The Brewers re-introduce the Beer Barrel Man

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This is all kinds of fun:

The Beer Barrel Man has a loooong history in Milwaukee. Longer than the existence of the major league version of the Brewers. Indeed, he was the logo for the minor league Brewers in the 40s and 50s prior to the Braves’ arrival in Milwaukee. At the time he was generically referred to as Barrel Man and had various specific names such as “Owgust.”

When the Brewers returned as a major league team, so too did Barrelman, and he lasted until 1977 as a logo. He was never a mascot, though. That was Bernie Brewer, who still exists. And of course the sausage racers are still there. Now Beer Barrel Man — or, I guess, they’re just calling him “Barrelman” — is back. And in corporeal form.

Now, if they’ll bring back the beer mug Bernie slides into, everything will be A-OK.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.