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Last month, the Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for the “Give-Back Game,” an event to raise proceeds for great causes. With this initiative, ticket sales proceeds from the Brewers final home game today are being donated to charity.

Brewers fans rallied to the occasion, and the result is that four local charities will receive over $335,000 for their causes. Tickets for today’s game were sold for $10 each, and fans had the opportunity to direct which charity would receive their $10. In addition, fans were encouraged to add on to their purchases with additional funds that were added to the totals.

The four beneficiaries include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society.

“On behalf of Mark Attanasio and everyone here at the Brewers, we appreciate how the fans stepped up and supported this initiative with tremendous passion,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “The Give Back Game is an extension of our commitment to do something special during the last home game each year, and this was a unique opportunity to reward the fans while also raising significant funding for these four great partners.”

Based on ticket sales for today’s game, as well as where fans directed their donations, the amounts raised for each charity are as follows:

  • Wisconsin Humane Society: $81,378
  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin: $76,201
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $65,493
  • The MACC Fund: $62,172
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The Wisconsin Humane Society paced the way with the most tickets sold and also the most funds raised. As a result, the organization earned a $50,000 bonus from the Brewers for a total donation of $131,378 to the cause.

Media partners in the community 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.

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

13th Annual “Evening With Hank Aaron” Takes Place at Miller Park

The 13th Annual “Evening with Hank Aaron” was held tonight at Miller Park.  This year’s program featured an exclusive pregame reception  in the Aaron/Yount Rooms on Miller Park’s Terrace Level.

Along with an appearance by Hammerin’ Hank himself, guests also received hors d’oeuvres during the reception, a Field Outfield Box game ticket to tonight’s game and an authenticated, autographed item from Aaron.

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Aaron spoke to guests at the event, answered questions and took photos; a great time was had by all in the presence of baseball greatness.

The special event raised funds for the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. The foundation was created by Hank and his wife, Billye, to help children with limited opportunities and financial barriers develop their special talents and pursue their dreams. All proceeds from the evening benefit the fund and are administered locally to help children in the Milwaukee area.




Earlier this afternoon,  Brewers players, coaches and members of the organization were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a sign of appreciation for their season-long support.

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Normally, the players don’t ever get to see the lots right before game time and it’s always cool to see how impressed the guys are by the elaborate set-ups–Brewers fans certainly do tailgating better than anyone else!

As we rode around on carts, the players tossed t-shirts to fans and shook hands. I was on a cart with Brewers relievers Brent Suter, Carlos Torres and Ben Rowen along with outfielder Michael Reed. Our group had a blast tossing out the shirts and even had to get a second supply to hand out.

On the way back in to Miller Park, Suter thought he spotted Don Gorske, the McDonald’s Big Mac record holder, who was in the documentary “Super Size Me.” Gorske has eaten over 28,000 Big Macs in his lifetime.

The other guys didn’t believe Suter, so we made our driver turn around and go back.

Sure enough, it was him!

The guys had to pose for a picture:

Michael Reed, Brent Suter and Ben Rowen pose with Don Gorske, the Big Mac record holder.

Michael Reed, Brent Suter and Ben Rowen pose with Don Gorske, the Big Mac record holder.


It just goes to show you never know what might happen at Miller Park!

The players visit to the parking lots was part of Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet. All fans in attendance at tonight’s game received a 2016 Brewers team photo. Additionally, all fans are 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 (prizes subject to change). One lucky fan will win the grand prize, a 2016 Chevy Cruze.

Throughout the weekend, all fans will also receive a scratch-off card containing 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 tickers for a Club Level Suite to a 2017 game. Every fan is guaranteed to win a prize.

Tomorrow’s game 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


Tickets for Fan Appreciation Weekend are available at the Miller Park ticket office, online at or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.


Prior to tonight’s contest against the Cincinnati Reds, Jonathan Villar was named the 2016 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award is given to the Brewers player that best personified the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game throughout the course of the season.

Trish Bournelis, We Energies Senior Communications Specialist, presented Villar the award in an on-field ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Reds. The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager and 2009 We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Craig Counsell, General Manager David Stearns, and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.

