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Brewers clinch first division title since 1982

Sep 23, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT

Ryan Braunm, Prince Fielder

The National League Central is all wrapped up, folks.

In a pretty cool scene at Miller Park, the Brewers and their fans just watched the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-1. Combined with a 4-1 win over the Marlins only moments earlier, the Brewers have clinched their first division title since they won the American League East in 1982.

Yovani Gallardo was brilliant tonight, striking out 11 over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, but was handed a no-decision. The Brewers pulled in front for good thanks to a go-ahead three-run homer by MVP candidate Ryan Braun in the bottom of the eighth inning. John Axford sat the Marlins down in order in the top of the ninth to close out the victory.

Ron Roenicke has led the Brewers to a 92-65 record in his first season as manager. With a strong finish, they have a good chance of securing homefield for the NLDS.

  1. channingtaintum - Sep 24, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    That Ryan Braun kid is pretty good

  2. #TheMoneyTeam - Sep 24, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    This team deserves it a whole ton and that’s coming from a yankees fan. They could wreck havoc in the post season so i hope phillies fans don’t think they got this all wrapped up already

  3. bigleagues - Sep 24, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Easily the smallest market in baseball by whichever standard you want to use.

    Yet they maintain a payroll ($85.5 mil) that ranks in the middle third of all teams.

    They aren’t afraid to make big moves at the trade deadline and try in earnest to lock-up their young star players via fair (if not market rate) contract extensions.

    IMHO, the Brewers are the model small-mid market organization and AFAIC, all things considered the best run organization in baseball.

  4. ncphilliesguy - Sep 24, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Congrats to the Brewers and their fans. Class acts, except for Bud Selig and Tony Plush. The fans have some strange connection to Morgan, but in general they are great, and recently treated this Phils fan pretty well, despite the fact the Phils handled them 3 out of 4. Now, take care of the Braves for us and it should be a heck of a series in the NLCS (if we don’t choke against the Snakes).

    • channingtaintum - Sep 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      I remember the Phillies having a ragtag crew of bearded smart-asses with nicknames like Nails and Wild Thing, they were hated on, too.

      Plush has been a great team leader and his co-workers like him, and he gives some great post-game interviews, that’s why the Brewers fans like him.

  5. ufullpj - Sep 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    29 years! I remember as a kid going to the 1982 ALCS, and that was a special team….Molitor, Yount, Cooper, Oglive, Thomas, Gumby, Sutton, Fingers, Haas, Caldwell, Ladd, and more….but this group, something about them is just great. Braun is a beast, and the play in the outfield to turn the DP was more impressive than the dinger. Can’t wait for the playoffs….Braves, Snakes, and especially the loaded Phils will be very tough, but ready to enjoy the Crew giving 110% and leaving it all out there on the field.

  6. Walk - Sep 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Grats to the brewers and their fans. It is nice to see them winning their division.

  7. fgpackerfan - Sep 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Bud Selig doesn’t own the Brewers anymore. I wish people would realize he sold the team almost 10 years ago.

    • bigleagues - Sep 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      America . . .

      . . . where even a used car salesman can own a Major League baseball team and eventually become CEO (Commissioner) of the entire sport!

      What a country!

    • ncphilliesguy - Sep 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      I know he doesn’t own the Brewers, but even Darth Vader himself admits he still roots for them.

  8. mvp43 - Sep 24, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Congrats to the Brew Crew !!…………….Ryan Braun should be the MVP. He is as good a ball player I’ve seen in years. He does it all….

  9. thekingdave - Sep 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Congrats. Now move them back to the AL.

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