Select commemorative jerseys worn by Brewers players and coaches at Miller Park from 2015 (and some from past seasons) are available for fans to purchase through an online auction at Brewers.com/auction. The week-long auction begins today (Monday, October 19) and closes on Sunday, October 25.
Proceeds raised during the auction will go directly towards Brewers Community Foundation.
Headed to the pumpkin patch and/or planning to carve your gourds this weekend?
You’ll want to read this first because our #BREWITCHED pumpkin-carving contest is back by popular demand!
Starting today, submit an original photo of your Brewers-themed pumpkin. Carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Tag it on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack, which will include two tickets to Brewers On Deck and a baseball signed by Jean Segura.
We’ll be accepting entries through Sunday, November 1 so you have plenty of time to get in the Brewers “spirit.” Get your pumpkin, give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/brewitched beginning Monday. We’ll select three winners in this contest.
To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on brewers.com, including a breand new Barrelman Stencil!
And, for inspiration, here are last year’s winners:
Plus, my own design from last year, so get creative:
Today we announced that we will be hosting a special “town hall” meeting with Manager Craig Counsell and General Manager David Stearns on Thursday, October 29. Brewers ticket plan holders, Suiteholders and VIPs have been invited to Miller Park for a unique opportunity to hear from the team’s field manager and general manager.
Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson will serve as host and emcee for the event and those in attendance will have the chance to have their questions answered by both David and Craig.
Although the event is by invitation only and not open to the general public, fans at home will be able to submit their questions through social media on the day of the event (#InsideTheBrewers), as well as watch the event streamed live on brewers.com that evening.
Stay tuned as we get closer to the event for more details on how you can submit your questions and/or tune in.
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the hiring of Matt Arnold as vice president and assistant general manager. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.
“I am thrilled to bring Matt on board,” said Stearns. “Matt has touched nearly every aspect of baseball operations during his impressive career. He has the ability to impact our organization across the entire baseball operations spectrum and will be an integral part of our operation.”
Arnold, 36, had served as director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Rays prior to joining the Brewers. During his time with the Rays (2007-15), Arnold assisted President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman in player acquisitions, contract negotiation and internal farm system evaluation. His responsibilities also included foreign and domestic special assignments and coordinating advance scouting coverage for the postseason. In addition, Arnold oversaw the integration of science, biomechanics and human movement analysis within baseball operations at all levels.
During his nine-season tenure in Tampa Bay, the Rays posted the fourth-best winning percentage in the American League (773-686, .530) and qualified for the postseason four times (2008, 2010-11 and 2013), including the franchise’s first World Series appearance in 2008.
Arnold has 15 seasons of professional baseball experience. Along with his time with the Rays, he has worked in the baseball operations departments of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000), Texas Rangers (2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2003-06).
While with the Reds, Arnold served as assistant director of professional scouting with his duties including player analysis, financial planning and arbitration, as well as involvement in advance, amateur and professional scouting. He joined the Rays following the 2006 season as a professional scout and was promoted to director of professional scouting in November 2009. In that role, he supervised the organization’s Major League and professional scouting departments. He was promoted to his most recent position with the Rays this past June.
“While leaving an incredible organization in Tampa Bay, I am excited and eternally grateful for the opportunity join the Brewers family,” said Arnold. “I am delighted at the prospect of building upon a dynamic environment and facing the challenges ahead together with Mark (Attanasio), David (Stearns), Doug (Melvin), Craig (Counsell) and the baseball operations department. Through hard work, curiosity, and creativity, I intend to work tirelessly with our talented group to bring a championship to Milwaukee.”
Originally from California, Arnold attended the University of California-Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in economics. While there, he met his wife, Jodi. The couple has a daughter, Julianne, and a son, Tyler.
Online fan voting at for the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards, an expanded awards program that recognizes Major League players, baseball fans and memorable moments in unique categories, is underway and we’re up for awards in two categories:
Best Player-Fan Interaction: Ryan Braun Bails Out a Young Fan
On July 5, Ryan Braun had to try, try again to provide a young Reds fan with a souvenir in Cincinnati. The Milwaukee right fielder gave the child a ball after recording the final out of an inning, but the youth immediately returned it to the field of play. Luckily, Braun tossed the ball back once more — and this time, the boy’s father made sure to secure it safely.