Villar has been an exciting addition to the Brewers in 2016. He was voted Brewers Player of the Month for May, batting .355/.450/.482 with a home run, 16 RBI, 14 steals, 18 runs and 20 walks in 29 games. On Sept. 7 vs. the Chicago Cubs, Villar became the fourth Brewers player to homer from both sides of the plate in a game, joining Ted Simmons, Dale Sveum (twice) and Jose Valentin. Villar also had the fourth season in franchise history of 50 or more stolen bases, joining Tommy Harper (73 in 1969), Scott Podsednik (70 in 2004) and Pat Listach (54 in 1992). He is also just one of three active MLB players with 15 home runs and 50 stolen bases in a season, joining Hanley Ramirez (2006-2007) and Jose Reyes (2006 & 2008).

Past winners of the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year award include Ryan Braun (2015, 2012 and 2008), Jonathan Lucroy (2014), Carlos Gomez (2013), Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).



RBI Athlete of the Month: Savier Pinales

Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or the RBI Program, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, we honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.

This month’s honorees is Savier Pinales, a junior at Riverside University High School.  He plays for the RBI 18U travel team as the shortstop. Savier is a great teacher of the kids  in the RBI program. He spends a huge amount of time doing community service and has garnered interest from multiple colleges including North Carolina Central.

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Congratulations Savier! Keep up the hard work!



Bring Winter Gear With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a winter gear drive during the Brewers series against the Reds.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring are invited to new or gently-used winter gear items with them to Miller Park. In return for a donation of winter gear (or $5), they will receive a special Brewers player pin featuring Jimmy Nelson.

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Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.




With the success of last year’s Inside the Brewers fan forum, the Brewers are pleased to announce a return of the “town hall”-style event. Fans will have the opportunity to hear from Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Manager Craig Counsell and General Manager David Stearns on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Miller Park.

Unlike last year, though, the event will be open to ALL fans, free of charge. Brewers broadcasters will emcee the event and will discuss issues ranging from the state of the franchise to their vision for the future as well as take questions from fans in attendance.


No tickets or RSVP are required to attend this event, and all are welcome. The event will begin at 7 p.m. sharp with parking lots opening at 6 p.m. and gates to Miller Parking opening at 6:15 p.m. Parking is complimentary, but tailgating will not be allowed. Fans will enter the ballpark through the Hot Corner entrance, and seating will be general admission, with the panel seated atop the 3rd base dugout

In addition, fans at home will be able to submit their questions through social media by commenting on specific posts on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on Twitter by using the hashtag #InsideTheBrewers. The event will also be live streamed for all fans on and will later air as a special program on FOX Sports Wisconsin (schedule TBD).


Fall is upon us as the 2016 MLB season is winding down and the Brewers begin their final homestand at Miller Park today. The Crew will look to continue their September success against division foes the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. Highlights include Fan Appreciation Weekend, a Brewers 2017 magnetic schedule giveaway, scratch-off card giveaway and the first-ever “Give-Back Game.” In addition, throughout the six-game stand relief pitcher and semi-amateur comedian Tim Dillard will join the organization as a member of the Brewers social media team. Dillard will create content featuring players, coaches and fans that spans all forms of social media including, but not limited to, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram Takeovers.

Tuesday, September 20 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:10 p.m.
Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – Season Seat Holders receive 25% off food, beverage and merchandise during select games by simply presenting their Season Seat Holder ID Card. Season Seat Holders also enjoy the opportunity to enter Miller Park 30 minutes prior to the general public to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For more information, visit

Wednesday, September 21 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:10 p.m.

Thursday, September 22 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:10 p.m.
RBI Athlete of the Month – Each month, an RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) Athlete is recognized for their dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance. Prior to the game, the Athlete of the Month will be recognized and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. This month’s honoree is Savier Pinales.

Alopecia Areata Awareness Month – September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. Alopecia Areata is a prevalent autoimmune skin disease. Alopecia Areata occurs in males and females of all ages, but onset often occurs in childhood. Over 6.6 million people in the United States and 147 million worldwide had, currently have or will develop Alopecia Areata at some point in their lives.  A supporter of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation – Greater Milwaukee Chapter and throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Friday, September 23 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:10 p.m.
Fan Appreciation Weekend – The Milwaukee Brewers would like to thank fans for their incredible support all season long with Fan Appreciation Weekend at Miller Park. During the three contests during the weekend of September 23-25 against the Cincinnati Reds, fans will enjoy a variety of giveaways and prizes. 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.

