Brewers: 3 Moves That Would Be Made if Twitter was GM

Milwaukee Brewers players Keston Hiura, left, and Ryan Braun talk with team owner Mark Attanasio on Monday following the unveiling of the new team uniforms.Mjs Brewers 7
Milwaukee Brewers players Keston Hiura, left, and Ryan Braun talk with team owner Mark Attanasio on Monday following the unveiling of the new team uniforms.Mjs Brewers 7 /

If the Brewers were run by the decision-makers on Twitter, what kind of moves would they make?

Like it or not, social media is a huge part of today’s sports world. Sports social media is an entire industry. There are Facebook groups and pages. Twitter has entire sports communities. Reddit produces some of the best and funniest memes out there for sports content. TikTok shows your favorites players doing the latest dance crazes. Instagram has Jedd Gyorko at home doing ridiculous bags/cornhole tricks.

Just like all subjects and genres on social media, the knowledge of the sport by fans vary. Some users have advanced knowledge of their favorite team. They know the top prospects and development, and how the sport works internally. Some, to say it nicely, have no idea what they are talking about.

Even with the Milwaukee Brewers on top of the NL Central and in a tight division battle with the Chicago Cubs currently, it seems like there is a lot of complaining. If the Brewers don’t score enough, manager Craig Counsell needs to be fired. If the fourth or fifth starter isn’t amazing, they need to be released or replaced. It’s of course not all negative. There is a lot of love for this team on social media.

So what would happen if Brewers Twitter community took over as Milwaukee’s General Manager?

1. Andy Haines would be fired

The Illinois native has been with the Brewers since the 2019 season. Yes, the batting averages on the team are not currently great. They are winning games, but their hitting with runners in scoring position and offense in general could do a lot better.

But you can’t put that all on Haines. Firing a hitting coach while on top of the division would be unheard of. And if you fire Haines, who would you replace him with that would be better? When you ask someone on Twitter that question, they rarely have a concrete answer.

I don’t remember the team having terrible offense in 2019 when he first came aboard. Was it Haines’ fault Christian Yelich got hurt? Did Haines have a part in the pandemic which created an odd shortened season for the Brewers? It’s highly unlikely he is telling them to swing at pitches outside the zone with runners in scoring position.

In fact, Haines’ recent work with Hiura might be one of the main reasons he is starting to play well again. He worked with Keston and helped him make adjustments while trying to find his swing again. That doesn’t seem like a person you should fire. Haines appears to be popular by the players as well. So, firing your hitting coach halfway through the season probably isn’t ideal.

But if Twitter was running the show, Haines would’ve been fired back in April.

2. Trade for Jesus Aguilar

Jesus Aguilar’s time in Milwaukee was absolutely special. Everyone would like to see him back. And with Wong’s string of injuries, Hiura could still play second base a lot and Aguilar would become the everyday player. Vogelbach could return from injury and be depth and a power bat off the bench.

But the Brewers were the ones who traded him in the first place. There is nothing wrong with bringing an old player back, but the Brewers Twitter GMs might give away too much for him. Milwaukee has been trying to rebuild their farm system and have some great rising stars currently.

Aguilar is having a solid season. He is batting .260, which is his career average. He also has 12 home runs and 51 RBIs. If he joined the team now, he would be second in home runs and first in RBIs.

But would the new GM give up too much for him? Would fans still want him if they gave up players like Aaron Ashby, Mario Feliciano and Tristen Lutz? Miami would probably want a lot for him, and the new people in charge might give up too much. A World Series would almost need to be guaranteed to give up the Brewers possible future.

3. Sign Ryan Braun back

Ryan Braun still might return this year. There is nothing circulating yet and it appears he is enjoying his time off for now. If the Brewers need a hitter or another player during a pennant race could he return? Sure. Will be come back next season if there is universal DH? Who knows.

But Ryan wouldn’t have a choice if Twitter took over. He would be forcibly removed from his home and family and flown to Milwaukee. He would be handcuffed to a batting cage and have batting practice until he agreed to come back.

It wouldn’t matter whose roster spot he took, either. Braun would be back. You can’t blame anyone for wanting it either. He was the heart and soul of the team for a very long time. Ryan hasn’t officially retired. He could help them in the post season with some big at-bats. There is no salary cap to worry about to bring him on late and overpay for him.

If they can’t force him, the new GMs would throw briefcase after briefcase full of money out of a helicopter onto his lawn until he said yes.

These ideas are not an insult to the Brewers Twitter community.

These three things are just usually the most talked about moves on the feed currently. It doesn’t make them wrong or that they won’t or can’t happen. Social media can be a great place. You can make new friends and find fans from all over the country and world. Would they make a great GM? Probably not. But sometimes thinking outside the box or crazy works.

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Who knows, a new hitting coach and the return of Aguilar and Braun just might send this team to a World Series win. Or to the basement of the NL Central.