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Uecker to cut back amount of road gamesSubmitted: 01/30/2014
Story By Milwaukeebrewers.com

MILWAUKEE - Bob Uecker said Thursday that he plans to curtail his travel schedule in 2014,
a first for the Brewers' beloved radio broadcaster.

And as usual, he had a really good explanation.

"I saw [Brewers manager Ron] Roenicke at the 'On Deck' deal Sunday," Uecker
said, "and I told him I'd like to take one more shot at becoming active during
those games I'm not going to broadcast."

He delivered the line with his trademark deadpan before a chuckle escaped.


The truth is that Uecker, at 79 years old and entering his 44th season calling
games for his hometown team, is finally heeding the advice of his friend and
Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio by easing his workload. Uecker said he
plans to continue working most or all of the Brewers' home games, but he will
skip some longer road trips.

Uecker stressed that he is in good health, and suggested that his travel
schedule would be fluid.

"Sooner or later, you have to bend a little bit," said Uecker, who is getting a
second statue at Miller Park this summer. "And that's what I'm going to do. I'm
not saying that I won't work games down to the end of the season, and if indeed
there's the possibility of the playoffs or anything else, I'm going to do that.
But now is the time for me to kind of take a few games off once in a while and
enjoy myself. Not that I don't enjoy the games, because I always do. You guys
know that. I'm at home at the ballpark as much as I am in my own house.

"But I had some hip surgery in November, and I'm regrouping from that yet.
We've got Spring Training coming up a few weeks down the road, and I'm going to
work the spring games and then go from there. It's just a personal thing. This
is my 59th year [in professional baseball] coming up, so that's enough on an
everyday basis. I know I'm going to miss it, each and every game. The games
that I don't do, I'll certainly be listening to, and I'll miss them. I know I
will. You don't do this stuff -- especially in Milwaukee -- for 44 years and
not miss it."

When Uecker opts to take a game or a series off, the Brewers will likely fill
his seat with an analyst from among a small group of former players, said
Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes. Joe Block is entering
his third season as Uecker's partner on the statewide Brewers Radio Network.

"We will keep this loose," Barnes said. "There is no set plan."

Block has occasionally paired with guest analysts before when Uecker was away,
including Brewers special assistant Craig Counsell, who sometimes travels with
the team anyway as part of his front-office role. Wisconsin Badgers play-by-
play man Matt Lepay, who was recently added to the Brewers' television
broadcast team as an occasional fill-in for Brian Anderson, will probably focus
on his TV duties.



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