fan experience at Miller Park, and we place the highest priority on developing creative food and beverage concepts to fit all tastes,” Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger said in a press release. “We are excited about the work we are doing with Delaware North to make this an inviting venue.”

The new restaurant will open in mid-January and feature a menu with a lot of Wisconsin favorites.

Brewers GM David Stearns: ‘I’m very optimistic about where we are as an organization’

Milwaukee’s season came to an end in disappointing fashion Tuesday night with the Brewers blowing a 3-1 lead and losing 4-3 to the Washington Nationals in the NL Wild Card game. But general manager David Stearns believes there was plenty of good along the way.

“(It) had its up and downs,” Stearns said Friday during his season-ending press conference. “But the main recollection for me will be packed houses in Miller Park throughout the month of September watching really exciting, really high-quality, pennant-race baseball that ultimately got us back-to-back playoff berths. I’m very proud of that.”

The Brewers went 20-7 in the final month of the season to clinch the second wild card spot in the NL. It was just the second time in franchise history the team had played in the postseason in two straight years.

“I’m very optimistic about where we are as an organization,” Stearns said. “I’m optimistic and proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’m optimistic about the future and where we’re headed. And maybe more than anything else, I think we ,as an organization and a front office, are energized to get back to work and to build the next contending Brewers team. That’s where our focus is right now.”

Putting that team together will involve decisions on catcher Yasmani Grandal and third baseman Mike Moustakas. The duo signed two-year deals last offseason with mutual options, but neither are expected to exercise those, allowing them to hit the free agent market.

“At this point, the truth is, I don’t know,” Stearns said of resigning both. “They were both very important members of our team. We’re very cognizant of that. There were levels of production there that we’re going to have to fill one way or the other. I don’t think it’s particularly controversial to say that I’d love to have both of them back. They’re two very good players who fit with our organization and team very well.”

Other highlights from Stearns press conference:

Brewers season comes to an end in heartbreaking fashion

Milwaukee’s season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday at Washington in the NL Wild Card Game.

Leading 3-1 in the eighth inning and sending All-Star reliever Josh Hader to the mound, the Brewers watched as he loaded the bases before a single by Juan Soto got past outfielder Trent Grisham. That cleared the bases and gave the Nationals a 4-3 lead.

Closer Daniel Hudson came on and retired the Brewers to get Washington into the NL Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The loss ended what had been a magical ride for Milwaukee over the last month. The Brewers closed the season by winning 19 of their final 24 games to make the postseason for the second straight year, just the second time in franchise history they’d done that. And it looked like some of that momentum had carried over to the postseason early on against Washington.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal drilled a 2-run homer in the first inning off of All-Star Max Scherzer and then first baseman Eric Thames followed with a solo shot in the second inning for a 3-0 lead.

Milwaukee got its desired pitching outcome as well, with starter Brandon Woodruff allowing just one run over four innings, before turning things over to Brent Suter and Drew Pomeranz for the next three innings. All of it led to Hader getting the ball for the final six outs but he and the club were unable to deliver.

The focus will now shift to the offseason that could see plenty of turnover, with Grandal and third baseman Mike Moustakas both having mutual options in their contracts, and free agents like Thames and Pomeranz to deal with.