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.
Beginning tonight, the Brewers will wear a patch honoring Bruce Seid, Director of Amateur Scouting and member of the organization for 17 years, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this week while visiting his family in Las Vegas. He was 53.
Today, we were pleased to host 9-year-old Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff and her parents, Jenny and Joe, here at Miller Park.
The Imhoff family resides in New Berlin where Reagan is a charming, happy and outgoing fourth-grader who enjoys art, social studies and recess.
In her free time, she told me she enjoys drawing, dancing and playing with her dolls-especially her American Girl collection.
She is also a long-time Brewers fan (“Ever since I was six!” she told me, proudly).
However, one thing that sets Reagan apart from her classmates is that she has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.
Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.
Beginning in 1952, when public awareness and understanding of muscle disease were almost non-existent, MDA put a human face on its mission by calling upon young people affected by these diseases to serve as National Goodwill Ambassadors. To date, the program has had 39 such ambassadors, boys and girls affected by a variety of neuromuscular disorders, who have traveled the nation to meet with sponsors, supporters and luminaries, playing an essential role in motivating millions to help MDA through donations or volunteer action.
Reagan had served as a Wisconsin Ambassador for three years before being tapped for the National spotlight. Reagan’s mom, Jenny, told me that they’ve been all over the county this year, including Arizona, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago, Daytona, San Antonio, Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Of her travels, Reagan tells me that Nashville is her favorite place, “because it was really fun and the people are really nice,” she said.
But today, Reagan got an experience that ranks right up at the top–she got to meet her favorite player, catcher Jonathan Lucroy, along with Brewers pitchers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, during BP.
Reagan also threw out the first pitch before tonight’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game:
It was a pleasure to meet Reagan and her family; they are lovely people and I can see why this charismatic youngster was chosen to be an ambassador at the national level.
You can meet Reagan and mingle with current and former professional athletes at the annual MDA Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13 at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street. For more information call 262-432-7992 or visit www.mdamuscleteamwisconsin.com.
DraftServ Units to be Introduced at Miller Park; New Technology Allows Fans to Pour Their Own Beverage
Today we announced the installation of two brand new DraftServ machines at Miller Park. After making its Major League debut at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota, the self-service beverage dispensers will be rolled out at Miller Park tonight prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fans 21 and older will be able to purchase a $15 or $25 card that will act similar to a credit card. Fans can use their card on one of two machines and can pour up to 24 ounces of beer in a single cup. Beverages available include Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, and Redd’s Apple Ale.
There is a maximum of two drinks per person per transaction, and fans using the service will need to show their proof-of-age when they purchase the cards and again when they access the DraftServ unit.
Miller Park will become just the second Major League Baseball stadium to feature DraftServ units.
“We are always looking at the latest conveniences for fans as we add to the Miller Park experience,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “The DraftServ technology is new to sports venues, and we are excited to be among the first organizations to bring it to a wide audience.”
The DraftServ units will be located behind section 127 near the Big B’s Diner on the third base side.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS FINISH FIFTH IN THE HEAD & SHOULDERS AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2014 “SEASON OF THE #WHIFF” MONTHLY TWITTER COMPETITION FOR AUGUST
Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of August, 2014. As of September 1, we racked up 33,042 #Whiff @Brewers tweets, securing fifth place for the month of August, resulting in a $5,000 donation to local Brewers RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders rewards the seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.
This brings the 2014 Brewers RBI leagues donation up to $35,000 on the season–no small chunk of change just for tweeting–as we’ve finished in second place once, third place three times, and now fifth place…plus September is still up for grabs!
Thanks to all who tweeted in the first five months of the season-let’s set our sights on finishing strong! All you have to do is tweet #WHIFF + @Brewers. Up to 27 #WHIFF + @Brewers tweets per user per day AND up to 27 #WHIFF retweets from the Club account count toward out monthly total.
Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Majors during the 2014 Regular Season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.