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Miller Park will no longer be Miller Park in 2021

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Almost all ballparks have corporate names, bought and paid for by companies for marketing purposes. Some of them, however, seem a bit more organic and a bit more integrated with the tenant-team’s identity than others. The beer names are the most obvious.

The big beer company that was once based in St. Louis no longer owns the Cardinals, but it’d be weird for them not to play in Busch Stadium. Coors Field, likewise, seems appropriate for the Rockies, partially because it’s the only name that ballpark has ever had, partially because both the Rockies and Coors are so strongly identified as Colorado institutions.

The same could be said for Miller Park in Milwaukee. Milwaukee’s famous beer brand on the name of the stadium housing the baseball team which is specifically named as a nod to the brewing industry just seems right somehow. But it won’t be the name on the building following the end of the 2020 season:

Sure, it’s simply a matter of trading one corporate name for another, so it’s not like anyone should cry too many tears about this, but it still seems wrong somehow. How do the Brewers not play in Miller Park? It’ll take a lot of getting used to.

UPDATE: MillerCoors simply got outbid:

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.