MILWAUKEE -- Cecil Cooper's go-ahead single in Game 5 of the 1982 American League Championship Series, a hit that sent the Brewers to their only World Series, was voted the top moment in franchise history as part of the club's "40 Years/40 Moments" promotion.Cooper's hit received more than 55 percent of votes from fans and media to easily edge the second-place finisher, Ryan Braun's dramatic go-ahead home run in the 2008 regular-season finale that sent Milwaukee back to the postseason for the first time since '82. Braun's big fly garnered just more than 13 percent of the votes. In third place was actually a lopsided 12-0 loss to the Angels on April 7, 1970. That game marked the return of baseball to Milwaukee after a group led by current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig purchased the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court. That first Brewers game drew just less than 12 percent of votes. Just out of the top three were Robin Yount's 3,000th hit in 1992 and CC Sabathia's complete-game performance in the '08 finale that, along with Braun's homer, helped clinch the National League Wild Card. Dale Sveum's walk-off home run on Easter Sunday of 1987 was sixth in balloting, and Hank Aaron's 755th and final home run in 1976 ranked seventh. Brewers fans had been voting all season at Brewers.com for their favorite moments as the club celebrated the 40th anniversary of its arrival in Milwaukee. FS Wisconsin had been airing vignettes detailing the moments throughout the summer, and revealed the winners during Thursday's pregame show.
Brewers testing out Gamel in the outfield
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers found a place for Ryan Braun's big bat in the Major Leagues by moving him to the outfield, and manager Ken Macha thinks the team should make a similar move with Mat Gamel.Gamel played his first Major League innings as an outfielder on Thursday, when he started in left field while Braun nursed a sore left elbow. Like Braun, Gamel has charged through Milwaukee's farm system as a third baseman, but there are questions about his defense. In Macha's personal opinion, Gamel's future is in the outfield. "He was out there again [during early batting practice on Thursday] and he did OK," Macha said. "My assessment is that's where he's going to wind up -- in the outfield." Gamel had very little to say about his left-field assignment when he was approached by a reporter on Thursday afternoon other than, "I'm just glad I get to play." He said he played only one game in left field at Triple-A Nashville, where the Brewers asked Gamel to begin trying first base and the outfield to increase his versatility. He's been working with Brewers outfield coach Ed Sedar since his September callup, but until Wednesday had been taking fly balls only in right field. Sedar has been pleased with Gamel's instincts and his speed chasing fly balls. Gamel has an extremely strong arm, and Sedar is trying to get him to focus on accuracy instead of velocity. "You have to tip your hat to him, because he's out there every day while the early hitting is going on," Sedar said. "He's really working on it. ... I don't know if it has to be [outfield or bust], but it can only help him if he can play left, right, first and third -- find a way to keep his bat in the lineup." Macha admits that the Brewers are currently crowded in the outfield. Left fielder Braun and right fielder Corey Hart are All-Stars, and both are signed long-term. And the Brewers figure to have Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Gomez and Chris Dickerson all vying for center field in 2011. Gamel doesn't profile as a center fielder, anyway. Being blocked is nothing new for the 25-year-old Gamel. His path to third base has been impeded by the emergence of waiver pickup Casey McGehee over the past two seasons. Prince Fielder has long been a fixture at first base, though Fielder will be the Brewers' top trade chip this winter. "Who knows what happens?" Macha said. "We might get into the winter and somebody is interested in somebody, and it's a deal that fits both clubs and somebody goes. It might not be Gamel, it could be one of the other guys."
Braun out after being hit by pitch on Wednesday
MILWAUKEE -- The last time Ryan Braun was struck in the left elbow by a wayward pitch, it took him weeks to be productive again. The Brewers are hoping for a quicker recovery this time.Braun was struck just above his left elbow by a Sam LeCure pitch in Wednesday's win against the Reds and exited along with a handful of other Brewers regulars with the team ahead by 12 runs. Braun has 94 RBIs and would like to reach 100, but head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger deemed him unavailable to start Thursday's series opener against the Marlins. "I came in and asked Roger, and he said [Braun] is doubtful," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "He's in the training room and they're working on him. Hopefully he can get back in there for us." The LeCure plunking conjured memories of May 10, when Atlanta's Tommy Hanson hit Braun near the same spot. Braun returned three days later but batted .214 (9-for-42) over his first 10 games back, with one home run and two RBIs. Beginning Friday, the Brewers have 10 games remaining in 2010.