Early this morning, Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” rang in holiday cheer with a visit to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Dressed as Santa, Hank and his elves delivered toys and supplies to dogs and cats at the facility.
“Wherever Hank goes, he brings cheer to those he meets along the way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the holidays upon us, we wanted to have Hank visit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society as a reminder that many share a similar experience of being strays. The Humane Society does tremendous work and we appreciate their efforts as partners with the Brewers and Hank.”
Thousands of animals come through the doors of the Wisconsin Humane Society every year, and hundreds of them are looking for a “forever home.” Hank, a former stray, visited with his friends today, bringing loads of toys and supplies donated by the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation.
“The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to open your heart and home to a needy animal,” said Anne Reed, Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “The holidays are also one of the busiest times for us for adoptions, and we look forward to welcoming Hank back to visit with all of us and to make some new friends.”
The holiday décor included the limited-edition Hank holiday ornament, which decorated the tree on display at the Wisconsin Humane Society. The ornament is included as a bonus gift for every fan who purchases two of the Brewers popular “Holiday 4-Packs.”
The Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 for the Wisconsin Humane Society this year through the sale of Hank-themed merchandise and other fundraisers. The newest Hank-themed merchandise will also be on display at the event.
Here’s some more fun and photos from today’s event:
12/12/14 Update: When the doors opened to the public at noon yesterday, the Wisconsin Humane Society had several families waiting in line for them outside their doors to adopt Myrtle and Minerva, a couple of the pups that were featured on our social media sites and the morning shows who came out to cover Santa Hank’s visit.
Myrtle (the elf we memed above) went home with Jamie and Pete of Menomonee Falls, where she’ll have a cat sibling to keep her company and a 1-year-old (human) sister to grow up with and Minerva went home with Jennee & Dan of Milwaukee. She’ll have two cat siblings and a dog brother who was also adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Here are some photos of the puppies with their new moms.
It’s likely only a matter of time before Millie and the rest of the dogs and cats find their own happy homes–maybe it will be one of our readers, so be sure to write in and let me know so we can feature you!
12/12/14 Update #2: I just received word that Millie was also adopted! She found a home with the Kott Family from Ixonia:
I’m so happy I can bring you this good news to kick start the weekend.
Be sure to let me know if you become a new cat or dog mom or dad!
In case you missed Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com yesterday, for the third straight year, MLB, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), MLB Network and all 30 clubs have organized a Winter Meetings charity auction with an amazing assortment of baseball experiences and rare items to raise money for cancer research. The money will be donated to LUNGevity, the largest national lung-cancer-focused nonprofit, in memory of the late Baltimore Orioles public-relations director Monica Barlow, who battled lung cancer until her passing in February.
The is live now at MLB.com/lungevity and runs until Thursday at 10 p.m. CT.
Here are the three Brewers experiences up for bid:
– Meet Bob Uecker and Take Home His Game-Worn Sweater: Package includes four (4) Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game, watch batting practice on the field pre-game, and a visit to Bob Uecker in the radio booth. Uecker will present you with his very own game-worn sweater, donned by the Brewers Hall of Famer during radio broadcasts.
– Calling all dog lovers — meet Hank: The winning bidder will have the opportunity to have your photo taken on the field with Hank, the Ballpark Pup, the Brewers living mascot who captured the hearts of fans worldwide when he wandered onto the Brewers facility last February and was adopted by the team. The package also includes a game-worn, Jim Henderson home Brewers jersey plus a dog jersey worn by Hank, and four (4) Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game.
– Private Pottery-Making Session with Scooter Gennett: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is an artist at heart and he wants to share his talents with you. Over the years, Scooter has become something of an expert in making pottery. You and three friends will join Scooter at a local Milwaukee area pottery studio where you will spend an evening on a mutually-agreed date making your own pottery. Winner also receives four Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game and a $200 gift card to any local Surg Restaurants, known for featuring some of the area’s finest dining experiences.
There are also plenty of unique experiences from around the league.
I encourage you to check out this auction and bid on these items to support an important cause near and dear to the hearts of the baseball family.
