October 2012

Sunday, May 5: Corey Hart Bobblehead Day presented by Kwik Trip

The third bobblehead of the 2013 season will come on Sunday, May 5 as the Brewers take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The bobblehead will feature Brewers first baseman Corey Hart in a 1913 Brewers uniform and is presented by Kwik Trip.

Wait a minute, you say, the Brewers, formerly the Seattle Pilots, didn’t come to Milwaukee until 1970….

Yes, that’s correct, but there was a Minor League team called the Milwaukee Brewers who played in the American Association for 50 years, from 1902-1952, the team that became the eventual namesake for our beloved Crew!

The Brewers won their first American Association championship in 1913 and repeated the next year.  All told the American Association Brewers won eight pennants in their fifty-one seasons.

Thus, we’ll honor the 100th anniversary American Association Brewers on May 5 with this Corey Hart bobblehead.

This is the second Brewers bobblehead for Corey Hart; the Nashville Sounds also honored Corey with a bobblehead this past season.

Individual tickets will go on sale in February, but if you want to secure your tickets early, Corey’s bobblehead is included in the following ticket packages:

20-Game Sunday Plus Plan 

Holiday 4-Pack Weekend Plus Plan [Holiday 4-Packs go on sale on Tuesday, November 13!  Call (414) 902-HITS (4487) for details!]

1/30/13 Update: This just in! A photo of the Corey Hart Bobblehead! What do you think?

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-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Sunday, April 21: George Scott Bobblehead Day

The second bobblehead of the 2013 season will come on Sunday, April 21 as the Crew takes on the Chicago Cubs. The bobblehead will feature Brewers alum & All-Star, George Scott.

The former first baseman played for the Brewers from 1972-1976 and won the Gold Glove Award all five years in a row during his time in Milwaukee. George also won the award in 1967, 1968 and 1971 during his time with the Boston Red Sox.

Hence, his bobblehead will feature George in a Brewers uniform with his five Gold Gloves.

Over his 14-season career, George, who was known as “Boomer,” played in the American League for the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees. He posted a .268 batting average with 271 home runs (which he called “taters,” coining the term), and 1051 RBI in 2034 games.

Speaking of Gold Gloves, two Brewers players were yesterday named finalists for the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Left fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez were one of three finalists for the Gold Glove at their respective positions.  The awards will be announced tonight on a special edition of ESPN Baseball Tonight at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Tune in tonight to see if Braun and Ramirez will join Scott to make Brewers Gold Glove history.

Individual tickets will go on sale in February, but if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the George Scott bobble is included in the following ticket packages:

20-Game Sunday Plus Plan

Double Bobble Holiday 4-Pack  [Holiday 4-Packs go on sale on Tuesday, November 13!  Call (414) 902-HITS (4487) for details!]

1/23/13 Update: This just in! A photo of the George Scott Bobblehead! What do you think?

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-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Sunday, April 7: Norichika Aoki Bobblehead Day, presented by Robert Haack Diamonds

The first bobblehead of the 2013 season will come at the end of the Brewers first homestand, on Sunday April 7 as the Brewers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. The bobble will feature Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki!

This will be the first Brewers bobblehead for Nori, who, in his rookie season with the Crew, batted .288 with 10 home runs, 50 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Prior to his time with the Brewers, Aoki spent eight seasons with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Central League in Japan. He was a seven-time All-Star in Japan. Aoki’s name translated in Japanese is “blue tree.”

Individual tickets will go on sale in February, but if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the Aoki bobblehead is included in the following ticket packages:

20-Game Sunday Plus Plan 

10-Pack Weekend Plan

1/16/13 Update: This just in!  A photo of the Norichika Aoki Bobblehead! What do you think?

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-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

The Year of the Bobble: Brewers Schedule to Feature Ten Bobbleheads in 2013

In 2013, we have slated not one, not six, but 10 All-Fan Giveaway dates on Sundays throughout the season where every fan in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring different Brewers personnel. The bobbles could feature current players, alumni, mascots, etc.—and we’ll be revealing them here and across all of our social media platforms each weekday beginning next Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 9.

Here’s how it will work:

The best way to play along is to make sure your follow @Bernie_Brewer on Twitter. Each morning, Bernie will post a silhouette of the individual featured as the bobblehead we’re announcing, along with some clues (#GUESSBREW). Then, in the afternoon, we’ll follow up with a post revealing the bobble, along with an opportunity for you to win tickets to that game!

Not on Twitter? That’s okay, you can still be in the know. We’ll have blog stories each day about the bobbles and we’ll be posting on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google Plus, too. You can also keep up at brewers.com/bobbles.

Are we ready to have fun?

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Milwaukee BBWAA Chapter Announces Brewers 2012 Award Winners

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their postseason award winners as voted by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). A total of eight ballots were cast for each award, assigning five points for first place, three for second and one for third.

