The Milwaukee Brewers are in the middle of Cactus League play preparing for the upcoming season, but the Club already has one game on their 2015 exhibition slate. The Brewers today announced plans to play an exhibition game against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team at Maryvale Baseball Park on a date to be determined.
“This game will be great for baseball in the state of Wisconsin,” said Brewers President and General Manager Doug Melvin. “It’s a good opportunity for our organization to support the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee program, and will give our players a chance to connect with some of the state’s top young amateur talent.”
This is the first time the Brewers have faced a collegiate team in an exhibition game since 1983 when they played the Arizona State University men’s baseball team. It will mark the first time the Brewers have ever played the Panthers in an exhibition.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to play the Milwaukee Brewers,” UWM Athletic Director Amanda Braun said. “UWM and the Brewers have had a long-standing partnership and we are proud to add to that partnership. The Panthers are the only Division I baseball team in the state, so we are Milwaukee neighbors with the Brewers in the baseball community and this will be a great way to celebrate the start of the season for both of us in 2015. It’s a tremendous opportunity for the team, our fans and the UWM community. It’s also great for Brewers fans and a nice way to bring our alumni together in a fun way in early spring.”
The Panthers play regular season games each year at Miller Park. This year, the Panthers are set to play at Miller Park on May 15 vs. Wright State after the Brewers game at noon that day. The Panthers compete in the Horizon League and went 29-21 last season, including a Horizon League championship. Their first home game of this season is scheduled for March 26 vs. Edgewood at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee.
“First and foremost, I want to start by thanking the Milwaukee Brewers organization for this opportunity,” UWM baseball head coach Scott Doffek said. “I also want to thank Tom Luljak and Amanda Braun for helping to arrange this. This will be a fun day and a great experience for our team. All of our student-athletes look up to the Major League players and aspire to one day play at that level. This will also be a wonderful way to showcase our University and to engage our alumni in Arizona in a unique way.”
In the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft, the Brewers selected Josh Uhen from UWM in the fifth round. Uhen was named the Horizon League’s top pro prospect by Baseball America and was the highest-ever draft choice in Panther baseball history. Five players from the UWM baseball program have been selected by MLB teams over the past three seasons.
Now, back to the last time the Brewers played a college team in an exhibition. In that game versus Arizona State on March 22, 1983 the Brewers won 6-3 behind a three-run homer by Roy Howell.
It was a busy day at Maryvale Baseball Camp with medical meetings where players listened to presentations from team doctors and nutritionists while representatives from Majestic were also on hand to measure players for uniforms. Mixed in with all of that was photo day!
Photo day is always busy from a media relations perspective as we coordinate the photographers who come in to shoot headshots and posed shots of players while at the same time, ensure all the players go through the stations to get the proper photos taken. It is an early morning and a long morning, but everything went pretty smoothly this morning and we have some great behind the scenes photos to share.
Photos were taken by media outlets like the Associated Press and USA Today along with the Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus and Topps baseball cards.
In addition, we had fun using the Twitter Mirror, a special Twitter app used by events like the Oscars and the GRAMMYs, which transforms an ordinary iPad into a special selfie station.
We overheard players say “That was my favorite station” and “How much does that cost? I want one of those,” so we think they had fun… but of course, we’ve also got pictures (and a video) to prove it:
– JOHN AND CAIT
This has been an especially brutal winter in Milwaukee, there is no getting around that. One sign that Old Man Winter is on his way out is the annual packing of the Brewers equipment truck for Spring Training.
What was once a simple job, is now an event. An event that is the unofficial start to Spring Training and an event that has everyone thinking Brewers baseball. Brewers Director of Clubhouse Operations Tony Migliaccio and his staff have planned this day for months, working on inventory of equipment and organizing all the gear to make sure today’s pack goes without a hitch.
The truck left Miller Park today at 3 p.m., packed full with everything the Brewers will need to run the operation at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. The truck is scheduled to arrive in Phoenix on Sunday and will be unpacked Monday. Pitchers and catchers report to camp Saturday, February 15 and the first official workout is Monday, February 17. Soon enough, the pictures on this blog and the rest of Brewers.com will be showing Brewers players at camp, working out. Green grass and sunshine is just around the corner.
