Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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The 2008 edition of the Milwaukee Brewers are winners. A playoff berth, 90 victories and record attendance tells the story. Only 2 teams go to the world series. The other teams end their season early, like our Brewers and our neighbors, the Cubs and the White Sox.
We can be proud of having a great owner, great management and a great ballpark.
We can see a bright future with one of the youngest teams in baseball and a farm system that produces quality baseball prospects.
And above all we have great baseball fans of all ages who have something to cheer about.
The makeup of the 2009 Brewers will be determined in the coming months. To be sure there will be some changes in personnel.
Free agent players are a risk and come at a high price as we have learned.
C.C. Sabathia is a must to keep and our management knows that the price will be high. But C.C. is a proven leader and would give the Brewers a pitching ace for years to come.
There will be replacement players, maybe a key trade and a host of young prospects making a serious effort to make the roster.
But, before changing the lineup management must be sure that the replacement player is better than the one he replaces.
To return a now veteran lineup in the infield of Fielder, Weeks, Hardy and Hall, and the outfield of Braun and Hart and finally giving Gwynn his chance, and adding some improvement is pretty solid. Keeping Kendall behind the plate and most of the bullpen is wise. There are enough talented starting pitchers on the expanded roster.