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Go to Opening Day FREE with a Brewers 10-Pack; On Sale Tomorrow at 10 a.m.

As the calendar turns, each day brings us one day closer to the return of Brewers Baseball. Fans can secure their tickets to Opening Day for free with a Brewers 10-Pack, which go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. There are six enticing plans to choose from, including the popular Fan’s Choice Plan which returns for 2015. All plans feature 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice as their FREE 11th game.

In addition to tickets to Opening Day, each of the six plans offer a unique experience. The Weekend Plan features four giveaways, including the Mother’s Day Bobblehank on May 10, June 14’s Carlos Gomez All-Star Bobblehead, a bobblehead of National League All-Star Jonathan Lucroy on August 16 and an All Fan Giveaway item to be decided by fan vote and distributed on the final day of the regular season, Sunday, October 4. The Premier Plan includes contests against all four division rivals as well as a matchup against NL West Division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on May 6. The Friday Plan includes a string of five “T-Shirt Friday” giveaways starting with the June 12 game against the Washington Nationals and ending on August 14 when the Brewers host the Philadelphia Phillies. To top it off, the Friday Plan includes access to the first ever Brewers Postgame Concert Series when country artist Joe Nichols rocks Miller Park after the May 29 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The popular Fan’s Choice Plan returns for the 2015 season and provides the ultimate flexibility for fans to select 10 games that fit their schedule from a list of 49 Brewers regular season home games. The plan can include several Interleague matchups, a variety of weekday and weekend games, All-Fan Bobblehead dates, T-Shirt Fridays, and more. A complete list of all six 10-Pack’s including the Fan’s Choice plan, is attached.

Packages start at $160 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($16 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $250 ($25 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game, no wait staff), the Loge Infield Box for $420 ($42 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $500 ($50 per game).

Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including a free ticket to Opening Day (or any other home game on the 2015 schedule), guaranteed seat location, a personal account representative and priority access to Postseason tickets. In addition, 10-Pack Ticket Plans offer great savings on ticket prices. Last season, 10-Pack holders saved up to 35% off the demand-based individual game price. Each 10-Pack account will also receive three (3) exchange vouchers that can be used to exchange tickets you cannot or did not use for tickets to another game.”

Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.

Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines—by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6. For details on the contest, visit brewers.com/countdown.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BILL SCHROEDER TO BE PLACED ON “BREWERS WALL OF HONOR”

Today we announced that former player and current TV analyst Bill Schroeder will be enshrined on the “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park in 2015. The “Wall of Honor,” which was unveiled in 2014, commemorates Milwaukee Brewers players and broadcasters that meet a set criteria based on service to the Club.

The “Wall of Honor” is a permanent display outside of Miller Park on the North side of the stadium adjacent to the Hot Corner entrance. Honorees on the wall each have a plaque with their photo and a brief synopsis of their career. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.

A pre-game ceremony to honor Schroeder will be held on Friday, July 17 when the Brewers face the Pirates at Miller Park.

“I’d like to thank the Brewers organization for recognizing me for the work I have done on and off the field,” Schroeder said. “It has truly been a labor of love. I have experienced many great moments with the team over the years and being added to the Wall of Honor tops the list.”

In 2015, Schroeder will return for his 21st season in the Brewers broadcast booth. He began his career behind the mic as the Brewers’ color man after a distinguished playing career. Schroeder spent eight seasons in the big leagues with the Brewers and California Angels, posting a career-best .332 batting average in 1987. He caught Juan Nieves’ no-hitter on April 15, 1987 at Baltimore in the midst of the team’s Major League record-tying 13-0 start. In addition, he clubbed a career-high 14 home runs and had 42 RBI that season.

“Bill Schroeder is such an important and integral part of Brewers baseball, both past and present, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor him in this way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “As a former player and longtime broadcaster, Bill’s loyalty and commitment to the Brewers run very deep, and his place on the Wall of Honor is much deserved.”

Members who meet any of the following criteria while wearing a Brewers uniform will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:

  • 2,000 or more plate appearances
  • 1,000 or more innings pitched
  • 250 appearances as a pitcher
  • Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
  • Manager of a pennant-winner
  • Individuals memorialized as a statue on the Miller Park plaza
  • Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers

In addition, the above criteria has been updated to allow the team to honor longtime broadcasters who played for the team. Any alum who donned a Brewers uniform for any length of time and served as a primary broadcaster for at least 20 seasons with the team will be eligible for the “Wall of Honor.”

Last year’s inaugural class included 58 members enshrined on the Brewers Wall of Honor. John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks are the nine active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement.

Further details regarding the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

#VOTEHANK for Dog of the Year

Yesterday, I shared that Hank, everyone’s favorite “Ballpark Pup,” has been nominated for “Dog of the Year” in the CW’s World Dog Awards, which will be hosted by George Lopez and set to air on the CW Network on January 15, 2015. the awards show puts the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlights special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

Coincidentally, today, we received this holiday photo from Matt Clark, sporting one of the new Hank sweaters. Guess we know who he is voting for! And, is that a Hank ornament we spy on his tree?

