Earlier this season, thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, we held Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park. Zachary came out to Miller Park for a game and received the VIP treatment with a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse, the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches and the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.
A huge fan of the Brewers, that was truly Zachary’s wish come true. And today, he had another cool experience–the chance to interview Carlos Gomez, thanks to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Check it out here:
Great job, Zachary–and thank you for being such a loyal fan. We’re big fans of you, too.
The Brewers Community Achievers Program presented by AllState recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.
All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the program. Fans can nominate their Community Achiever online or pick up a nomination form at the Guest Relations Booth on the Field Level Concourse at Miller Park during the season.
This month’s honoree was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Marlins game at Miller Park.
This month’s honoree is Lia Haile.
At age 10, Lia started Lia’s Hopeful Hearts Club, to help host birthday parties and special events for the kids and families at Hope House, a homeless shelter in Manitowoc. In her first week, Lia recruited three elementary school friends to join her Club.
Over the last 18 months, Lia’s Club has grown to over 600 members. Everyone is welcome to join, but must commit to one hour of their time per year to help with Lia’s Hopeful Hearts parties, projects, events and donation drives. Lia’s Club has sponsored numerous baby showers, food drives, birthday parties, ice cream socials and family movie and game nights. The Club also makes “Welcome Home Bags” for every child who first enters the door at the homeless shelter. The bags contain hygienic products, night lights for the toddlers and diapers and wipes for the infants. On top of her annual book drive and back-to-school items drive, Lia gives speeches to local schools and churches to raise awareness of homelessness in her community. Lia has touched the lives of hundreds of homeless individuals in the last 18 months. She has created more than a Club, she has initiated and established a way to bring joy and hope to the homeless families in Manitowoc.
Do you know someone who is a Community Achiever?
Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism. Nominate them today by clicking here.
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 honoree is Dylan Mercer.
Dylan plays many positions, catcher, third base and outfield. He is an overall outstanding athlete. Dylan is coachable, respectful, hardworking and humble. He understands the importance of teamwork and interacts positively with his teammates as well as players on the opposing team. Not only is Dylan an incredible baseball player, he prides himself on excelling academically. He maintains a 3.6 GPA at Milwaukee School of Languages.
Thanks, Dylan, for your passion for baseball!
Want to help support the RBI Program? It’s as simple as sending a tweet!
When a Brewers pitcher strikes out an opposing batter, make sure to jump on Twitter and tweet: #WHIFF and include our handle, @Brewers.
That’s all you have to do! Each month, if we’re in the top 7 teams, we can win anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 for our local RBI program. AND the team with the most #Whiff tweets for the season will receive an additional $20,000 donation!
This weekend is the final Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity for 2014, with a pet supplies drive during the Brewers series against the Reds.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new pet supplies with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers pin featuring Hank the Brewers Ballpark Pup.
Items that will be collected include canned or dry puppy, dog, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; towels; stainless steel food and water bowls.
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.
Saturday is also Wisconsin Humane Society Day at Miller PArk. All fans in attendance that night will also receive a BobbleHank.
Today we announced the recipients of the 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and catcher Clint Coulter was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.
Nelson, 25, went 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) at Triple-A Nashville, including 114 strikeouts and 32 walks in 111.0 innings. He allowed just three home runs and held opponents to a .179 batting average. At the time of his promotion to Milwaukee on July 11, Nelson led the minor leagues in ERA, ranked third in the minors in strikeouts, and tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins.
Nelson, who entered the 2014 season as the top prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, was named the PCL’s starting pitcher for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game, but did not play due to his big league promotion. In addition, Nelson was named to the All-PCL Team and was named PCL Pitcher of the Year. In 11 starts with Milwaukee this season, he is 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA, including 52 strikeouts and 18 walks in 63.2 innings pitched.
The Brewers selected Nelson in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Alabama.
Coulter, 21, played the entire season at Class-A Wisconsin, where he batted .287 with 22 HR and 89 RBI in 126 games. His 22 homers tied Wisconsin’s single-season HR mark (Khris Davis in 2010 and Victor Roache in 2013) and tied the Midwest League lead. He led the league in on-base percentage (.410) and hit by pitches (21). Additionally, he ranked among the league leaders in RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd, .520), walks (3rd, 73), runs (T4th, 84), total bases (5th, 223), extra-base hits (5th, 53) and batting average (10th).
Coulter was selected as the starting designated hitter for the Western Division at the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game and was named as the DH on the league’s Postseason All-Star Team. He was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Union (WA) High School.
