Emptying the notebook…

- Outfielder Ryan Braun is the Brewers’ resident fashion mogul. A story about his new clothing line, Remetee, will be on Brewers.com later today.

- The Brewers were unable to find a willing opponent for a “B” game on March 4 so manager Ken Macha instead scheduled an intrasquad game to keep his pitchers on track. For now, that’s left-hander Manny Parra’s day to pitch, and he will face a lineup of Minor Leaguers assembled by farm director Reid Nichols.

The Brewers do have a “B” game scheduled for March 10 in Surprise, Ariz. against the Rangers. They will play another intrasquad game on Tuesday in advance of the Feb. 25 Cactus League opener.

- Assistant general manager Gord Ash had his sit-down with Mat Gamel, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Macha was also there as the Brewers laid out their expectations for Gamel, who once again has a surprise injury. The good news is that his right shoulder impingement is not considered serious, and while Gamel is limited from throwing he was able to take part in batting practice on Thursday.

- Brewers pitchers faced hitters for the first time on Thursday. R.J. Swindle’s slow, looping curveball elicited some awkward swings, and some of the club’s baseball officials gathered to watch Trevor Hoffman face a group that included Brad Nelson.

- A downright skinny Ray King dropped by Maryvale Baseball Park and said he’s looking for a job. King, a left-handed reliever who pitched for the Brewers from 2000-2002 and again at the end of 2007, appeared in only 12 games last season for Washington but posted a 2.25 ERA in 32 games for the Astros’ Triple-A club and then pitched well in the Dominican Republic over the winter. He said he has been throwing at his nearby home in Litchfield park, Ariz. and is open to even a Triple-A job. The offseason market has not been kind to the 35-year-old.

“Crickets,” King said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

- Brewers Minor Leaguer Alex Periard was thrilled when the Brewers signed Eric Gagne and assigned him a spot in the clubhouse four lockers away. Periard and Gagne are both natives of Quebec, and Periard has never had a Franch-speaking teammate. Gagne has; he teamed with catcher Russell Martin in Los Angeles.

- Jeff Suppan took the “gold medal” in a bunting competition earlier this week between Brewers pitchers. Lindsay Gulin won the silver medal and Mark Rogers took home the bronze.

- Macha plans to control opponents’ running game from the bench this season. Last year, then-bench coach Ted Simmons allowed catchers Jason Kendall and Mike Rivera to do it themselves, meaning the players didn’t have to look into the dugout for signs calling for pickoffs and the like. Macha thinks coaches have a better perspective of what opponents are trying to do from the bench.

- Third base coach Brad Fisher started a new camp tradition on Thursday. Every morning before the Brewers stretch, one of the team’s Minor Leaguers will be subjected to a question and answer session. Judging by the laughter coming from the group that surrounded catching prospect Angel Salome, there were some good questions.

- The MLB Network is making the rounds in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues and will feature the Brewers on Sunday, March 15 at 7 p.m. CT. Former FSN Wisconsin sideline reporter Trenni Kusnierek will file the report.

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“Macha plans to control opponents’ running game from the bench this season. Last year, then-bench coach Ted Simmons allowed catchers Jason Kendall and Mike Rivera to do it themselves, meaning the players didn’t have to look into the dugout for signs calling for pickoffs and the like. Macha thinks coaches have a better perspective of what opponents are trying to do from the bench.”

Why?
This one area is probably where we saw the biggest improvement in the whole team last year. If you look back in 2007 Johnny Estrada was the worst in the league at throwing out runners.
Kendall went from one of the worst i think 2nd worst in the league in 2007 to one of the BEST last year at throwing out attempted base stealers. Maybe this had something to do with Ted Simmons allowing catchers Jason Kendall to do it himself. Its possible that the pitchers were better at shortening up their delivery in certain situations but going from worst in the league to near the top of the league is success we do not need to mess with.

Bean Chels this is awesome and you look so prtety, even in the awkward shots. i am so proud of you and so proud of all the progress you have made this past year+ Love you

that I favor CIR and the Dream Act, but that I don’t think either will pass. In that vcauum, bills like SB1070 arise that put all Americans with brown skin and Spanish surnames at risk, not just immigrants.( I don’t know how that becomes vandalism, but whatever.)I said that if the federal government won’t pass CIR, then they need to solve the problem one way or the other because it’s not fair to put everybody’s rights at risk just because these immigrants are not willing to organize and fight for freedom in ther own countries. Why should a US citizen who hasn’t done anything wrong be dragged into this and be subject to possible detainment? I also said that this problem wasn’t going to be totally solved by CIR because there will always be a new groups of poor people who want to flee their home countries. The only way to REAL freedom, is to fix their own countries, and by that, I mean mostly Mexico. That country isn’t poor, but for some reason nobody ever criticizes the Mexican government or holds them accountable in any way.

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