In an event that concluded just moments ago, we unveiled the seven designs that will be used for the T-Shirt Friday All Fan Giveaways this year. The winners were announced in a special Main Stage event at Brewers On Deck, the team’s official off-season Fanfest.
All fans in attendance during each of the seven Friday home games from June through August will receive a complimentary Brewers–themed T-shirt (available in both medium and extra-large sizes). And for the first time, fans decided the designs for each of the seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways through an online vote.
From January 12 - 19, a dozen possible T-shirt designs were posted at Brewers.com. Fans were able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. Their first choice received seven points, their second choice received six, continuing to their seventh and final vote which received one point.
The results are in and the seven winning designs were revealed with Brewers players, alumni, broadcasters and mascots serving as the “stage models” for each design.
June 12 –Ball & Glove Logo (Powder Blue) presented by Hupy and Abraham
June 26 – Luuuuuc (Navy Blue) presented by Kwik Trip
July 17 – “Roll Out the Barrel” (Royal Blue)
July 31 – Brewers Baseball (Navy Blue)
August 7 – 1970’s M (Royal Blue) presented by ORBIS Corporation
August 14 – Wisconsin Ball & Glove (Yellow) presented by Master Printwear
August 28 – Milwaukee Brewers Retro (White) presented by Arise Health Plan
While individual tickets are not yet on sale, fans can guarantee their spot at Miller Park for T-Shirt Fridays – plus receive free Opening Day tickets – with a Brewers 10-Pack, on sale now at brewers.com/10packs or by calling (414) 902-HITS (4487).
Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media, and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines, by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6.
Today we announced the complete schedule for the 2015 season, with home and road game times included.
The Brewers will open the season at home against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 6 in the start of a six-game homestand over seven days. Following the opening series against the Rockies, the Brewers will play each of their next 22 games against National League Central Division opponents. After a three-game, weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the opening homestand, the Brewers travel to St. Louis and Pittsburgh for the first road trip of the season from April 13-19.
The Interleague schedule will feature games against each team in the American League Central Division, beginning against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park from May 11-13. A week later, the team faces the Detroit Tigers on the road from May 18-20. The border battle with the Minnesota Twins includes a three-game weekend series at Target Field from June 5-7 and a home weekend series from June 26-28. The Brewers will play back-to-back two-game series with the Kansas City Royals – June 15-16 at Miller Park and June 17-18 at Kauffman Stadium. The team also plays a pair of two-game series against the Cleveland Indians – July 21-22 at home and August 25-26 at Progressive Field.
The longest homestand in 2015 will be 11 games from July 30 – August 9 against Chicago-NL (4g), San Diego (4g) and St. Louis (3g). Milwaukee will also host a 10-game homestand from May 4-13 versus Los Angeles-NL (4g), Chicago-NL (3g) and Chicago-AL (3g).
The team will make four, three-city road trips including three 10-game trips. The first 10-game road trip will take place at New York-NL (May 15-17), Detroit (May 18-20) and Atlanta (May 21-24). The final two road trips of the season are also 10-game trips. The first of the final two trips will take place in Cincinnati (September 4-6), Miami (September 7-9) and Pittsburgh (September 10-13), and the second will take place in Chicago-NL (September 21-23), St. Louis (September 24-27) and San Diego (September 29 – October 1).
The Brewers will play at home on Mother’s Day, May 10 vs. Chicago-NL and Memorial Day, May 25 vs. San Francisco.
Most weekday night games at Miller Park will start at 7:10 p.m. (April 20, May 4, May 11 and September 3 will start at 6:20 p.m.). Home weekday day games in April and May will start at 12:40 p.m. (except for Opening Day and Memorial Day, which will both start at 1:10 p.m.). Sunday home games and weekday day games at Miller Park from June through September will start at 1:10 p.m. with one exception (the final game of the regular season on Sunday, October 4 vs. Chicago-NL will begin at 2:10 p.m.). Most Saturday home games will begin at 6:10 p.m. (May 30 vs. Arizona and June 13 vs. Washington will begin at 3:10 p.m. and June 27 vs. Minnesota is slated for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch).
All game dates and times are subject to change. Click here for a PDF of the complete 2015 Brewers Schedule.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.
In his new role, Levering will handle three innings of play-by-play as he fills in on games missed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Uecker. For days when he is not on the air, Levering will provide video, photo, audio and written content for Brewers.com and various other Brewers social media platforms.
