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DARNELL COLES NAMED BREWERS HITTING COACH

Today the Brewers named Darnell Coles as hitting coach. Coles, who was signed to a one-year contract, replaces former hitting coach Johnny Narron, who was relieved of his duties on October 10.  The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Darnell has an impressive Major League background as a player and coach,” said Melvin.  “With his knowledge of hitting and strength as an instructor, he has the ability to connect with our players, with whom he is quite familiar.”

Coles, 52, returns for his second stint in the Brewers organization, having served as minor league hitting coordinator from 2010-11 and as manager at Double-A Huntsville from 2012-13.  He spent the 2014 season as assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, his first career coaching position at the Major League level.  The Tigers offense led the Major Leagues in batting average (.277), hits (1,557), RBI (731) and doubles (325) and ranked second (led the American League) in on-base percentage (.331), slugging percentage (.426) and OPS (.757).

Coles began his coaching career in 2000 as minor league hitting coordinator with the Seattle Mariners.  From 2001-06, he served as an analyst for ESPN.  His coaching career resumed in 2006 as minor league roving hitting instructor with the Washington Nationals and followed with roles in the organization as manager at Class-A Vermont (2007) and Class-A Hagerstown (2008) and as hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse (2009).

Coles played 14 Major League seasons and batted .245 with 75 HR and 368 RBI in 957 games.  The former infielder/outfielder played for Seattle (1983-85, ‘88-90), Detroit (1986-87, ‘90), Pittsburgh (1987-88), San Francisco (1991), Cincinnati (1992), Toronto (1993-94), St. Louis (1995) and Colorado (1997).  He was a member of the 1993 World Series champion Blue Jays.

Coles and his wife, Shari, reside in Tampa, Florida.  They have three children, DeAnna, Darnell Jr. and Jared.

ONE DIRECTION ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN DATES FOR THE WORLDWIDE ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 STADIUM TOUR

Global superstars One Direction today announced additional dates for the highly anticipated ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 stadium tour, which will see the band perform in Australia, Japan and South East Asia in support their new album FOUR (to be released Nov. 17). The North American tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on July 9, 2015 at the Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, Cali. The full 17-city North American tour includes stops in East Rutherford, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Seattle, amongst others. Additional dates for the European and North American legs go on sale on November 1 at www.livenation.com.

Niall comments: “We could not be more excited about the new tour. We’ve started rehearsing songs from the new album and can’t wait for the fans to hear them live. We’re just so very thankful to our amazingly loyal fans – they make it possible for us to play in these incredible places and continue to surprise us every day with their unwavering support.”

Fans will have access to a pre-sale by visiting the band’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Citi® is the official credit card of the ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 North American tour. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Friday, Oct. 24 through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Additional details are available at www.livenation.com.

Tickets for the Miller Park show will go on sale on Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m. at Brewers.com/OneDirection, by phone at (414)902-4000 and at the Miller Park Box Office. Full details on the concert, including a seating map, are available at Brewers.com/OneDirection.

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The music video for the band’s lead single ‘Steal My Girl’ premieres globally on Friday, Oct. 24. The outlandish video, filmed in Palmdale, CA, is directed by Benjamin and Gabe Turner and features a cameo from Hollywood legend Danny Devito. The video will premiere on VEVO at 8:00 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. BST.

With a staggering 94 number ones and over 46 million records sold, in just four short years, One Direction have gone from energetic pop upstarts to international superstars. As the band’s song writing becomes more personal with each record, FOUR is set to be their most stunning yet. The album follows the global success of their huge sell out WHERE WE ARE stadium tour and the 3D film documentary THIS IS US. Fans also had the opportunity to relive this summers’ tour with the release of their second film WHERE WE ARE: THE CONCERT FILM, which broke records as the biggest ever Event Cinema audience across one weekend. The WHERE WE ARE: THE CONCERT FILM DVD will be released on Dec. 2. Add all this to their 3 billion YouTube views, 109 million combined Twitter followers and 33 million Facebook fans and it’s clear that Liam, Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn genuinely are a worldwide phenomenon.

FOUR will be released globally on Nov. 17, 2014 via Syco/Columbia Records. Fans can receive the band’s first single “Steal My Girl” instantly if they pre-order the deluxe album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/1DFouriTdlx.

