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In the eighth inning Friday of Milwaukee’s game Friday against the Cubs, Jean Segura was on second. Then he was on first.

All of a sudden, the question of the meaning of life was rendered insignificant. Up was down. Left was right. And forward was backward.

The baseball community needed to figure this out. Baseball certainly comes the closest of any sport to keeping an immaculate record book, and baseball people having been trying to figure out how to record this play since Segura touched first for the second time in the eighth inning Friday night. MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus both came to the same conclusion: there is no correct way to score it.

I’m not so sure.

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There is getting thrown out on the bases and then there is this. Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers puts on a TOOTBLAN clinic, running the bases like last night was literally the first time he ever played baseball.

Aggression is all well and good, but abandoning second base after getting picked off, surrendering 90 feet as you hastily retreat to first base only to make the final out of the inning as you attempt to right your wrong? That’s a whole lot of awful, Jean. At least the Brewers hung on to beat the Cubs 5-4.

Sleep tight knowing that no matter how bad you screw up on the bases, you’ll never be Ruben Rivera.

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St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Seven

With Spring Training winding down, it was looking like Kyle Lohse was set to be on the outside looking in as a free agent on Opening Day. The Milwaukee Brewers will not let Kyle Lohse go unsigned, though. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers have reached an agreement with the right-hander. No contract terms were immediately available, but Lohse is heading to Brewers camp to take a physical in order to finalize the deal.

2012 was a banner year for the 34-year old, who set career bests in innings pitched, wins, strikeouts, ERA, FIP, xFIP, and WHIP. You’d think that it would have been easy for him to find a new home. BUT WAIT. There’s the whole issue of Lohse reportedly demanding something in the range of $14-15 million annually, and the signing team having to surrender their first round draft choice, and corresponding value (No. 17 overall, which was valued at $2 million in 2012) as compensation. Lohse turned down the St. Louis Cardinals $13.3 million qualifying offer in favour of hitting the open market.

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Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

2012 Record: 83-79, 3rd NL Central
2012 Pythagorean Record: 85-77
Impact Player: LF Ryan Braun
Impact Pitcher: RHP Yovani Gallardo
Top Prospect: RHP Wily Peralta

Significant Acquisitions: LHP Mike Gonzalez, LHP Tom Gorzelanny, RHP Burke Badenhop

Significant Departures: RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Francisco Rodriguez, OF Nyjer Morgan, IF Cody Ransom, 1B Travis Ishikawa

Over the last few years, the Milwaukee Brewers emptied their farm system in order to acquire quality Major League talent understanding that they had a window to win. During the 2010-11 off-season, they dealt Brett Lawrie to the Blue Jays to acquire starting pitcher Shaun Marcum and then dealt a package of prospects and established young players such as Alcides Escobar and Jake Odorizzi to acquire Zack Greinke. They decided to go all out in the final season of Prince Fielder’s tenure with the team and it worked. In 2011, they won 96 games and went to the playoffs for the second time in four years.

Coming in to last season, the Brewers still had high hopes even with the departure of Fielder to Detroit. A strong pitching staff anchored by Greinke, Marcum and Yovani Gallardo was coupled with a deep lineup consisting of the likes of Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks and newly minted Aramis Ramirez put the Brewers in good shape on paper. Then the season started and the wheels almost immediately fell off. By May 22, the Brewers were 17-26 and falling fast.

On July 28, with the team sitting 15 games out of the division, General Manager Doug Melvin waved the white flag and sent Greinke to the Angels for a package of prospects headed by shortstop Jean Segura trying to replenish a barren farm system. He had plans to trade Marcum and Randy Wolf as well, but ineffectiveness and injuries kept them on the team a little while longer. Then, because of course, the Brewers started winning.

In August and September, the Brewers went on an inspired 24-6 run that landed them with a 78-72 record and suddenly they were just a game-and-a-half behind the Cardinals for the second wild card spot in the NL. They would come back down to earth a little in the season’s final weeks, but they still finished with a winning record on a year that looked totally lost in early August.

Whether or not the late season run changed the strategy of Melvin and company heading into the winter is unknown, but the Brewers were not busy this offseason, adding little more than some useful pieces to their bullpen. If they are going to contend in 2013, they’ll be doing it with nearly the same roster that finished last season and therefore are counting on the continued good performance of some serious regression candidates.

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Call me a softy but seeing Norichika Aoki‘s name written in Kanji on the Brewers lineup card hits me square in the awesome. The rest of the work is strong — not Wakamatsu strong, ironically enough — but still: this is a high quality lineup card. For a game that is probably going to be rained out anyway!

Apologies if the Brewers do this every day and I only noticed now.

Earlier this week the Milwaukee Brewers announced the winner of their “Design a YOUniform” contest, a contest in which one lucky fan could see his very own uniform concept on the field for two Brewers’ Spring Training games this March.

After receiving over 500 entries from all over the United States, SportsLogos.Net reader Ben Peters from Minnesota was chosen as that one lucky fan, his design took the current Brewers colour scheme and paired it with retro elements to create a great looking uniform that I think many wouldn’t mind seeing the club use full-time one day in the future.

Milwaukee will wear this fan-designed uniform for two games this March

The Brewers had a great response from the fans for this contest but they were hardly the first ones to go this route – they weren’t even the first Major League club to do it – below we’ll take a look at the winners of various past fan-designed uniform contests held throughout sports.

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The Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Gonzalez saw his season cut short for the Brewers last year after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament while sliding into second base in a game against the Giants in early May. He’s expected to backup Jean Segura, who was acquired from the Angels in the Zack Greinke deal.

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