MILWAUKEE — The crew is back! The Brewers are taking to the field Saturday as summer camp begins.
It has been a long time coming, but our favorite crew is back - just in a different way.
The crew headed to Miller Park Saturday for their first official day of summer camp. However, the team was constantly reminded of all the alterations COVID-19 has caused, according to Major League Baseball.
One major alteration was the two totally separate practices that went on at the ballpark Saturday.
Brewers players are undergoing physicals this morning and then will have two separate workouts of 22 or 23 players apiece. It will be similar to a first full-squad workout in a normal Spring Training, he said.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 4, 2020
Additionally, instead of Craig Counsell giving his speech in the clubhouse, he gave it on the field with his players spread out in the stands, MLB says.
Even with all the changes, Counsell still has a positive towards the situation.
"I think in a lot of ways, we’re probably more connected than ever before because we’re so reliant on each other for decisions we make both at the field and [away from] the field,” Counsell said. "I really feel we’re on a great start to being unified and on the same page and understanding we’re in this together.”
According to MLB Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy, Craig Counsell was looking forward to Christian Yelich's batting practice Saturday saying "That’s, for me, what’s going to make it feel like, ‘OK, we’re back.’"
Craig Counsell is looking forward to Christian Yelich's BP today as the Brewers start Summer Camp. "That’s, for me, what’s going to make it feel like, ‘OK, we’re back.’"— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 4, 2020
As for the players, even they are learning new ways of doing things and adjusting to the changes. According to MLB, Lorenzo Cain is already learning new tricks of the trade.
"Lorenzo Cain said, ‘My day was different today. You guys moved me around the park in different ways, but I got my work done, and I actually got it done faster than I would usually get it done, and I’m out of here,’” wrote McCalvy for MLB.
In the coming weeks, players are expected to take part in batting practices, small scrimmages, and eventually exhibition games against other teams.
Then, in three weeks, the Brewers will make their official return.