Matt Clark Hank

Fans are encouraged to #VOTEHANK at WorldDogAwards.com under the category “Dog of the Year.” Voting will take place in two periods, the first continuing until December 22.  The second period of voting will occur between December 22 and January 9.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Scooter Gennett on the Offseason, Football & More

Earlier this week, Scooter Gennett was out in Los Angeles where he took part in several different interviews where he talked about everything from the Brewers lineup and his offseason to the the origin of his nickname and college football.

In case you missed them, check them out here:

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-Cait

@CMoyer

HANK, THE BALLPARK PUP, NOMINATED FOR “DOG OF THE YEAR” IN THE CW’S “WORLD DOG AWARDS”–VOTE NOW!

The Milwaukee Brewers’ lovable dog, “Hank, the Ballpark Pup,” has been nominated for “Dog of the Year” in the CW’s World Dog Awards. Hosted by George Lopez and set to air on the CW Network on January 15, 2015, the awards show puts the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlights special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

 

Being nominated for “Dog of the Year” means Hank is one of five dogs who have made the biggest impact on pop culture in 2014. Votes will be tallied through January 9 to see which of the five dogs will be awarded the title.

 

Hank first appeared as a stray at Brewers Spring Training on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. He became a fixture at camp and immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet lovers across the world. Stories on Hank appeared everywhere from the London Daily Mail to PEOPLE Magazine, and nearly every major national news and talk show across the United States.

 

Hank has teamed up with the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) to initiate fundraisers benefitting the efforts to feed, care for and shelter homeless animals. In addition, 20 percent of Hank merchandise sales, such as his book and other Hank collectibles, are also donated to the WHS. To date, the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 through this program.

 

Hank’s rise to the pop culture limelight since first walking on the field in February has been nothing short of tremendous. He has warmed the hearts of thousands of Brewers fans and dog lovers alike and continues to make a positive impact on the Milwaukee community.

 

Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite baseball dog on the CW’s website: http://cwtv.com/world-dog-awards/ under the category “Dog of the Year.” Voting will take place in two periods, the first continuing until December 22.  The second period of voting will occur between December 22 and January 9.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

#SecretBrewer Kyle Lohse Announces Winner

This holiday season, fans across the league had an opportunity to win a gift from mystery MLB Stars via Twitter. The players were revealed partway into the contest, as were the gifts they were bestowing on lucky fans.

This year, Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse was our #SecretBrewer:

 

Last week, Kyle revealed his gift:

 

And today, he announced the winner, Eric Carlson, via Twitter & video message (while wearing a Brewers Santa cap–nice touch, Kyle!):

Wow, Eric! What an excellent gift. Tickets, a ball, a jersey AND the chance to play Golden Tee with him. [For the uninitiated, Golden Tee is a video game often found in restaurants and pubs. That means the playing field is pretty level, even for a scratch golfer like Mr. Lohse. Hope you’re ready, Eric!]

Congratulations to you and thanks to all of the Brewer fans who participated in this fun contest.

Happy Holidays!

-Cait

@CMoyer

MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” Competition Returns; Vote for #FaceofBREWERS Today

Starting Monday, MLB Network set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Yesterday, in the Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the #FaceofBrewers on social media.

The results were announced this morning on MLB Network’s offseason morning show Hot Stove and… you’ve selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.

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For the second round, MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.

And, on the heels of winning Sporting News’ Best Ballpark poll, Brewers fans will have less than one month to rest their voting fingers because beginning, January 15, Hot Stove will ask fans to vote on Twitter and Facebook each day and decide a winner for the day’s head-to-head player matchup until the Face of MLB is determined.

That’s right, beginning January 15, Brewers fans should be prepared to vote like crazy for Jonathan Lucroy via social media. Stay tuned for more information.

Fans voted more than 2.5 million times in the second Face of MLB competition and during the finals between Eric Sogard and David Wright, #FaceOfMLB trended for over 7 hours. #EricSogard, #NerdPower and #DavidWright also trended during the voting period.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS AMONG TOP SPORTS TEAMS SEARCHED ON GOOGLE; Milwaukee Ranked Eighth Among All Teams Queried in 2014

The Milwaukee Brewers were one of the most-searched sports teams on Google in 2014. The search engine’s “Year in Search,” formerly known as “Zeitgeist,” released its annual list of most searched topics in 2014. The Milwaukee Brewers ranked third among teams in Major League Baseball and eighth among all teams from any sport in searches through Google within the United States.

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The Brewers were most searched team in sports during April 20-26. Milwaukee had won five of six games during the stretch and was quickly off to an 18-6 start, leading the National League Central.

Users searched several terms related to the team that helped the Brewers become one of the most talked about teams on the web. “Brewers Schedule” and “Milwaukee Brewers Schedule” were the top two searches, followed by “Milwaukee Brewers Baseball,” “Brewers Baseball” and “2014 Milwaukee Brewers.” The terms that gained the most ground regarding the team in 2014 were “Hank Milwaukee Brewers,” “2014 Milwaukee Brewers” and “Milwaukee Brewers Dog.”

Milwaukee represented the area where the largest majority of searches occurred. Wausau-Rhinelander WI, Green Bay-Appleton WI, Madison WI and La Crosse-Eau Claire WI rounded out the top five, respectively.