Miller Lite Beerpen – Every Friday home game, fans 21 and older can be a part of the Miller Lite Beerpen in the right-field Loge Bleachers. Fans can buy a Loge Bleacher ticket at the regular price and receive a free Miller Lite Brewers hat. For information, visit

Student Night – Every Friday home game, high school and college students can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved tickets and $15 Loge Bleachers tickets. They also can enjoy a happy hour at certain concession stands from the time gates open through the end of the first inning. Happy hour pricing includes hot dogs, nachos, 12oz sodas and 12oz beers for $3 each. For more information, visit Excludes the Miller Lite Beerpen.

Scratch-Off Card Giveaway – All fans in attendance will receive a scratch-off card upon entrance to the game containing prizes such as 2017 game tickets, game-used jerseys, a Majestic Team Store shopping spree and more.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – See above

Saturday, September 24 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 6:10 p.m.
Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet – All fans will receive a Brewers team photo and have the chance to win fabulous prizes throughout the game, including a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

Brewers 2017 Magnetic Schedule – All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers 2017 magnetic schedule, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save and Sargento.

Scratch-Off Card Giveaway – All fans in attendance will receive a scratch-off card upon entrance to the game containing prizes such as 2017 game tickets, game-used jerseys, a Majestic Team Store shopping spree and more.

Evening with Hank Aaron – The 13th Annual “Evening with Hank Aaron” will be held on Saturday, September 24 at Miller Park. This year’s program will feature an exclusive pregame reception from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the Aaron/Yount Rooms on Miller Park’s Terrace Level prior to the Brewers/Reds game that evening. The “Evening with Hank Aaron” will include hors d’oeuvres during the pregame reception, a Field Outfield Box ticket to that night’s game and an appearance by Hammerin’ Hank himself.  Guests will also receive an authenticated, autographed item from Aaron. The program is limited to 200 guests. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Enters at

Sunday, September 25 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 1:10 p.m.
Give-Back Game – Fans may purchase tickets for a minimum $10 donate to one of four Milwaukee-area charities (Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund, Wisconsin Humane Society), but can elect to contribute more in increments of $5. For donations of greater than $50, fans may call 414-902-4000. Each charity will automatically receive a donation of $20,000 from the Brewers, and the charity that generates the most donations will receive up to an additional $50,000 from the organization.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – See above

Brewers 2017 Magnetic Schedule – All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers 2017 magnetic schedule, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save and Sargento.

Scratch-Off Card Giveaway – All fans in attendance will receive a scratch-off card upon entrance to the game containing prizes such as 2017 game tickets, game-used jerseys, a Majestic Team Store shopping spree and more.

Kids Eat Free Sunday – Every Sunday home game, all kids 14 and under will receive a voucher upon entrance to Miller Park good for a free hot dog, apple slices, a bottle of water and an ice cream treat, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save, Blue Bunny & Heinz.

Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run – Kids 16 and under can run the bases after Sunday home games, courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy.


The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the recipients of the 2016 Robin Yount Performance Awards, presented annually to the organization’s top Minor League performers. Right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year, and infielder Isan Diaz was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Woodruff began the season with Class-A Brevard County and finished with Double-A Biloxi. Diaz spent the entire year with Class-A Wisconsin.

“Brandon and Isan have made significant strides this season which resulted in outstanding results on the field, and we’re very pleased to recognize their hard work with this honor,” said Brewers Farm Director Tom Flanagan. “Their success is not only a credit to their efforts and dedication, but to the coaches and peers who helped them along the way. We congratulate both Brandon and Isan and look forward to their continued growth and development.”

