Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Michael Hunt, sports columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, joined Lucas & Lepay Tuesday morning and discussed Rickie Weeks, Scooter Gennett, and how soon the two are intertwined.
On how the Brewers handle Rickie Weeks:
He is incredibly respected in the clubhouse. He's a soft spoken guy in there, but he's been around and players do respect him. Here's very tough. As (Doug) Melvin's said, he's the toughest guy on the team, and I agree with that 100%. It's part of that, and the other part of that is they don't have a lot of options at the major league level. and he's got a huge contract that makes the Brewers look back if they sit him for an extended period of time. Yeah, he gets a little more rope for all those reasons to stay in the lineup and try to work it out.
On Triple-A prospect Scooter Gennett:
No, he's a little guy. He's probably 5-6, 5-7, maybe 165 pounds. He's more like a Jimmy Gantner-type of player. But he's made all the jumps and spent a whole year at all the stops along the Brewers organizational system. And every year he's led that league in hits, and he gets on base. He's a good defensive player, he's not great. You know (Rickie) Weeks is an offensive power. He's one of those guys they depend on to hit the 96 mph fastball and drive the ball and hit home runs. Scooter is not quite that player, but he's a tough little guy and will be in the major league's at some point.
On the possibility of Gennett replacing Weeks, maybe as early as next season:
Yeah, I mean that's definitely a possibility, but they need Weeks to pick it up a little bit and increase his trade value. Right now he doesn't have a lot of trade value. THere's not a lot you can get for him given the way he's playing and his contract, which he has a couple years left of big money. But yeah, it's a possibility they could move on with a younger guy and cut their losses. They've done it before with players coming up through the system and that's kind've small market baseball.