About LUNGevity & Monica Barlow:
Monica Pence Barlow began her career with the Orioles in 1999 as an intern in the Public Relations Department. She was later named Director of Public Relations in 2008, becoming one of the few women to hold that role in Major League Baseball. Monica passed away on Feb. 28, 2014 at the age of 36 due to complications from non-small cell lung cancer. Monica continued to work and live her life to the fullest, even after her diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer in August 2009. She had a passion for the outdoors, animals and for farming (she grew up on a farm in Port Republic, VA). Her husband, Ben, her faith and her love of the Baltimore Orioles served as her inspiration. She was an ardent supporter of LUNGevity and proceeds from this year’s auction at the Winter Meetings will benefit this tremendous organization www.lungevity.org
The holidays are rapidly approaching, but if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, don’t panic: I’ve put together a Brewers Gift Guide for you, so this year, you can give the gift of the season…The baseball season, that is!
Even though it is the offseason, there really are a variety of options out there, so let me help you find that perfect present for every fan on your list.
For Every Fan
There is a reason they’re called Holiday 4-Packs–because they’re the perfect holiday gift for any and every Brewers fan on your list.
Starting at just $60 & featuring some of the season’s biggest games, when you get them a Holiday 4-Pack, you’re not just giving them tickets to a game, you’re giving the gift of Brewers Baseball, family time, memories and summer. Plus, for each pair you purchase, you’ll get a free ornament featuring Hank the Ballpark Pup.
Want to give a 4-Pack as a gift, but don’t know your recipient’s schedule? We’ve got you covered. With the Fan’s Choice 4-Pack, your recipient can choose their games at a later date. These are only available for a limited time, so be sure to check out brewers.com/4packs today.
Everyone always loves gift certificates! Brewers gift certificates are good towards the purchase of tickets to ANY 2015 Milwaukee Brewers regular season baseball game at Miller Park as well as Spring Training home game tickets in Arizona.
Brewers On Deck Tickets
They don’t have to wait until April 6 to see the Crew in Milwaukee. Get them some tickets to spend some quality time with your favorite Brewers at Brewers On Deck, Sunday, January 25 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. A host of Brewers players as well as coaches, alumni, front office executives and broadcasters will be attendance for the Brewers annual Fan Fest. And with autographs, photo opportunities, coaches’ clinics, interactive games and more, Brewers On Deck features something for the entire family.
You also can’t go wrong with the gift of Brewers gear. Shop at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park or online at brewers.com for some of the latest & greatest new merchandise–we’ve got everything from jerseys and caps to footwear and accessories!
For the Kids
A Brewers Kids Club Membership (14 & Under)
For just $25, get them a membership to the Brewers Kids Club! They’ll receive an I.D. card with lanyard, Brewers Kids Club card, Hank the Dog magnet, Milwaukee Brewers poster, drawstring bag and water bottle, plus six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers. In addition, they’ll have access to a few special events and unique opportunities, such as a tour of Miller Park, a party with the mascots, a pre-game parade and more. Click here to purchase/learn more.
For the Dog Lover (& Dog!)
Hank the Dog Merchandise
We all fell in love with Hank the Ballpark Pup this year and if there’s an especially big fan of Hank on your list, you’ll want to check out some of the newest Hank items available in the Brewers Team Store:
Plus, Hank merch is the gift that keeps on giving: 20% from the sale of Hank-related items benefits the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Big Screen Video
Did one of your friends, family members or colleagues make it up on the Brewers scoreboard during a game this season? Surprise him or her by ordering a copy of that video–turn that memory into a lasting memento!
Looking for an extra-special gift? How about planning a trip to Spring Training in sunny Phoenix, Arizona? Spring Training tickets are on sale now.
Fantasy Camp (30 years +)
Send them to Brewers Fantasy Camp this January! This package includes airfare to and from Milwaukee and Phoenix, hotel, instruction and coaching from Brewers legends and much, much more.
And there you have it, a whole host of ideas to make Brewers Baseball your one-stop for holiday shopping. I hope this was helpful to you!
For more ideas and links, you can also visit brewers.com/giftguide.
This holiday season, fans across the league have a opportunity to win a gift from an MLB star.
