Author Archive

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.

Cait Covers the Bases

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:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

Reagan7

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.

MB-14 Facebook-1million-Thanks

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.

2FS_Still4

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

 

 

Brewers Announce BBWAA Awards

Today we announced the Brewers postseason award winners as voted by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

A total of seven ballots were cast for each award, assigning five points for first place, three for second and one for third.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy earned Brewers Most Valuable Player Jwith all seven first-place votes (35 points). Lucroy was followed by center fielder Carlos Gomez, who received all of the second-place votes (21 points). Also receiving consideration was pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (3 points), pitcher Wily Peralta (2 points), right fielder Ryan Braun (1 point) and third baseman Aramis Ramirez (1 point).

Lucroy, a first-time All-Star selection this season, batted .301 with 13 HR and 69 RBI in 153 games. He led the team in games played (153), at-bats (585), batting average (.301), hits (176), extra-base hits (68), doubles (53), walks (66), on-base percentage (.373) and OPS (.837). With his franchise-record-tying 53 doubles, he became the first primary catcher to lead his league in that category. His 46 doubles as a catcher set a Major League record.

Jonathan Lucroy (28 points) also earned the Good Guy Award for the second straight season. He received five first-place votes. The other first-place votes went to pitcher Kyle Lohse (13 points). A total of seven players received votes.

Wily Peralta was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as he received six first-place votes (33 points). He was followed by Francisco Rodriguez (17 points). The other first-place vote went to Mike Fiers (5 points). Also receiving votes were Kyle Lohse (7 points), Will Smith (2 points) and Zach Duke (1 point).

Peralta went 17-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 32 starts. He led the team in wins (17), innings pitched (198.2), quality starts (22) and strikeouts (154). His 17 wins tied for fifth in the National League. Peralta had a pair of career-high five-game winning streaks this season, coming from June 5-26 and July 13 to August 7.

Pitcher Zach Duke (17 points) earned Brewers Top Newcomer ahead of Francisco Rodriguez (15 points). Duke received just one first-place vote, but was named on every ballot. Rodriguez received three first-place votes. The remaining first-place votes went to pitchers Matt Garza (14 points), Will Smith (9 points) and Jeremy Jeffress (6 points).

Duke went 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 74 relief appearances. He recorded 74 strikeouts in just 58.2 innings pitched. Duke was the only non-roster pitcher to make the Opening Day roster. From April 12 to May 10, he made 14 consecutive scoreless appearances (13.1ip). From June 22 to July 30, he had 16 consecutive scoreless appearances (14.2ip).

Zach Duke also earned Brewers Unsung Hero honors with four first-place votes (25 points). Also receiving firstplace votes were pitchers Mike Fiers (17 points) and Will Smith (11 points) and second baseman Scooter Gennett (6 points). Also named on ballots were pitchers Jeremy Jeffress (3 points) and Yovani Gallardo (1 point).

 

Thank You Letter “Key”

In case you missed it, last week, the following thank you message ran as a full-page ad in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and we posted it online as well:

MB-14 Fan Thank You Ad-FINAL (1)

Since each player wrote his message individually and since each guy has his own unique handwriting, we received feedback from a few folks asking us to decipher which player wrote each message, so we created a little “key” for you:

MB-14 Fan Thank You Ad-KEY

 

We also posted some of the messages individually across our social platforms; in case you missed those, we’ve got a gallery for you:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Cheers,

-Cait 

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 449 other followers

%d bloggers like this: