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McGehee signs one-year deal

Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee didn’t get a multi-year contract extension, but he vowed to be a happy Spring Training camper anyway. 
McGehee, the team’s lone unsigned player, agreed to a one-year deal for 2011 on Wednesday. 
“I want to be a Milwaukee Brewer for as long as I can,” McGehee said. “It just wasn’t the right time for me. … There’s no reason to be [upset]. Now I can just play baseball, and that’s really all I want to do.”
McGehee earned $427,500 in 2010 and led the Brewers with 104 RBIs. He’s on track to be eligible for arbitration for the first time following the 2011 season, and will not be a free agent until the 2014-15 offseason at the earliest. 
Under general manager Doug Melvin, the Brewers have locked a number of their young players into multi-year contracts that buy out arbitration seasons (Brady Clark, Derrick Turnbow, Prince Fielder) or cover arbitration seasons plus a year or more of free agency (Ben Sheets, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Yovani Gallardo, Rickie Weeks). They exchanged proposals for an extension with McGehee’s agent, Barry Meister, but McGehee said those talks never progressed to the brink of an agreement. 
“I was hopeful,” he said. “My first goal is to take care of my family. You’re always hopeful you can work something out. But by no means did I feel we were on the cusp of doing it.”
McGehee’s 2011 salary was not disclosed, per club policy. The Brewers pay players with zero to three years of Major League service according to a set formula that accounts for statistical achievements and awards, and McGehee earned $40,000 on top of the usual salary for a player with his level of service.
Wednesday marked the beginning of a 10-day renewal period during which clubs could assign their unsigned pre-arbitration players a 2011 salary. By agreeing with McGehee, the Brewers have all of their 40-man roster players under contract. 
The sides could always revive talks about an extension for McGehee. Last year, the Brewers renewed right-hander Yovani Gallardo’s contract on March 4 because they were not able to reach an agreement with agent Bobby Witt, then announced a five-year extension on April 8. 
“We’re always open to that [but] I’m not big on doing things in the season,” general manager Doug Melvin said. “
Said McGehee: “As far as I’m concerned, I’m under contract to play for this year and the ball is not really in my court. It’s time for me to go play baseball, and if the subject comes up in the future, obviously I’d be more than willing to listen. We’re all adults, and we can all understand either having a difference of opinion or this not being the right time. I don’t take it personally, and I don’t think Doug takes it personally.”
He made it clear he’s uncomfortable talking about business.
“I want my focus to be what’s going on on the field,” McGehee said. “With the type of team we’ve got, I want my focus on that. I don’t want something lingering. I’m happy to have this over with, I guess.”
McGehee picked Meister as his agent last fall. Meister also represents Brewers infielder Craig Counsell. 
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Brewers hit home stretch

