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Ken Macha Felt Rebuffed by Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder

It was only 2008 when the Brewers seemed like an up-and-coming team. They reached the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and had their first 90-win season since 1992. Alas, the team lost ace CC Sabathia in free agency despite offering him a big contract, and Ben Sheets later followed. There was optimism in Milwaukee because the team still had franchise players Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, both of whom had become All-Stars and MVP candidates. Though last year’s team was in first place all the way until early July before falling out of the race, this year’s team never had a shot.

The easiest target for blame was the pitching. Yovani Gallardo was good but got hurt and only made 24 starts. Randy Wolf got roughed up to start the year before settling in. The bullpen was a mess aside from the mustached one, and every flier they took flamed out. The other targets were the aforementioned sluggers, Braun and Fielder. Expected to carry the offense, Braun had his worst season as a pro and needed a late surge to post nice season-ending numbers. Fielder was similarly bad, posting his worst season since his rookie year in 2006. While Braun has a long-term deal and Prince is searching for one, manager Ken Macha became the casualty getting let go by the team.

On his way out, Macha made sure he wasn’t the only one carrying the blame. He explained his efforts to reach out to Braun and Fielder that were turned down by the sluggers:

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Video: Brewers Celebrate Prince Fielder’s Walk-Off Home Run with Explosion

For those of you who like the Cavaliers’ clever pregame introductions comes this Brewers celebration. Milwaukee and San Francisco were tied at 1 until the bottom of the 12th. Facing Merkin Valdez, Prince Fielder hit and line drive home run to right field and circled the bases, preparing for the mob scene at home plate. Check out the video of the team’s planned celebration at home plate. It comes from a fan’s perspective:

That was pretty sweet — almost like Prince was hitting a power lever that blew his teammates out cartoon-style. No doubt it was planned. I guess you have to do something to keep your spirits up when you’ve been out of the race for over a month. Shaq would definitely be proud.

Prince Fielder Fights Manny Parra in Brewers’ Dugout

OK, so maybe fighting isn’t exactly accurate. Perhaps “attacks” would be more suitable since only one person was going crazy. Whatever. I’ll let you decide how to describe what went on in the Brewers’ dugout between Prince Fielder and Manny Parra on Monday night.

I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty freaked out if 300lbs of Prince Fielder were coming after me. That’s not cool. In case you’re wondering what set things off, we have an idea.

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Baseball Players Are Meant to Be Fat

There’s one thing about the media and their treatment of certain baseball players that’s irked me lately: their absurd treatment of overweight (read: fat) baseball players. Not to say that you should be a fat ass and play baseball, but I just can’t stand the way the media handles baseball players and their body weight. Ever notice how weight issues are only brought up when that player struggles? Oh, Miguel Cabrera off to a slow start, he’s too overweight. Andruw Jones is only hitting a buck fifty, it’s because he’s too fat. Bartolo Colon needs to get in shape if he wants to make the Red Sox’ roster. Prince Fielder isn’t hitting for power because he’s not eating enough (a topic on PTI Wednesday). Guaranteed you’ll hear something on Thursday about C.C. Sabathia struggling because he’s too overweight.

Well I have a major complaint about this type of thinking: the media needs to be more freaking consistent. Find something to pick on other than weight. Why is it that no complaints are made about these players’ weights when they’re kicking ass while fat? Why does the criticism only come when they start to perform poorly while maintaining the same out-of-shape body? Bartolo Colon was a blimp when he won his 2005 Cy Young. Don’t tell me otherwise. Andruw Jones was portly when he blasted 51 and 41 in back-to-back seasons. Miguel Cabrera ballooned last year but still had his typical stellar season. Matter of fact, “fat Miggy” set career highs for home runs and RBI. Prince Fielder might not be hitting because we’re only two weeks into an seven month season and because 50 home runs is not easy to duplicate.

If you’re going to tell me that David Wells didn’t reach his potential because he didn’t dedicate himself to the game and stayed out-of-shape, I’ll accept it. But don’t tell me that players who were successful while fat aren’t succeeding because they’re still just as fat. Now that doesn’t make sense. Find something else to pick on instead, like Bartolo’s rotator cuff being partially torn, Andruw habit of pulling outside pitches, and C.C. leaving his fast ball up in the zone too often. But don’t tell me it’s because they’re fat.