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We were very sad to see Russell sign with the Yankees this morning, especially since some cheap left-handed power off the bench is just what the Brewers need. Russ had a bad year last year and he’s getting up there. It’s possible he’s declined too much to be useful. Then again, he’s only a year removed from doing this to RHP over 322 PAs:
.254/.352/.522, 19 HRs.
The Brewers would not have made the playoffs in 2008 without 152 PAs of pure Branyan:
.250/.342/.583, 12 HRs.
I have an irrational like of Three True Outcomes-types, and no one is more TTO than Russ. Plus dude hits the ball a mile.
So here’s to Russ, and frankly I would rather see him at 1st over Gamel or Ishikawa any day.