Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review: Maple Street Press Brewers Annual 2011


If you're going to go out and buy a baseball publication this Spring looking for Brewers analysis and projections, I would recommend looking no further than the Maple Street Press Brewers Annual 2011. Instead of buying a national publication with two or three pages devoted to Milwaukee, the Brewers Annual 2011 has 128 pages devoted to nothing but the Brewers. From statistical breakdowns on every starter, in-depth profiles of Brewers new and old, and a comprehensive look at Milwaukee's rivals in the NL Central, the Brewers Annual 2011 has you covered for everything Milwaukee in 2011.

I was sent an advance copy of the publication a few weeks ago by the editor of the magazine, Brian Carriveau, and I'm proud to say that I've now covered every inch of the annual and couldn't be more ready for the season to begin (I didn't have to skip through advertisements either, as there's not a single ad in the magazine - it's all Brewers). As editor, Carriveau not only writes a few of the pieces you'll find in the Annual, but he also recruited some of the brightest Brewer minds in the state to contribute to the cause. You'll find analysis and projections from the writers of Brew Crew Ball, Brewers Bar, MLB.com, Bernie's Crew, and Rattler Radio, all delivering some unique perspective on the upcoming Brewers campaign.

One of my favorite articles in the Annual is Drew Olsen's piece on Ron Roenicke, which can largely be attributed to the fact that I still know very little about Roenicke. But that's the thing about this Annual, is that there is a place to find out more about not only our new manager, but also about Bob Uecker's recovery, the up and coming prospects that we still do have left in our system, and other profiles about guys like John Axford, Rickie Weeks, and Ryan Braun. Instead of having to comb through eight or nine different publications to find articles and analysis half this good, you can find it all in the Maple Street Press Brewers Annual 2011. It's a recommended read for any Brewers fan.

The Maple Street Press is available at newstands throughout Wisconsin as well as at maplestreetpress.com.

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