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.
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a two-year player development contract with Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League that will run through the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“We are looking forward to our partnership with Dave Elmore and Colorado Springs,” said Melvin. “The Brewers have a familiarity with the Elmore group, Dave and D.G., and their understanding of the player development process. We have had a successful history working with D.G., owner of the Helena Brewers. Many players on our current roster have come up through our minor league system and we believe that Colorado Springs will continue to help us produce talent at a Major League level.”
Colorado Springs is a member of the PCL’s American Northern Division along with Omaha, Iowa and Oklahoma City. The Sky Sox play their home games at Security Service Field.
“We couldn’t be happier to start the newest era in Sky Sox baseball with a world-class organization like the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor. “Their long and rich baseball history, as well as their commitment to a winning culture is something that we know our fans will embrace. We can’t wait to get started on this new and exciting partnership.”
The Brewers are the third Major League affiliate of Colorado Springs. The team had previously been affiliated with the Cleveland Indians from 1988-1992 and the Colorado Rockies since 1993.
Today we announced a four-year player development contract extension with Double-A Biloxi of the Southern League through the 2018 season and a two-year PDC extension with Class-A Brevard County of the Florida State League through the 2016 season. The announcements were made by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“We are excited to extend our contracts with Biloxi and Brevard County,” said Melvin. “We look forward to working with Ken Young and his ownership group as the team relocates from Huntsville to Biloxi and into a new ballpark. The top-notch facilities will give our players the necessary tools to further develop into Major Leaguers.”
The Brewers were affiliated with the Huntsville Stars since the 1999 season. Earlier this year, a Biloxi ownership group led by Ken Young purchased the Stars. Construction of a new ballpark in Biloxi, Mississippi is underway for the 2015 season.
“We’re looking forward to bringing baseball to Biloxi and are eager for this new chapter,” said Biloxi General Manager Buck Rogers. “The Brewers are a class act organization and we can’t wait to get started in our new ballpark.”
The Brevard County Manatees recently completed their 10th season as an affiliate of the Brewers, which began with the 2005 season. The Manatees play their home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. They are owned and operated by Central Florida Baseball Group, LLC.
“The Manatees are thrilled to continue the great working relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Central Florida Baseball Group Chairman Dr. Tom Winters. “The entire organization is first class.”
Today we announced that tickets for Brewers On Deck 2015 will go on sale tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT. Set to take place on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center,Brewers On Deck is the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training.
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.
Fans who purchase a ticket before November 1st will receive a voucher for a ticket to a select 2015 April game.
Tickets may be purchased beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, interactive games in the Kids Area, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
The same system for autographs will be used for Brewers On Deck that was used in previous years. Recipients of any “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced at a later date) will be chosen through a random selection process. Numbered coupons to be entered into the random selection process will be available the day of the event only and will be distributed beginning at 8 a.m. at the Wisconsin Center. Coupon distribution will be available up to an hour before each designated autograph session. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted in early January 2015. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted at the pay stations in the autograph areas. For more information regarding the lottery process, visit brewers.com/ondeck. Additional details regarding the autograph schedules will be available at a later date.
Recently, students 16 and under had the chance to enter a contest that would help them go back to school in style from the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park by submitting a photo of themselves wearing Brewers gear along with a 100-word-or-less essay on “Why I Am the Most Passionate Brewers Fan.”
We received many great entries, but after much deliberation, five finalists will be chosen and Scooter Gennett was called in to help choose the Grand Prize Winner: Drew Kallie from Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Drew is in the second grade and submitted the following essay, drawing and photograph:
As Grand Prize winner, Drew received a $250 shopping spree to the Brewers Team Store, Brewers school supplies and six tickets to today’s game, where he took part in a special pregame presentation on the field:
The four runners-up were as follows:
Adam Bruss from Brown Deer, WI
Natalie Jentz from Platteville, WI
Siarah Ortiz from Waukesha, WI
Isie Woodford from Pewaukee, WI
Take a look at those entries here:
They will each receive a $100 shopping spree to the Brewers Team Store and Brewers school supplies.
