You’ll be able to climb a big Mountain Dew can at Miller Park next year

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Tom Haudricourt reports on some improvements to the concession/entertainment/retail parts of Miller Park for 2013. Among them:

The Dew Deck, a seating area above the rightfield bleachers that dates to Miller Park’s opening year, will be renovated to include a 25-foot high rock climbing wall, designed in the shape of a can of Mountain Dew.

Thoughts:

  • It’s quite brave of Milwaukee to wade into the dangerous business of soda-themed ballpark playground equipment after the experience in San Francisco. That said …
  • The fact that it’s a can of soda and not a can of beer further illustrates how far the Brewers have strayed from their mission. First they came for Bernie Brewer’s beer stein slide and replaced it with this thing, and I said nothing, for I did not slide into steins of beer. Then they came for …

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Tigers sign Edwin Espinal to minor league deal

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Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.

Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.

Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.