Starting last week, fans had the chance to enter on Twitter for a chance to win a gift from a #SecretBrewer player by following @Brewers and tweeting #SecretBrewer.
Today, it was revealed via Twitter that Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse is the #SecretBrewer:
Fans have until 10:59PM CT on Saturday, December 13 to enter for the chance to win a gift from Kyle.
No purchase necessary. See Team Official Rules for complete details.
12/10/14 Update: Kyle revealed his gift on Twitter today!
Wow! What an excellent gift. Tickets, a ball, a jersey AND the chance to play Golden Tee with him.
Not a golfer? No worries, 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.
The Sporting News announced that Miller Park has been voted the Best Ballpark in their online poll of baseball fans. The home of the Brewers, which was seeded number 12 at the outset, eventually defeated second seed Fenway Park to take the title after a series of match-ups in a tournament-style contest.
The tournament was held online at SportingNews.com and was based on the rankings of the home fields of all 30 Major League teams by M.E. Anderson, founder of the Twitter account @MLBCathedrals. Based upon those rankings, two 15-team brackets representing the American and National Leagues were created. Readers voted round-by-round until each bracket was left with one team.
Miller Park faced a tough battle in the first round, squaring off against Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers’ hometown field defeated Coors Field and then went on to best San Diego’s Petco Park in the second round. Miller Park downed division rivals Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to move into the finals of the National League bracket against the World Series-champion Giants AT&T Park.
After successfully winning the National League bracket, Miller Park was pitted against Major League Baseball’s oldest stadium, the highly-acclaimed Fenway Park, in the finals. After several days of voting, Miller Park was declared the victor earlier today.
“We are thrilled that Miller Park has been voted as the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues in the Sporting News Ballpark Bracket,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The fans’ opinions are our ultimate report card, so prevailing in this fan vote means a great deal to our organization.”
This is not the first time that Miller Park has been deemed the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues through a tournament-style bracket. In 2012, Miller Park won ESPN’s Battle of the Ballparks Bracket in a similar fan vote contest.
Earlier this year, Miller Park also earned honors in ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings. Fans voted the stadium experience at Miller Park the 10th-best overall out of 122 professional sports franchises (MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL) included in the survey.
Thank you to those who voted to help make Miller Park #1!
Major Leaguers Set to Promote Baseball Around the Globe; Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke Heading to New Zealand
Following another successful tour of Japan, Major League Baseball (MLB) players and coaches will travel this offseason to share their passions for the game with fans and young players from developing baseball countries on three other continents. As part of this initiative, Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke is slated to head to New Zealand shortly after Brewers On Deck, from January 28 through February 2.
Currently, Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays is in South Africa as part of the MLB South Africa Elite Camp staff, which also includes the hitting coach for the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Hensley Meulens, and will participate in youth baseball clinics.
Gift Ngoepe, a native South African and professional player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and Tim Leiper, the first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, are also serving as instructors at the Elite Camp.
Later this month, Archer’s Rays teammate, Australian Grant Balfour, will make a number of appearances in his home country where MLB opened the 2014 Championship Season.
In January, relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins will serve as a pitching instructor at the MLB Brazil Elite Camp. The staff will include Hall of Famer Barry Larkin along with former Major Leaguer Steve Finley. Brazilians Andre Rienzo, Chicago White Sox pitcher, and Paulo Orlando from the Kansas City Royals organization will train with the Elite Camp participants. Rienzo will also make a series of appearances at various youth initiatives across his home country throughout January.
“Major League Baseball is dedicated to the continued growth and development of our game around the world through our Ambassador Programs and Elite Camps,” said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations, Major League Baseball. “The players and coaches who have dedicated their time and effort during the offseason to help bring their knowledge of baseball to different parts of the world is a testament to our commitment to the future growth of baseball globally.”
