A Simple Kind of Fan

A Simple Kind of Fan. Guilty of Inflating One’s Own Worth – 5.10.11

Major League Baseball has done a wonderful job of promoting itself throughout the years.  Television has allowed an entire nation to watch the game and recognize the players, hence the phrase household name .  Television created a... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. A Platoon is Needed– 5.3.11

The platoon in baseball is often discussed as an effective way to manage a team that has some parts, but not a complete player, at one defensive position.  Factors such as defensive excellence, health, speed, and experience can all... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. Getting to Watch Braun’s Next 6000 At- Bats. 4.26.11

When the subject is discussed about Milwaukee Brewer legends, invariably the first two names brought up are Robin Yount and Paul Molitor.  While both men are legends, there is a clear and distinct difference between the two players. ... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. Can the Coaches Really Help Our Defense? – 4.19.11

I maintain that they cannot.  Before the season started, Ron Roenicke was fond of saying that the Milwaukee defense could be improved by better pre-pitch positioning.  To his credit, he has been consistent with this approach to each... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. What is the Identity of the Brewers? – 4.12.11

Perhaps what we have with the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers is the classic square peg in a round hole exercise, but on a larger scale. I think the approach Brewers manager Ron Roenicke would like to take is being affected by the configuration... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. It is a Long, Long Season – 4.5.11

It has been an ugly and disturbing start to the season.  My friend Shane even told me that none of the past 40 playoffs teams have started 0-4.  The pitching has struggled to take control of games and the offense has been marred by inconsistency. ... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. NL Preview – 3.29.11

Much like last week, I will be taking a closer look at the National League.  Pitching, pitching, and more pitching is what describes the National League race.  If you can’t go three deep with aces, you generally need not apply.  I... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. AL Preview and Predictions – 3.22.11

Since it is a known fact that the American League is the inferior league, we will start here and discuss who is going to lose the World Series again this November.  I see no point in previewing all 14 teams, as everyone knows that the Orioles,... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. Playing 20 Questions for the Playoffs – 3.15.11

The exhibition season is killing me.  Every year I get swept up in the over emphasis on Spring Training stats and I forget that for every Casey McGehee, there are ten Brad Nelsons and Chris Duffys.  As a result, I am going to mix it... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. Should Prince Be Hitting Third? 3.8.11

No, this isn’t another column pondering a swap of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder in the batting order.  That move has been done a few times in the past and the results have never panned out.  Usually both players scuffle and they eventually... read more »