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BREWERS DRAFT OUTFIELDER COREY RAY WITH FIRST-ROUND PICK

The Milwaukee Brewers selected outfielder Corey Ray from the University of Louisville with their first pick (fifth overall) of the First-Year Player Draft. Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Special Assistant to the G.M. Ray Montgomery made the announcement.

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Ray, a junior at the University of Louisville, batted .319 with 55 runs, 16 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 60 RBI, 44 stolen bases a .396 OBP and a .562 slugging percentage this season. He was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Simeon Career Academy, but chose to enroll in college instead. The left-handed hitter is majoring in exercise science and was scouted by Area Scout Jeff Simpson.

“I’m just thankful and grateful for an opportunity to play for a great organization,” Ray said in a conference call with the media shortly after his name was placed on the board in Secaucus.

On his reaction to hearing his name called, Ray said, “Happy. Relieved. It’s been an exciting year. This is an exciting time in my life.”

Asked where he sees himself fitting in with the organization, Ray said, “I think I’ll fit in as a top-of-the order type of hitter hopefully, somebody who gets the job done. Anything that they need me to do: bunt, hit and run, get on base, steal bases…whatever they need me to do– I will do that. I know there is one question on whether or not I can play center field, but I’m guaranteeing that I will work as hard as I possibly can to be an elite defender in center and hopefully I can play center and do some great things in Milwaukee.”

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ray, 21, participated in the Jackie Robinson West Little League and the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite program growing up.

Ray said his family is happy that he was drafted by a team within driving distance from Chicago. “It’s close to home, but not as close to home as to where distractions are. I’m grateful to be close to home,”

During his tenure at Louisville, he was named 2015 Baseball America Second Team All-America, 2015 NCBWA Second Team All-America, 2015 D1 Baseball Third Team All-America and to the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. In addition, he was a 2015 All-ACC First Team selection and a member of the 2014 Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team.

“Hard work. Surrounding myself around the right people. It’s been a combination of great leadership and great role models in my dad and my grandfather and the mentors that have mentored me and helped me throughout the years but I think it’s also a combination of luck,” Ray said. “The White Sox Amateur City Elite Team expanded and I was given the opportunity to be on one of those teams and instruction that I got from there and the opportunities that I was given definitely helped me.”

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This marks the fifth time in franchise history that the Brewers have drafted with the fifth overall selection. The other selections at #5 overall included LHP Rick O’Keefe (1975), RHP Ken Henderson (1991), RHP Mark Rogers (2004) and 3B Ryan Braun (2005).

The Brewers have two more draft picks tonight, coming in the second round (#46) and the Competitive Balance Round B (#75 overall).  The Draft will resume tomorrow at 12pm CT with rounds 3-10.  Day three of the Draft will begin at 11am CT with rounds 11-40.

Brewers Players Tour Fisher House Wisconsin

Currently, 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are traveling to Milwaukee VA Medical Center for treatment of their wounds and injuries.

The new Milwaukee home is one of the largest built in the United States of America, allowing veterans and their families living beyond 50-miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital to stay overnight at no cost at Fisher House Wisconsin. The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need.

Today, Kirk Nieuwenhis and Jacob Barnes received an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of this new beautiful facility. Let’s take a look:

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SPORTSERVICE TO HOLD JOB FAIR AT MILLER PARK

Delaware North Sportservice (DN), the exclusive food, beverage and retail provider for Miller Park, will hold a job fair on Monday, June 13 at the home of the Brewers. DN Sportservice is looking to hire Concession Stand Attendants and experienced Line Cooks for the 2016 season.

The job fair will take place at Miller Park on Monday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. CT. Candidates are asked to enter the ballpark through the Hot Corner entrance (near Friday’s Front Row).

Will Smith & Jeremy Jeffress Trade Places With Southwest Airlines

Today at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, relievers Will Smith & Jeremy Jeffress took on some unusual jobs as they traded places with a crew from Southwest Airlines, the Club’s official airline.

Southwest Airlines invited Will and JJ, along with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, to surprise some unsuspecting customers as they did everything that Southwest employees do on a daily basis.  Unloading and boarding a flight, marshalling in an aircraft, and meeting their fans who were traveling through the airport–it was all a part of the special event.