Archer, Meulens, Leiper and Ngoepe are serving as instructors at the MLB African Elite Camp in Johannesburg, South Africa for 37 of Africa’s top young baseball players. Fifteen coaches from the participating nations – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda – are on hand to learn from the experienced MLB staff. In addition, MLB staff has also hosted clinics for 70 aspiring baseball coaches from across Africa to improve their knowledge of the game. A youth clinic was conducted for promising young baseball players in the Alexandra Township, one of the most disadvantaged urban areas in the country. The MLB African Elite Camp started in 2011, and has reached 116 players and 50 coaches from seven African nations. Three players from the Elite Camp have signed with MLB clubs, including 2013 camper Rowan Ebersohn (South Africa) with the Minnesota Twins.
Balfour will return to his native Australia, December 12-21, to participate in a number of community baseball events around the country. The trip will include appearances at various Australian Baseball League (ABL) games and clinics with local junior players. He will also attend the ABL All-Star Game where he will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The ABL is a six-member league started in 2010 that features homegrown talent as well as many players who hail from outside of Australia playing a 48-game season running November through February.
Roenicke will travel to New Zealand to train and work with top players on the New Zealand National Team, many of whom represented the country in the Qualifiers for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, along with many of the nation’s top 18U, 15U and 12U national development players. In addition, he will conduct clinics for youth baseball players and coaches in three cities – Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington – and run baseball sessions in schools across Auckland, the nation’s largest city.
Hawkins, Larkin and Finley will serve as instructors for the MLB Brazil Elite Camp from January 26 – February 4. Rienzo, Orlando and members of the Brazilian National Team who competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic will train alongside the camp attendees. This Elite Camp, which has taken place each year since 2011, will bring together 50 of the best players, ages 14-17, from Brazil and Argentina to participate in morning instructional workouts, afternoon games and nightly seminars led by MLB field staff. Players will receive Major League instruction from top professional coaches and showcase their talents for Major League Scouts.
Throughout January, Rienzo will participate in a number of community baseball events around the country. His activities will include attending Brazilian national baseball tournaments and taking part in a youth clinic in Recife, Brazil, and visiting the Nautico Baseball Team, a professional soccer club that has adopted baseball into its programming through a partnership with Major League Baseball International.
In addition to these efforts, MLB is working with a leading Brazilian institution for physical education and the arts, SESC (Serviço Social do Comércio) to implement several development initiatives including an after-school baseball program, appearances by current and former Major Leaguers and clinics featuring Brazilian National Team players.
About MLB International
Major League Baseball International (MLBI) focuses on the worldwide growth of baseball and the promotion of Major League Baseball and MLB Club trademarks and copyrights through special events, broadcasting, market development, licensing and sponsorship initiatives. MLBI is committed to showcasing the world’s best baseball talent through international events around the globe. MLBI executes and supports game development programs targeting players and coaches from grassroots to elite levels. With an extensive list of marketing partners worldwide, MLBI continues to grow its position as a leader in the international marketplace. MLBI is supported in its mission through presences in Beijing, New York, London, Sydney and Tokyo.
Brewers reliever Will Smith is back in town this weekend, along with his dad, Charles, for a special father-son weekend that includes a Bucks game, a Packers game and a trip to Miller Park.
Yesterday, the duo left their home in Georgia. Early in the evening, they touched down in MKE and headed over to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to watch the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Miami Heat.
And this afternoon, I met up with Will and Charles at the ballpark to give them a little tour. Charles has been here before, but this was a nice opportunity for Will to be able to take him inside the Clubhouse, on the field, etc.
It was also a great chance for me to show off the rest of the stadium, as Charles hasn’t had the chance to explore every level and Will’s experience has been limited mostly to the Clubhouse, field and bullpen.
And of course, there were the obligatory photo ops along the way…
We started our tour in the Media Interview Room and then progressed into the Clubhouse and out on to the field. It was interesting for them to see the field that’s been “put to bed” for the offseason. I shared with them my experience of helping the Grounds Crew with that process a few years back.
Then, we had to pay a visit to the bullpen:
“This is my office,” Will said to his dad as we entered the bullpen, which has also been tarped for the winter.
As I mentioned, Will has not had a lot of time to explore Miller Park himself (and just got his first taste of tailgating at the end of the season), so it was neat to take both guys around and show off all the stadium has to offer. We hit the U.S. Cellular Power Playground (above), the Harley-Davidson Deck, the Johnson Controls Stadium Club, the Meeting Rooms, and the Suites… we even stopped in my office!
