MILWAUKEE -- The cable network TBS has named Brewers television play-by-play man Brian Anderson its lead announcer for Division Series and National League Championship Series broadcasts.Anderson, who has called games on TBS for the past three seasons in addition to his Brewers duties, was moved up the depth chart to replace Ernie Johnson. TBS announced Johnson would step aside from postseason duties while his son is in intensive care. Former Major League pitchers John Smoltz and Ron Darling will be in the booth with Anderson through the end of the NLCS. The crew has yet to get its assignment because postseason matchups remained up in the air as of Tuesday. In a conference call Tuesday, Darling praised the Brewers' remade pitching staff. "If you are assuming that Philadelphia is No. 1 as far as pitching staff is concerned, I think the Milwaukee Brewers are No. 2," Darling said. "They have something historically that gives them a strange advantage -- they had a starting pitcher for them that was undefeated at home in [Zack] Greinke.
"All the starting pitchers on both squads are tremendous athletes. They can field their position; they know how to get the bunt down, and some of [the Brewers' pitchers] are legitimate threats to Philadelphia to change the game by themselves. ... If anyone is going to match up with them game for game, I think it is the Milwaukee Brewers staff."In the same conference call, another TBS analyst, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., endorsed Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for NL MVP. Anderson calls regular-season games for FS Wisconsin, which will air its final 2011 Brewers game on Wednesday.
First-rounder Bradley pulled from Fall League
MILWAUKEE -- Right-handed pitching prospect Tyler Thornburg will pitch in the Arizona Fall League in place of left-hander Jed Bradley, who suffered a mild groin strain."We want to be extra careful," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. Bradley was the second of the Brewers' two first-round picks in this year's First-Year Player Draft, selected 15th overall out of Georgia Tech. Like 12th overall pick Taylor Jungmann, Bradley did not sign until moments before the Aug. 15 deadline for teams to reach terms with drafted players, so the AFL assignment was to represent Bradley's professional debut. Thornburg, 23 on Thursday, is a quality replacement. He was 10-6 with a 2.57 ERA in 24 starts at two Class A affiliates in 2011, logging 84 strikeouts vs. 33 walks in 68 innings. He held opponents to a .186 average at his second stop, advanced Class A Brevard County. Complete Arizona Fall League coverage is available in a special section of MLB.com. The Brewers have nine players on the Peoria Javelinas' roster, including outfielder Logan Schafer, who is currently in the big leagues. The AFL season begins Oct. 4.
Brewers encourage fans to make parking plans
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers advised fans that parking lots will reach capacity for postseason games at Miller Park, and urged ticketholders to purchase parking passes in advance or make alternate gameday travel plans.Advance parking for all postseason games is available for purchase only at the Miller Park Box Office; $30 for preferred spots and $20 for general. Refunds will be issued for games not played. On game days, limited parking will be available at $35 for preferred and $25 for general. Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger advised fans to plan for extra time entering the lots. Fans may also utilize the Milwaukee County Transit System's Route 90 bus that begins at the Downtown Transit Center, 909 E. Michigan St., and continues down Wisconsin Ave., to Miller Park. Fans without tickets to the game will not be permitted to park in the Miller Park lots.