“Braun to start All-Star game”

Congratulations to Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun on being named a starter for the All-Star game.

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Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is replacing Dodgers third baseman Matt Kemp on the NL All-Star roster, meaning Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun will now start in the outfield in Kemp’s place.

Braun will be named the starter for the fifth year in a row. Braun had finished fourth in the voting among outfielders, but was selected as a reserve.

Jones had been a candidate to be voted onto the team by fans in baseball’s Final Vote campaign. Instead, the 40-year-old Jones is replacing Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury but plans to participate in the All-Star home run derby.

via Braun to start All-Star game.

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LaRussa retires

Whether you love or hate the St. Louis Cardinals, this had to be a surprise

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The Cardinals announced this morning that manager Tony La Russa has retired after 33 seasons in a major-league dugout, the last 16 seasons of which was spent with the Cardinals.

“Tony leaves behind a legacy of success that will always be remembered as one of the most successful eras in Cardinals history,” chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said at the announcement.

“I knew this day would come. I just hoped that it wouldn’t.”

La Russa said he told owner Bill DeWitt and the players Sunday evening of his decision. He said he actually made his decision to retire in August, and informed general manager John Mozeliak at the time.

“There isn’t one (factor) that dominates (my decision),” La Russa said at the news conference. “They all just come together telling you your time is over.

“We went through the season and I felt that this just feels like it’s time to end it and I think it’s going to be great for the Cardinals to refresh what’s going on here.

“I’m looking forward to what’s ahead. I’m ready to do something different.”

And that decision being made in August when the Cardinals were on the outside looking in when it came to the playoff race?  Just a coincidence apparently.

“That’s a good connection to make because of the coincidence, but it’s inaccurate,” he said.

Congratulations Tony on being able to go out in style and on top after managing the Cardinals to a World Series win.  Best of luck in retirement.
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Magic Number 27

That would be the magic number for the Milwaukee Brewers to win the NL Central as they have an 8.5 game lead.  Here’s a primer for determining the magic number.

The Brewers’ magic number is 27. How do you get to 27?

Here’s the short answer: Take the number of games yet to be played, add one, then subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings of the closest opponent.

The Brewers’ record is 76-52. The Brewers have 34 games left. Using the formula, you add one. Now we have 35.

Now, subtract 35 from the number of games the Brewers are ahead in the loss column. As of Monday morning, that would be eight.

Which brings us to the magic number of 27.

And how will that number go down? A combination of Brewer wins and Cardinal losses.

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Uecker to return to the booth Friday

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This is great news!

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Bob Uecker, the voice of the team for the last 40 years who had heart surgery in April, will return to the 620WTMJ Brewers broadcast booth at Miller Park to call games starting Friday.

Uecker will call the play-by-play with Cory Provus beginning with Friday’s Brewers game with the Washington Nationals at 6:35 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

Doctors at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin repaired Uecker’s aortic aneurysm on April 30th, and he has spent most of the last three months recovering.

Uecker will give more details about his return at a press conference at 3:00 p.m. Friday before his return to the booth.

Uecker, the longtime voice of the Brewers on Newsradio 620 WTMJ, has been behind the microphone calling Major League Baseball games for more consecutive years than almost any active broadcaster. (Source: 620WTMJ)

Maybe it can provide the team with a spark.

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