Levering’s first official day with the Brewers will be this Sunday as he will be welcomed on the Main Stage at Brewers On Deck (10 am-5 pm at the Wisconsin Center).
“Jeff will be a great addition to the organization, and this is an opportunity for him to contribute both in the radio booth and in our new media efforts,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “By creating this role, we have a consistent voice filling in when Bob elects to stay home on occasional road trips, and we add resources to our expanding social media outreach. We welcome Jeff to the organization and look forward to introducing him to Brewers fans at Brewers On Deck.”
Levering spent the past two seasons as the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the reigning International League champion Pawtucket Red Sox. In addition to his game-day broadcasting duties, he hosted the pre- and post-game shows, “PawSox” Insider, a weekly, one-hour radio magazine show; provided video content for the team website and wrote a blog, “45 Miles from Fenway,” which ranked in the Top-15 nationally among Minor League writers.
“I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team as well as their talented front office,” Levering said. “Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Calling games in the Major Leagues has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and to have a chance to realize it is truly amazing. I can’t thank the Brewers enough for their faith in me and allowing me the opportunity to work in such a terrific organization. My family is excited to immerse ourselves in Milwaukee and be diehard Brewers fans.”
Levering received his degree in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California where he also played baseball all four years and was the starting designated hitter on the 2003 D-III National Championship baseball team in Appleton, WI. He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Brock, who was born in October of 2014.
“We’re excited to integrate Jeff into the Brewers radio broadcast with Bob and Joe,” said Carl Moll, Director of Network Operations for Journal Broadcast Group. “His work in the minor leagues has been impressive and he’s ready to move to the Major League level.”
Last night, Jonathan Lucroy attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress as the guest of Sen. Ron Johnson.
Lucroy was being honored for his charitable efforts, among them many associated with military veterans, most notably Fisher House Wisconsin, which services families of veterans receiving care at Milwaukee’s Zablocki VA Medical Center. In November, Lucroy traveled with veterans on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials in Washington, and he has also provided scholarships to military families.
The senator remarked: “Mr. Lucroy, the All-Star catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, has become a hero to Wisconsin sports fans with his excellent performance on the field. But to me, he is an even bigger hero off the field: He is using his baseball fame to highlight some great Wisconsin charities.”
“It’s not about political affiliation,” Lucroy told Brewers.com’s Adam McCalvy. “But am I interested in politics? Yes, and this is a thing that not a lot of people get to experience, so why not go and experience it? I’m going to be able to go tour some stuff that people don’t get to tour, and see some things most people don’t get to see. I love history, so why not go and do it and get to tell my kids about it?”
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince also caught up with Lucroy today. Click here for that story.
SPRING MADNESS (414) RETURNS TO MILLER PARK IN 2015; Limited Time Special Ticket Offer Available January 23-25
Brewers On Deck is just days away and Spring Training is right around the corner, so to help get fans in the mood for the upcoming baseball season, the Brewers today announced that Spring Madness (414) will return after a popular 2014 debut.
The celebration of the coming of spring will arrive at Miller Park on Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, when the team takes on the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game series. For this one special weekend, fans can not only save 50% on designated tickets, the team will also honor Milwaukee’s area code with some of the most popular concession items priced at $1 and $4 for the second consecutive year.
Beginning at noon Friday, January 23 and continuing through Sunday, January 25 at 11:59 p.m., Brewers fans will have a unique opportunity to purchase a limited quantity of select tickets discounted at a 50% savings. The offer is available by visiting brewers.com/springmadness. Fans in attendance of Brewers On Deck will also have access to purchase select locations for the Spring Madness games by visiting any of the Ticket Sales Booths within the exhibition halls. All sales will be cash only at the event.
As an added bonus, the Brewers will celebrate the return of spring to the 414 area code with special deals on select concession items during all three Spring Madness games. All domestic draft, 16-ounce beers will be $4, small Pepsi products and hot dogs will be $1, and nachos will be $4.
“Spring Madness (414) was one of our most popular promotions when it debuted last year, and we’re giving fans the chance to get a jump on purchasing individual tickets to ensure their place at Miller Park for this special weekend,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “For anyone who is looking to knock the chill off the winter months, there’s no better way to ‘think spring’ than with this special offer.”
For more information, please visit brewers.com/springmadness or call 414-902-4000.
Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place this Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.
This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the program. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.
Once again food donations will be accepted through the Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.
Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):
|Michael Blazek||Brooks Hall||Wily Peralta||Darnell Coles||Jerry Augustine|
|Ryan Braun||Jim Henderson||Shane Peterson||Joe Crawford||Cecil Cooper|
|Juan Centeno||Jeremy Jeffress||Jason Rogers||Matt Erickson||Craig Counsell|
|Matt Clark||Taylor Jungmann||Luis Sardinas||Mike Guerrero||Rob Deer|
|Clint Coulter||Brandon Kintzler||Logan Schafer||Marcus Hanel||Jim Gantner|
|Khris Davis||Corey Knebel||Will Smith||Rick Kranitz||Larry Hisle|
|Mike Fiers||Kyle Lohse||Michael Strong||Jerry Narron|
|Scooter Gennett||Adam Lind||Tyler Thornburg||Ron Roenicke|
|David Goforth||Jonathan Lucroy||Rob Wooten||Ed Sedar|
|Carlos Gomez||Jimmy Nelson||John Shelby|
|Hector Gomez||Gerardo Parra||Lee Tunnell|
The Klement’s Main Stage will include various Q&A sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, the coaching staff and game shows.
The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature Kids Only Question and Answer sessions, where youngsters interview players, and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis. Brewers Community Foundation will host a Treasure Hunt, featuring some hard-to-find Brewers items on sale as well as a live auction at 12:00 p.m. on the Interactive Stage. Additionally, BCF will hold a 50/50 Raffle. The winner will be announced at the Interactive Stage following the coaching staff autograph session.
Photo sessions with players are also scheduled throughout the day in designated photo areas. The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a full set up with the latest Brewers merchandise for sale and a Brewers Museum will feature memorable artifacts from throughout the history of the team.
Details on the autograph and programming schedules are listed below. The schedules are subject to change, with the latest version and more information available at Brewers.com/ondeck. Autographs this year will be either free or $10, with proceeds benefitting Brewers Community Foundation.
Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Bob Uecker will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry card which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center. The Premier Entry card will be exchanged for a numbered coupon and entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.
There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions. The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session. A schedule is listed below:
PREMIER AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE
Player Signing Time Stage
Bob Uecker 12:30 – 1:15 5
Ryan Braun 1:00 – 1:45 6
Jonathan Lucroy 2:30 – 3:15 3
Carlos Gomez 3:00 – 3:45 1
Players and staff not included in the above autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of those players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10.
The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player (BOLD ITALICS – Premier Autograph).
Autograph Schedule – MAIN STAGES
10:30 – 11:15 Scooter Gennett ($10)
12:00 – 12:45 Logan Schafer ($10)
1:30 – 2:15 Mike Fiers ($10)
3:00 – 3:45 Carlos Gomez ($10)
12:30 – 1:15 Jim Henderson ($10)
2:00 – 2:45 Gerardo Parra ($10)
3:30 – 4:15 Will Smith ($10)
11:30 – 12:15 Adam Lind ($10)
2:30 – 3:15 Jonathan Lucroy ($10)
3:45 – 4:30 Wily Peralta ($10)
10:30 – 11:15 Brandon Kintzler ($10)
12:00 – 12:45 Rob Wooten ($10)
1:30 – 2:15 Khris Davis ($10)
11:00 – 11:45 Jimmy Nelson ($10)
12:30 – 1:15 Bob Uecker ($10)/Mark Attanasio ($0)
3:30 – 4:15 Jeremy Jeffress ($10)
11:30 – 12:15 Tyler Thornburg ($10)
1:00 – 1:45 Ryan Braun ($10)
3:45 – 4:30 Kyle Lohse ($10)
Players who are not listed above will sign free autographs on the Bonus Stage all day long.
Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs.
The 620 WTMJ Stage will broadcast live from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will include interviews with Brewers players and coaches.
New this year, fans are invited to stop by the Social Media Stage for fun and games. Fans can also post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/onDeck.
Children are invited to visit the Farm Teams Infield for free batting and hitting clinics scheduled throughout the day. Brewers alumni and players will be on hand for the instructional sessions. Kids can run around the field or try a quick game of ping pong with Brewers players.
Klement’s Main Stage Schedule
10:15 a.m. – Welcome – Brewers television broadcaster Craig Coshun will welcome fans to Brewers On Deck. The winners of the seven T-Shirt Friday designs will be introduced to fans.