Aramis Ramirez was named Brewers Player of the Month for August and Mike Fiers was selected as Brewers Pitcher of the Month for August.
Ramirez batted .380 (38-for-100) with 8 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 13 RBI in 26 games during the month of August.
Fiers went 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 5 starts, including 41 strikeouts and just 6 walks in 35 innings pitched during August.
Both players were presented their awards prior to tonight’s game.
Today we announced the schedule for 2015 – the 45th Anniversary season of the Brewers. The team will open 2015 at home against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 6 in the start of a six-game homestand over seven days.
Following the opening series against the Rockies, the Brewers will play each of their next 22 games against National League Central Division opponents. After a three-game, weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the opening homestand, the Brewers travel to St. Louis and Pittsburgh for the first road trip of the season from April 13-19.
The Interleague schedule will feature games against each team in the American League Central Division, beginning against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park from May 11-13. A week later, the team faces the Detroit Tigers on the road from May 18-20. The border battle with the Minnesota Twins includes a three-game weekend series at Target Field from June 5-7 and a home weekend series from June 26-28. The Brewers will play back-to-back two-game series with the Kansas City Royals – June 15-16 at Miller Park and June 17-18 at Kauffman Stadium. The team also plays a pair of two-game series against the Cleveland Indians – July 21-22 at home and August 25-26 at Progressive Field.
The longest homestand in 2015 will be 11 games from July 30 – August 9 against Chicago-NL (4g), San Diego (4g) and St. Louis (3g). Milwaukee will also host a 10-game homestand from May 4-13 versus Los Angeles-NL (4g), Chicago-NL (3g) and Chicago-AL (3g).
The team will make four, three-city road trips including three 10-game trips. The first 10-game road trip will take place at New York-NL (May 15-17), Detroit (May 18-20) and Atlanta (May 21-24). The final two road trips of the season are also 10-game trips. The first of the final two trips will take place in Cincinnati (September 4-6), Miami (September 7-9) and Pittsburgh (September 10-13), and the second will take place in Chicago-NL (September 21-23), St. Louis (September 24-27) and San Diego (September 29 – October 1).
The Brewers will play at home on Mother’s Day, May 10 vs. Chicago-NL and Memorial Day, May 25 vs. San Francisco.
Most weekday night games at Miller Park will start at 7:10 p.m. (April 20, May 4, May 11 and September 3 will start at 6:20 p.m.). Weekday day games in April and May will start at 12:40 p.m. (except for Opening Day, which will start at 1:10 p.m.). Sunday games and weekday day games from June through September will start at 1:10 p.m. Most Saturday home games will begin at 6:10 p.m. (note – several Saturday game times will be announced at a later date).
All game dates and times are subject to change and road game times will be announced at a later date. Download a printable copy of the 2015 Milwaukee Brewers schedule here.
To raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research and prevention, last night, the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and thousands of Brewers fans joined forces to “Pink Out Miller Park.”
Each fan attending the game had a specially-designed card affixed to their seat, and at the end of the 4th inning, they held them up to form this image, turning the ballpark into a sea of pink and white, including ribbons that have become synonymous with efforts related to breast cancer research and awareness.
“The Journal Sentinel approached us with this concept recently, and we recognized immediately that it would be a great way to cap our many efforts related to breast cancer research, prevention and treatment,” said Milwaukee Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Nearly everyone has been impacted by this disease, and we are grateful to be involved in what we know will be a memorable and impactful event.”
“Pink Out Miller Park” was presented by Boston Store. Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin was the supporting sponsor.
Prior to the game, there were many other related events occurring, including the following:
- Brewers President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, did a check presentation for $57,500, funds that were raised through their donations and a personal campaign. Over the past 9 seasons, the Melvins have raised $520,000 for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
- There was an on-field presentation recognizing Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin for their efforts to defeat breast cancer.
- The Ceremonial 1st Pitch was tossed by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Publisher Betsy Brenner, a breast cancer survivor.
- Eleven breast cancer survivors took the field with our starting lineup and stood with the players for the national anthem.
In addition, fans could contribute to the cause through several on-site fundraising opportunities. Proceeds from the following initiatives will all go toward After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD and the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center:
- A raffle was held on the Field Level Concourse. Prizes featured a ceremonial first pitch before a 2015 Brewers game, a spot in a Mini Famous Racing Sausages race, an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field, and more.
- Pink hankies were sold outside of Miller Park.
Fans were also encouraged to help raise awareness through social media, using the hashtag #PinkOutMillerPark. Here are a few moments captured by fans last night:
Thank you to those who participated in this very special night at Miller Park.