You can add outfielder Corey Hart to the list of those wondering what could have been for the Brewers this season had they been able to hit and pitch at the same time. 
“It might have been different,” said Hart. 
Instead, the pitching scuffled early and the hitting sort of scuffled late, leaving the Brewers to finish another lost season this weekend in Cincinnati. Mark Rogers, Chris Capuano and Randy Wolf are your starters for the final series of the year. 
The Brewers are going out on individual high notes. In Thursday’s win over the Mets, Chris Narveson lowered his ERA under 5.00 for the first time since April, Casey McGehee and Corey Hart each reached 100 RBIs, Ryan Braun scored his 100th run and Prince Fielder matched his own club record with his 110th walk. 
Those offensive milestones all came during an 11-batter rally that put a 9-2 win out of reach. 
“[Manager Ken] Macha was really good about it because he knew what we were going after,” Hart said. “Obviously, you have team goals, but he saw we were right there and he was determined to keep us in there until we got it done.” 
McGehee played seven games without driving in a run before finally notching RBI No. 100 on a ninth-inning error charged to Mets catcher Mike Nickeas, one of three New York errors in the game and two on that same play. Fielder followed with a walk, matching his club record set last season, and Hart followed with a sharp single to right field to score Braun, giving the Brewers two milestones with one swing. Hart reached 100 RBIs for the first time in his career, and Braun scored 100 for the second straight season. Braun joined Cecil Cooper (1982-83) as the only players in franchise history to post consecutive seasons with 100 runs and 100 RBIs. 
The Brewers and Yankees are the only teams with three 100-RBI players this season. It’s the fourth time in franchise history that the Brewers have had at least three, and the first time since 1982. 
If you think this stuff doesn’t mean anything to the boys in navy blue, think again. After McGehee’s RBI, Braun pumped both of his fists in the air in McGehee’s direction. When Hart slapped his hit to right field, he pumped his right fist on the way to first base. 
“We all pretend like we don’t pay attention, but it’s impossible not to,” Braun said. “Especially because that 100th RBI is kind of the number that solidifies that you’ve had a great year as a run-producer.” 
McGehee had been working on his for a while. He drove in four runs on Sept. 22 but was blanked in the week that followed. 
In the end, he logged No. 100 on a 40-foot grounder that was misplayed by the catcher. McGehee wasn’t sure at first that he would get an RBI, but learned later that the official scorer had ruled in his favor. 
“Definitely a relief,” McGehee said. “As much as I tried not to worry about it, it was hard not to be aware of it. Really, in the grand scheme of things, I don’t know how big a deal it is. It’s just a nice, round number, really. At the same time, you’re so close to it, you might as well push to get that one more.” 
Don’t forget Narveson in this discussion, because he did just enough to lower his ERA just below 5.00, where it had stood since he was working out of the Brewers’ bullpen in April. 
He exited with two outs in the seventh inning and a runner at first base, and reliever Carlos Villanueva preserved Narveson’s ERA by striking out Jose Reyes with a runner at first base. Reyes had a dreadful night, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and a pair of groundouts to the mound. Reyes also dropped an easy pop-up that extended the Brewers’ half of the fifth inning for Lorenzo Cain’s two-run double. 
“When I came out, [Dave Bush] told me, ‘You’re at 4.99,'” Narveson said. “It was pretty sweet. It was kind of a goal of mine to get there in the final month and I was able to get there.” 
Narveson’s last start was also my last game of the season covering the team from the press box. I’ll be back next week with the beginning of what should be a very interesting offseason, but wanted first to say thank you to everybody who read the blog, followed me on Twitter and dropped me e-mails throughout the season. It’s been a fun back-and-forth, and I look forward to continuing the conversation over the hot stove. 
Enjoy the final three games…
 
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Braun, McGehee bump up in order

Interesting Brewers lineup for the finale of a series of Citi Field, where it’s windy but still dry at the moment. The onset of these awful storms keeps getting pushed back, so perhaps we’ll get a window. 

Casey McGehee, stuck on 99 RBIs for his past seven games, is up to third in the order, ahead of Prince Fielder. I remember twice in this span that McGehee doubled with Fielder at first base and the big fella couldn’t score. But how Fielder is hitting in front of Corey Hart, who also has 99 RBIs. 
We’ll see what Ken Macha has to say about it. In the meantime, here’s the lineup:

Rickie Weeks  2B

Ryan Braun  LF
Casey McGehee  3B
Prince Fielder  1B
Corey Hart  RF
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Chris Narveson  LHP
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No shortage of praise for Hoffman in clubhouse

