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Lots of questions abound at Maryvale Baseball Park this month.
Lots of questions abound at Maryvale Baseball Park this month.

My Spring Training checklist

A week from today, I’ll be at Maryvale Baseball Park in sunny Phoenix to get my first look at the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers. It’s a trip I’ve taken every year since 1998, and it’s one of my all-time favorite traditions.

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a Brewers pre-season laden with so many question marks before pitchers and catchers even reported.

The obvious ones this March include:

  • Will Ryan Braun be suspended, and if so, how do the Brewers fill that hole?
  • Who’s on first while Corey Hart is recovering and Mat Gamel is out again?
  • How will the World Baseball Classic affect the Brewers’ readiness?
  • What does this rotation look like after Yovani Gallardo?
  • Is Jean Segura ready to be an everyday shortstop?
  • Will Aramis Rameriz play while I’m there?
  • Has Doug Melvin healed from his scorpion bite?

I’m kidding about the last question, but the other six came to me in about a minute. I’m scared to say that this season could be an absolute nightmare.

But maybe it won’t be. Hope springs eternal, and I’m not willing to write off the Crew before I even see them take the field.

I’ll keep my eye on answering those first six questions next week, but let me know what else you’d like to look for.

Personally, I’m interested in scoping out the new improvements to Maryvale and to see if Bobby Crosby will be the latest Doug Melvin amazing reclamation project.

It should be a very interesting Spring Training, indeed.

Talkbacks

Photodavie | March 10, 2013 at 9:09 p.m. (report)

36366 PS: Bobby Crosby isn't all that.

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Photodavie | March 10, 2013 at 9:08 p.m. (report)

36366 ANSWERS: Braun will not be suspended, no new evidence to prove. Gonzalez is on 1st, great glove, weak bat. WBC, only helps Brewers: stars get ready earlier while b players get more playing time. Yo, followed by a bunch of rookies (Narveson doesn't make the cut this year). Jean is so ready (and fast this year). No, Aramis is going to sit for a while. Doug is fine. GO BREWERS!

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olderwiser | March 9, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. (report)

Is the Sheraton Hotel still offering good rates for Brewer fans or do you have another recommendation for a good place to stay.?

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