(Phoenix, AZ.) - Who are the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers? Are they the up and coming team, that has multiple high draft choice/high-ceiling players? Are they that 70-win team we got so used to years ago? Macha-Ball anyone? Raise a toast to Yost? Someone help me please. In the five years that I've been here in Phoenix for Spring Training, the identity question was always easy to answer. This year, not so much.
One of the feelings that I get is that players are still getting to know each other this Spring. Although all MLB players are in that quote "Brotherhood", does Aramis Ramirez really know Mat Gamel? How well does Randy Wolf really know Alex Gonzalez? Likewise with Shaun Marcum and Jose Veras. Yes, the "core' is still here minus Fielder and JJ Hardy, but that core is not this team's true identity any more.
If I had to proclaim the 2012 Brewers' identity, I would point at one person and that's Manager Ron Roenicke. It Seems every time I hear him speak, I have more and more confidence in him. In talking with his players, I truly believe they feel the same way. It appears to me that Brewers' GM Doug Melvin picked a winner. I believe he expects to win, he's honest about his talent, and we haven't seen the "I hate to lose" attitude YET. Will we have a 2012 version of "Beast Mode"? Probably, but when it comes to steering the ship, it seems the Brewers have the right guy behind the wheel.