Craig Counsell, Mark Attanasio, David Stearns, AP generic file photo

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell, left, owner Mark Attanasio, center, and general manager David Stearns, right. Content Exchange

There are many plausible excuses for why the Milwaukee Brewers failed to achieve a .500 record in the condensed 60-game regular season and meekly dropped two games to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the expanded playoffs, most of which had to do with their dismal offense.

Leadoff hitter Lorenzo Cain opted out after five games due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tom Oates, who retired as a full-time columnist, has returned to write occasional columns for the State Journal.

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