Check out video from today’s event thanks to Brewers.com reporter Adam McCalvy:
Enjoy this photo gallery from today’s event at Miller Park and keep thinking Spring!
In just 71 days, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. I know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but we are always thinking baseball here and today is another milestone as we approach the 2014 season. Today is the day Spring Training tickets go on sale.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games at Maryvale Baseball Park are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours for phone orders are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 3, 2014.
Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8). In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5. Information on Spring Training season tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000.
Nearly every home Cactus League game will include a collectible bobblehead from this past season, offered to the first 2,000 fans in attendance. These giveaway dates include the following:
|Saturday, March 1||Los Angeles Dodgers||Carlos Gomez bobblehead|
|Monday, March 3||Chicago Cubs||Hank Aaron bobblehead|
|Thursday, March 6||Colorado Rockies||Ben Oglivie bobblehead|
|Friday, March 7||San Diego Padres||Cerveceros Day|
|Monday, March 10||Chicago White Sox||George Scott bobblehead|
|Saturday, March 15||Cincinnati Reds||Polish bobble|
|Monday, March 17||Chicago White Sox||Gorman Thomas bobblehead|
|Saturday, March 22||LA Angels of Anaheim||Harvey Kuenn bobblehead|
|Thursday, March 27||Cincinnati Reds||Ryan Braun bobblehead|
Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 will go on sale at a later date.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Saturday, February 15. All position players have a report date of Friday, February 21. The first full workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 22.
If you love the Brewers, a trip to Spring Training is a great investment. Beautiful, sunny weather, Brewers baseball and a relaxed environment make it an enjoyable experience for Brewers fans of all ages.
It’s still November and the winter chill is just beginning to bite us, but it is never ever too early to think about Spring Training with the Brewers. The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Enterprises have announced plans for the Fifth Annual Brewers Road Crew Spring Training Trip. This one-of-a-kind opportunity will again be offered to fans looking to join the Brewers at Spring Training as they prepare for the season in Phoenix. Nearly every facet of the March 12 – 16 trip will be handled for guests as Brewers Enterprises will arrange all details of the stay.
If you have always wanted to visit Spring Training, but never made the trip to Arizona, this is a perfect opportunity. Spring Training is a great time of the year and there is no better way to make the experience special than the Brewers Road Crew Trip.
As part of the experience, fans will enjoy two games at the Brewers Spring Training home, Maryvale Baseball Park, and one Brewers “road” game against the San Diego Padres at Peoria. The trip will bring travelers face-to-face with members of the Brewers broadcast team, members of the Baseball Operations staff, and even former Brewers players and coaches through special receptions and tailgate parties.
Guests will stay four nights at the Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore) which features an outdoor, heated swimming pool, whirlpool, exercise room, on-site restaurant and complimentary shuttle service to Biltmore area attractions. Guest rooms are two-room suites with a wet bar, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and two flat-screen televisions. Complimentary made-to-order breakfasts and late-afternoon cocktail and hors d’oeuvre receptions are offered daily at the hotel.
As an added bonus, fans on the trip will receive a ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park on Monday, March 31, 2014 as the Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves.
Space is limited to eighty (80) guests and the travel packages are on sale now. The price for a single traveler is $2,495 and the price for a couple (double occupancy) is $4,295. Each additional guest per room is $2,150. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 414-902-4174 or visit brewers.com/roadcrew. The full list of package inclusions follows:
– Non-Stop Round Trip Airfare from Milwaukee to Phoenix
– Hotel Accommodations for four nights at Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore)
– Transportation to and from the airport, hotel and Spring Training complexes
– Tickets for three (3) Spring Training games
– March 13, 2014 vs. San Diego Padres (Peoria)
– March 14, 2014 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Maryvale)
– March 15, 2014 vs. Cincinnati Reds (Maryvale)
– Made-to-order breakfast each morning
– Cocktail & Hors d ‘Oeuvres Reception hosted each night by the hotel
– Private Welcome Reception
– Tailgate Party before a game with visits from Brewers alumni, minor league prospects and staff
– A ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park (March 31, 2014 vs. the Atlanta Braves)
– A Brewers gift bag
Additional opportunities available for guests to win on the trip:
– Run the Sausage Race or hold the finish line at a Spring Training game (Maryvale)
– Throw out a 1st pitch for a Spring Training game (Maryvale)
– Pairs of Brewers 2014 regular season game tickets
– Watch the game from the broadcast booth (Maryvale)
– Autographed memorabilia
Another sign that Opening Day is fast-approaching (30 days from today!)….The World Baseball Classic is underway!