Best Call-Radio: Bob Uecker on Martin Maldonado’s Marathon Winner
On May 31, catching the entirety of an extra-innings marathon vs. the D-backs, Martin Maldonado took it upon himself to end things when he batted in the bottom of the 17th. The backstop drilled a one-out, walk-off homer that elicited one of the most ecstatic “Get up, get outta here — GONE!” calls that legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker would deliver all season long.
The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards represents a comprehensive award-balloting process based on nearly two months of voting, encompassing the entire awards season. The five different groups of voters – fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members – each count for 20% of the winner selection.
Winners in each category will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball).
The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards are officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and voting will culminate with a first-of-its-kind multi-platform special, The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards Show, airing Friday, November 20 at 6p.m. CT exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com.
When fans vote for the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards, they have the opportunity to enter the national sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes. The grand prize winner will receive a pair of 2016 season tickets to their favorite baseball team and a trip to the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville on December. 8. Winners will be announced shortly after the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards voting closes.
Earlier this season, Esurance partnered with MLB to become the exclusive auto insurance partner for Major League Baseball as well as the title sponsor of the first-ever all-digital Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot and the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, each of which set all-time records for fan voting.
The Milwaukee Brewers announced their postseason award winners today as voted by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). A total of seven ballots were cast for each award, assigning five points for first place, three for second and one for third.
Right fielder Ryan Braun earned Brewers Most Valuable Player with all seven first-place votes (35 points). Braun, who has now won the award three times (also 2011-12), batted .285 with 25 HR, 84 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 140 games. He was selected to his sixth All-Star Game. He produced his fourth career 20/20 season and ranked among the National League leaders in stolen bases (T8th) and slugging percentage (9th, .498). First baseman Adam Lind (19 points) finished second in voting with six second-place votes and one third-place vote.
Francisco Rodriguez was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher, earning all seven first-place votes (35 points). Rodriguez went 1-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 38 saves in 60 appearances. His 38 saves tied for fifth in the National League. He was selected to his sixth All-Star Game. Rodriguez, who produced his seventh season of 35+ saves (also 2005-09 and 2014), now ranks seventh on the all-time Major League saves list (386). Jeremy Jeffress (14 points) and Jimmy Nelson (11) finished second and third, respectively.
Adam Lind (31 points) earned Brewers Top Newcomer ahead of pitcher Taylor Jungmann (22). Lind received five first-place votes and two second-place votes. Acquired from Toronto last November 1 in exchange for pitcher Marco Estrada, he batted .277 with 20 HR and a team-leading 87 RBI in 149 games. Lind earned Brewers Player of the Month honors for both April (21g, .333, 4hr, 13rbi) and June (26g, .326, 3hr, 19rbi).
Jeremy Jeffress (24 points) took home Brewers Unsung Hero honors ahead of fellow reliever Will Smith (15). Jeffress received four first-place votes, a second-place vote and a third-place vote. He went 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in 72 appearances this season, posting a sterling 1.40 ERA over his last 25 outings (25.2ip, 4er).
Jonathan Lucroy received all seven first-place votes (35 points) to capture his third consecutive Good Guy Award. Three players received votes with pitcher Kyle Lohse (14 points) and second baseman Scooter Gennett (12) finishing second and third, respectively.
Today Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) unveiled a league-wide keyboard extension app called MLB.com Clubhouse which gives fans a fun way to expand and customize their personal keyboards with baseball-themed GIFs and stickers.
Baseball fans will have access to hundreds of newly developed baseball-themed stickers/emojis, such as official logos, current and legendary player emojis, team mascots, ballpark food and features and baseball equipment, and animated GIFs built by MLB.com for visually personifying their emotions and communications with baseball on their phones.
Fans will have easy access to browse and customize their favorite baseball-themed content and add the stickers and GIFs to their keyboards, personalizing by content theme and favorite team. All keyboard content also can be managed directly within the MLB.com Fans keyboard extension app.
Here are some of the Brewers-specific emojis that we’ve helped to create for the MLB.com Clubhouse launch:
In addition to collecting stickers and GIFs in their custom keyboards, fans also have the ability to intuitively share the content as part of their social conversation either via text or their personal accounts for the popular social and messaging networks, including Twitter and Facebook.
The free app is exclusively available now in the Apple App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.
Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Ryan Braun was named the Brewers nominee for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award.
“The nominees for the 2015 Hank Aaron Awards provide great insight into the considerable young talent in our game today,” Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said. “Hank Aaron was a tremendous all-around offensive performer, and I believe that the diverse skills and competitive spirits demonstrated by these 30 players throughout the 2015 season have honored the Hall of Famer’s enduring legacy.”