The Brewers also have one of the most impressive audiences on social media platforms as well. The team’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platforms account for almost 1.5 million combined likes and follows; this year alone, we crossed the 200,000, 1,000,000 and 100,000 milestones on each site respectively.  In addition, traffic to the Cait Covers the Bases Blog (formerly John and Cait…Plus 9), has increased almost double that of 2013 with 15 more days to go. Among the non-traditional popular search terms that led folks to this blog are “Josh Murray,” “Brewers Walk-Up Songs” and “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday.”

For more information regarding Google’s “Year in Search” and to see a blog post about the top queries from 2014, please visit www.google.com/2014.

-Cait

@CMoyer

MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” Competition Returns; Vote for #FaceofBREWERS Today

Major League Baseball’s most popular players will square off once again as fans decide which player from all 30 MLB clubs best represents the league in MLB Network’s second “Face of MLB” competition. Starting yesterday, MLB Network has set out to find the Face of MLB by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook. Results will be announced each weekday morning on MLB Network’s offseason morning show Hot Stove at 8:00 a.m. CT.

In the “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, fans can nominate a player candidate from each of the 30 MLB clubs by voting on Twitter with #PLAYERFIRSTNAMELASTNAME and #FaceofCLUBNAME. Today is your day to vote for the #FaceOfBrewers.

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So, today, cast your vote for your favorite Brewer by using your favorite Brewers player’s name as the hashtag (i.e. #JonathanLucroy, #CarlosGomez) and #FaceofBREWERS on Twitter. And, new this year, fans can also vote on the MLB Network specific Facebook post for each round. Click here to cast your vote for the #FaceofBrewers on Facebook.

MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season and beginning January 15, Hot Stove will ask fans to vote on Twitter and Facebook each day and decide a winner for the day’s head-to-head player matchup until the Face of MLB is determined.

Fans voted more than 2.5 million times in the second Face of MLB competition and during the finals between Eric Sogard and David Wright, #FaceOfMLB trended for over 7 hours. #EricSogard, #NerdPower and #DavidWright also trended during the voting period.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ANNOUNCE NEW FAN EXPERIENCE HONORING BUD SELIG AT MILLER PARK

Today we announced the construction of a new fan experience at Miller Park, a state-of-the-art attraction to honor retiring Commissioner of Baseball and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.

Known as the “Selig Experience,” the exhibit will be located on Miller Park’s Loge Level in the left field corner. A highlight of the attraction will be a multimedia presentation that tells the story of Selig’s role in saving Major League Baseball in Milwaukee, his successful efforts to bring the Brewers to the city, and his tireless efforts to promote and grow the game in his hometown.

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Miller Park already is known as a premiere destination for baseball fans, and the Selig Experience will take that to the next level. It will serve as a year-round attraction, adding another extraordinary enhancement to the overall fan experience.

“Commissioner Selig is the one person who ensured that the city of Milwaukee would continue as a Major League city, even when virtually all others had lost hope,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We want to mark his legacy with much more than a museum, and we believe the Selig Experience will tell his story in one of the most unique fan attractions in all of sports.”

L-R: Brad Shelton, Commissioner Selig and Rick Schlesinger at today's press conference.

L-R: Brad Shelton, Commissioner Selig and Rick Schlesinger at today’s press conference.

The exhibition space totals approximately 1,400 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. It will celebrate the fans’ love of the game, as told through the story of the Brewers founder.

The main multimedia show builds to a surprising 3D encounter with the Commissioner himself inside an authentic reproduction of Selig’s County Stadium office, using a technology found in only a handful of exhibits around the world. After the show, Milwaukee fans will be delighted to take a sneak peek into Selig’s office for themselves.

The design and production of the Selig Experience is being led by BRC Imagination Arts, an experience design firm that turns brands into destinations. For more than three decades, its masterful storytellers have been chosen by iconic brands and cultural attractions all over the world to inspire and engage their audiences.

“This exhibit is as much a celebration of the passionate Milwaukee Brewers fans as it is an homage to Commissioner Selig,” said Brad Shelton, Creative Director at BRC Imagination Arts. “We’re telling an emotional story of how the Brewers’ first fan brought professional baseball back to his friends and neighbors. Whether they take a quick tour between innings or spend more time examining every detail, this is an immersive experience that no Brewers fan will forget.”

Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers. In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

“I am humbled that the Brewers will chronicle the remarkable journey of the franchise through a fan experience at Miller Park named in my honor,” said Commissioner Selig. “The story of the Brewers revolves around the great sports fans of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, whose passion drove me to work toward bringing the National Pastime back to my hometown.  Given my affinity for history, I believe this exhibit will illustrate the extraordinary sense of community that the Brewers have always inspired.”

Earlier this year, the Brewers also announced that the Club will retire uniform #1 in Selig’s honor, signifying his role as founder of the franchise. The retired number will be displayed in time for Opening Day. Additionally, he was honored with a statue at Miller Park, which was unveiled on August 24, 2010.

Uihlein-Wilson Architects is also contributing to the initial design of the space for the Selig Experience.

 

 

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