MILWAUKEE -- Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of one of the great nights out in Brewers history.Former Milwaukee slugger Gorman Thomas retold the story of the 1982 Brewers' harrowing finish this week at Miller Park. The team moved to the brink of its first division crown on Sept. 29, 1982, when backup catcher Ned Yost blasted a go-ahead home run over Boston's Green Monster that gave the Brewers a four-game lead over the Orioles in the American League East with five games to play. For the next three nights, the Brewers were on their best behavior. This was out of character for a group famous for doing its part to keep Milwaukee's breweries in business. "I remember we locked ourselves down for three nights, and got our butts handed to us for three straight days," Thomas said, referring to the final night in Boston and the first two at what is now the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys in Baltimore. Said Jim Gantner, the second baseman on that team: "It was an unspoken thing, like, 'Well, we can celebrate tomorrow.'" But the celebration remained on hold. The Brewers lost their finale in Boston, lost both ends of a doubleheader in Baltimore on Oct. 1 and then were thumped again on Oct. 2, 11-3. They fell into a tie with Baltimore with one game left to decide the division. "The last night we said, 'Forget this, let's go out and do what we normally do,'" Thomas said. "So we did, and we came out the next day and scored 10 runs." Against Baltimore's Jim Palmer, no less. Robin Yount homered in the first inning and again in the third, Cecil Cooper drove in three runs, Don Sutton pitched eight outstanding innings and the Brewers punched their postseason ticket with a 10-2 win. Thirty years later, memories of that night out are fuzzy. Gantner remembers most of the team gathering in the hotel bar and talking baseball into the night. "We had fun," Gantner said. "We were pretty good at that."
Brewers opt to not start Gallardo in season finale
MILWAUKEE -- Yovani Gallardo won't pitch as scheduled, but many of the Brewers' other regulars are expected back in action for the season finale on Wednesday.The Brewers decided Gallardo has pitched enough in 2012 after making 33 starts for the second consecutive season, especially considering his heavy workload through the 2011 postseason. They will go with Josh Stinson instead -- who has been pitching in relief this month and will make his first Major League start. Of Gallardo, manager Ron Roenicke said, "He's been our horse, and he really was last year, too, with his innings pitched. When you add in his playoff innings, he threw a lot last year."
Stinson will have most of the Brewers' regular position players behind him after many took Tuesday off. Second baseman Rickie Weeks and third baseman Aramis Ramirez will be back in the lineup for sure, Roenicke said, but first baseman Corey Hart will sit out. He tweaked his injured left foot diving for a line drive on Monday night."The other guys want to be back in there tomorrow," Roenicke said. "[Tuesday] is a chance for them to sit and watch a game, a chance for us to see some of the young guys again. Hey, we're still trying to win."
Milwaukee to keep coaching staff intact for 2013
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' coaching staff will return intact for 2013, manager Ron Roenicke announced on Tuesday.The staff consists of bench coach Jerry Narron, hitting coach Johnny Narron, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, first-base coach Garth Iorg and third-base coach Ed Sedar, all who began the season with the Brewers, and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell, a midseason "callup" who joined the staff after Stan Kyles was dismissed in July. "Everybody is coming back," said Roencike, who joked that he'll return, too. "This is really a good staff." The staff endured its share of criticism earlier in the season, beginning with Johnny Narron, who replaced former hitting coach Dale Sveum after Sveum was hired to manage the Cubs. But Brewers hitters entered Tuesday leading the National League with 766 runs scored and 201 home runs, and were second to the high-altitude Rockies with a .764 OPS. "We struggled a lot last year at times, and I think the way we started off and you have a new hitting coach in, you're saying, 'Well, do guys just not mesh with the new guy, or what's the case?'" Roenicke said. "I'm not going to say that those things didn't enter my mind at the time, too, because you always wonder what's going to happen with guys, and certain personalities. "Once we started hitting and guys got used to Johnny and understood him, we took off, offensively." Roenicke lauded the work by Kranitz and Tunnell to help turn around the Brewers' bullpen. Tunnell previously served as the Brewers' roving Minor League pitching instructor, experience that could come in handy next season given the number of young arms expected to populate the roster. Roenicke's own contractual status was settled back in May, when the team extended its commitment through 2014 and added a club option for '15.
Former Brewers All-Star Ben Sheets told MLB.com's Mark Bowman that he would retire after the season. Sheets returned from years of arm injuries to mount a comeback in Atlanta this summer, but his shoulder will not let him continue in 2013."I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, I'm not playing again," said Sheets, 34. "No matter what, there is not enough help or money to pull me out of this one."