MILWAUKEE -- So Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams thinks he knows a thing or two about the Milwaukee Brewers.
I think he should be careful before he opens his mouth.
And I read his comments on what he thought about the Crew.
I don’t have the MLB Network, but has he been paying attention to what happened last year?
We were a couple of pitching and fielding mistakes away from reaching the World Series.
Williams said that the Brewers will not repeat as NL Central Division champions this year. His favorite team to take it all is the Cincinnati Reds. Wild Thing opened a can of worms, and we haven’t even started the regular season yet.
The comments were part of the network’s evaluation of all the major-league clubs’ “30 Clubs
in 30 Days.” Williams offer up his assessment based on one player who is no longer with the
Because Prince Fielder isn’t with the Brewers now, the chance to repeat is out the window.
It was Fielder’s decision to test the free agent market, and he got the kind of money that he
So how long will Detroit baseball fans wait until they start booing him for being less than advertised? Anybody who is a top tier free agent can command big salaries with another team, but it takes a total team effort to win.
If Fielder took what the Brewers offered, then he would still be here.
Okay, according to Williams, we lose 40 homers and 130 RBIs. There are other people on the
team who can make up for that void. Maybe the Brewers will be a more mobile running team.
It might be more exciting to watch some small ball instead of waiting for Fielder to come up to
bat with runners on base and hit a weak ground ball or swing at air.
And that leaves Ryan Braun without protection at the plate because he used to bat third in
front of Fielder, according to Williams. Fielder was always slow to get on track early in the
season. Brewer fans have already moved past him.
I’m sure that Aramis Ramirez will do a fine job hitting after Braun. He was a big run producer
for the Chicago Cubs, so we expect the same from him this year. Williams also noted that
there’s not enough power from the bench.
John Hart, former general manager and studio colleague, thought the Brewers’ chances were
still good. He thinks that people will sleep on the Crew. Let them sleep on the Crew, and they
will wake up apologizing.
Maybe Williams will take his words back too. By the way, has anyone in Philly ever forgiven him for giving up the 1993 World Series ending homer to Toronto’s Joe Carter?