Left fielder Ryan Braun was voted Brewers Most Valuable Player for the second straight season as he received all eight first-place votes (40 points). He was followed by third baseman Aramis Ramirez (24 points) and first baseman Corey Hart (8 points). Braun is the first player since first baseman Richie Sexson (2001-03) to win the award in consecutive seasons.

Braun batted .319 with 41 HR, 112 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 154 games this season. He led the National League in home runs, total bases (356), runs (108) and OPS (.987) while tying for the lead in extra-base hits (80). He was also among the National League leaders in RBI (2nd), hits (2nd, 191), slugging percentage (2nd, .595), batting average (3rd), on-base percentage (3rd, .391) and stolen bases (T9th). Braun produced just the 11th “40/30” season in Major League history.

Yovani Gallardo was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as he received all eight first-place votes (40 points). Marco Estrada (13 points) and Mike Fiers (8 points) were his closest competition. Gallardo went 16-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 33 starts this season. He ranked among the National League leaders in quality starts (T2nd, 25), strikeouts (6th, 204) and wins (T6th). The team went 22-11 in his starts.

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez (38 points) was voted Brewers Top Newcomer, receiving seven first-place votes and one second-place vote. He was followed by outfielder Norichika Aoki (23 points – 1 first-place vote). Ramirez, who was signed by the Brewers as a free agent last December 14, batted .300 with 27 HR and 105 RBI in 149 games this season. He led the National League in doubles (50) and tied Ryan Braun for the NL lead in extra-base hits (80) while ranking among the leaders in total bases (4th, 308), RBI (4th) and slugging percentage (5th, .540). Ramirez also led all Major League third basemen with a .977 fielding percentage as he committed just seven errors in 300 total chances.

Pitcher Marco Estrada (18 points) received two first-place votes, two second-place votes and two third-place votes to narrowly edge outfielder Carlos Gomez (16 points – 2 first place-votes, 2 second-place votes) to earn Brewers Unsung Hero honors. Catcher Martin Maldonado (14 points), outfielder Norichika Aoki (11 points – 2 first-place votes) and pitcher Mike Fiers (5 points) also received first-place votes.

Estrada went 5-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 29 appearances (23 starts) this season. He was the victim of five blown saves. He went 5-2 with a 2.03 ERA over his last eight starts (48.2ip, 11er). Estrada recorded 143 strikeouts in just 138.1 innings pitched this season.

Closer John Axford (26 points) earned the Good Guy Award, receiving two first-place votes, five second-place votes and one third-place vote. First baseman Corey Hart (18 points – 3 first-place votes), outfielder Carlos Gomez (8 points), pitcher Marco Estrada (6 points) and outfielder Nyjer Morgan (5 points) also received first-place votes.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

2012 End of Season Notes

Need a little weekend reading?  Check out the 2012 Brewers End of Season Notes as compiled by the Brewers Media Relations Department!  You can download the .PDF right here: 2012 End of Season Notes.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Ryan Braun Named Finalist for 2012 Hank Aaron Award

Major League Baseball today announced the finalists for the Hank Aaron Award that recognizes the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in each league. Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was named a finalist and Brewers fans can help him win the award through voting at MLB.com.

Before we vote, let’s quickly recap Braun’s season with some numbers:

- Braun led the National League with 41 home runs, 356 total bases, 108 runs, a .987 OPS and was tied for the league lead in extra-base hits (80).  He was also among the league leaders in RBI (2nd, 112), hits (2nd, 191), slugging percentage (2nd, .595), batting average (3rd, .319), OBP (3rd, .391) and stolen bases (T9th, 30).

- He recorded his second career 30/30 season and just the eleventh 40/30 season in Major League history.

- He became the only Major Leaguer with 100+ runs and 100+ RBI in each of the last four seasons.

Ryan Braun is a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award. (Getty Images)

Ryan Braun is a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award. (Getty Images)

Those are some fantastic numbers–numbers that certainly make him worth of winning this award.  Beginning today and continuing through October 16th, fans can vote for who they think is the winner.  Each Major League team has a finalist and finalists were selected by a panel that included Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Robin Yount.  Fans are invited to vote on MLB.com up to ten times a day.

Prince Fielder is the only other Brewers player to win the award, winning in 2007.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Arizona Fall League Opens 20th Anniversary Season

The Arizona Fall League opened its 20th anniversary season yesterday in the Phoenix area.  Nine Brewers Minor Leaguers will take part in the league as members of the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

The six-team league will play six games a week through mid-November and is described as an off-season “graduate school” for top prospects.  Scouts, general managers, farm directors and die-hard baseball fans all enjoy the skills that are on display during the 40-day league by future MLB stars.