Brandon Woodruff

Woodruff went 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA (158ip, 47er) in 28 starts combined between Class-A Brevard County of the Florida State League and Double-A Biloxi of the Southern League. The 23-year-old struck out 173 batters, which not only led the Brewers farm system, but all of Minor League Baseball. Joining the Shuckers on May 16, Woodruff led the Southern League in WHIP (1.04), opposing batting average (.211), highest strikeout rate per nine innings pitched (9.82), fewest base runners per nine innings pitched (9.66) and was among the leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.01) and strikeouts (4th, 124). He led the organization in starts and innings pitched, which were career-highs as well.

The Brewers 11th-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State University, Woodruff was a midseason All-Star in the Florida State League and was named Southern League Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks during the 2016 season (July 11-17 and July 18-24). In addition, Woodruff was awarded Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors after going 3-1 with a 0.29 ERA (30.2ip, 1er), 5 walks and 42 strikeouts in July. Woodruff was signed by scout Scott Nichols.

Isan Diaz

Diaz finished his first season in the Brewers organization batting .264/.358/.469 with 34 doubles, 5 triples, 20 home runs, 75 RBI, 72 walks and 11 steals. The 20-year-old led the organization in games (135), doubles, home runs, and RBI and was second in hits (134) and walks. Diaz hit .232/.309/.370 in 67 games in the first half, before batting .296/.404/.569 in the second half. He led the Midwest League in games, home runs, extra-base hits (59), total bases (238) and was among the leaders in walks (2nd), slugging percentage (4th) and RBI (T4th). The middle-infielder set new career-highs in almost every hitting category.


The 20-year-old Diaz was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks along with RHP Chase Anderson and INF Aaron Hill in exchange for SS Jean Segura and RHP Tyler Wagner on January 30. He was named a midseason and postseason Midwest League All-Star at shortstop and was honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for July 18-24. In addition, Diaz was selected as the Brewers June Minor League Player of the Month after batting .316/.393/.579 with 14 runs, 10 doubles, 5 homers, 20 RBI, 14 walks and 3 steals in that span. Diaz was signed by scout Mike Serbalik of the Diamondbacks, who has since joined the Brewers organization.

The Brewers farm system was recently named the top-ranked system among all 30 Major League clubs by Jim Callis of

Brewers Announce Surprise September Call-Up; Comedic Relief Pitcher Tim Dillard to Join Brewers Social Media Team Tomorrow

Today we announced a late addition call-up to the team’s roster of talent. In an unprecedented move, relief pitcher and semi-amateur comedian Tim Dillard will join the organization tomorrow as a member of the Brewers social media team. The announcement was made by Brewers General Manager David Stearns.

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“Everyone in my position looks for the five-tool player, but on rare occasions you find a guy who brings something just a little different to the table,” Stearns said. “There’s no doubt that Tim has a skill set that you won’t find anywhere else. He has been part of the Brewers family for many years, and has kept everyone laughing since day one.”

Dillard will join the Crew just in time for the team’s final six home games of the season. The right-handed pitcher has spent parts of 14 seasons with the organization, including over 70 appearances with the Major League club from 2008 to 2012. He spent the 2016 season with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate, Colorado Springs. In between relief outings with the Sky Sox, Dillard has become the organization’s comedic relief specialist. He created unique content such as his Dubsmash videos – short-films involving his teammates lip-syncing everything from pop songs to movies to notorious commercials. Over the last few months, Dillard developed a new show – mIlb Network, where he interviewed teammates about everything from rain delays to their pre-game rituals.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join the Brewers social media team,” said Dillard. “I worked hard and pitched well in relief all season. And, while this might not be the exact opportunity I was seeking, it still allows me to throw a few ‘curveballs’ in September. I’m a pitcher first, but there’s nothing wrong with having a little clubhouse fun. I never thought my antics would catch the attention of a media scout.”

In his temporary, non-pitching role, Dillard will use the skills he has honed in the minor leagues to help the big league club’s social media team. The right-handed pitcher will create content featuring players, coaches and fans. He will span all forms of social media including, but not limited to, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram Takeovers; Facebook Live Videos, and even a Reddit AMA.

Fans can follow along with the fun using the hashtag #BrewersLastCallUp and by checking out Dillard’s social media pages (@DimTillard on Twitter and Instagram) along with the Brewers official social media handles (@Brewers on Twitter and Instagram, Brewers on Snapchat, and



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