The Brewers have already sold a million tickets

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I mentioned this morning that Brewers fans were some of the better fans I’ve seen — a point some of you have disputed in the comments.  Fair enough, as my assessment of them is based on anecdotal “man, I’m sure having fun at this ballgame with all these Brewers fans” stuff. By some more objective measures they may not stack up.  Of course, by one objective measure they certainly do:

The Milwaukee Brewers have already reached 1 million tickets sold for the 2010 season. The
franchise reached the milestone on Monday. It was the second-earliest
date the club has reached that milestone. Last season, the Brewers
reached 1 million sold on Jan. 19. The Brewers hit 1 million despite the fact that the franchise has not yet begun group or single-game sales.

Last year the Brewers ranked ninth in overall attendance.  Every single team ahead of them plays in a larger MSA than Milwaukee, most of them much larger (come to think of it, I believe Milwaukee is the smallest MSA in all of Major League Baseball).  We can argue about who’s more knowledgeable, but I think Milwaukee may have them all beat for enthusiasm.

Clayton Kershaw could return on September 1

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Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain. He’s slated to throw a three-inning simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Plunkett adds that if all goes well, the earliest Kershaw could return is August 31 against the Diamondbacks, but September 1 is more likely against the Padres.

Kershaw, 29, hit the disabled list on a pace to win his fourth Cy Young Award. He’s 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers have managed just fine without Kershaw. The club is 19-4 since July 24. At 87-35, the Dodgers own baseball’s best record, well ahead of the second-best Astros at 76-48.

Ian Kinsler was fined for ripping umpires publicly. Brad Ausmus says it’s the largest fine he’s seen in 25 years.

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Last week, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from a game against the Rangers after giving home plate umpire Angel Hernandez a look after a pitch was thrown outside for a ball. Kinsler was apparently unhappy with calls Hernandez had made earlier. Manager Brad Ausmus, too, was ejected.

After the game, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”

Kinsler was fined by Major League Baseball for his remarks, Mlive’s Evan Woodbery reports. According to Ausmus, the fine levied on Kinsler was the largest one he’s seen in nearly 25 years in baseball. Kinsler said, “I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, then that’s their problem.” Ausmus said, “To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for.”

As Ashley noted on Saturday, the umpires wore white wristbands to protest “escalating attacks on umpires.” The umpires agreed to drop their protest on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with the umpire union’s governing board, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports.