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The Brewers and the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals announced the continuation of the “2-Man Advantage” ticket promotion that was introduced for the 2008 season. The joint ticket opportunity is a part of a partnership established in 2005 that recently was extended through the 20010-11 Admirals season.
For $32, fans get two “Stern & Bow” tickets to one of two Brewers promotion nights at the Bradley Center for an Admirals home game and two Terrace Reserved tickets to one of two select Brewers games at Miller Park in 2010. That’s a $30 savings over regular price.
Here are the available dates:
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 – Admirals vs. Manitoba 7:30 p.m. (Brewers/Admirals Winter Scarf Night)
Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 – Admirals vs. Houston 7 p.m. (Brewers/Admirals Cap Night)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – Brewers vs. Pittsburgh, 7:10 p.m.
Monday, May 10, 2010, – Brewers vs. Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
These packages are also available at Brewers.com/admirals. The package will be available through Friday, February 19, 2010.
The Admirals are an affiliate of the NHL’s Nashville Predators.
Stole that line — at least the first half of it — from the Brewers’ pregame media notes, which answered the question everyone was asking last night after the Brewers beat the Pirates for the 16th consecutive game: When was the last time one team beat another in 17 straight?
The answer is 1969-1970, when the Orioles cobbled together a 23-game winning streak against the Royals. That run started on May 10, 1969 and extended through an Orioles win on Aug. 2, 1970. It actually didn’t end until April 30 of the following season, when the Royals blew a save in the top of the ninth and then rallied in the bottom of the inning for a 5-4 win, when Paul Schaal, Gail Hopkins and Freddie Patek hit consecutive two-out singles off Baltimore’s Ted Abernathy, who was briefly a Milwaukee Braves Minor Leaguer a decade earlier.
Brewers PR impresario John Steinmiller just e-mailed a lineup from the clubhouse. Ryan Braun is in, Bill Hall is out and Rickie Weeks is back in the one-hole:
Rickie Weeks 2B
Craig Counsell 3B
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Corey Hart RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jason Kendall C
Jeff Suppan RHP
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting tonight that the Brewers and the rep for free agent right-hander Braden Looper indeed reached terms today. According to the newspaper, it will be a one-year deal with an option for 2010, but we don’t know yet whether that’s a club option, a player option, a mutual option or some sort of vesting option based on innings pitched, starts or some other statistical marker.
Not too surprising that the sides were able to agree to the framework of a deal. When general manager Doug Melvin was willing to even broach the topic today, that showed you things were moving along swiftly. Looper will have to pass a physical to make the contract official, and if I learn about the schedule for that formality, I will post it.
Now comes the really interesting part. The Brewers’ 40-man roster is full, so someone needs to go when Looper formally signs and it looks like it could be an “organizational guy” who has been with the team a while. I’d be shocked if they part with a pitcher, unless they simply decide that there’s no room for Rule 5 pick Eddie Morlan, so it makes sense that the names being kicked around include Vinny Rottino, Brad Nelson, Hernan Iribarren. Maybe Casey McGehee should be in that group as well, but I think club officials are intrigued to see what they have in the former Cubs prospect.
Perhaps Melvin has a trade up his sleeve to help ease the logjam. Stay tuned.
So much for standing pat. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed Monday that the team had re-engaged in talks with right-handed free agent Braden Looper and hoped to close a deal later this week.
“I’m optimistic,” Melvin said.
Melvin chose his words carefully because no deal was yet in place, and did not comment on whether he was offering 34-year-old Looper anything more than a one-year deal. The club has honored Major League Baseball’s directive that teams not discuss free agent signings until the requisite physical examination is complete, but Melvin indicated that in Looper’s case, there was more than that one hurdle yet to clear.
“We’re still talking,” Melvin said. “If anything happens, it’s not going to happen until later in the week.”
Looper’s agent, Alan Hendricks, did not immediately return a call to his office.
Milwaukee’s ESPN radio affiliate — 540 AM — was the first to report Monday morning that the Brewers were once again pursuing Looper, who also drew the team’s interest in December as a reliable innings-eater to bolster a thin starting rotation.
It marked a change in club philosophy from just two weeks ago, when Melvin and Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio hinted strongly that there would be no additions to the starting rotation before the start of Spring Training. Instead, they floated the idea of holding spending at its current level — about $82 million, pending the outcome of outfielder Corey Hart’s arbitration case — to allow for flexibility early in the season, when the Brewers could try to acquire a top pitcher via trade from a team off to a poor start.
“We’ve analyzed what pitchers we think could become available during the course of the year and when it gets down to it, we think Looper fills a lot of our needs,” Melvin said.
Chief among those is that Looper, a big league reliever his entire career before switching to the starting rotation for the Cardinals in 2007, pitched 199 innings in 2008. That figure would have led all Milwaukee pitchers last year.