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BREWERS ANNOUNCE 2017 SEASON SCHEDULE; Opening Day set for Monday, April 3 vs. the Rockies at Miller Park

 The Milwaukee Brewers announced the team’s 2017 schedule today, which begins with Opening Day in Milwaukee against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 3 at Miller Park (1:10 p.m. start) as part of a four-game series. The season-opening homestand also includes a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs from April 7-9.

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The interleague schedule features games against each team in the American League East Division, as well as four games in the border battle against the Minnesota Twins. The Brewers will host the Red Sox from May 9-11, marking Boston’s first trip to Milwaukee since June 6-8, 2003. The Blue Jays (May 23-24) and Orioles (July 3-5) will also travel to Milwaukee and the Twins will make their annual visit from August 9-10.

The Brewers will travel to Toronto to play the Blue Jays for their home opener (April 11-12) during Milwaukee’s first road trip. The Brewers will visit Yankee Stadium from July 7-9 for a weekend series against the Yankees directly before the All-Star break. Additional road interleague games will be played at Tampa Bay (August 4-6) and Minnesota (August 7-8). 

The team’s longest homestand is a 10-game, 11-day stretch against the Cardinals (April 20-23), Reds (April 24-26) and Braves (April 28-30). The longest trip of the season is a 10-game, 11-day trip to Pittsburgh (July 17-20), Philadelphia (July 21-23) and Washington (July 25-27). The Brewers will take a nine-game, 10-day road trip in August, traveling to Colorado (August 18-20), San Francisco (August 21-23) and Los Angeles-NL (August 25-27).         

The Brewers will play at home on Mother’s Day, May 14 vs. the Mets and Father’s Day, June 18 against the Padres. The Fourth of July features a home tilt against the Orioles, beginning at 3:10 p.m.

New this year, Monday and Tuesday evening home games will begin at 6:40 p.m. Weekday night games at Miller Park from Wednesday through Friday will start at 7:10 p.m. Most Saturday games will begin at 6:10 p.m. (except May 27, June 3, June 17 and July 1, which begin at 3:10 p.m.). All Sunday home games are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. The majority of weekday day games will begin at 1:10 p.m.

All game dates and times are subject to change, and road game times will be announced at a later date.

Roberto Clemente Day 2016

Today, we are celebrating Roberto Clemente Day at Miller Park. This year marks the fifteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy.  As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo appears on the bases and official dugout lineup cards.

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Beginning today, fans can also vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on social media by posting voting hashtags to Twitter and Facebook.

Yesterday, we announced that Ryan Braun has been named the Milwaukee Brewers 2016 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.  Fans can vote for Braun by using #VOTEBraun.

To enhance Roberto Clemente Day and celebrate Clemente’s enduring legacy in 2016, Major League Baseball worked with the 30 Clubs to establish SEAT 21.  SEAT 21 is a esignated seat in each ballpark on Roberto Clemente Day dedicated to a well-known or local hero originally from the community who will be recognized in addition to the Club Clemente Award nominee. Recognizing individuals who embody the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente is a natural extension of the current honor bestowed upon players each year and gives MLB and the Clubs the opportunity to further extend the message of service and commitment.

The Brewers SEAT 21 nominee is Griselda Aldrete, President & CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM).  Aldrete took part in an on-field recognition with Braun and threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight’s game against the Cubs.

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Ryan Braun and Griselda Aldrete were honored before today’s game.

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The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award,” but was renamed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.

Earlier this season, fans may recall that I visited the Roberto Clemente Museum with a group from the Brewers that included Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, outfielder Ramon Flores, infielder Yadiel Rivera, Brewers Bullpen Coach Lee Tunnell and Third Base Coach Ed Sedar, along with a few other staff members.

The tour was arranged by Maldonado, who has visited many times before and knows the Executive Director and Curator, Duane Rieder, personally.

Yadiel Rivera, Martin Maldonado and Ramon Flores pose in front of an amazing photograph of Clemente that Rieder recovered in a dumpster in Puerto. Just one of the many amazing artifacts and stories you'll come across at the museum.

