Thursday, January 12, 2006

Danny Kolb, Brewers news, Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On Danny Kolb's return, Tom gives an interesting tidbit: DANNY KOLB THRIVED UNDER BREWERS' PITCHING COACH MIKE MADDOX, WHO'D TURNED HIM INTO A VERY EFFECTIVE CLOSER USING GROUND BALLS & LOW STRIKE OUTS, ALSO AVOIDING BLOWING OUT HIS ARM. IN ATLANTA, THEY TRIED TO TURN KOLB INTO MORE OF A STRIKE OUT PITCHER. Along with other problems, Kolb didn't thrive there, & is looking forward to being back with the Brewers & Maddox. Owner Attanasio has raised the player payroll to around $50 million this year, & GM Doug Melvin has done a good job drafting over the past few years. Other high points: Ace pitcher Ben Sheets---as long as he's healthy, he'll bring them wins; Derek Turnbow proved he's an excellent closer, they have infielders Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, & now Corey Koskie, & the return of Robin Yount to inspire them. Other solid players, of course, OF Carlos Lee, C Damien Miller, and Bill Hall, who'll become a utility infielder with the arrival of Koskie. Brewer fans are excited with good reason, & Haudricourt even says the weather in Milwaukee is already spring like.

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