October 24, 2014

Brewers have two Gold Glove finalists

Jonathan Lucroy - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jonathan Lucroy – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and outfielder Gerardo Parra have both been named finalists for Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.

Lucroy has developed into one of the top hitting catchers in the game, but today’s Gold Glove announcement shows Lucroy is getting the respect as a catcher that can play some outstanding defense as well.

Lucroy ranked second in the NL with a .996 fielding percentage, trailing Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco.  Lucroy threw out 26% of would-be basestealers.

Joining Lucroy as Gold Glove finalists at catcher are Russell Martin of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Parra is a two-time winner and finalist in right field along with Atlanta’s Jason Heyward and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton.

Parra spent most of the season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, coming to Milwaukee at the trading deadline.

Carlos Gomez, who won a Gold Glove in 2013, wasn’t a finalist this year.  Juan Lagares of the New York Mets, Denard Span of the Washington Nationals and Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds were named finalists instead.

 

Brewers named Darnell Coles their new hitting coach

Darnell Coles

Darnell Coles

The Milwaukee Brewers today named Darnell Coles the teams new hitting coach, replacing Johnny Narron, whose contract wasn’t renewed.  Coles signed a one-year contract.

This is the second stint in the Brewers organization for the 52-year-old Coles.  He previously served as minor league hitting coordinator from 2010-11 and as manager at Double-A Huntsville from 2012-13.  He spent the 2014 season as assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, his first career coaching position at the Major League level.  The Tigers offense led the Major Leagues in batting average (.277), hits (1,557), RBI (731) and doubles (325) and ranked second (led the American League) in on-base percentage (.331), slugging percentage (.426) and OPS (.757).

Coles began his coaching career in 2000 as minor league hitting coordinator with the Seattle Mariners.  He played 14 Major League seasons and batted .245 with 75 HR and 368 RBI in 957 games.  He had stints as a player with Seattle, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Toronto, St. Louis and Colorado.  He was a member of the 1993 World Series champion Blue Jays.

“Darnell has an impressive Major League background as a player and coach,” said Brewers GM Doug Melvin.  “With his knowledge of hitting and strength as an instructor, he has the ability to connect with our players, with whom he is quite familiar.”

Bucks drop preseason finale

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

The Milwaukee Bucks committed 23 turnovers that led to 25 points in a 110-91 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the team’s preseason finale at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Brandon Knight returned to the Bucks lineup and played 32 minutes at point guard.  It was good to get him back on the floor from injury, but Knight finished 0 for 8 and finished with just 1 point.  He committed 4 of the teams 23 turnovers.

Rookie Jabari Parker continued his excellent play during the preseason, scoring 18 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in the loss.

The Bucks pulled to within 53-47 at halftime, but committed five consecutive turnovers to start the third quarter.  Minnesota went on a 10-0 run to break the game open.

The Bucks 23 turnovers is a preseason high.

The Bucks now start getting ready for the start of the regular season, next Wednesday at Charlotte.

AUDIO: Jason Kidd on his teams preseason progress :15

Badger women’s volleyball team keeps rolling

VOLLEYBALL-5The 5th-ranked Wisconsin Badger women’s volleyball team swept Big Ten Conference opponent Iowa 25-15, 25-22 and 25-19 at the UW-Field House on Wednesday night.

Wisconsin (17-2, 8-1) combined for a season-high 15 blocks in the sweep of the Hawkeyes (9-11, 1-8), bringing the Badgers’ match-winning streak to eight and set-winning streak to 16.

“I like what I saw from my team tonight,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said.  “I thought for the most part we played a pretty smart game and at the end of the day that’s what you’re wanting.”

Wisconsin returns to the UW Field House Sunday to take on No. 14 Nebraska in a 4 p.m. conference showdown.  The match will be televised live on ESPN2.

 

Wolf a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ron Wolf

Ron Wolf

Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf, is one of two “contributor” finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Wolf helped resurrect the Packers from years of dismal play to get them to the Super Bowl during the early 1990’s, winning one of the two.

The Hall’s contributor committee on Wednesday selected Wolf and former Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian as finalists for the 2015 class.

Wolf and Polian will join senior nominee Mick Tingelhoff and the 15 finalists for the modern era Class of ’15, which will be selected at a later date.  The Hall’s selection committee will meet the day before the Super Bowl to determine who gets in the Hall of Fame.

The Packers never had a losing season during Wolf’s 10 years in Green Bay.  The Packers won three straight NFC North titles and qualified for the Playoffs seven times.  The Packers went 126-66 during that time period.

Wolf also spent 25 years working under Al Davis in Oakland.  He also became the General Manager of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.  Before he came to Green Bay, Wolf ran the personnel department under New York Jets GM Dick Steinberg.