It’s Halloween time and the Milwaukee Brewers had an overall good season. It was really a treat to watch.
But not everything was fine and dandy for the Milwaukee Brewers. There were some tricks in the mix. Sometimes things can be disguised as on or the other. No doubt there were clear cut lines of ticks and treats throughout the 2017 season.
As a whole the season could have been sweeter if it didn’t end without a postseason. But, for a team picked for the bottom of the division it was a very good year. There are a lot of positives to take away, and a great foundation to build on moving forward.
To me, the most apparent treat of the year is all of the positive play from the young prospects. There are even more waiting in the wings this off-season. Lewis Brinson should take a bigger role next season too, which builds excitement even higher.
Heading into the off-season, the treat to shoot for is improving in the pitching staff. A veteran arm needs to be added and hopefully some bullpen help. The secondary treat is a more permanent and reliable second baseman. Resigning Eric Sogard is a good backup. But as it stands Villar needs a turnaround next season.
There are plenty of potential tricks as well. The biggest of them being the obvious losing a lot of the farm system for a player who turns out to hurt the team. Truth is, there can be a lot of missteps taken. But, thus far, Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns has proven to make very smart decisions.
In sticking with this Halloween theme, the right moves could make this Milwaukee team scary good in 2018. The future is still in the future, but it is not as distant. Success is on the way, and it is coming fast.
So, the question is, which of the 2017 seasons stands out as a trick, and which stands out as a treat?
Right now, there is an honorable mention for the treat category: Craig Counsell. The young manager is doing great things at the helm of this young team. He is proving to be the right man for the job.