Yadiel Rivera, Martin Maldonado and Ramon Flores pose in front of an amazing photograph of Clemente that Rieder recovered in a dumpster in Puerto. Just one of the many amazing artifacts and stories you’ll come across at the museum.

You can check out that story, here. 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

BREWERS ANNOUNCE WINNER OF “CALL TO THE PEN” CONTEST

After receiving numerous creative submissions, the Brewers announced nine-year-old Brett Weckwerth of Green Bay, Wisconsin, as the winner of the “Call to the Pen” contest. Weckwerth’s original drawing of a sliding Bernie Brewer will be featured on the cover of the Brewers “Brewers GameDay,” the official game program of the team. The cover will appear during the September 20-22 series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Weckwerth, a fourth grader at Heritage Elementary in De Pere, is an avid baseball fan. He plays catcher for De Pere baseball and was inspired to enter the contest by his love of the Brewers. He lives in Green Bay with his mom, Tiffany, dad, Matt, and two brothers, Luke and Jake.

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As the winner, Weckwerth has won 500 copies of the program with his design on the cover, a meet and greet with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Racing Sausages, tickets to an upcoming game and a gift certificate to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.

A month ago, the Brewers asked young fans to create hand-drawn designs to be featured on the cover of “Brewers GameDay” during the second to last home series of the 2016 season. All submitted designs were reviewed by an internal Brewers committee that selected the winner based on overall appearance, originality/creativity, style and quality of the submission.

An image of Weckwerth’s winning drawing is attached. All other submissions may be viewed in the gallery at Brewers.com/calltothepen.

 

RYAN BRAUN NAMED BREWERS NOMINEE FOR THE 2016 ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD

Major League Baseball today announced that Ryan Braun has been named the Milwaukee Brewers 2016 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. Wednesday, September 7th marks the fifteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award.  As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.

Braun is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award.

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Braun has provided a $100,000 contribution to Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) during the 2016 season.  He has generously supported the publication of Sharp’s annual book and the building of a mural focused on literacy, the Habitat for Humanity garage build, 15 player/coach scholarships and is a co-presenting sponsor of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) annual Walk/Run.  Ryan participates in meet and greets for BCF, provides autographed items in support of charitable endeavors and has helped promote the 50/50 raffle and other fundraising events.

Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can participate in the process of selecting the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on social media for the first time by posting voting hashtags to Twitter and Facebook. Fans can vote for Braun by using #VOTEBraun.

To enhance Roberto Clemente Day and celebrate Clemente’s enduring legacy in 2016, Major League Baseball worked with the 30 Clubs to establish SEAT 21.  SEAT 21 will be a designated seat in each ballpark on Roberto Clemente Day (or alternate home game for Clubs on the road) dedicated to a well-known or local hero originally from the community who will be recognized in addition to the Club Clemente Award nominee. Recognizing individuals who embody the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente is a natural extension of the current honor bestowed upon players each year and gives MLB and the Clubs the opportunity to further extend the message of service and commitment.

The Brewers SEAT 21 nominee is Griselda Aldrete, President & CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM).  Aldrete will take part of the on-field recognition with Ryan and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday’s game against the Cubs.

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award,” but was renamed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.

BREWERS “#growGOLD” TO RAISE AWARENESS AND PROMOTE RESEARCH INTO PEDIATRIC CANCER

Today, the Brewers, in conjunction with Gold In September (G9), are hosting the “#growGOLD Game” at Miller Park. The event features numerous initiatives to raise awareness for research into childhood cancer.

For this game, the Brewers and their opponent, the Chicago Cubs, are sporting gold ribbons on their jerseys to promote the cause. In addition, players have been encouraged to wear gold wristbands as part of their uniforms.

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Prior to the game, members of G9 started things off with a ceremonial first pitch and Brewers Community Foundation presented the charity with a special donation in an on-field ceremony.

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Following the game and throughout the night, the Brewers will light Miller Park gold to call attention for those passing by.