I had told Will that the Brewers Clubhouse Sale was going on today (it wraps up at 7 p.m. CT tonight) and they decided they wanted to check it out.
I was curious to see how many people would recognize Will out of uniform and out of context. We rode down the elevator from the Hot Corner to the Service Level with some fans and walked through the Service Level to the Sale. Along the way, one fan stopped Will and shook his hand.
Inside the sale, the pair checked out all of the merchandise, including Will’s own locker nameplate that was for sale in the Authentics area and Will was only approached by one other savvy fan.
It was nice to catch up with Will, who said he is having a low-key offseason, getting in his workouts and playing a lot of golf. This trip back to Milwaukee is the only travel he had planned.
Will and Charles have dinner plans tonight and will do some more exploring tomorrow before taking a shuttle up to Lambeau Field for the Monday night Packers vs. Falcons game, along with Will’s brother-in-law and his father, who are flying in later this weekend to join them.
Being from Georgia, they are all Falcons fans, but they are excited for their first visit to Lambeau.
However, they do have some trepidation about the weather. “When we left Georgia, it was 71 degrees,” Will said. He noted that he brought all his hunting gear, including his boots with heated insoles, so he hopes he is prepared.
We’ll all have to follow him on Twitter (@White_Willy31) to see how the rest of their trip goes!
I’m not quite sure how it is December already, but it is. I’m nowhere near ready for the holidays, but thankfully, the Brewers Clubhouse Sale is this weekend, so I can make a dent in my shopping!
The sale, held in the Visiting Clubhouse, is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and features some amazing deals.
Today, I got a sneak peek and I’m going to share my finds with you. Think of me like your advance scout for the sale.
When you first walk in to the Clubhouse, on your right you’ll notice this display.
For $75, fans can purchase a grab bag containing a Brewers jersey! How fun is that?
You’ll also notice the Brewers holiday items that are available for sale. Trim your tree with all sorts of Brewers ornaments, including high heeled shoes, snowflakes, sleds, sweaters and more. These types of items always make great stocking stuffers, too. Or, you can get really creative and tie one on to another gift as part of the wrapping–two gifts in one!
There truly is something for everyone at the Brewers Clubhouse Sale, from infants to adults.
I love, love, love little tracksuits on kids. I don’t know why, but I think they are just so adorable. Anyway, this set from Adidas is available in both the current and retro colors/logos for $35.
A couple of years ago, I had picked up one of these for my goddaughter, Makena,and she loves it. Isn’t she cute?
But I digress, if tracksuits aren’t your kids’ style, there are plenty of other youth and toddler items available, as well as infant items, too.
Guys: You’re going to be overwhelmed by the selection this year–they’ve got everything from t-shirts and hoodies to golf shirts and sweaters. And of course, plenty of jerseys, too!
And don’t worry, ladies, you’re certainly not left out! Hoodies, t-shirts, tanks and more await you.
Here’s one thing that caught my eye immediately:
Are you familiar with Victoria’s Secret PINK MLB Collection? If not, you should be! In my opinion, they offer some of the cutest options since the brand really understands the female customer. I already own this “Play Ball!” t-shirt, otherwise I would have snapped it up for just $15. There are other PINK brand offerings at the sale as well.
If PINK isn’t your style (or like me you already have all of it), there are plenty of other items to choose from, some that are the color pink!
Looking for outerwear? Here are a couple of items guaranteed to help you bridge the gap until the Boys of Summer return:
In terms of head wear, there are a plethora of Brewers caps available…
…as well as your more unconventional:
Love this Brewers trapper cap from 47 Brand for the winter. All you need are some goggles and you’re that “I like the Wizard of Oz” kid from “A Christmas Story.” These are selling for $20 at the sale. (Note: If you buy one, please be sure to email me a photo of you wearing it at caitcoversthebases@Brewers.com or Tweet it to me @CMoyer. I’ll put together a gallery if we get enough, so fun!)