Following last night’s thriller, which featured career save No. 600 for Trevor Hoffman, we had a sidebar on his Brewers teammates’ reactions to the moment.
While that story captured the emotions and feelings in the clubhouse, there was far too much to fit in after the game. With a guy like Hoffman who’s frequently described as the “best teammate,” there was hardly of lack of things to say in the home clubhouse.
Braun: “Like we were going to the playoffs”
According to left fielder Ryan Braun, the emotion following the final out of the game was far greater than the meaningless early September game that it starter out as.
“It felt like we were going to the playoffs,” he said. “It was exciting. I think it was exciting for all of us to have something to celebrate, for all of us to have been a part of something so special. That’s something that we might not ever see again. Who knows if anybody else ever gets to 600 saves.”
Coffey: “I was 100 percent spectator”
Perhaps most excited about the achievement — more so even than Hoffman himself — were Hoffman’s bullpen mates.
Reliever Todd Coffey described his feelings as “beyond goosebumps” as he become more of a spectator than a teammate. After that, he went on for a few minutes about the emotions he felt both when Hoffman entered the game and recorded his 600th save.
“As soon as he walked out of the bullpen, the entire bullpen was up and I think we were all clapping louder than the fans, we were hollering louder than the fans,” Coffey said. “I don’t think any of us actually realized we were in the bullpen. We were all out there with Hoffy.
“We were hanging over, we even thought about, ‘let’s just jump the wall and go. Then we thought, ‘we better not jump the wall.’
“I think me, Zach [Braddock] and Kam[eron Loe] all hit the pile at the same time. I think I felt the whole pile moving when we hit it. It’s an experience that I’ll never forget. He’s always there for every one of us. For us to be there for him, it’s amazing. He cares less about himself and more about his teammates than anything else.”
Davis: “Just incredible”
Others had less to say, but their thoughts were no less insightful.
Veteran left-handed starter Doug Davis recalled being part of a similar moment early in his career.
“Definitely the most exciting thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Davis said. “My first win was John Wetteland’s 300th save. I thought that was impressive, but this, twice as many saves, it’s just incredible.”
Bush: “An amazing number”
Another Brewers starter, right-hander Dave Bush, took particular notice of the number of people in the dugout during that final inning, as everyone wanted the best view they could get of Hoffman’s historic save.
“It’s an amazing number, one that nobody’s ever gotten to before,” Bush said. “I can’t even fathom at all what it takes to reach that.
“It was exciting. Probably the most people I’ve ever seen in the dugout in the ninth inning. Everybody was coming down here because they wanted to be as close to it as they could. As a player, moments like that are few and far between. To be his teammate and to be around for something like is just awesome.”
Lucroy: “I’m totally lucky and blessed”
After beginning the season at Double-A Huntsville, catcher Jonathan Lucroy called the game Tuesday night, including Hoffman’s thrilling ninth.
As he waited on the mound for the all-time saves leader, with “Hell’s Bells” blaring from the stadium speakers, Lucroy said he had goosebumps and began to shake from the nerves.
He stayed relaxed behind the plate, though, and didn’t change a thing. Until the final out as he ran down toward first base.
“It’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life and cherish,” Lucroy said. “To be able to remember something like that, it’s a blessing for me to even be able to experience it.
“To see him achieve a goal like that is just something that every baseball player lives for. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy. He totally deserves it. It’s an honor for me to even be here and just experience it.
“I was jacked up and excited. I told myself I was going to sacrifice my life to get an out for him if I needed to. I was going to go everything I could to get an out, no matter what I had to do, I was going to sacrifice everything for him.
“For somebody like that, to put in the kind of work he has, to play for as long as he has, and have the kind of character that he has, and for something like that to happen to him, and for me to even be there and be a part of it, it’s an unbelievable feeling.
“I was the first one [to the mound]. Usually I run down to first base and back up on ground balls, but I cut it off halfway. I was going to go get there first as fast as I could. I grabbed him and he grabbed me in a headlock and then everybody else hit and we went at it.
“It’s not very often you see grown men crying out there and there were grown men crying on the field. It was very emotional, I was trying to hold back as best I could. It’s just the payoff for so much hard work and just shows you that if you work hard and be a good person in this game there’s a lot of good things that happen to you.
“I’m totally lucky and blessed to even be here. To experience that, I don’t even deserve that. I don’t even deserve to be on the same field as that guy.”
Axford: “My heart was racing the entire time”
Of course, no story about Hoffman’s historic accomplishment would be complete without some mention of his replacement, rookie John Axford.
As has been the case all season, Axford had nothing but positive things to say about his mentor in the Brewers bullpen.
“He’s meant everything to my development because he carries about his business perfectly. He does everything right,” Axford said. “That’s been the best mentor for me. I just try to watch him and see what he does and see how I can build upon that. Every time I go out there I just try and do right by Trevor. I just want to do basically what Trevor would do and do things the right way.
“My heart was racing the entire time once the ‘Hell’s Bells’ started. My heart was going and it didn’t stop the entire time until we’re actually here right now and I’m still talking a mile a minute. I still feel the emotion and the rush from it. I think it was absolutely unbelievable.”
“It’s a cool kind of turn around. At the beginning of the year, I got my first save and Hoffy went in and got a hold for me. Now I got to go in and save that game for him, which is probably going to be the best hold of my entire life right there. I’m definitely glad I was in that game for sure.”
McGehee: “The ultimate professional”
Third baseman Casey McGehee admitted he was nervous when Hoffman entered the game. In fact, he was just hoping the ball wasn’t hit to him.
Once the final out had been recorded, however, McGehee was thrilled to be a part of such a big moment and to have played with someone who is the all-time leader
in any category.
“I think the reaction of all the guys kind of let everybody see how important to this team and to us he is,” McGehee said. “You couldn’t have asked for it to happen to a better guy. He’s the ultimate professional with everything he does.
“There’s not too many people you played with that you can say you played with the all-time best anything. When my career is over and I’m sitting around telling stories at a bar somewhere, that’s going to be one of the ones I tell.
“You can’t block that out, we all knew what was going on. Most of us, we’re huge fans of the game. Coming up, we remember watching Trevor Hoffman when he was in his prime and he was virtually unhittable. To be any small part of it, it’s pretty special.
“Some of these guys that got called up today, first day in the big leagues, not a bad way to start your big league career.”
Fielder: “Happy to be a part of it”
The final out was recorded by Prince Fielder, as veteran shortstop Craig Counsell fielded a ground ball and fired to Fielder at first.
As Fielder closed his first-baseman’s mitt on the ball, he joined McGehee and Lucroy as the first three players to embrace Hoffman on the mound.
“It was awesome,” Fielder said. “Coming into this year, you knew he was close to getting it. Everything he had to go through to get to it and he finally got it, I’m really happy for him. It’s really awesome.
“It [ranks] up there just because it’s your teammate and it’s a really special moment and something that nobody else has ever done. That’s what makes it even more special and I’m just really happy to be a part of it.
Narveson: “Pretty amazing”
But none of it would have been possible had it not been for an impressive seven-inning performance by lefty starter Chris Narveson. 
His brilliance on the mound was lost in the shuffle, but everything was set up by one of Narveson’s best starts of the 2010 season.
“That was pretty amazing,” Narveson said. “To be able to witness it and be the guy that started that game, was pretty special.”
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Business as usual in series opener vs. Giants