“We are committed to spreading the message of G9’s #growGOLD initiative,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “One of our ownership pledges is to be a leader in the community, and we appreciate the opportunity to help support and raise awareness around critical issues that face children and their families.”

Utilizing a noble model of turning the world gold, G9’s mission is to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspire action to help every child, everywhere, until cures for cancer are found. The childhood cancer non-profit was founded by Annie Bartosz, a then 11-year old girl from Hartland, Wis., who lost her twin brother, Jack, to cancer in 2012. Gold (G) is the national color for pediatric cancer research, and September (the 9th month) is the recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, together they make G9.

Annie Bartosz throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Miller Park.

Annie Bartosz throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Miller Park.

“We are proud to have the Milwaukee Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation join us as we Grow Gold and raise awareness of the need to support efforts to eradicate childhood cancer as a major health concern. Through our partnership with national organizations like the Brewers, we are working to help every child everywhere survive cancer and have a future filled with hope and promise.” says Sarah Bartosz, President of G9.

 

ABOUT Gold In September (G9):

Gold In September® Charitable Trust (G9) is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspires action to help every child, everywhere. G9 directly funds Early Phase Trials, bringing the newest, most promising treatments to kids faster. Utilizing a noble model of turning the world gold to raise awareness and meet the mission, G9 directly benefits the entire childhood cancer community with gold alliance, resulting in increased funding and support for all childhood cancer initiatives. Visit http://www.goldinseptember.com to learn more.

 

AJ Bombers Concrete Custard Concoctions & Player Burger: September 2016 Menu

One of my favorite spots at Miller Park continues to be AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison- occupies the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

AJ Bombers offers a selection of cheeseburgers, egg rolls, tater tots, shakes, custards, specialty concrete mixers and more. The menu also include homestand specials, such as the city-themed concrete mixers as well as monthly player burger features.

This month’s special is the “Bullpen Sliders.” Fans will get two sliders on Brioche rolls, topped with Nueske’s bacon, roasted jalapeno ketchup, American cheese, lettuce and tomato, plus a side of tots for $9.

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Jacob Barnes and Jhan Mariñez are two relievers who already have great sliders….

Jacob Barnes and Jhan Marinez enjoy the special at AJ Bombers.

Jacob Barnes and Jhan Marinez enjoy the special at AJ Bombers.

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Now they get to enjoy the AJ Bombers special named for them.

Finally, here’s a look at our special concrete custard concoctions by series for the final month of the season,  exclusively at Miller Park:

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Miller Park Eats,” a tab that highlights our featured fare each month and includes an A-to-Z concession guide to where you can find all the yummy grub all season long!

Bon Appetit!

-Cait

@CMoyer

“Specials by Series” for September

Rivalry-inspired fare is back at Miller Park.  As each opposing team comes to town, DNC SportService will feature “Specials by Series” near Section 229 for $10 each.

The item for the Brewers vs. Cubs Series (September 5-7) is the Chicago-Style Hot Dog ($8):

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Klement’s Hot Dog, Sport Peppers, Green Relish, Pickle Spear, Tomato, Onion

The item for the Brewers vs. Pirates Series (September 20-22) is the Pittsburgh Brat ($12):

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Klement’s Bratwurst, Stadium Sauce, Coleslaw, Shoe String Potatoes

The item for the Brewers vs. Reds Series (September 23-25) is the Cincinnati Chili Nachos ($9.25):

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Tortilla Chips, Nacho Cheese, Chilli, Sour Cream

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS TO HOST FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND

Milwaukee Brewers fans consistently show why they are the best in baseball with their incredible support of the team at Miller Park. As a thank you to their loyal supporters, the Brewers will host Fan Appreciation Weekend at Miller Park during the last weekend of the home season, September 23-25.

During the three contests against the Cincinnati Reds, the Brewers will host a number of promotions, giveaways giveaways and opportunities to win unique prizes.

The official Fan Appreciation Night Presented by Chevrolet will take place on Saturday, September 24. All fans in attendance for that game will receive a 2016 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 items from team sponsors (prizes subject to change). One lucky fan will win the grand prize, a 2016 Chevy Cruz.

