October 2013

Gomez is Golden

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez has been selected the winner of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award in the National League at his position. Gomez was joined as a finalist by Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) and Denard Span (Nationals). The announcement was made on ESPN2.

Gomez recorded a career-high 12 assists this season, which trailed only the Mets’ Juan Lagares (14) for the Major League lead among center fielders. He also made five home run-saving catches and did not commit an error over his last 32 games.

Gomez won the 10th Gold Glove Award in franchise history and became the fifth different Brewer to earn the honor, joining George Scott (first base: 1972-76), Cecil Cooper (first base: 1979-80), Sixto Lezcano (outfield: 1979) and Robin Yount (shortstop: 1982). The Brewers had gone 30 seasons without a Gold Glove Award winner, which was the longest streak in the 57-year history of the award.

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Following tonight’s ESPN2 show, voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR will begin at Rawlings.com, allowing the general public to weigh in on “The Finest in the Field” in both the American League and National League. Fans can only select one player among the 2013 winners from each league. A combination of the international fan vote and the SABR Defensive Index will determine who takes home the honor of each league’s top defensive player. Voting concludes on Monday, November 4 at 11am CT.

The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled during the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles on Friday, November 8, 2013, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Carlos Gomez will receive one of these awards on November 8 in New York City.

Carlos Gomez will receive one of these awards on November 8 in New York City.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Carlos Gomez Named Rawlings Gold Glove Finalist

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez has been selected as one of three National League finalists to receive a 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award at his position.  The winners will be announced on Tuesday at 7 pm CT on ESPN2.  Gomez looks to be the first Brewer to win a Gold Glove since 1982.  Gomez is joined by Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) and Denard Span (Nationals). The announcement was made this morning via Twitter (@RawlingsSports).

Gomez recorded a career-high 12 assists this season, which trailed only the Mets’ Juan Lagares (14) for the Major League lead among center fielders. He also made five home run-saving catches and did not commit an error over his last 32 games.

Gomez is looking to win the 10th Gold Glove Award in franchise history and become the fifth different player to earn the honor, joining George Scott (first base: 1972-76), Cecil Cooper (first base: 1979-80), Sixto Lezcano (outfield: 1979) and Robin Yount (shortstop: 1982). The Brewers have gone 30 seasons without a Gold Glove Award winner, the longest current streak in the Major Leagues.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce 2014 Spring Training Schedule

If you are reading this from Wisconsin, you might have had your first taste of frost last night, signifying winter is on its way. A bit depressing, but fear not my friends, I’m here to tell you that there are only 116 days until pitchers and catchers report to Maryvale Baseball Park for Spring Training.  Furthermore, I also am here to provide you with the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Schedule.

The team today announced the Club’s 2014 Spring Training schedule that will open on Thursday, February 27 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium against Oakland.  .  The Brewers will play a total of 29 Spring Training games in Arizona, including 14 at Maryvale Baseball Park, plus two exhibition games at Miller Park against Kansas City (March 28 and 29).

The Brewers will play games at Maryvale against their National League Central Rivals Chicago on Monday, March 3 and Cincinnati on Saturday, March 15.  The Brewers will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a game against Chicago-AL at Maryvale.

The team has two split squad games scheduled during the spring.  The slate includes Saturday, March 1 vs. Los Angeles (the Maryvale opener) and at Arizona and Sunday, March 9 at Chicago-NL and at Cleveland.

Maryvale Baseball Park

Maryvale Baseball Park

The last home game at Maryvale Baseball Park for the Brewers is set for Thursday, March 27 against Seattle.  The Brewers will return home to Miller Park to play two games against Kansas City on Friday March 28 at 7:10 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 1:10 p.m.

All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Saturday, February 15.  All position players have a report date of Friday, February 21.  The first full workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 22.

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games will go on sale at 9 am CT on Friday, December 6 via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890.  Normal business hours are from 9am – 5pm CST.  Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 3, 2014.  Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8)  In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5.00.  Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.  Tickets for the two games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.

Please note that games and times are subject to change.

