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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

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OnMilwaukee.com's three-part series on building the Brewers show how the team was able to afford stars like Aramis Ramirez, left, and Ryan Braun. (PHOTO: David Bernacchi )

How the Brewers were built


OnMilwaukee.com took a look at how exactly the Milwaukee Brewers have managed to become one of the National League's most successful franchises since 2007.

The series includes:

Part 1: Financial flexibility key to success

We take a look at how the organization has fielded a competitive team despite revenue constraints, and the future concerns the team has regarding regional television contracts.

Part 2: Development can be a tough on a player

We take a look at the mental effect the organization's development model has had on some of its players. The Brewers have been cycling prospects through its roster on a yearly basis for the better part of the last decade, but everyday jobs aren't easy to come by. So, young players like Scooter Gennett, Logan Schafer and Tyler Thornburg have had to shuttle between Milwaukee and the minor leagues and be forced to learn how to become major leaguers while performing in a different role than they've been accustomed to. It's not an easy task.

Part 3: Taking a heavy risk

We look at how the Brewers changed its development model in regards to pitching (and what they look in terms of acquiring it, like lefty Will Smith (above), and how the addition of Rule 5 draftee Wei-Chung Wang is its biggest test.


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