Milwaukee Brewers: Ideas To Improve The Defense
By Trevor Hooth
The Milwaukee Brewers are making errors at a crazy rate. With the most recent game, it is nine straight with at least one error.
For a group that was supposed to be one of the better defenses in the game, things are not looking good. So, what could help the Milwaukee Brewers to lower the rate that physical mistakes are made in the field?
Warning: These suggestions have varying levels of seriousness (most of them are not).
Gold Star System
For each game a player plays errorless, they get a gold star on a chart in the clubhouse. The player with the most stars at the end of the season gets some sort of predetermined reward.
Errorless Game Chart
This is another clubhouse chart. Each game that the team does not make any errors, the number of errorless games goes up. The goal is obvious, get to a very high number of games with a zero in the error column.
More Batting Practice
Look, if there is no helping the defense, the best way to combat that is by averaging as many runs a game a possible. Getting the offense into double digits every game is a surefire way to counteract poor pitching and defense.
Changing The Look
Maybe Travis Shaw can play second? Arcia at third potentially? There are options to shift around the infield. This is not the recommended course of action, but if it becomes a real issue, who knows what could happen.
Baseball players love their brand. Maybe the brands are failing the fielders and they need to go in a different direction. Of course, this would involve getting out of some pretty lucrative and iron clad endorsement deals.
Bear with me, it is early in the year. Twelve games into the season means there is hope for a turnaround defensively. The fact that the Milwaukee Brewers are 6-6 means that they are hanging in there. Once they get over whatever this mental block is, they will be even better. Between the injuries and the errors, this team should be in the cellar of the NL Central.
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It does suck to constantly see sloppy play, but at least the team is competitive. Once health kicks in and the leather comes around…other teams beware. The Milwaukee Brewers will make some serious noise around the league.