Fans can vote for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. For the sixth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.
“It is truly a joy and an honor that the award recognizing the top offensive performers in the game has my name on it,” said Hank Aaron. “I am grateful to have some of my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans to assist in selecting the winners from this talented group of nominees.”
The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers – who combined for 16,697 hits, 8,712 RBI and 2,166 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.
Continuing through October 11, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2015 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2015 World Series.
Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout (2014); Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012); Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011); Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).
The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.
We’re in the midst of the 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which includes 341 screenings during its 15-day run. Tonight, one of those screenings is of the film, “One Man’s Trash,” directed by Annabelle Attanasio, the niece of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio.
“One Man’s Trash” is a video short about a man on a mission to compost a bag of spoiled produce at the Brooklyn Grange. however, when he gets to Greenpoint, the hipsters won’t let him pass. The project was funded by NYU Green Grants. It will be screened tonight at 7pm CT at the Fox Bay Cinema Grill as part of “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.”
Annabelle is a filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY, the founder of Alacrity Productions. She is also an actress, with roles on television shows such as “The Knick,” “The Slap,” and “House M.D.” Her upcoming film “Drooler” will also be released this year.
This is not the first time an Attanasio has had an event at the Milwaukee Film Festival. In 2013, the Milwaukee Film Festival hosted “An Evening with Paul Attanasio.” Paul, Mark’s brother and Annabelle’s father, is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer. He has worked on projects like “Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco” and “House M.D.” Paul also returned to the festival this year to conduct a master class for screenwriters and students.
We highly encourage you to check out Annabelle’s film tonight and to visit the Milwaukee Film Festival in general through the end of its 2015 run on Thursday.
In keeping with their mission to positively impact the lives of children and families, the Brewers Community Foundation (BCF), along with Mark and Debbie Attanasio,” are also once again a big part of this amazing event. BCF is the Presenting Sponsor of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Education Screenings program, which admits over 8,000 students from 1st through 12th grades for grade-appropriate screenings of festival films.
Hank the Ballpark Pup also stars in this year’s sponsor trailer for the festival, which was a collaborative effort with the Wisconsin Humane Society.
On April 6, Mariners Opening Day at Safeco Field, Matt Stolz began to pursue an ambitious goal for a good cause: to ride his bike to all 30 MLB ballparks by the end of the season while raising money and attention for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee and Biking for Baseball, a Denver-based nonprofit that helps raise awareness and money for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
The 22-year-old Wisconsin native and recent University of Wisconsin graduate has a history of crazy charitable endeavors but he nothing like an 11,000+ mile ride across the country.
For the past six months, Matt has spent 180 nights on the road, pedaling 11,750 miles and finally, today, reaching his goal of biking to all 30 MLB ballparks.
Matt arrived around 10am this morning and the first thing he did was put on a clinic for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee out at Helfaer Field.
“It was really great to see kids who had never before picked up a bat or ball start playing the game by the end of the clinic. And that it was right here in front of Miller Park was pretty special,” Matt said.
And after that?
“We started tailgating… I mean, what else would you do here in Wisconsin?”
For the majority of his trip, Matt cycled completely on his own, but said that sometimes people, even strangers, would reach out and want to ride with him for a day or two. He had no support vehicle and tried to get free lodging where he can from friends and family, or people he met during his journey.
“My favorite part of the trip was meeting the fans. I’m a huge baseball fan and I just enjoyed getting to meet other fans. Whether it was the Athletics fans in Oakland, the Braves fans in Atlanta, or the fans in New York, I enjoyed sharing my passion with individuals in every corner of the country. We may have different team alliances, but we all share a love of the game,” Matt told me.
While Miller Park is special to Matt because the Brewers are his home team and his family and friends were here to welcome him back, he says his favorite ballpark was PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
“The view is second to none,” he said.
Although he was getting to visit other ballparks, watching baseball and having fun meeting fellow fans, the journey was still physically and emotionally taxing for Matt. He said, “It was tough and there were hardships, but whether it was poison ivy, tornadoes, flooding or snow, I knew one way or another I was going to finish my goal. The challenges just made succeeding that much more triumphant.”
And succeed he did. Besides completing his journey, Matt raised about $30,000 in donations for a great cause along the way.
We’re proud of Matt and happy to have him and his family and friends out here at Miller Park tonight.