No Derek this week so no energy to do an intro. Here we go:
Q: Edd, Cushing, WI – Due to injuries the Brewers have had a number of spot starters, Fiers, Hand, Gorzelanny, Figaro and Burgos come to mind. Of those pitchers do any of the five have the 3 quality pitches needed to start on a consistant basis or are they better suited to long relief and spot starters?
Q: Nick, Readstown, Wi – Tom, The Brewers are in last place and I noted the farm system (Nashville and Huntsville) are left wanting. This being the case it would appear that Milwaukee will not field a contender for 3, 4, or 5 years at best. Give me a reason to the contrary.
Wow, Nick sure is demanding.
Q: Big Dave, Waterloo – Everyone knows the Brewers are going nowhere unless they get the rotation fixed. With the new rules signing a free agent in the off season would be a disaster as they would lose what looks to be a top 5 pick. The talk is they want to hold on to core players Gomez, Aoki, Lucroy, etc. I truly believe Gomez is having a career year and it’s an anomoly. Trade him while you can get max value. Your thoughts? How do they fix the rotation if they can’t sign free agents and won’t trade anything of value?
I mostly just feel bad for Big Dave here. We all wish the Brewers weren’t in this situation.
Q: Rabbi Lipschitz, Pepperville/ND – If Jonathan Lucroy was an animal, what animal would he be?
Stop trying too hard. YOU WILL NEVER BE DEREK FROM SUPERIOR.
Q: Kyle – Tom, if Yuni B were secretly replaced with a cardboard cutout of himself for plate appearances do you think his OBP would improve?
A: Tom Haudricourt – No but at its current level it couldn’t go down by much
Both the question and the answer are winners.
LOSER (JUST GOOGLE IT DIVISION)
Q: Bill Lamensdorf, Franklin, WI – If Ryan Braun is given a suspension from MLB due to the Biogenesis investigation, do the Brewers still have to pay him his salary while he is suspended???
Q: Derek, Flora, ILL – How are the draft picks doing in the minors? Anyone standing out?
Q: jerry, necedah – Hi Tom, Where do you think Mark A. has been lately? How long will he put up w/an organization that has always been a loser? We need a Sat. nght massacure. Top to bottom house cleaning.
I hate myself for having read this chat
Q: Edd, Cushing, WI – I heard Buster Olney on a recent Baseball Tonight talk about the Braun case. He said he has been in several club houses and has had players come up to him and ask when is baseball going to resolve this case. He went on to say that the players want Braun suspended, that they are angry with him over the things he said about the collector and want the cheaters out of baseball. I don’t believe a lot of what ESPN says, but I’m wondering if you think that statement is accurate and if you have heard similar statements?
Why is this guy asking Tom a question about Buster Olney?
Tom, Milwaukee – Tom, So let me see if I got this straight….we haven’t developed a home grown pitching prospect since Yovanni Gallardo so the talk is lets trade him for prospects that we hope down the line could be major league ballplayers and maybe as good as Yo!!?? I hope mgmt doesn’t think all trades will end up with quality MLB players like Segura…Matt LaPorta comes to mind as a can’t miss prospect.
Tom, that’s pretty much how it works. You trade good players you’re going to lose in the short term in order to hopefully get good players back who will be there for the long term.