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In addition, for the first time ever, Southwest Airlines Employees traded places with the Brewers on their home field. Employees had a rare opportunity to come out to Miller Park for a behind the scenes tour, sliding down Bernie’s slide, play catch on the field, and a chance to run the bases.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Carter and Murphy Visit with Brewers Season Seat Holders

Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the first of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.

The event, which took place in the Skyy Lounge, included a plated lunch, a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers first baseman Chris Carter and Bench Coach Pat Murphy, hosted by Brewers radio broadcaster Jeff Levering.

Coach Murphy and Sleepy answered fans questions at the Season Seat Holder luncheon.

Coach Murphy and Sleepy answered fans questions at the Season Seat Holder luncheon.

Murphy kicked things off by explaining how Chris Carter earned the nickname “Sleepy” or “The Big Sleep.”

“Before we get started I’m going to tell the Sleepy story. There’s not really a story. Here’s the deal. You guys watch most of the games, right? This guy’s pulse rate is about 19. So in Spring Training, we kind of started calling him Sleepy. ‘Hey Sleepy,’ ‘Big Sleep.’ So now my dream is–I see how you guys are unbelievable fans and I see the way you guys support Luc when he goes to the plate (Luuuuuuuuuuccc!)….Hitting right after Luuuuuuuucccc is Sleepy, so what we do is ‘Sleeeeeeeeep-y!’…we get the whole crowd doing it,….that would be great!” Murphy said.

Here, Murphy demonstrates the cheer that he hopes will take off among fans.

The conversation was then opened to up to questions which ranged from “What was going through your mind when you  hit those home runs against Oakland last night?” (“They shouldn’t have traded me!”) to talking about Murphy’s relationship to Craig Counsell as his former coach and how Murphy once broke Counsell’s nose.

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Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.

Cheers,

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

 

UW-Madison Basketball Coach Greg Gard Tosses First Pitch

University of Wisconsin-Madison Men’s Head Basketball Coach Greg Gard is here at Miller Park tonight, where he tossed out a ceremonial first pitch before the game vs. the A’s.

Greg Gard tosses the ceremonial first pitch before Brewers vs. Oakland on June 7, 2016. PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Greg Gard tosses the ceremonial first pitch before Brewers vs. Oakland on June 7, 2016. PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Gard was named the interim men’s head basketball coach on December 15, 2015. Taking the team over with an 8-5 record, he led the Badgers to a 22-13 record overall and a trip to the Sweet 16. Gard was officially named head coach on March 7, 2016.

-Cait

@CMoyer

MILLER PARK HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: JUNE 7 – 12

Fans can join the Brewers all week as they welcome the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets to Miller Park tonight through Sunday. The homestand begins tonight at 7:10 p.m. with the first of two games against the Oakland Athletics. Following the A’s visit, the Crew will take on the reigning National League Champion New York Mets. Highlights include a complimentary Summerfest Weekday Admission Ticket promotion, Star Wars Day, Noah’s Ark Waterpark Ticket giveaway and a Barking Bobblehank All Fan giveaway. In addition, this homestand will feature the first Free-Shirt Friday of the summer.

Tuesday, June 7 vs. Oakland Athletics – 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 brewers.com/sshappreciation.

Summerfest Weekday Admission Ticket Giveaway – The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Summerfest Weekday Admission ticket.

Breast Cancer Showhouse VisitThe Brewers Wives will visit this year’s Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse. WBCS, Inc. was founded in 1998 as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization by Nancè Kinney, a breast cancer survivor. Their mission is to support early stage breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Throughout their history, generous homeowners have donated their houses to WBCS and work together with talented Milwaukee area designers to transform their home into a showhouse. This year’s showhouse is location on Oconomowoc Lake.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Night – Fans can visit Alzheimer’s Association information table on the Field Level across from Guest Relations to learn more about Alzheimer’s awareness.

