April 23, 2014

Brewer suspensions: Update

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended for five

Carlos Gomez - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Carlos Gomez – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

games and centerfielder Carlos Gomez three games for their roles in a bench clearing melee on Sunday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Pirates outfielder Travis Snider was suspended two games and catcher Russell Martin one game.  All four players were also fined.

Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole’s comments sparked the incident, but he received no punishment by the league.

No word on any appeals.  The Brewers released the suspensions via twitter a short time ago.

Maldonado suspended by MLB

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for his role in Sunday’s bench-clearing incident with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Maldonado was also fined $2,500.  His suspension and fine was first reported today by ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The melee started when Brewers’ outfielder Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh pitcher Gerritt Cole barked at each other after Gomez tripled but dogged it out of the box because he thought the ball was gone.

When the benches emptied, Maldonado threw a punch that left a cut and bruises around the eye of Pirates outfielder Travis Snider.  Maldonado’s punch was thrown while Snider was behind held back by teammates.

Brewers extend win streak to four games

The Milwaukee Brewers got another 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief from their bullpen in a 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres at Miller Park on Monday night.

It’s the fourth straight win for the Brewers, who improved to a Major League best 15-5.

Wily Peralta (3-0, 2.19 era) gave up 3-runs on 6-hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win, but he needed help from the bullpen in the 7th.

Will Smith came on to get out of a bases loaded jam in the 7th.  Tyler Thornburg worked a scoreless 8th and Francisco Rodriquez earned his 8th save of the season by working the 9th.  K-Rod increased his career save total to 312, which puts him in 19th place on the all-time list.  He has now saved games in all four Brewers victories during their streak. [Read more...]

NBA needs an arena deal or they could move the Bucks

According to an ESPN.com report, the NBA has the right to buy back the Milwaukee Bucks from prospective owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $575-million, if a deal to build a new arena is not in place by November 2017.

The $575-million is $25-million more than Edens and Lasry paid for the team from former senator Herb Kohl.

Kohl told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently  that the Bucks need a new arena or they will be gone.

Both Kohl and the ownership group of Edens and Lasry, committed $100-million each towards a new arena in Milwaukee.  It’s believed a new facility will cost at least $400-million to build. [Read more...]

Packers begin offseason workouts today

Phase one of the Green Bay Packers’ offseason workout program begins

Packers weight room

Packers weight room

today.  That first phase lasts two weeks and consists of a strength and conditioning program as well as rehab.  Coaches can’t be involved in the first portion.

The second phase runs three weeks and includes some individual player instruction, drills and practice without live contact or offense-vs.-defense periods.

The third and final phase is four weeks in length and includes 10 days of organized team activities and a three-day mandatory minicamp.

Offseason workouts are voluntary, but the Packers want their players involved.

According to ESPN, the Packers reportedly paid out more in workout bonuses than any other NFL team in 2013 ($3.67-million-plus).  That number will climb this year to $4.3-million