Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday that he has spoken to general manager Doug Melvin about the possibility of Ryan Braun moving to first base”
“I think he’s a good defender in the outfield, learning a new position that he picked up pretty fast. I think he’ll continue to get better in right. We haven’t approached (Braun) about it. It’s just kind of what the needs are. We have (Gerardo) Parra here now and we need to figure out what to do with him for next year.”
The talks aren’t serious yet, but the fact is that the Brewers have four outfielders — Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, Gerardo Parra and Braun — and three of them are better than Braun. And, of course, Mark Reynolds is not a long-term solution at first base.
Braun, of course, would need to bounce back on offense in order to be worth his contract at first base. He has hit a poor-for-him .269/.323/.457 this year, with 19 homers and 81 RBI. That won’t cut it long-term in an outfield corner for a guy who makes what he makes, and certainly won’t play efficiently at first base.
Braun battled a serious hand injury all year. Milwaukee had better hope that was the problem. And not something else. Like, say, a big falloff by virtue of playing clean.
UPDATE: What a shame. Hamilton suffered what the Reds are calling a “mild concussion” and left the game following his great catch.
Billy Hamilton’s Rookie of the Year case is built around his speed and defense, and the Reds center fielder just robbed Ryan Braun of a homer:
That would have been Braun’s 20th homer of the season.
The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Not entirely sure how this differs from the Marvin Miller Award, the nominees for which we announced yesterday, but just go with it.
Carlos Beltran won it last year. The 2014 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below.
There’s a weird fan vote aspect to this. You go to the website and you can vote for one of the nominees. The winner of the fan vote basically gets a one vote head start, with that vote added in to votes cast by Bud Selig, Vera Clemente and a number of former players and some media people.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves – Craig Kimbrel
Baltimore Orioles – Nick Markakis
Boston Red Sox – Craig Breslow
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo
Chicago White Sox – Paul Konerko
Cincinnati Reds – Skip Schumaker
Cleveland Indians – Nick Swisher
Colorado Rockies – Michael Cuddyer
Detroit Tigers – Justin Verlander
Houston Astros – Jason Castro
Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – C.J. Wilson
Los Angeles Dodgers – Clayton Kershaw
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins
New York Mets – David Wright
New York Yankees – CC Sabathia
Oakland Athletics – Jed Lowrie
Philadelphia Phillies – Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates – Charlie Morton
St. Louis Cardinals – Jason Motte
San Diego Padres – Ian Kennedy
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo
Seattle Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Tampa Bay Rays – Evan Longoria
Texas Rangers – Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays – Todd Redmond
Washington Nationals – Ian Desmond
After missing two straight starts due to a lingering right thumb injury, Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Marlins.
Braun has been dealing with a nerve problem in his thumb dating back to the beginning of the season, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said earlier this week that it has now morphed into a full-blown hand issue. It sounds like he’ll be evaluated on a day-to-day basis moving forward. The injury has cleared impacted his production at the plate, as he’s batting just .229 with seven homers and a .676 OPS since the All-Star break.
With Braun back in the lineup tonight, the Brewers have the hot-hitting Gerardo Parra in left field while Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Khris Davis is getting the night off due to a minor forearm injury. The Brewers begin play tonight at 75-71, 1 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. The Braves are also 1 1/2 games back.
As if the free-falling Brewers needed any more bad news …
Gerardo Parra is starting in Braun’s place on Tuesday night against the Marlins and might have to serve as the club’s primary right fielder going forward if Braun can no longer manage this lingering injury. Braun has been bothered by nerve problems in his right thumb since the first week of the regular season and he is currently sporting a career-worst .794 OPS. He’s batting just .230/.280/.397 since the All-Star break.
Milwaukee has dropped 12 of its last 13 games and would not have a place in the 2014 playoff mix if the season ended right now. This after leading the National League Central for 159 consecutive days.