And, if you’re down in the Phoenix area this week, you’ll want to head over to Maryvale Baseball Park as the Brewers take on Team Canada’s World Baseball Classic entry this Tuesday, March 5, at 1:05pm.
That’s right, watch pitchers John Axford and Jim Henderson; infielder Taylor Green; and outfielder Rene Tosoni play an exhibition against the Brewers on Tuesday– with both Axford and Henderson scheduled to pitch against their teammates
And, as a special offer, we’ve got half-price tickets in the Outfield ($6.50) and Lawn ($4)– an absolute STEAL for fans! This offer is good at the Maryvale Box Office only. Oh, and I’m told that fans will receive mini-pennants that day, too!
The Maryvale Box Office is closed tomorrow, but will be open 9am-5pm on Monday and Tuesday.
Everybody loves Infographics and I wanted to share this one on the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The tournament begins tomorrow and will last through March 19. As I discussed in an earlier post, the Brewers originally had 14 players named to WBC rosters. That number grew to 15 when Nick Bucci was added to Team Canada. Bucci and Carlos Gomez of Team Dominican Republic, have both withdrawn from their respective teams.
Games will be broadcast on MLB Network. If you are in Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training, I highly recommend catching a game at either Chase Field or Salt River Fields. For more information visit www.worldbaseballclassic.com. If the graphic below isn’t big enough for you, you can click it to make it even bigger!
Today, I went to my very first Spring Training game in many, many years! It was so very exciting!
I got to go down on the field before the game and even sit in the dugout!
I met all kinds of very cool Brewers fans and saw a lot of familiar faces, too.
When Ryan Braun hit that home run early in the game, I was so excited–but there’s no slide at Maryvale so I improvised: I slid down the big grassy hill on the berm instead (and I’ve got the grass stains to prove it)!
Of course, I was also so happy when we won!
After the game, I got in a little Spring Training of my own:
Can’t wait to return again tomorrow!
MLB and New Era officially introduced a new series of batting practice caps as part of the MLB Authentic Collection that will be worn beginning with Spring Training. The new caps from New Era, the official cap of Major League Baseball, feature new performance technology as well as fresh designs for all 30 Clubs, including many popular logos that have never been featured on an official on-field cap.
The Brewers have two versions of the cap, one featuring the current, primary “M” and the other featuring the retro “ball-and-glove” logo. The caps are fitted.
The Diamond Era 59FIFTY incorporates new NE TECH™ performance technology, providing players with revolutionary light weight, moisture wicking caps. Made with a new state-of-the art performance diamond print fabric, the Diamond Era 59FIFTY is lighter for increased breathability. The cap also features SOLAREA™, 50+ UV protection that helps deflect the sun’s rays and COOLERA™ technology that wicks away sweat to keep players comfortable and dry.
The collection will be available for purchase next week at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, the Brewers FanZone Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, on MLB.com and and at all major retailers beginning in March.
Can you believe it!? We are already packing up for Arizona and Spring Training. Tony Migliaccio and his Brewers clubhouse crew were busy this morning packing up the Spring Training equipment truck that leaves today around 3 p.m. for Arizona.
Everything that the team needs is packed up and sent down to Arizona. Bats, balls, shoes, hats, jerseys, workout gear, medical supplies, medical files, baseball files–you name it, it’s on the truck. We basically move our entire operation to Arizona for two months and most of what we need is packed on this truck.
The truck will leave this afternoon and make it to Arizona on January 23 where it is unpacked at Maryvale Baseball Park. This is a well-oiled machine and the clubhouse crew does a great job of making this large move very easy.
Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus and I snapped some shots of the action today in the Brewers clubhouse at Miller Park.
Special thanks to Migliaccio, Phil Rozewicz, Jason Shawger and the rest of the Brewers clubhouse crew pictured above for letting us get some behind the scenes access to the packing of the equipment truck today.