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Date Time (local) (CT) Opponent Place
Thursday, February 27 1:05 PM 2:05 PM at Oakland Athletics Phoenix
Friday, February 28 1:05 PM 2:05 PM at San Francisco Giants Scottsdale
Saturday, March 1 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Los Angeles Dodgers Maryvale
1:05 PM 2:05 PM at Arizona Diamondbacks Talking Stick
Sunday, March 2 1:05 PM 2:05 PM at Colorado Rockies Talking Stick
Monday, March 3 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Chicago Cubs Maryvale
Tuesday, March 4 1:05 PM 2:05 PM at Oakland Athletics Phoenix
Wednesday, March 5 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Oakland Athletics Maryvale
Thursday, March 6 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Colorado Rockies Maryvale
Friday, March 7 1:05 PM 2:05 PM San Diego Padres Maryvale
Saturday, March 8 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Kansas City Royals Maryvale
DAYLIGHT-SAVINGS TIME BEGINS MARCH 9
Sunday, March 9 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Chicago Cubs Mesa
1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Cleveland Indians Goodyear
Monday, March 10  1:05 PM 3:05 PM Chicago White Sox Maryvale
Tuesday, March 11 OFF DAY
Wednesday, March 12 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tempe
Thursday, March 13 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at San Diego Padres Peoria
Friday, March 14 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Arizona Diamondbacks Maryvale
Saturday, March 15 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Cincinnati Reds Maryvale
Sunday, March 16 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Arizona Diamondbacks Talking Stick
Monday, March 17 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Chicago White Sox Maryvale
Tuesday, March 18 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Texas Rangers Maryvale
Wednesday, March 19 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Seattle Mariners Peoria
Thursday, March 20 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Colorado Rockies Talking Stick
Friday, March 21 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Texas Rangers Surprise
Saturday, March 22 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Maryvale
Sunday, March 23 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Cincinnati Reds Goodyear
Monday, March 24 OFF DAY
Tuesday, March 25 1:05 PM 3:05 PM San Francisco Giants Maryvale
Wednesday, March 26 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Cleveland Indians Goodyear
Thursday, March 27 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Seattle Mariners Maryvale
Friday, March 28   7:10 PM Kansas City Royals Miller Park
Saturday, March 29   1:10 PM Kansas City Royals Miller Park

• Note: Daylight-Savings Time begins on March 9

• All Games/Times subject to change

–JOHN

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Baseball in the Land of Sand: Coach Tim Travels to Dubai

This past season, we launched the new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

All summer long, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Now, read on for a story of his exciting travels to Dubai.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

BASEBALL IN THE LAND OF THE SAND

I admit that as I’ve aged, I’ve become more and more of a homebody. So, when Team Rhino Sports, the only baseball/softball training academy in the Middle East, invited me to assist with a camp for the Dubai Little League, it took more than a little nudging to pack my suitcase and make the journey to the “Land of the Sand.” But, with passport in hand and one of the best Brewers Baseball Academy instructors at my side, Isaac Valdez and I boarded a plane for the 15 hour flight to Dubai.

Here I am at Dubai’s “Field of Dreams” with the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building) in the background.

Here I am at Dubai’s “Field of Dreams” with the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building) in the background.

For the geographically challenged, of which I am a charter member, Dubai is a city in the emirate of Dubai which is part of the country of the United Arab Emirates. Think of it as New York City in the state of New York in the country of the United States. That may be where the similarities end. Dubai is a Muslim emirate sitting on the Persian Gulf not so very far from places we hear about every day…and not often in a good way.

In the city of Dubai, you can play a spectacular golf course in the morning, eat lunch at the world’s tallest building, shop in the world’s largest shopping mall and finish the day by skiing indoors at another enormous shopping mall…no kidding. The wealth and opulence are incredible. Roger Federer gave a tennis lesson yesterday to one of the camp kids and Rihanna is performing tonight just up the road in Abu Dhabi…not very often I get to write “Abu Dhabi” so I had to throw that in. Dubai is where the Arabs come to relax as well as a whole bunch of famous American entertainers.

And then there is baseball. I really didn’t know what to expect from the Dubai Little League but what I found was an organization that is trying to hang on to a piece of their heritage which happens to be embedded in a rare patch of green that serves as home to the 400 kids of the Dubai Little League.