 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

All dates and venues below subject to change.

 

EUROPE

6/10/15 Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion

6/13/15 Brussels, Belgium – King Baudouin Stadium

6/16/15 Horsens, Denmark – CASA Arena

6/19/15 Oslo, Norway – Ullevaal Stadion

6/23/15 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium

6/27/15 Helsinki, Finland – Olympiastadion

 

NORTH AMERICA

7/9/15 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium

7/11/15 San Francisco, CA – Levi’s Stadium (on sale Nov. 14)

7/15/15 Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field

7/26/15 Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium

7/28/15 Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium

7/31/15 Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium

8/2/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field

8/5/15 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

8/8/15 Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium

8/18/15 Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium

8/23/15 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field

8/25/15 Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park

8/27/15 Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium

8/29/15 Detroit, MI – Ford Field

9/1/15 Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

9/3/15 Buffalo, NY – Ralph Wilson Stadium

9/12/15 Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium

 

Join the conversation:  #OnTheRoadAgain1D

 

For more info visit

http://www.onedirectionmusic.com

http://www.columbiarecords.com

http://www.livenation.com

 

What’s in a Name? “John and Cait…Plus 9″ is Now “Cait Covers the Bases”

Looking for John and Cait…Plus 9?  Hold on, don’t go anywhere. You’re on the right site, but as of today, the name of the blog has officially changed to Cait Covers the Bases.

My long-time blogging partner and colleague John Steinmiller and I started this blog in November of 2009.

At that time, there was a popular TV show called Jon & Kate Plus 8 about a couple raising their eight children, and, since we were also a John and Cait duo, we thought it would be fun to play off of that for the name of our blog, adding the “9” as a nod to the baseball starting lineup.

Fast forward to 2014, coming up on the five-year anniversary of this Brewers front office blog. Jon and Kate Gosselin from the show have split up leaving Kate and her 8 on their own and our own John has left us for Arizona. (Kind of ironic, isn’t it?)

And so, the time has come to officially change the name of this blog. After much deliberation, I went with Cait Covers the Bases. Short and simple (with a little alliteration), but most importantly, it is also a mission statement.

The idiom “covers the bases” can mean “to give attention to every aspect of a situation ” or “to inform (someone) of all matters at hand”  and that’s what I try to do for you–keep you informed on all of the happenings with the Crew and at Miller Park.

And of course, many believe this expression comes from our favorite sport, so to me, it makes perfect sense.

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Writing for this blog has always been one of my favorite parts of my job in my role as Director of New Media for the Club, thanks to you, the readers. I love interacting with you, whether it is via the comments, email, at the games, at events, or on Twitter. And, thanks to you, this blog has consistently ranked in the top 3 of MLB Pro Blogs each month.

I look forward to continuing to cover all the bases for you for the 2015 season and beyond.

Cheers!

 

-Cait

Twitter: @CMoyer

 

Getting to Know Triple-A Colorado Springs

In September, we  announced a two-year player development contract with Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League that will run through the 2016 season.

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Dave Elmore and Colorado Springs,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug 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.”

To help introduce Brewers fans to our new affiliate, I’ve been in touch with Nicole Tropp, New Media and Merchandise Manager for the Sky Sox, who supplied me with some great photographs and some fun facts. Allow me to give you the virtual tour:

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Colorado Springs is a member of the PCL’s American Northern Division along with Omaha, Iowa and Oklahoma City.  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.

“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.”

I’m excited, too. Next season, I am planning to visit Colorado Springs to bring you more great photographs and stories from our new Triple-A affiliate.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Join Jonathan Lucroy in the Fight Against Muscle Disease on November 13

Brewers fans can join Jonathan Lucroy in the fight against muscle disease by attending the 4th Annual Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13 at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) invites you to meet and mingle with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, other current and former Wisconsin professional athletes and high-profile business executives while enjoying craft cocktails and food pairings from SURG Restaurant Group’s best bartenders and restaurants including Carnveor, Umami Moto, Hom and more.

You can also bid on a variety of exciting experiences and items, including incredible sports memorabilia and a private meet and greet with Jonathan Lucroy during batting practice in silent and live auctions that will benefit MDA’s mission.

MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s Disease and other related illnesses by funding worldwide research. The Association also provided comprehensive health care, support services, advocacy and education.

By attending, you’ll play a crucial role in helping Wisconsin families impacted by muscular dystrophy achieve a victory in finding a cure–families, like that of 9-year-old Reagan Imhoff, who visited with Jonathan Lucroy at Miller Park earlier this year.

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A National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA, Reagan and her parents, Jenny and Joe, visited Miller Park earlier this summer.

Reagan  has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition  SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.

Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.

It was a pleasure to meet Reagan and her family; they are lovely people and I can see why this charismatic youngster was chosen to be an ambassador at the national level.

You can meet Reagan and mingle with current and former professional athletes at the annual MDA Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13.  Please contact the MDA office regarding sponsorships (including 10 tickets to the Muscle Team Gala) via phone at (262)432-7992 or email: estraw@mdasua.org.

I hope to see you there!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Make Coaching Staff Announcements

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that the team will not be offering 2015 contracts to hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base/infield coach Garth Iorg.  Manager Ron Roenicke, whose 2015 club option was exercised this past Spring Training, and the rest of the coaching staff will return next season.  The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Over the course of the last few weeks, we have evaluated the work of Ron and his coaches and believe that this is the best course of action to take,” said Melvin.  “We appreciate the work that Johnny and Garth did for us through the years, and moves like this are never easy to make.  We have already started reviewing our player personnel and will continue to address the factors that led to our disappointing finish to the season.”

Narron served three seasons as hitting coach.  He was named to his position on November 28, 2011, replacing Dale Sveum, who was named manager of the Chicago Cubs.  Iorg served four seasons as first base coach.  He was named to his position on November 15, 2010.

Returning to the coaching staff for the 2015 season will be coach Mike Guerrero (2nd season), pitching coach Rick Kranitz (5th season), bench coach Jerry Narron (5th season), third base coach Ed Sedar (9th season, 5th as 3B coach), outfield coach John Shelby (5th season) and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell (4th season).

 

Brewers Fans One Million Strong on Facebook

I’m very excited because this morning, the Brewers page hit 1,000,000 “likes” on Facebook.

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This is a big milestone and players, coaches and front office members wanted to thank you for your support:

We’re also celebrating by  hosting a sweepstakes where one lucky fan will win a VIP Package consisting of the following:

  • Four (4) Field Level tickets to a 2015 Regular Season Home Game
  • The opportunity to view batting practice prior to the game
  • The opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with a Brewers player or coach prior to the game
  • and a Brewers prize pack

Be sure to look for the sweepstakes post on Facebook later today and “Like” it to be entered to win.

Thanks again for “liking” us–we “like” you, too!

-Cait

JohnandCait@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 and/or Twitter using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack, which will include two tickets to Brewers On Deck and 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 Friday, 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:

Happy decorating!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Throwback Thursday: The Two-Fisted Slopper

I was really excited about today’s Throwback Thursday post:

For those of you who don’t remember this guy, he’s known as the “Two-Fisted Slopper” and he was a staple on the scoreboard at County Stadium:

Even though I wasn’t old enough to drink during the County Stadium days, I vividly remember this public service announcement and was hoping many Brewers fans would find it nostalgic as well.

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Oh-and to settle some of the debate that exists surrounding the 2FS while we are at it, I have confirmed that he is the Two-Fisted SloPPer, not SloBBer, as many surmise.

Special thanks to Deron Anderson, Director of A/V Production, who tracked this down for me at my request. Do you have any other favorite scoreboard staples and/or memories from County Stadium? Post them in the comments below and I’ll try to dig them up for a future post!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Who Are the Brewers? Retro Logo Makes Appearance on Jeopardy!

Brewers fans would be $400 richer if they got this clue that aired on tonight’s episode:

The ball and glove logo really is, in my opinion, one of the best sports logos of all time. It’s awesome to me that to this day, you can point out the M & B in the logo and still amaze some people.

So glad we brought it back.

Speaking of bringing things back and Jeopardy!… looks like Alex Trebek’s ‘stache is back, too. And Bernie approves.

For those of you scoring at home, this is the second time we made the game show this season:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

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