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Brewers have a long way to go

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Millions wanted to believe former Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun. Millions were fooled.

The Milwaukee Brewers shamed slugger will not play another professional baseball game until 2014. And the team will pay for it, in many ways.

Prior to Braun's suspension, the Brewers were a team barely treading water, now the team has no identity, save for a few flash in the pan players.

The trade deadline came and went (July 31) and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin did nothing to make the team better.

There was trade value on this team, but Melvin is perfectly fine with a sinking ship.

In theory, this team could be good.

Young shortstop Jean Segura is hitting .315 and has made some phenomenal plays in the field. Elsewhere, Carlos Gomez is hitting the ball well and has been an excellent outfielder.

But, what else does the team have? An All-Star catcher (Jonathan Lucroy) and a bunch of injuries. That's it.

The pitching rotation, with the exception of high-profile starter Kyle Lohse, is full of relative nobodies. The Brewers former No. 1 starter is on the disabled list (Yovani Gallardo).

So, fans can get used to this level of mediocrity. Even when Braun comes back in 2014, where will the support come from? Will Melvin go get a bunch of free agents and finally shore up the bullpen?

It's something Wisconsin fans aren't too pleased about, losing, but they'll have to get used to it.