The Brewers have been struggling a particularly great amount of accidents early within the season, and the record simply retains rising, now with Omar Narvaez occurring the IL.
The athletic coach’s room inside American Household Subject have to be a fairly busy place. After Narvaez’s hamstring harm on Friday evening, he turned the fifteenth Brewers participant to be at the moment on the injured record.
With gamers corresponding to these on the IL, it’d be comprehensible if the Brewers had a troublesome time successful video games, particularly with the gauntlet of a schedule they’ve confronted in April.
Regardless of all of the accidents, the Brewers have performed properly due to the successful tradition they’ve constructed within the clubhouse.
We’ve heard about it every so often from gamers. That they benefit from the clubhouse ambiance, take pleasure in enjoying for Craig Counsell, and have essentially the most enjoyable they’ve ever had of their careers right here.
We’ve seen the enjoyable half, watching these gamers within the dugout and on the sector, and for the previous few years each Brewers staff has been fairly enjoyable to observe and it exhibits that the gamers are having enjoyable.
As followers, we don’t see the clubhouse ambiance or what Counsell is like simply in entrance of his gamers or what precisely the small print of the tradition the Brewers constructed are. Luke Maile gave a glimpse into that tradition in his postgame interview on Friday.
“We now have an opportunity to do one thing actually cool…to play a small half in that no matter method I can, it’s refreshing for my profession and it’s a hell of much more enjoyable.”
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Maile spent final yr with the Pirates and the few years earlier than that with the Blue Jays. The tradition is likely one of the first issues that caught out to him as completely different than wherever else he’s performed.
The factor that caught out is how he mentioned there’s “no panic”. It doesn’t matter what’s occurring, even when issues aren’t going the Brewers method, the clubhouse doesn’t panic. This offers a little bit higher take a look at how Counsell has managed this clubhouse and the mentality he desires these gamers to maintain.
The tradition, as Maile acknowledged, begins as the highest with David Stearns. With the roster he constructed and the sorts of guys he’s introduced in to the staff, he helped mildew the sure tradition that he and Counsell wished.
It’s not nearly getting good gamers. It’s about getting good folks.
Constructing a constructive, enjoyable, successful clubhouse tradition relies on having good folks, not simply good gamers. Kolten Wong and Jackie Bradley, the Crew’s two huge offseason additions this yr, are each nice folks and nice clubhouse presences to go together with being nice gamers.
It’s the clubhouse tradition that took Christian Yelich from not figuring out a factor about Milwaukee when he was traded right here in January 2018 to placing pen to paper to remain in Milwaukee for his total profession simply two years later.
It’s this identical clubhouse tradition that has sustained this Brewers staff by means of all of the accidents in 2021. With the intestine punches to the lineup and the pitching workers, this staff must be struggling mightily with the lineups they’re placing on the market on a regular basis.
However younger gamers getting greater alternatives are stepping up and filling the sneakers of the injured gamers. Billy McKinney and Tyrone Taylor have crammed in admirably within the outfield. Daniel Vogelbach has been incomes extra enjoying time. J.P. Feyereisen has stepped into an enormous position. Eric Lauer had an enormous begin in opposition to the Dodgers and pitched properly.
That success isn’t by chance. It isn’t by luck. It’s by design. David Stearns has preached about having quality depth on his 40 man roster for years, and his depth is being put to the take a look at proper now. That depth is holding up and holding sturdy, and never simply due to the standard of gamers, but in addition due to the tradition they’ve constructed within the clubhouse.
This can be a very likable Brewers staff, and their power within the face of adversity signifies good issues to return when this group is wholesome.