Seattle Pilots’ logo (image courtesy of Wikipedia)
Fifty years ago today, the Seattle Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers. Plagued by poor performance, an inadequate stadium, and financial and legal difficulties, many assumed the Pilots would be sold and possibly leave Seattle after the 1969 season. However, by the start of Spring Training in 1970, as the team began training in Tempe, Arizona, no decisions had been made. Soon, however, the Pilots’ owners reached an agreement to sell the team for $9.5 million to a group from Milwaukee, WI, headed by Bud Selig. As Spring Training continued, the Pilots’ ownership issues were worked out by the American League and bankruptcy court.
Finally, on March 31, 1970, a Seattle bankruptcy court ruled that the team’s owners could sell the franchise to Selig’s group and the agreement was finalized on April 1.
Back in 2014, Mark Reynolds wore no. 7 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Both the Orioles and the Nationals have let Reynolds go, further reason to be annoyed with both teams this year. Reynolds played for Baltimore in 2011 and 2012, where he hit 60 home runs. He played for Washington in 2018, batting .248 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI.
Happy seven days until Opening Day!
Did you catch Christian Yelich on Magnum P.I. on Monday? Definitely the best of the week!
I found a cool stats tool the other day when doing research on Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. You can get game by game stats on ESPN.com. On the left side pull down menu, click on MLB and at the top click More and then select Players. From there you can search by player or team. For each player, you can see a variety of stats, including the “Game Log,” which gives you daily stats. There are so many fun things we can analyze with this!
This will be a longer term project, but I’d love to figure out how well Manny and Jonathan did in games there played together versus games where they did not play together. For example, as a Dodger, Manny has been batting .268 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI (in 14 games through Thursday). Prior to being traded, his batting average was .315 and he had 24 home runs and 65 RBI (in 96 games). Jonathan was batting .244 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 85 games as an Oriole. In his first two games with Milwaukee he went 0-for-8.
This may not be a sufficiently large sample size, but, so far, they were better together, than apart.
Last night, former Orioles Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop faced each other for the first time as members of their new teams. It was a heartbreaking reunion for Os fans everywhere. (And to torture us further, MLB Network showed us the end of a one-sided Cubs win over the Pirates instead of showing us the beginning of the game featuring the reunion we longed for in the Dodgers-Brewers match-up.)
I’m sad that they’re no longer teammates but happy they’re on good teams. My Manny Dodgers shirt is on the way; I need a Jonathan Brewers shirt now. I’ll always love my former Bowie Baysox. Good luck Manny and Jonathan.
When conspiracy theorists were casting doubt on the true identity of Hank the Ballpark Pup, the Milwaukee Brewers seized the opportunity to support animal adoption groups – and have a little fun at the same time. On Thursday, they announced they’d be having a press conference the next day. Here’s what they had to say: