A week from today, Iâ€™ll be at Maryvale Baseball Park in sunny Phoenix to get my first look at the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers. Itâ€™s a trip Iâ€™ve taken every year since 1998, and itâ€™s one of my all-time favorite traditions.
Off the top of my head, I canâ€™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?
- Whoâ€™s on first while Corey Hart is recovering and Mat Gamel is out again?
- How will the World Baseball Classic affect the Brewersâ€™ readiness?
- What does this rotation look like after Yovani Gallardo?
- Is Jean Segura ready to be an everyday shortstop?
- Will Aramis Rameriz play while Iâ€™m there?
- Has Doug Melvin healed from his scorpion bite?
Iâ€™m kidding about the last question, but the other six came to me in about a minute. Iâ€™m scared to say that this season could be an absolute nightmare.
But maybe it wonâ€™t be. Hope springs eternal, and Iâ€™m not willing to write off the Crew before I even see them take the field.
Iâ€™ll keep my eye on answering those first six questions next week, but let me know what else youâ€™d like to look for.
Personally, Iâ€™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.
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!
olderwiser | March 9, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. (report)
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