This just in: Majestic player name and number tees featuring the Brewers newest acquisition, pitcher Matt Garza.
These t-shirts are currently available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
If you’ll notice, the Majestic player name and number tees have been updated for 2014. Look closely and you’ll see that the lettering/numbering on the front and back has a real “jersey” look and feel to it:
This new style of the tees was available beginning at Brewers On Deck; the Team Store currently has players such as Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura in stock with new additions (such as Garza, which came today) arriving over the next few weeks leading up to Opening Day.
Brewers Community Foundation today announced a new partnership with WaterStone Bank. Through the partnership, WaterStone Bank will serve as the title sponsor for an in-stadium promotion called “WaterStone Bank’s K’s for a Cause.”
WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation will each make a donation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the 2014 season. At a later date this season, a Brewers pitcher and Brewers Community Foundation staff will join representatives from WaterStone Bank for a visit to the Sojourner Family Peace Center.
“We have had a longstanding partnership with Sojourner Family Peace Center. The work they do for families is critical to the well-being of our community,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “We are thrilled to partner with WaterStone Bank. This effort increases the impact we can have to improve the quality of life for others.”
WaterStone Bank and Sojourner Family Peace Center will receive logo messaging on the “strikeout meter” sign at Miller Park, which is located on the right field fascia. The display will include the total number of strikeouts by Brewers pitchers at Miller Park this season.
Over the past four seasons, Brewers pitchers have recorded the second-most strikeouts at home (2,698) among all Major League teams. Only the Atlanta Braves have tallied more strikeouts in their home ballpark during this stretch (2,715).
“It is an honor to partner with Brewers Community Foundation to continue our relationship with the Sojourner Family Peace Center,” said Doug Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of WaterStone Bank. “We appreciate the significant contributions they each make to our community.”
-John and Cait
Brewers Community Foundation:
Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Funding efforts support nonprofits that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
Established in 1921, WaterStone Bank is a financial institution with offices in Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Franklin/Hales Corners, Germantown/Menomonee Falls, Oak Creek, Oconomowoc/Lake Country, Pewaukee, Waukesha/Brookfield, and West Allis.
Sojourner Family Peace Center:
Sojourner Family Peace Center’s mission is to create peaceful communities in which domestic respect and a life free from violence is the right of every woman, man, and child. For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit www.familypeacecenter.org.
Brewers Community Foundation’s 16th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 26, starting at 8 a.m. Registration is now available by visiting Brewers.com/5krunwalk.
The unique feature of this event is that participants actually get to test their skills against the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, who also run the course. The run will begin and end at the Klement’s Sausage Haus where the Brat, Hot Dog, Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage join the crowd on the course. The route also makes its way around the warning track of Miller Park.
All participants must be pre-registered and the event is expected to sell out quickly. It is recommended that those interested register early for this event.
For the $30 registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of eight Brewers 2014 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.
This year, the fundraising component returns as participants and fans are again encouraged to help raise additional funds to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin. When registering to participate, fans will also be able to set up a fundraising page to help raise funds for Fisher House Wisconsin. Please note that the Run/Walk registration fee cannot be applied toward personal fundraising levels. Fundraising incentive levels start at $100 and increase incrementally to the Grand Prize, which includes a Yovani Gallardo autographed baseball and an opportunity to throw out a first pitch. The top prize is awarded to the fundraiser who raises the most over $5,000.
Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Currently, veterans from 23 different states of all generations travel to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for treatment at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, while 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receive treatment here in Milwaukee for their wounds or injuries. Veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital are eligible to stay for free at the Fisher House if they need to overnight. The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and ensures that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Due to this need, the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to break ground in May 2014.
Any questions regarding the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk or the fundraising component can be directed to Meredith Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2014, we’ve slated 14 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season — our #Brewers14in14 includes six T-Shirt Fridays and eight bobblehead dates. We’ve unveiled all of the giveaways so far except one, our Fan Vote Bobblehead. That’s right, now through noon on Friday, February 7, you get to choose which Brewers player will be immortalized in bobble form this season for the Sunday, July 27 game vs. the New York Mets.
The winner will be announced on Monday, February 10 at 11 a.m.
Your choices? Willy Peralta, Jim Henderson and Matt Garza. Read on for the three ways you can cast your vote!
SHARE YOUR DECISION WITH YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER.
PLUS, CAST AN EXTRA VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ON TWITTER BY TWEETING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:
- I just voted for a #PeraltaBobble for the #Brewers14in14! Vote now: http://www.brewers.com/bobblevote
- I just voted for a #HendersonBobble for the #Brewers14in14! Vote now: http://www.brewers.com/bobblevote
- I just voted for a #GarzaBobble for the #Brewers14in14! Vote now: http://www.brewers.com/bobblevote
YOU CAN ALSO VOTE ON YOUR PHONE AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT.
TEXT 41835 TO SUBMIT YOUR CHOICE:
- Text 1 or PERALTA to 41835 for Wily Peralta.
- Text 2 or HENDERSON to 41835 for Jim Henderson.
- Text 3 or GARZA to 41835 for Matt Garza.
(Standard data rates may apply.)