This is the morning of the last day of camp and what I’ve experienced isn’t whole lot different than Brewers Camp in in Oshkosh or Delafield. Yes, the kids are from Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia but they got those addresses by way of Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, etc. In other words, these are American children of “expats” who have been raised to love baseball and their MLB teams just like we do. They are following the playoffs like their counterparts in America except for the fact that the games usually start around 4am local time.

It’s been a remarkable experience and I feel blessed to be a part of these kids’ baseball lives. It’s going to be 105 degrees today and you have to be careful as the sun and heat can flatten you like a Jim Henderson fastball. Other than the heat, the only threat to my health in this Middle Eastern country was the teenage Dubai Royal firing past our car at about 200mph in his Ferrari on our way to the baseball fields yesterday…

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Brewers #BREWITCHED Contest Is Back, Submit Your Entries Starting Monday

This Halloween, our #BREWITCHED Instagram contest is back by popular demand!

Starting this Monday, submit 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 Brewers prize pack, which will include a baseball signed by Aramis Ramirez.

The contest officially begins on Monday, but we wanted to give you a heads up in case you’re headed to the pumpkin patch and/or planning to carve your gourds this weekend.

We’ll be accepting entries through Thursday, October 31, so you have plenty of time to get in the Brewers “spirit.” Get your pumpkin,  give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/brewitched beginning Monday. 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.

And, for inspiration, here are last year’s winners:

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http://instagram.com/p/RZc-YGGo0F/

http://instagram.com/p/RDVymZITJB/

Happy decorating!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

PS: 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 @BrewersFor those without Instagram, you can still view our photos, by visiting  brewers.com/instagram.

Inside Look at the Miller Park Field Renovation Project

The Brewers played their last home game on Sunday, September 22 and their last regular season game on Sunday, September 29.  On Monday, September 30, the Miller Park grounds crew was very busy tearing up the field to make room for a new playing surface.  Wednesday was the first day the grounds crew began to install the new playing surface after a week of preparation.

Over 105,000 square feet of sod was brought in from Graff’s Turf Farm in Fort Morgan, Colorado to cover the approximately 2 1/4 acres of field.  It comes to Miller Park on rolls that are 2,200 pounds and are four feet wide and 35 feet long.  The sod is fully mature and about 1 1/2 inches thick.

Miller Park’s Director of Grounds Justin Scott spoke about the project.

“The process allows us to bring in some younger, newer turf and remove some old contamination,”  said Scott.  “We can fix some issues and improve some things with irrigation.  It is just an industry standard procedure that all MLB teams do.”

The old sod was ground up and recycled into top soil.

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Scott said he hopes the project of laying the new sod is complete by Friday night.  At that point, routine maintenance of the field will continue until late November or early December when he hopes the field will go dormant for the winter.

The last time this project took place was the Fall of 2008.

We will keep you updated with photos of the project!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Baseball Academy Skills Champion’s Day Wrap Up

If you’ll recall, this past season, we launched the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

All season, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for the latest installment from Coach Tim, a wrap up of the Brewers Baseball Academy Champions Day.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

THE SECRET SAUCE IN EVERY CHAMPION’S RECIPE

At each Brewers Baseball Academy summer camp we have the kids participate in a Skills Competition that measures bat speed, running speed and field/throwing speed. We’ve found that breaking up the instruction with competitive events really spices up the day and the Skills Competition does the trick. Plus, it helps reinforce the very things that we are teaching the kids during the week.

A couple weeks ago, the top 70 scorers from the summer participated in Champions Day at Miller Park. In addition to the 70 competitors, there were another 300+ friends and family members in attendance. It was a gorgeous day, although I wished the grounds crew was preparing the infield for the playoffs rather than re-sodding…but that’s what next year is for.

The focus of this post is to ask whether or not placing kids in the cauldron of competition prepares them for what’s ahead. Trust me; the kids at Champions Day feel the pressure of competing for a trophy in front of a lot of people on the very field their baseball heroes perform. It’s only natural to feel that heart-pounding, sweaty palms, “where’s the restroom” sensation. The big question, of course, is whether or not the performer can park those feelings somewhere they won’t impede their physical and mental performance. Or do they give into them and essentially fall apart at the most critical time?

I submit that champions not only control those emotions but use them to propel his/her performance to new heights. That confidence, that belief in oneself, is the secret sauce in every winner’s recipe.