Nothing too surprising in the Brewers’ lineup for today’s afternoon contest with the San Francisco Giants.

Carlos Gomez is in center field with a lefty on the mound in Jonathan Sanchez for the Giants, rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy is behind the plate, and Casey McGehee is back at third base after taking a much-deserved day off on Sunday in St. Louis.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Fielder  1B
Braun  LF
McGehee  3B
Lucroy  C
Gomez  CF
Escobar  SS
Bush  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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No McGehee, Edmonds in finale

Third baseman Casey McGehee is getting a day off Sunday and center fielder Jim Edmonds is apparently unable to play, so veteran infielder Craig Counsell is making his first career start in the five-hole. Manager Ken Macha said last night he was hoping to start Edmonds this afternoon. I’ll update Edmonds physical status after speaking to Macha this morning. 

In the meantime, here is the lineup:
Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Prince Fielder  1B
Ryan Braun  LF
Craig Counsell  3B
Carlos Gomez  CF
George Kottaras  C
Alcides Escobar  SS
Randy Wolf  LHP
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McGehee at DH for opener in Anaheim

Casey McGehee is the Brewers’ designated hitter for the start of a three-game Interleague series against the Angels, Milwaukee’s first visit here since taking two of three games from June 8-10, 2004. 

Here’s the lineup:
Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Prince Fielder  1B
Ryan Braun  LF
Casey McGehee  DH
Carlos Gomez  CF
Craig Counsell  3B
Alcides Escobar  SS
George Kottaras  C
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Hart provides pop in No. 2 spot for Brewers

MILWAUKEE — You don’t see too many guys leading the league in home runs batting second, but that’s what Corey Hart continued to do for the Brewers on Saturday.

 

Hart, whose 17 home runs are a National League best, also ranks third in the Majors behind Jose Bautista and Miguel Cabrera, who have belted 18 homers apiece.

With Hart swinging a hot bat over the last month, manager Ken Macha moved him to the No. 2 spot on Friday. Hart proceeded to go 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

“I kind of liked it last night,” Macha said of the move. “The guy’s swinging the bat, he’s on base a bunch. I want those guys to get on base for Prince [Fielder] and [Ryan Braun].”

Macha likes the power potential of Hart batting between leadoff hitter Rickie Weeks and Fielder.

If Weeks gets on base in front of Hart, it gives the Brewers the chance for a quick two runs before recording an out in the game offensively. Regardless of his spot in the lineup, Hart continues to hit home runs, totaling 14 since May 15.