JOIN US ON SUNDAY, JULY 27 WHEN ALL FANS WILL RECEIVE A BOBBLEHEAD OF THE WINNING PLAYER!
Want to Work at Miller Park This Season? Apply for the Brew Crew or Try Out for the Diamond Dancers!
If you’re looking for a way to see Brewers Baseball for free this summer–and maybe even get paid to do it, then listen up.
I just heard from Drew Olsen, our Broadcast and Entertainment Manager, that we’re hiring for our entertainment staff and that the Diamond Dancers are hosting auditions!
First up, we’ve got openings on our Brew Crew.
Are you outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic, confident, and love interacting with people? If so, we want you to join our gameday entertainment seasonal Brew Crew staff!
The Brew Crew is an integral part of the Miller Park fan experience, with job duties that directly impact our guests and their enjoyment of Brewers games. The Brew Crew also represents the Club throughout the state at mascot appearances.
As a former Brew Crew member myself, I can tell you that it is a lot of fun and a great learning experience– a perfect job for a college student!
As a member of the Brew Crew, you’ll do things such as:
• Work Klement’s Racing Sausage mascot appearances on non-gamedays
• Assist with and execute between-innings promotions
• Staff all interactive areas throughout Miller Park, including the US Cellular Power Playground, Bernie’s Terrace, and Speed Pitch
• Greet fans and snap their pictures as part of the FanFoto program
• Entertain fans before the game as the Klement’s Racing Sausages and their escorts
• Tie balloon animals for kids
• And More!
Applicants must be available to work at least 40 games, arriving 2 hours prior to gametime. Having a flexible schedule that allows for working some or all weekday day games is a plus. Please note this is NOT a full-time position, it is a part-time, seasonal position. Applicants must also live in the Milwaukee area year-round in order to be considered for the Brew Crew.
Diamond Dancer Auditions
The 2014 Diamond Dancers auditions will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Registration begins at 11 AM and the audition begins at 11:30 AM at Elite Sports Club in Brookfield, WI 600 N. Barker Road).
Please visit www.wiprodance.com for additional audition details. There, you can also register for the audition clinics and fill out your application for audition day.
So, if you’re interested in working at Miller Park this season, as either a Brew Crew member or a Diamond Dancer, make sure you check out those sites for more information.
Good luck! I hope to see you at Miller Park this year!
On Sunday, we signed free agent right-handed starter Matt Garza to a four-year contract with a vesting option for the 2018 season.
And today, we welcomed Matt with this ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“Matt is an established top-of-the-rotation pitcher who provides our staff with experience and quality depth,” said Melvin.
Garza, 30, is 67-67 with a 3.84 ERA in 194 games (191 starts) during eight Major League seasons with Minnesota (2006-07), Tampa Bay (2008-10), Chicago-NL (2011-13) and Texas (2013). After missing nearly the first two months of 2013 due to injury (side/back), he returned to post a 10-6 record with a 3.82 ERA in 24 starts between the Cubs (11gs) and Rangers (13gs) last season.
Garza was named 2008 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (2gs, 2-0, 1.38 ERA vs. Boston) and threw the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history on July 26, 2010 vs. Detroit. He is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in five career postseason starts (31ip, 12er).
Garza will wear uniform number 22. Outfielder Logan Schafer, who previously wore the number, will now wear number 1.
-John & Cait
What an appropriate day for announcing this great news. Temperatures in Milwaukee are -10 and today in Phoenix it is expected to hit the mid-70s! With that in mind, the Brewers today announced the Club’s 2014 Spring Training broadcast schedule that will include broadcasts of all 31 Spring Training games and the televised broadcast of all 14 games at Maryvale Baseball Park by FOX Sports Wisconsin.
In addition to the scheduled games on FOX Sports Wisconsin, the flagship radio station for the Milwaukee Brewers, Newsradio 620 WTMJ-AM, will broadcast 16 games on the statewide Brewers Radio Network. Seven select games that are not on television or radio will be broadcast exclusively on Brewers.com. All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time (except for March 27, which will have a 12:05 pm Arizona Time start).
Hall of Fame announced Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block will call the games on the Brewers Radio Network. Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the games on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Anderson, Block and Schroeder will team up on the Brewers.com webcasts.
