Brewers heading in the right direction

SPORTSBEAT
Greg Ceilley • REVIEW SPORTS EDITOR

The Milwaukee Brewers are probably headed for a rough 2016 season as the rebuilding continues. Many fans are bound to be unhappy because they don’t want to endure yet another losing season by the Brew Crew.

Patience, patience and more patience. That’s what Brewer fans need to have with their ballvclub. They say Rome wasn’t built in one day. In the Brewers’ case, it will probably take another year or two before they will be a playoff contender.

Sometimes, you have to take a step backward before you can take one forward. I agreed when the Brewers unloaded several veteran players within the past year in order to obtain promising young players to help with the rebuilding process. The Brewers needed an overhaul after struggling the past 1½ seasons. They kept key core players and have an infusion of young talent.

The Brewers’ minor-league system has improved in recent years and the organization is banking on its prospects to help produce winning baseball at the Major League level.

The Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburg Pirates are a good blueprint for building a strong team through their respective minor league systems. These ball clubs were doormats for many years before turning it around big-time in recent years with playoff appearances, including back-to-back World Series for the Royals who won it in 2015.

Brewer fans are about as loyal as they come and with some patience their loyalty will be rewarded. The Brewers’ organization is headed in the right direction but it will take time because the roster lacks Major League experience but I look for this team to improve this year as the younger players gain valuable experience.

I think the Brewers will be fairly competitive this season, even if it doesn’t show in their record, and the progress of the younger players will be exciting.


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