11:15 a.m. – Meet the Coaches – Third base coach Ed Sedar will host a Q&A session with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and his coaching staff.
12:30 p.m. – The Brewlywed Game – Brewers players, coaches, prospects and alumni will participate in a game show to see which pair really knows each other the best. Joe Block will host the show.
2:00 p.m. – Meet the Management and Newest Players – Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin, Vice President – Assistant General Manager Gord Ash will join the newest Brewers acquisitions – Corey Knebel, Adam Lind and Luis Sardinas – in a question and answer session with Brewers fans. The session will be hosted by Brian Anderson.
3:15 p.m. – Call to the Pen – Brewers players, coaches, prospects and alumni will participate in a game show, similar to Pictionary. Joe Block will host the show.
The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed pitcher Corey Knebel, infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handed pitcher Marcos Diplan from the Texas Rangers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
Knebel and Sardinas have been added to the Brewers’ 40-man roster. First baseman Hunter Morris has been designated for assignment.
“Yovani has been a huge part of the Brewers organization and has left a mark as one of the best pitchers in franchise history,” said Melvin. “He is a great competitor and professional who will be missed. At the same time, we have added three young and talented players to our organization. Knebel and Sardinas have a chance to be on our Major League club in 2015 and Diplan is one of the top arms to come out of the Dominican Republic over the last couple of years.”
Knebel, 23, owns a 7-2 career minor-league record with a sterling 1.65 ERA and 18 saves in 65 relief appearances. He has 104 career strikeouts over just 76.1 innings pitched in the minor leagues while holding opponents to a .145 batting average. He made his Major League debut this season as he appeared in 8 games with Detroit.
Selected by Detroit in Competitive Balance Round A of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Knebel was traded to Texas this past July 23 in the deal that brought right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria to the Tigers. He enjoyed a three-year career as the closer at the University of Texas, collecting 37 saves, second-most in school history.
Sardinas, 21, made his Major League debut this season and batted .261 with 8 RBI and 5 stolen bases in 43 games during three different stints with the Rangers. The switch hitter made 31 starts (15g at 2B, 8g at SS, 4g at 3B, 4g at DH) and was the third-youngest player to appear in a Major League game in 2014. Entering last season, he was ranked as the 76th-best prospect on MLB.com’s top 100 list. Entering 2015, he was ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the Rangers organization according to Baseball America.
Diplan, 18, completed his first pro season in 2014 and went 7-2 with a 1.54 ERA in 13 starts for the Dominican Summer League Rangers. His ERA ranked sixth in the DSL. He held opponents to a .155 batting average with 57 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. Diplan was an All-Star in the 2013 Dominican Prospect League and member of the DPL Elite Travel Team that toured Florida during Spring Training that year. He was rated by Baseball America as the sixth-best international prospect and MLB.com rated him eighth.
Gallardo, 28, went 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA in 214 games (211 starts) during parts of eight seasons with the Brewers. The 2010 All-Star is the all-time franchise leader in strikeouts (1,226). He went 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 32 starts last season.
Brewers Community Foundation’s 17th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 18, starting at 8 a.m. Registration will be available online at brewers.com/5krunwalk beginning today, Monday, January 19.
The unique feature of this event is that participants actually get to test their skills against the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, who also run the course. The run will begin and end at the Klement’s Sausage Haus where the Brat, Hot Dog, Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage join the crowd on the course. The route also makes its way around the warning track of Miller Park.
All participants must be pre-registered and the event is expected to sell out quickly. It is recommended that those interested register early for this event. The cost is $30 for those registering by April 30, 2015 and $35 for those registering between May 1, 2015 until registration closes on June 23, 2015 (or upon sell-out).
For the registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of ten Brewers 2015 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.
Race participants have helped to raise $175,000 in the past three years with all funds raised to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin. When registering to participate, fans will be able to set up a fundraising page to help raise funds for Fisher House Wisconsin. Please note that the Run/Walk registration fee cannot be applied toward personal fundraising levels. Fundraising incentive levels start at $100 and increase incrementally to the Grand Prize, which includes an autographed baseball and an opportunity to throw out a first pitch. The top prize is awarded to the highest fundraiser that raises over $5,000.
Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital are eligible to stay for free at the Fisher House if they need to overnight. The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and ensures that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. The future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in late 2015.
Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at brewers.com/5krunwalk. Any questions regarding the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk or the fundraising component can be directed to Meredith Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org.