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.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9am – 5pm CST. 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 $5.00. Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000. Tickets for the two games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
2014 Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Broadcast Schedule
|Date||Time (local)||Time (CT)||Opponent||Broadcast|
|Thursday, February 27||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||at Oakland Athletics||Brewers.com|
|Friday, February 28||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||at San Francisco Giants||Radio|
|Saturday, March 1||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||Los Angeles Dodgers||Television|
|1:05 PM||2:05 PM||at Arizona Diamondbacks||Radio|
|Sunday, March 2||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||at Colorado Rockies||Brewers.com|
|Monday, March 3||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||Chicago Cubs||TV/Radio|
|Tuesday, March 4||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||at Oakland Athletics||Radio|
|Wednesday, March 5||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||Oakland Athletics||Television|
|Thursday, March 6||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||Colorado Rockies||TV/Radio|
|Friday, March 7||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||San Diego Padres||Television|
|Saturday, March 8||1:05 PM||2:05 PM||Kansas City Royals||TV/Radio|
|DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME BEGINS MARCH 9|
|Sunday, March 9||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Chicago Cubs||Radio|
|1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Cleveland Indians||Television|
|Monday, March 10||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||Chicago White Sox||Television|
|Tuesday, March 11||OFF DAY|
|Wednesday, March 12||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||TV/Radio|
|Thursday, March 13||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at San Diego Padres||Brewers.com|
|Friday, March 14||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||Arizona Diamondbacks||TV/Radio|
|Saturday, March 15||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||Cincinnati Reds||Television|
|Sunday, March 16||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Arizona Diamondbacks||Brewers.com|
|Monday, March 17||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||Chicago White Sox||TV/Radio|
|Tuesday, March 18||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||Texas Rangers||TV/Radio|
|Wednesday, March 19||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Seattle Mariners||Brewers.com|
|Thursday, March 20||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Colorado Rockies||Radio|
|Friday, March 21||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Texas Rangers||Brewers.com|
|Saturday, March 22||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||TV/Radio|
|Sunday, March 23||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Cincinnati Reds||Brewers.com|
|Monday, March 24||OFF DAY|
|Tuesday, March 25||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||San Francisco Giants||TV/Radio|
|Wednesday, March 26||1:05 PM||3:05 PM||at Cleveland Indians||Brewers.com|
|Thursday, March 27||12:05 PM||2:05 PM||Cincinnati Reds||TV|
|Friday, March 28||7:10 PM||Kansas City Royals (Miller Park)||Radio|
|Saturday, March 29||1:10 PM||Kansas City Royals (Miller Park)||Radio|
|• Home games (Maryvale Baseball Park) in bold|
|• Note: Daylight-Saving Time begins on March 9|
|• All Games/Times subject to change|
|• Television games aired on FOX Sports Wisconsin|
|• Radio games aired on WTMJ-AM 620 and the Brewers Radio Network|
In case you missed the news today from Brewers On Deck, we, along FOX Sports Wisconsin, announced the addition of Matt Lepay to the television broadcast team.
Lepay will handle play-by-play for approximately 35 Brewers telecasts this season, filling in for Brian Anderson who will be handling national telecast work.
Lepay is a seven-time winner of the “Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year” Award, presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Since 1994, Lepay has been the voice of Wisconsin Badgers football, and he is currently in his 26thth season as the men’s basketball play-by-play announcer.
“Matt is a great fit for this role, given his passion for sports in Wisconsin and his connection to fans throughout the state,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are thrilled to bring Matt on board, and look forward to his work on Brewers telecasts throughout the season.”
Lepay joined WIBA Radio in Madison in 1994 after a stint as sports director at WTSO Radio (also in Madison).
“Matt is obviously a knowledgeable sports mind and a professional who has established a strong connection with fans across the state of Wisconsin,” said Mike Dimond, Senior Vice President and General Manager for FOX Sports Wisconsin. “I think Brewers fans will really enjoy his approach to the game. We’re excited to have him as part of our broadcast team.”
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Lepay and his wife Linda reside in Cross Plains, Wis.
“I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to be a part of the Brewers and Fox Sports Wisconsin broadcast team,” Lepay said. “I very much admire the work of Brian, Bill, Craig and everyone associated with the telecasts, and I am eager to join them this season. The chance to call baseball is a lifelong dream, and I thank the Brewers and FOX Sports Wisconsin for helping me realize that dream.”
Lepay will continue is his current role as the radio voice for Badgers football and basketball.
Craig Coshun will return for his 14th season of covering the Brewers, and will continue in his role as the lead pre- and post-game host for FOX Sports Wisconsin. He will also handle play-by-play for select Brewers telecasts of FOX Sports Wisconsin during Spring Training and the regular season.
-John & Cait
The Wisconsin Center was home to nearly 30 Brewers players today and a record crowd of 14,138 braved fresh snow and cold temperatures for the Club’s annual winter fanfest, Brewers On Deck Presented by Time Warner Cable.
The crowd surpassed 2012’s prior high mark of 12,118, and last year’s total of 11,722.
“We can’t thank the fans enough for coming out to warm the atmosphere downtown and helping move everyone’s thoughts toward baseball and the 2014 Brewers season,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It was a great opportunity for players, coaches and staff to connect with the fans, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at Miller Park throughout the year.”
The afternoon’s highlights included an announcement that the Brewers had completed negotiations and signed free agent pitcher Matt Garza to a four-year contract. The announcement was made on the Main Entertainment Stage by Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, who was joined by President of Baseball Operations Doug Melvin, Assistant General Manager Gord Ash, and Special Assistant to the General Manager Craig Counsell.
“That was definitely a great piece of news to break at the event, and the response from the fans was tremendous,” Schlesinger said.
Brewers pitchers and catchers report to Marvale, Ariz., for Spring Training on Feb. 15.
We asked you to submit your questions for Dennis Haskins, a celebrity guest at this year’s Brewers on Deck event, and we caught up with him today.
Watch below for a recap!