Fair Days Double Play – Nothing says summer like Brewers Baseball and the State Fair. For just $15, fans will receive a Terrace Reserved ticket and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular®, August 4-14. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Wednesday, June 8 vs. Oakland Athletics – 7:10 p.m.
Fair Days Double Play – See above

Allen-Field Elementary School Visit – Martin Maldonado and Junior Guerra will visit bilingual Allen Field Elementary School in Milwaukee. The players will meet and have an open dialogue with several second and third grade classes.

Southwest Airlines Trading Places Event – Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith will participate in a Southwest Airlines Trading Places event at General Mitchell International Airport. Jeffress and Smith will interact with customers as they deplane, help board the flight and collect boarding passes. In addition, that morning several employees from Southwest will experience life in the big leagues as they play catch on the field and trade places with the players.

Thursday, June 9 vs. New York Mets – 7:10 p.m.
Brew Crew & the Zoo – For just $20, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game, one adult general admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo and a free lunch cooler. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Fair Days Double Play – See above

Fisher House Tour – Brewers players will visit the Fisher House on the grounds of The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Players will have an opportunity to tour the new facility and meet with those who are currently staying there.

Kyle’s Korner Volunteer DayKyle’s Korner is hosting a Volunteer Day at Miller Park, celebrating their Board members, volunteers & supporters. Member & supporter Jeremiah Johnson will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Fans can visit the Kyle’s Korner information table on the Field Level across from Guest Relations to learn more about their outreach efforts. Kyle’s Korner is dedicated to helping grieving children, teens and their families who are coping with the death of a loved one.

Friday, June 10 vs. New York Mets – 7:10 p.m.
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 brewers.com/beerpen.

Fair Days Double Play – See above

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 brewers.com/students. Excludes the Miller Lite Beerpen and the Brewers vs. Cubs game.

Habitat for Humanity Garage BuildBrewers players, wives and front office staff will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Garage Build. The garages are being built for houses that were built during Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Build Week that the Brewers sponsored. The building will take place at Miller Park on the Helfaer Field and Left Field Plazas.

Brew Crew & the Zoo – See above.

Free-Shirt Friday – All fans in attendance will receive a Bernie’s Chalet t-shirt, courtesy of CertaPro Painters®. Choice of Adult M and Adult XL only.

Rock the Ballpark – The Brewers and Summerfest have teamed up once again this year. For just $24, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game and one Summerfest General Admission ticket, good any time during Summerfest 2016, June 29-July 3 & July 5-10. For an additional $5 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to the Loge Bleachers. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Saturday, June 11 vs. New York Mets – 3:10 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 brewers.com/sshappreciation.

Autograph Saturday for Kids presented by U.S. Bank – Prior to the game, kids 14 and under can receive autographs from select Brewers players and coaches. Autograph sessions will begin shortly after gates open and last for approximately 20 minutes. For each Autograph Saturday game, one child will be selected to win a VIP package compliments of U.S. Bank®. The VIP package includes four Loge Level tickets to that night’s game, on-field batting practice viewing and more! Fans can register at Miller Park Field Level Guest Relations or online at Brewers.com/autographsaturdays.

Noah’s Ark Waterpark Ticket Giveaway – All fans in attendance will receive a ticket to Noah’s Ark Waterpark.

Star Wars Day – The Force awakens at Miller Park on Saturday, June 11 as the Brewers join The Resistance to battle the newly-minted members of The First Order, the New York Mets. The ballpark will be transformed into a galaxy far, far away with special in-game features and appearances by a number of Star Wars™ characters. Plus, fans who purchase this special Star Wars™ Day ticket package will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper bobblehead. The package is available at Brewers.com/specialevents.

Blue Crew Ticket Program On Saturday, the Brewers will partner with Major League Baseball umpires to offer memorable baseball game experiences for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth in mentoring programs. Children will receive a VIP experience including tickets, a goody bag of “all things baseball,” and the unique opportunity to step onto the field for a souvenir baseball and photo. Umps Care Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Major League Baseball umpires, created the Blue Crew tickets program to share the gift of baseball with children and strengthen relationships between children and the adults who aim to make a difference in their lives. More than 4,000 guests have participated in Blue Crew tickets since 2006.

