Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Jonathan Lucroy was named the Brewers nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award.
Fans can vote exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. For the fifth 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.
Lucroy is coming off the best year in his career as he batted .301 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI. The five-year veteran set career-highs in games played (153), hits (176), runs (73), doubles (53) and walks (66). He appeared in his first All-Star Game, becoming just the second Brewer in franchise history to start behind the plate in the game. Lucroy went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles in the Midsummer Classic. The Brewers’ backstop collected 53 doubles to become the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead the Major Leagues in doubles. Lucroy’s 53 doubles also tied Lyle Overbay (2004) for the franchise single-season record. In addition, the Florida native ranked among the National League leaders in multi-hit games (3rd, 53), extra-base hits (T3rd, 68), hits (T5th, 176), batting average (7th, .301) and on-base percentage (8th, .373).
The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers – who combined for 16,956 hits, 8,844 RBI and 2,109 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.
Through October 5, 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 2014 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2014 World Series.
Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); 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.
As part of tonight’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet, Brewers players were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a way of thanking everyone for their season-long support. After batting practice, the players hopped on the carts and went for the ride.
Every Brewers player and coach handed out Brewers goodies to fans in the parking lots to show appreciation for their support. Many posed for selfies and shook hands with the fans:
Will Smith, Jimmy Nelson and Matt Clark decided to start a game of bags with some fans and they even enjoyed some cookies from the group.
The gesture caught most fans by surprise as they really didn’t really expect to see Brewers players cruising through the lots on golf carts. It was a fun treat to see the reaction of the fans when they saw the players. There were a lot of double takes! It was also fun to see the reaction of the players, some of whom had never seen the extravagant tailgating that goes on before every Brewers game.
Were you in the parking lots tonight? Share your story with us in the comments section below!
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”
“Salty Tootsie Roll Concrete Mixer” from
During each homestand, I’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.
For the final weekend of the 2014 season, AJ Bombers is serving up the Salty Tootsie Roll Concrete Mixer for the Brewers vs. Cubs series.
For this series, AJ Bombers is also serving up the Luc’s Ragin’ Cajun Burger, a fan favorite from earlier this season.
Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find AJ Bombers on the Field Level, in the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.
What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!
Prior to tonight’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, Jonathan Lucroy was named the 2014 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award honored Lucroy who was voted as the Brewers player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game as voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.
Bert Garvin, We Energies Senior Vice President of External Affairs, presented Lucroy the award in a ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Cubs. The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager Ron Roenicke, President of Baseball Operations/General Manager Doug Melvin and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Debbie Krahn, winner of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Grand Slam Prize” was also present.
The Brewers catcher received 43.42% of the total vote after a spectacular season. The five year veteran recorded career-highs in games played, hits, runs, doubles and walks. He appeared in his first All-Star Game, becoming just the second Brewer in franchise history to start behind the plate in the game. Lucroy went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles in the Midsummer Classic. In addition, Lucroy currently leads the league with 52 doubles and looks to become the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead his league in doubles. Lucroy joined Lyle Overbay (53 in 2004) and Aramis Ramirez (50 in 2012) as the only Brewers with 50-double seasons.
Last year’s “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year,” Carlos Gomez came in a close second, recording 40.76% of the total vote. Other past winners include Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).
The Cubs are making the trip north on I-94 for Fan Appreciation Weekend at Miller Park. Chicago is known for many specialty food items and the Double Clutch this weekend will not disappoint as it combines two popular Chicago foods in one special meal.
The featured menu item this weekend is the Taylor Street Fried Italian Sausage Sandwich, with tomato jam and fresh mozzarella. This meal is $10.
As always, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available all weekend at the Double Clutch also for $9.50.
The Double Clutch is located on the Loge Level outside section 215.
Today, as he visits Miller Park on his farewell tour, we announced that the Club will honor retiring Major League Baseball Commissioner and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig by retiring uniform #1 in a ceremony that will take place at Miller Park next season.
“We are proud to pay tribute to Commissioner Selig with this honor for all of his work on behalf of the Brewers as well as Major League Baseball,” said Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio. “The uniform number being retired in the Commissioner’s honor is significant, as the existence of the Milwaukee Brewers and Miller Park are a direct result of the Commissioner’s vision. Without his tireless efforts, neither would be a reality.”
This is the first in a series of initiatives that the Brewers have planned to honor Commissioner Selig, who will retire at the end of this year. Additional details will be announced later.
Commissioner Selig said: “I thank Mark Attanasio and his entire organization for this extraordinary honor. The Brewers are a product of my hometown’s passion for Major League Baseball, and it was a privilege to play a part in restoring the spirit of community and kinship that the National Pastime inspires. Knowing the great history of this franchise, I am truly humbled to look forward to a memorable day at Miller Park next season.”
Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers. In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.
During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned UPI’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.
In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.
More recently, Selig was honored with a statue at Miller Park, which was unveiled on August 24, 2010.
He became the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball, and during his tenure the sport has thrived. As Commissioner, Selig has implemented important changes throughout Major League Baseball. He made popular structural changes in the game, including the Wild Card, the three-division format, Interleague Play and Instant Replay. He put in place the toughest drug-testing program in American professional sports. He also profoundly affected baseball’s economic landscape by instituting meaningful revenue sharing among the clubs as well as successful ventures, such as MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network, and the World Baseball Classic. MLB truly has thrived under Selig’s stewardship: It has enjoyed its longest period of labor peace with its Players Association and has consistently posted records levels of attendance and revenues.
Magician Justin Sight stopped by the Brewers Clubhouse recently, with a few tricks up his sleeve–especially for Carlos Gomez–in this spot from ESPN.
This Friday through Sunday Fan Appreciation Weekend at Miller Park as the Crew takes on the Chicago Cubs. Fans will enjoy a variety of giveaways and prizes all weekend long. All fans in attendance at Miller Park this weekend will receive a 2015 Brewers magnetic schedule.
Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet will take place on Saturday. Numerous prizes will be given away, and one lucky fan will win “The Ultimate Tailgate” grand prize: a 2014 Chevy Equinox and a $1,000 gift card to Pick ‘n Save. The Chevy Equinox features a custom Brewers wrap as seen on display at Miller Park and various Pick ‘n Save stores in the Greater Milwaukee area.
All fans in attendance on Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet will receive a 2014 Brewers team photo. Additionally, all fans will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win fabulous prizes, including autographed memorabilia, gift certificates to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and many additional prizes from team corporate sponsors.
On Sunday, all fans will receive a scratch-off card containing prizes such as free 2015 tickets, $10 food and beverage vouchers, autographed baseballs, game-used jerseys, a $250 Brewers Team Store by Majestic shopping spree and a Club Level Suite to a 2015 game. Every fan is guaranteed to win a prize.
Tickets for Fan Appreciation Weekend are available at the Miller Park ticket office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.
Brewers Rank Among Top Organizations in ESPN Fan Satisfaction Rankings; Brewers Voted Fourth-Best Among MLB Teams
The results of ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings” have been released and the Milwaukee Brewers placed fourth among 30 Major League Baseball teams and 23rd overall out of 122 professional sports franchises (MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL). The MLB and overall rankings are the best for the Brewers since the 2009 survey.
More than 101,000 fans participated in the survey, which rated each franchise in eight categories. Fans voted the stadium experience at Miller Park as the team’s highest ranking at 10th-best among all organizations. In addition, the Brewers placed among the Top 25 in the categories of Affordability (#15), Ownership (#22) and Bang for the Buck (#22).
“The fans give us our final report card every year, and we are pleased they value the Brewers and the Miller Park experience at such a high level,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “One of our top priorities is to deliver the best fan experience in the industry, and that’s something that we focus on every day.”
The full rankings are available here.
The Brewers and Miller Park have placed among the top teams in several media and fan rankings over the past several years. Miller Park was named Wisconsin’s “Best Group Outing” by Wisconsin Meetings Magazine earlier this year. In addition, Scarborough – a marketing research company – established the Brewers as one of the top teams in Major League Baseball in terms of engaging their market. In 2012, Miller Park was deemed the best ballpark in Major League Baseball by the fans through ESPN’s “Battle of the Ballparks.”
On the heels of our Wisconsin Humane Society Day and BobbleHank Giveaway, a new children’s book was released today, recapping the adventures of Hank, baseball’s most celebrated canine.
“Hank, The Ballpark Pup,” written by Karen Winnick, went on sale on this afternoon with a special kick-off event. Ms. Winnick and Hank appeared at the Team Store where the first 75 people in line received a free copy of the book, as well as an opportunity to have their book signed by the author and a photo taken with Hank.
The 40-page, hard-cover book was designed and illustrated by 2-Story Creative and retails in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for $19.95.
For all Hank-themed items sold by the Brewers, including the new book, 20% of the retail price will be donated to the “Hank Fund.” To date, more than $130,000 has been raised for the fund through Hank merchandise sales.
Ms. Winnick is the author and illustrator of numerous books, including “Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers,” “Barn Sneeze,” and “Gemina, The Crooked-Neck Giraffe.” Her love of animals extends to her role as a Los Angeles Zoo Commissioner, and her poems have been published in magazines and anthologies.