What's the "Secret Sauce" in every Champion's recipe?

What’s the “Secret Sauce” in every Champion’s recipe?

I think about all the travel tryouts that were conducted throughout Wisconsin in the last 60 days. We measure kids’ running speed. We hit them ground balls and watch the “carry” on their throws across the infield or outfield. We throw batting practice and watch their strokes. What we can’t do is put a dipstick in that part of the athlete that measures their ability to manage stress…to excel under pressure. If we could, I fear that many of us would come up a quart low.

Case in point. If you ever had the pleasure of standing in the third base coaching box you get a real sense of the kids who step into the batter’s box like they own it. It’s as though they lock the door behind them and nothing exists other than the next pitch. These kids will compete for me. On the other hand, I’ve had plenty of kids who stepped into the batter’s box in that same pressure cooker situation and looked as though there was a snake in it.

The remarkable “you can’t beat me” attitude is what separates good from great and it may very well be hard wired in the athlete’s DNA. Although, preparation, experience and multiple “learnable” techniques can make a huge difference. But the “will to win” that we see from the great ones may not be something we can teach. Then again, a few Sunday’s ago class was in session at Miller Park for 70 young athletes from the Brewers Baseball Academy…and they put on a show. You can click here to see the final rankings.

 

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Catching Up wih the Brewers Cave Crashers

In mid-August, we hosted an Instagram contest to send Brewers fans to the MLB Fan Cave while the team was in New York taking on the Mets, putting out a call for Brewers fans to share pictures of their personal Brewers Fan Caves.

We received many great entries, but the one that stood out for the judges was Pam Dietz’s Brewers Tiki Hut:

Today, I caught up with Pam and she filled me in on the experience.

“I was pretty excited to find out we won,” Pam told me.  “Last year, we started with the tiki hut and since we’re huge Brewers fans, we decided to make it a Brewers/baseball theme and we’ve been adding things here or there, like the retired numbers.”

The family arrived in New York in time to take a tour of the Fan Cave on Friday where they were also greeted by Brewers players Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis.

L-R: Pam, Khris, Scooter, Tony and Jordan.

L-R: Pam, Khris, Scooter, Tony and Jordan.

The family was pretty excited to see Scooter since, living in Appleton, they take in many Timber Rattlers games and had remembered him from his time there. A few years ago, Scooter had even given a broken bat to Jordan, which he was later able to get signed at a Rising Stars game at Miller Park.

During their time at the Fan Cave, Jordan was able to play ping pong with Scooter and Pam also participated in a video shoot.

Scooter and Jordan play ping pong at the MLB Fan Cave.

Scooter and Jordan play ping pong at the MLB Fan Cave.

 

The family also stayed to watch that night’s game vs. the Mets from the Cave, a 4-2 victory which featured three home runs by Brewers players (Aoki, Davis and Maldonado). This was especially exciting to Jordan, as he got to play Bernie Brewer, sliding down the Fan Cave’s big slide for each one of them.

Scooter Gennett takes his turn on the Fan Cave's HR slide.

Scooter Gennett takes his turn on the Fan Cave’s HR slide.

On Saturday, the family took in the Brewers-Mets game at Citi Field, another 4-2 victory that lasted 10 innings. Their seats were great and they caught Scooter’s eye. He came over to chat and, much to Jordan’s surprise, presented him with another one of his bats to take home as a souvenir.

Being such big Brewers fans, the Dietz family tries to take a family trip to see the Brewers on the road each year, usually around the Fourth of July, So far, they’ve been to see the Crew take on the Twins and the Cardinals.

However, this trip ranks right up there at the top, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

“It was a great trip, an awesome trip,” Pam said.

Thanks, Pam, Tony and Jordan for being such great Brewers fans! And thanks to Khris, Scooter and the staff at the Brewers Fan Cave for providing such a memorable experience.

Cheers!

Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Milwaukee BBWAA Chapter Announces Brewers 2013 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.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez was voted Brewers Most Valuable Player as he received all eight first-place votes (40 points).  Shortstop Jean Segura finished second with 18 points.