At each game, all fans will receive a scratch-off card with opportunities to win prizes such as free 2017 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 2017 game. Every fan is guaranteed to win a prize with their card.

In addition, all fans in attendance at Miller Park that weekend will receive a 2017 Brewers magnetic schedule, compliments of Pick ‘n Save and Sargento.

The Sunday contest also coincides with the first-ever Give-Back Game, a major philanthropic endeavor to raise proceeds for great causes. Nearly all proceeds from ticket sales for the Brewers final home game of the year will be donated to charity. For more information about the Give Back Game, please visit brewers.com/giveback.

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 On Deck Set for Sunday, January 29, 2017; Tickets on Sale Now

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that tickets for Brewers On Deck 2017 are now on sale.  Set to take place on Sunday, January 29, 2017 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 December 1 will receive a voucher for a ticket to a select 2017 April game.

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Tickets may be purchased beginning September 1 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, coaches and alumni, interactive games in the Kids Area and Fan Cave, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and live auction, as well as many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

The price structure for autographs, along with the schedule of players, their session times, and distribution information will be posted in early January 2017.  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.

BREWERS UNVEIL “GIVE-BACK GAME”

At a press conference held at Miller Park moments ago, the Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for the “Give-Back Game,” an event that is a major philanthropic endeavor to raise proceeds for great causes. With the Give-Back Game, nearly all proceeds from ticket sales from the Brewers final home game on Sunday, September 25 against the Cincinnati Reds will be donated to charity.

Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger along with members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to announce the details.

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“Dating back to his first year of ownership of the Brewers, Mark Attanasio has always done something special for the final home game each year, an initiative to show his appreciation to our fans and the community,” Schlesinger said. “We wanted to do something at another level this year, and out of that came the idea of the Give-Back Game. It’s not just a gift to the fans, it’s an opportunity to raise significant funding for these four great partners.”

Here’s how it works…

Starting immediately, fans can purchase tickets in person at the Miller Park box office, via phone (414-902-4000) or online by going to brewers.com/giveback. At the time of purchase, fans will be asked to choose between one of four charities for their donation to benefit:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
  • The MACC Fund
  • Wisconsin Humane Society.

Fans will be able to choose a ticket for $10, and can elect to contribute more in increments of $5 up to $50. (For donations of greater than $50, fans may call 414-902-4000.)

Tickets will be made available by level and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning with Field Level, then on to Loge Level, Club Level and finally the Terrace Level. Fans can get the best seats in the house for a great price, all while helping local causes.

A portion of every presold ticket will also be donated to a general fund that will be split between the four participating charities. Season Seat Holders may contact their representative to specify which charity they would like their donation to go to.

After all of the fan donations have been made, the Brewers will contribute an additional $50,000 to the charity that generates the most donations. Regardless of the results, each charity will automatically receive a donation of $20,000 from the Brewers. Every ticket sold after today will result in those additional proceeds being added on top of that $20,000.

Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger announces the #GiveBackGame at Miller Park. Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger announces the #GiveBackGame at Miller Park.
Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

To help the cause, several Milwaukee Brewers players have teamed up with the four charities to help promote the game. Each player will use their social media platforms tweeting with the hashtag #GiveBackGame to promote not just the entire initiative, but also their specific charity’s involvement. Keon Broxton/Boys & Girls Clubs, Corey Knebel/Make-A-Wish, Tyler Thornburg/MACC Fund and Scooter Gennett/Wisconsin Humane Society.

In addition, media partners in the community have stepped up to help promote the effort, with each cause backed by a different media group. “Teammates” include The MACC Fund/620 WTMJ, 94-5 KTI Country and TODAY’S TMJ4; Make-A-Wish Wisconsin/FM106.1, V100.7, 97.3 NOW, 95.7 Big FM, News/Talk 1130 WISN and Big 920 Sports; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee/FOX Sports Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Humane Society/WKLH, WHQG, WJMR and WNRG.

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