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No, the Brewers are not gonna be a small-ball team now that Prince Fielder is gone

Jan 30, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix Reuters

Nyjer Morgan was asked how the Brewers are gonna do without Prince Fielder. This stuck out:

“It’s probably going to be a little more speedy this year,’’ Morgan said. “You can see that we’re going to have to rely on trying to steal bags and stuff like that, and not worrying about trying to hit those gaps all the time.

The Brewers led the NL in homers (and slugging percentage) last season. Prince Fielder hit 38 homers last year. The Brewers’ new third baseman, Aramis Ramirez, hit 26.  I know you can’t play simply swapsies with this sort of thing, but if you had swapped Fielder for Aramis Ramirez then, they still would have been tied for second in homers in the league.

Losing Prince Fielder is going to change some things for Milwaukee. But it’s not gonna transform the team from one that hits for power to the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals or something. Even if that would be better for Nyjer Morgan‘s game.

  1. Ari Collins - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Well, there’s roughly a third of Braun’s homers gone as well. But your point still stands.

  2. kjt929 - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Who is gona play first?? Casey Mcgee

    • paperlions - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      McGehee was traded to Pittsburgh, so….probably not. Maybe Gamel?

      • brewcitybummer - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Its probably Gamels job to lose. But hes gonna be under pressure to shake the 4-A label.

      • jwbiii - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Travis Ishikawa has an NRI, but I think that’s more insurance in case one of Aramis Ramirez’s body parts fails during spring training.

  3. Matt Adams - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Well that’s odd. Everything Nyjer says is usually so well thought out and intelligent.

  4. muskyhunter2542 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Cory Hart will be asked to play 1st a bit as well.

  5. tmurr777 - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    What would make most sense would be Cory hart. E

  6. jordo2323 - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    What’s Morgan supposed to say when prompted with a question like that? Is he supposed to respond by saying that Prince leaving means nothing? Prince is beloved here in Milwaukee. The point of this wasn’t to point out that Milwaukee was losing power, it was to discredit Nyjer Morgan.

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