Gomez, a first-time All-Star selection this season, batted .284 with 24 HR, 73 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 147 games. He was among the National League leaders in triples (T2nd, 10), stolen bases (4th), slugging percentage (7th, .506) and extra-base hits (T8th, 61). Gomez became the first player in franchise history to produce 20+ home runs and 40+ stolen bases in a season. He was the only player in the Major Leagues to accomplish that feat in 2013. The Gold Glove Award candidate also recorded 12 assists in center field, which ranked second in the Major Leagues from that position.

Kyle Lohse was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as he received all eight first-place votes (40 points). Jim Henderson (24 points), Brandon Kintzler (7) and Yovani Gallardo (1) also received consideration. Lohse, who signed with the Brewers as a free agent on March 25, went 11-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 32 starts during his first season in Milwaukee. He led the team in ERA, innings pitched (198.2) and quality starts (20). He ranked fifth in the National League in fewest walks per nine innings (1.6). Lohse went 10-4 with a 2.91 ERA over his last 22 starts, posting 16 quality starts (139ip, 45er).

Lohse (38 points) was also voted Brewers Top Newcomer, receiving seven first-place votes and one second-place vote. He was followed by second baseman Scooter Gennett (26 points – one first-place vote). Outfielder Khris Davis (7 points) and pitcher Tyler Thornburg (1) were also listed on ballots.

Right fielder Norichika Aoki (34 points) received five first-place votes and three second-place votes to edge pitcher Brandon Kintzler (27 points – three first place-votes, four second-place votes) and earn Brewers Unsung Hero honors. A total of eight players were listed on ballots for this award.

Aoki batted .286 with 8 HR, 37 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 155 games. He ranked among the National League leaders in multi-hit games (T7th, 50) and hits (T10th, 171). He led the team in games, at-bats (597), on-base percentage (.356) and walks (55) while tying Carlos Gomez for the team lead in runs (80). Aoki struck out just 40 times in 674 plate appearances this season, the best ratio in the Major Leagues (16.9).

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy (33 points) earned the Good Guy Award, receiving six first-place votes and one second place vote. The other first-place votes went to center fielder Carlos Gomez, who finished second with 18 points, and shortstop Jean Segura. A total of nine players were listed on ballots for this honor, the most of any award this season.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Carlos Gomez Named Milwaukee Brewers Nominee for 2013 Hank Aaron Award

Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Carlos Gomez was named the Milwaukee Brewers nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award.

Fans can vote exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. For the fourth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.

Gomez batted .284 with 27 doubles, 10 triples, 24 home runs, 73 RBI and 40 stolen bases (all career highs) in 147 games. The speedy center fielder was selected to his first All-Star Game and ranked among the National League leaders in triples (T2nd), stolen bases (4th), slugging percentage (7th, .506) and extra-base hits (T8th, 61). Gomez, who was the only player in the Major Leagues this season with 20+ HR and 35+ SB, became the first player in franchise history with 20+ HR and 40+ SB in a season.  He led the Brewers in doubles, home runs, extra-base hits, total bases (271) and slugging percentage and tied for the team-lead in runs (80) and triples.  In addition, his 12 assists ranked second among Major League center fielders in 2013.

Gomez MLB Instagram

The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount.  These Hall of Famers – who combined for 17,629 hits, 8,278 RBI and 1,723 home runs – have all been personally selected by Hank Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.

Through October 10, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2013 World Series.

“It is a great honor that Major League Baseball recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League with an award in my name,” said Hank Aaron. “The game is full of so many talented players today that I am thankful my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans assist in selecting the much deserving winners.”

The finalists for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award are:

American League National League
Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt
Boston Red Sox David Ortiz Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman
Chicago White Sox Alexei Ramirez Chicago Cubs Nate Schierholtz
Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis Cincinnati Reds Jay Bruce
Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera Colorado Rockies Michael Cuddyer
Houston Astros Jason Castro Los Angeles Dodgers Hanley Ramirez
Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton
LA Angels of Anaheim Mike Trout Milwaukee Brewers Carlos Gomez
Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer New York Mets David Wright
New York Yankees Robinson Cano Philadelphia Phillies Domonic Brown
Oakland Athletics Josh Donaldson Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen
Seattle Mariners Kendrys Morales St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter
Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria San Diego Padres Will Venable
Texas Rangers Adrian Beltre San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence
Toronto Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion Washington Nationals Jayson Werth

Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012), Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011), Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).

The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.  

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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