“He’s a special hitter, he’s got some tools that not everybody has,” third baseman Casey McGehee said of Hart. “For him to be doing it as consistent as he is right now, is pretty impressive to watch.

“It just extends it so far. He’s hitting second, and that worked. He’s been hitting sixth and that’s been working. So when he’s going good it makes a huge difference.”

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com

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Macha shakes up lineup for series finale

MILWAUKEE — As the Brewers continued to excel on the field, manager Ken Macha continued to tweak the club’s lineup on Sunday.

 

After batting catcher George Kottaras second on Saturday because of Kottaras’ high on-base percentage, Macha made another move Sunday to get more guys on base. Macha moved his entire batting order up one spot after Rickie Weeks with the exception of shortstop Alcides Escobar, who was in the ninth spot, behind pitcher Randy Wolf.

“We’ll try this out,” Macha said. “We tried something out yesterday and I think that had some fruits to it. I think it’s just an interesting look. I thought about putting Kottaras there and I thought about this a little bit too.”

As a result, left fielder Ryan Braun became the ninth Brewers hitter to bat second on the season. It’s just the third time Braun has batted second and the first time since he was a rookie.

Behind him, Prince Fielder batted third for the third time this season, Casey McGehee became just the third cleanup hitter this season and Hart batted fifth for the second time on the year.

McGehee was the first Brewers hitter other than Braun or Fielder to bat cleanup since Hart did so on July 1, 2008. The Brewers won that game, 8-6, in Arizona.

Wolf is the first pitcher this season to be in the lineup anywhere other than the No. 9 spot. The only time any other hitter has batted ninth was during the three-game Interleague set with the Twins at Target Field.

With Escobar batting ninth, Macha and McGehee were quick to point out the lineup looks a bit different after the first time through. In fact, it looks a lot more like the team’s usual lineup.

“Looking at the lineup, at the beginning of the game it’s like, ‘Oh, you’re batting cleanup,'” McGehee said. “But it’s really the same. I’m still hitting in front of and behind the same guy. Then hopefully you get Escobar on base and all of a sudden Rickie’s basically hitting second after the first go round. So I think it’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.”

As with the Kottaras move on Saturday, the thought process behind Macha’s decision came down to on-base percentage.

At .402 and .393, Fielder and Braun rank fifth and ninth in the National League in on-base percentage.

“If we score first, we’ve got a high percentage of wins. In the first inning, they’re going to have to face Prince and Brauny. That gives us a chance to score early,” Macha said. “I just want those guys to get on base. Corey’s hot right now, McGehee’s up in the league leaders in driving in runs — I just want the guys to get on base.”

– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter

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Gomez in, Weeks out, McGehee the DH

The Brewers optioned outfielder Adam Stern back to Triple-A Nashville on Friday to clear a spot for center fielder Carlos Gomez, who returned from the 15-day disabled list and is in the starting lineup against the Twins for the opener of a three-game Interleague Series. Casey McGehee will serve as the designated hitter, a chance to rest his surgically-repaired knee. 
Joe Inglett 2B
Carlos Gomez  CF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  DH
Corey Hart  RF
Craig Counsell  3B
George Kottaras  C
Alcides Escobar  SS
UPDATE at 4:15 — I mistakenly wrote Rickie Weeks’ name into the lineup this afternoon, perhaps because he had started each of the Brewers’ first 41 games. But he’s out, probably because he has five hits in his last 42 at-bats, and Joe Inglett is making the start. Inglett has one hit in three career at-bats against Blackburn, a home run. 
A couple of additional tidbits:
- Jody Gerut is not expected to re-join the team until Saturday. That means the Brewers will once again be a man short on Friday night. 
- Assistant general manager Gord Ash called to pass along some news items that have already been published elsewhere this afternoon. Zach Braddock is not joining the team after all, a decision likely made after Jonathan Lucroy was needed to replace injured catcher Gregg Zaun. Neither Braddock nor Lucroy were on the 40-man roster before today, and the team was not willing to clear two spots. Lucroy was Braddock’s roommate in Nashville and said he felt bad. 
- Rehabbing left-hander Chris Capuano had a May 20 “out” in his contract but both sides agreed to extend that date to May 29, giving Capuano two more starts for Triple-A Nashville. If he’s not added to the Major League roster by that date, Capuano can elect free agency if he wishes. Or, he can simply continue pitching for the Sounds. 
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