Congratulations and good luck at school this year!
It’s Wisconsin Humane Society Day here at Miller Park, all thanks to Hank, the famous Ballpark Pup who first appeared at Brewers Spring Training camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers.
Since that day when he immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet-lovers across the world, we have worked closely with the Wisconsin Humane Society on both the care for and events involving Hank, raising awareness and funds for the organization along the way.
We are pleased to honor this great organization by hosting many special festivities at the ballpark.
Tonight, all fans in attendance at the game received a “BobbleHank,” in partnership with West Bend Mutual Insurance, and a portion of the proceeds from tickets sales for the game were donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund,” a pool that benefits stray animals in their care transferred from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, as well as stray animals at the WHS Ozaukee and Racine Campuses. Brewers players have stepped forward and contributed to the fund as well.
Then, Brewers Community Foundation presented a $130,000 check to the Wisconsin Humane Society in an on-field, pre-game ceremony featuring Hank, the “Ballpark Pup.” The donation was raised from sales of Hank merchandise items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, as well as donations from fans at Hank’s various appearances. Twenty percent of the retail sales from all Hank-related items benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund.”
During the game, the Wisconsin Humane Society as well as the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) each have an information table located on the Field Level Concourse, and the two organizations also have adoptable dogs for fans to visit in the right field corner (also the Field Level Concourse).
During the entire three game series against the Cincinnati Reds, Brewers Community Foundation invites fans to drop off items for animal shelters during the Foundation’s Drive for Charity. Items that will be collected include canned or dry puppy, dog, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; towels; and stainless steel food and water bowls. While supplies last, fans that donate an item or make a $5 contribution will receive a collectible pin featuring, Hank. Donation tables and bins will be located at the Hot Corner, the Right Field Gate, and next to the Field Level Guest Relations near the Home Plate Gate. They will be available from gate opening through the second inning.
Also, the newest Brewers mascot, a Hank-themed “walkabout,” made its debut. The mascot is mingling with fans on the concourses tonight and will be at future Brewers home games.
He also made an appearance in the Brewers TV Booth:
Hank the (actual) dog also appeared in the Sausage Race in the middle of the 6th inning:
In addition, the Brewers Team Store introduced the latest Hank item: a Hank watch from Modify Watches. Modify Watches are fun and colorful timepieces featuring mix-and-match faces and straps. Custom combinations mean you can build the perfect “Mods” to match your style, fit your mood and support the Crew.
Earlier this week, we also announced that a new children’s book, “Hank, The Ballpark Pup” will be released on Thursday at the Brewers Team Store.
Thanks to all 45, 205 of you who came out for Wisconsin Humane Society Day at Miller Park!
We’re happy that Hank’s story can brighten everyone’s day, and also greatly benefit other animals who are stray, homeless or have other needs along the way.
This summer, for the seventh time in the last 11 years, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee claimed the Horizon League’s McCafferty Trophy, which is awarded to the conference’s all-sports champion.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Milwaukee won a total of eight regular and postseason Horizon League Championships, earning NCAA Tournament berths in Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s Basketball.
Congratulations to the Milwaukee Panthers, including Director of Athletics Amanda Braun and Men’s Basketball Coach Rob Jeter, on this tremendous achievement.
In addition to recognition for this feat in the pregame ceremony, Mark Schwartz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor of Geography and Leader of UWM’s faculty sang the national anthem and Mark Mone, the University’s Interim Chancellor, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
The Brewers Wives play an important role in our team’s outreach efforts to support the community. This summer, they teamed up with Brewers Community Foundation to raise funds through a number of special events. The proceeds from the events supported the Salvation Army “Feed the Kids” Summer Lunch Program, The Next Door Foundation, Humane Society of Wisconsin, Wounded Warriors, After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD), Wisconsin Breast Cancer Show House, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Tonight, the Brewers Wives presented a $50,000 check to Brewers Community Foundation. They thank the fans that contributed by purchasing raffle tickets, mystery bags and attending special events.