Seldom, if ever, during the Brewers' 50 seasons in Milwaukee have fans waited more eagerly for spring training to begin.

And why not? Completing a high-speed rebuild, the Brewers made a late rush to win the National League Central Division title, then fell one game short of the World Series in 2018.

Since there was more turnover on the coaching staff than the roster, expectations are running high for this season. General manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell concentrated on improving the team's offense, but a more important goal will be to reprise the fun-loving clubhouse vibe and game-to-game hunger the Brewers showed last season.

"There's more to do," Counsell said.

Indeed, there is. In addition to monitoring the attitude of the players, here are eight more things to keep an eye on with spring training underway after pitchers and catchers reported Wednesday.

Tom Oates has been part of the Wisconsin State Journal sports department since 1980 and became its editorial voice in 1996, traversing the state and country to bring readers a Madison perspective on the biggest sports stories of the day.

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