Milwaukee Brewers Emerge as a Contender, Ahead of Schedule

They traded veterans, hired a new manager and general manager, and decided to wait. On a drizzly day in Phoenix in February, when the full squad reported to spring training, Attanasio stood under a canopy near the bullpens and said the players would soon provide direction.


The Brewers’ Eric Thames hitting a home run against the Orioles on July 4.

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“This year will be the year that informs us the most about where we really are on the timeline for competing,” he said. “This team will tell us.”

At 48-40 before Friday’s game, the team has boldly announced itself as a contender. The Brewers ranked first in the National League in home runs…

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