I have traveled to the league each of the last two years and will be there again in November to highlight the Brewers prospects who are out there.  Here is a list of Brewers players who are participating:

RHP Nick Bucci – Bucci made 10 starts this season after missing the start of the season with a right shoulder injury. Pitched with the Arizona Brewers and Brevard County Manatees.  Finished 3-3 with a 1.90 ERA while recording 44 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched.  He was a member of the Canadian national baseball team that won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.  Bucci was an 18th round selection by the Brewers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Patrick High School in Ontario, Canada.  Fans can follow Bucci on Twitter: @nickbooch.

RHP Kyle Heckathorn – Heckathorn spent the entire 2012 season with the Huntsville Stars where he went 5-11 with a 4.75 ERA in 35 appearances/17 starts.  He was taken in the supplemental first round (47th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Kennesaw State University.  Fans can follow Heckathorn on Twitter: @KyleHeckathorn.

RHP Johnny Hellweg – Hellweg joined the Brewers organization following a July trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  At 6-9, Hellweg is one of the tallest players in baseball and he finished the season with an overall record of 7-11 with a 3.29 ERA.  He began the season with Arkansas of the Texas League and finished with Huntsville.  He won both starts he made with Huntsville this season and posted a 2.70 ERA while holding opponents to a .171 batting average as a starter.  He was originally a 16th round selection by the Angels in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.  Hellweg picked up the save in the season-opener yesterday for Phoenix.

RHP Santo Manzanillo – Manzanillo suffered a shoulder injury after a scary auto accident in November of 2011 in the Dominican Republic, pushing his 2012 debut back to August.  He split time between Brevard County, Huntsville and Wisconsin and finished the season with a combined record of 2-6 and an ERA of 6.95.  He made 18 appearances out of the bullpen this season.  He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2005.

RHP Jimmy Nelson – Nelson went 6-8 with a 2.83 ERA in 23 starts this season between Brevard County and Huntsville.  He stuck out 119 and held opposing hitters to a .213 batting average.  Nelson was named to the Florida State League All-Star Team. He was a second round selection by the Brewers in the 2010 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Alabama.  Nelson is 6-6 and has a lot of athletic genes in his family as his father, Jim, played football and ran track at the University of Florida while his mother, Deborah, played basketball at the University of Florida.  Fans can follow Nelson on Twitter: @Jimmy_J_Nelson.

INF Hunter Morris- Morris had one of the most decorated seasons by a Brewers minor leaguer in recent history.  He was named Southern League MVP and nearly achieved the Triple Crown as he led the Southern League in home runs (28) and RBI (113) while hitting .303 (4th best in the league).  He was also awarded with a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove and was named to the Southern League All-Star team. He was a 4th round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Auburn University where he was the 2010 SEC Player of the Year and set Aubrun University records for home runs (23) and RBI (76).  Fans can follow Morris on Twitter: @HunterMorris15.

INF Josh Prince - Prince spent the entire 2012 season with the Huntsville Stars hitting .251 with seven home runs and 55 RBI.  Prince also led the Stars with 41 stolen bases this season. A 3rd round selection by the Brewers in the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Tulane University, Prince played one year of college baseball at the University of Texas.  Fans can follow Prince on Twitter: @JoshPrince17.

OF Khris Davis – Davis worked his was up to Nashville this season where he finished the season with the Sounds.  He hit .383 in 44 games with Huntsville before a July promotion sent him to Triple-A.  Davis his .310 with four home runs and 24 RBI in 32 games with the Sounds. Davis was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Month for July. He was selected in the 7th round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Cal-State Fullerton University.  A Phoenix-area native, Davis was two-time all-State at Deer Valley H.S.

OF Brock Kjeldgaard – Kjeldgaard split time this season between Brevard County and Huntsville and finished the year hitting a combined .211 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI.  Played for the Canadian national baseball team that won a gold medal in the 2011 Pan American Games.

In addition, Huntsville Stars manager Darnell Coles will serve as hitting coach for Phoenix.

Follow along with the MLB Fall League online at mlbfallball.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/mlbfallball and via Twitter @MLBazFallLeague.  Stay tuned for my updates from Arizona here on the blog!

JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers #BREWITCHED Contest Launched in Time for Halloween!

This Halloween, get in the Brewers “spirit” with our #BREWITCHED Instagram contest!

Create an original photo of your Brewers-themed pumpkin. Carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Tag it on Instagram using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a set of four tickets to Brewers On Deck (Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee).

We launched this contest today and we’ll be accepting entries through Thursday, November 1, giving you plenty of time to get your pumpkin, give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/brewitched. We’ll select three winners in this contest.

To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on brewers.com.

 

For those unfamiliar, Instagram is a free, fast and fun way to share photos using most Apple or Android products.

You can follow us on Instagram @Brewers.  

Here’s the type of photo you can expect to see from us on Instagram!

For those without Instagram, you can still view our photos, by visiting  brewers.com/instagram.

Happy decorating!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Thank You, Fans!

This pretty much says it all!

On a personal note, we also want to thank you for reading the blog all season long; stay tuned for more news and fun in the offseason. Cheers!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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