Sunday, June 12 vs. New York Mets – 1:10 p.m.
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.

Major League Baseball Scott’s Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship Competition – This spring, over 600,000 children participated nationwide in Major League Baseball’s free Pitch, Hit & Run program. Prior to the game, the top 12 boy and girl qualifiers from Wisconsin  will compete at Miller Park in hopes of advancing to the National Finals at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, CA. Winners from the competition will be recognized on the field during a pre-game presentation.

Barking BobbleHank – All fans in attendance will receive a Barking BobbleHank, courtesy of Palermo’s Frozen Pizza.

BREWERS TO MAKE THREE SELECTIONS ON DAY 1 OF 2016 MLB DRAFT

The Milwaukee Brewers will make three selections on Day One of the First-Year Player Draft, which begins Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CT. The team owns the fifth overall selection. The Brewers will also make selections at #46 (Second Round) and #75 (Competitive Balance Round B).

The First-Year Player Draft spans three days of activity from Thursday through Saturday and will take place at the MLB Network Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.  Draft coverage will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT Thursday. The Brewers’ first selection (#5) will take place at approximately 6:27 p.m. CT, pick #46 will take place at approximately 9:28 p.m. CT and pick #75 will take place at approximately 10:15 p.m.

Representing the Brewers at the MLB Network Studio will be former Brewers All-Star Ben Sheets and Vice President of Baseball Projects – Gord Ash. Sheets was selected by the Brewers in the 1st Round of the 1999 Draft (10th overall) and spent eight seasons with the team, from 2001-08, compiling an 86-83 record with a 3.72 ERA.

The Brewers have selected the fifth overall pick four times in team history: Rick O’Keefe in 1975, Ken Henderson in 1991, Mark Rogers in 2004 and most recently Ryan Braun in 2005.

The selection rotation is determined by the clubs’ reverse order of finish at the close of the previous season.  The Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue on Friday at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at 11:00 a.m. CT and will continue through its conclusion.

 

Submit Photos of Your All-Star Dad and Win Tickets in a Suite!

Did he show you how to throw a fastball? Buy you your first baseball hat? Master the perfect condiment ratio for your ballpark hotdog? If your Dad taught you not only how to swing a baseball bat, but the importance of good sportsmanship win or lose AND he’s the reason you cheer for the Brewers; he’s an All-Star in our books. We want to help you celebrate him!

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Sunday, June 19 is Father’s Day and we’re looking for you to post photos that depict how a father figure in your life is an All-Star.Post your photos to Instagram and/or Twitter using #BrewersAllStarDad through Sunday, June 19. We’ll judge all eligible entries to select our six winners based creativity/originality, photo quality and relevance to the contest theme.

Each winner will receive two tickets in Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Suite for winner and a guest (hopefully dad, if you can bring him!) to the Brewers vs. Diamondbacks game on Wednesday, July 27.

Select entries may also be shown on the Brewers vs. Dodgers telecast on Father’s Day.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

#HankAndSeek: Barking BobbleHanks Placed Around the City

In advance of his June 12 All-Fan Bobblehead giveaway, this morning Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” has helped distribute thousands of Barking BobbleHank Bobbleheads across the greater Milwaukee area and select other locations in Wisconsin in a scavenger hunt called, “Hank and Seek.” The scavenger hunt will culminate in an appearance by Hank at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at 10 a.m Friday.

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Thousands of Barking BobbleHanks (the Bobblehead has a soundchip that barks) have been placed next to Hank’s favorite locations – fire hydrants and trees – throughout the greater Milwaukee area and select additional locations in Wisconsin. There is a sticker attached to the box instructing those who find the Bobbleheads to share a photo of their newly-acquired Barking Bobblehank on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @Brewers and using #HankandSeekto be eligible for exciting prizes, including pizza for a year, courtesy of Palermo’s Frozen Pizza, game tickets to the June 12 matchup with the New York Mets and a one-on-one meet and greet with Hank himself.

Please note: There is a limit of one Bobblehead per person.  The scavenger hunt will continue until all items have been claimed. More details and official rules can be found at brewers.com/hankandseek.

 

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