Archive for: Yunieski Betancourt

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. 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 »


A Simple Kind of Fan. Year of the Narv Dog. 3.1.11

What a difference a year makes for the starting rotation.  Doug Melvin has managed to build a starting rotation from the top down, which has all but assured that Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson will be the fourth and fifth starters this... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. Live from Cancun 2.15.11

No worries, I am bringing him back with me. This will be a somewhat abbreviated post this week.  After a month into the blog, I needed a vacation already!  Hence, while you are reading this, I am away in Cancun and surely sunburned,... read more »


A Simple Kind of Fan. The Defensive Edition 1.25.11

This post today will be about defense.  From a fan’s perspective, defense is often a forgotten trait when taking into account the configuration of a baseball team.   The prevailing “Sportscenter” attitude seems to be one of ‘Show... read more »