Of course, Brewers Authentics has a huge presence at the event. They were still setting up when I went down there, I saw plenty of game-used baseballs from $15, game-used bats from $35, game-worn caps from $15 and game-worn jerseys from $50. The Authentics section is always one of the most popular spots at the Clubhouse Sale and items are extremely limited, so I recommend getting there as early as possible to get the best selection on these items.
ANNNNDDDD…. While you’re shopping for merchandise, you can also pick up other Brewers-themed gifts for the fans on your list, including the 2015 Brewers Kids Club Kit .
And don’t forget about Brewers Holiday 4-Packs (which come with a FREE Hank ornament!). Members of our Ticket Sales team will also be on hand at the event.
A few more housekeeping details:
Coupons of 10%, 20% and 30% off will be offered to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for those spending $100, $200 and $300, respectively, at the clubhouse sale. Coupons are valid on December 5-6 only.
The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will feature a variety of activities during both days of the clubhouse sale. Eight prize drawings will be held at the team store each day. Prizes will include shopping sprees and special Authentic Collection packages at the Team Store. A meet-and-greet event with Brewers mascots will take place on December 5 from 10 a.m. – noon. Shoppers can take photos with Santa on December 6 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Team Store. Fans should bring their own cameras.
In addition, when fans spend $125 or more in the store, they will receive a special gift with their purchase – a pair of tickets to Brewers On Deck. This offer is valid while supplies last.
Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.
The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.
Today, the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Admirals today announced the continuation of the “2-Man Advantage” ticket package that was originally introduced for the 2008 season. The joint ticket opportunity is a part of the partnership established by the two teams in 2005.
For only $19, fans get one “Stern & Bow” ticket to one of three Brewers promotion nights at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for an Admirals home game and one Terrace Reserved ticket to one of three select Brewers games at Miller Park during the 2015 season. The package is valued at $37.50.
The dates available to fans for the ticket deal are as follows:
Friday, January 23, 2015 – Milwaukee Admirals vs. Iowa Wild at 7:00 p.m. –
Brewers/Admirals Fleece Gloves Giveaway (First 2,500 Fans)
Brewers/Admirals Fleece HeadbandGiveaway (First 2,500 Fans)
Brewers Buy-One, Get-One Free Ticket Voucher (All Fans)
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000 or visit Brewers.com/admirals. These packages are also available by contacting the Milwaukee Admirals Ticket Office at 414-227-0550. Packages will be available beginning this Friday, December 5 at 9 a.m. and continue through Thursday, March 26, 2015.
In addition to this special ticket package, the Admirals will continue to sport the “Ball and Glove” logo on their jerseys as the Brewers are the exclusive jersey sponsor of the team. Announcements during the game, dasherboard signage at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, radio spots during broadcasts and in-game promotions where fans can win Brewers prize packs are also a part of the partnership between the two clubs.
The Milwaukee Admirals are a member of the American Hockey League and are an affiliate of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.
BREWERS ANNOUNCE FOUR-YEAR PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH CLASS-A WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a four-year player development contract extension with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League through the 2020 season. The announcement was made jointly by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav.
“We thoroughly enjoy the professional working relationship that President Rob Zerjav and the Timber Rattlers provide to the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Melvin. “This long-term relationship continues to show the trust and confidence that we have in working together as we continue to develop future Major League players.”
The 2015 season will mark the seventh season of affiliation between the Brewers and Timber Rattlers. The partnership officially began on October 1, 2008 as part of a four-year agreement. The organizations announced a four-year extension through the 2016 season on June 29, 2011.
This past season, the Timber Rattlers went 72-67 during the regular season and qualified for the postseason after clinching a second-half Wild Card berth in the Midwest League’s Western Division. It marked Wisconsin’s second postseason appearance over the past three seasons (also 2012 when they won the Midwest League championship).
“Our relationship with the entire Brewers organization has been a special one for the Timber Rattlers, for the local business community in the Fox Valley and, most importantly, for our fans,” said Zerjav. “The Brewers provided us the team that brought home the first Midwest League championship in Timber Rattlers history and it has been great to see the success of former Rattlers now making an impact at the big league level in Milwaukee. We look forward to many more years of this great partnership both on and off the field.”
The Timber Rattlers play their home games at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.