Opening Day Ticket Opportunity Begins Tomorrow

Today we announced specifics of an Opening Day Ticket Opportunity that will allow select fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day. Additionally, fans will be able to register for presale access to the weekend games at Miller Park prior to the sale of individual tickets.

Beginning tomorrow, January 26 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 15 at 11:59pm, fans can go to Brewers.com/opportunity and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, April 4 against the San Francisco Giants. Due to limited availability, the Opening Day Ticket Opportunity includes single seats, standing room only and some obstructed view seats. In addition, fans can register to participate in the Weekend Games Presale, which will allow fans to purchase a maximum of eight tickets to each of the Friday-Sunday games at Miller Park.

Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online opportunity, based on available inventory. The winners will be notified by Friday, February 19. Fans who register for presale access to the weekend games at Miller Park will be notified about the presale details by Monday, February 22.

There is no charge to register. This will be the only opportunity for fans to purchase single game tickets for Opening Day, other than a very small number set aside for fans lining up at the Box Office on the first day of individual game sales at Miller Park.

Meanwhile, there are still options available for fans to guarantee their place at Miller Park for Opening Day and other popular games with 10-Packs starting as low as $160.  Each 10-Pack includes 10 Brewers home games, plus a bonus of Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice absolutely FREE. Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.

Please note: A very limited amount of individual tickets will be available for Opening Day.

Want a chance to win tickets? Brewers fans always do an incredible job helping us count down to Opening Day, and once again, we want to see how you’re counting the days until April 4. Submit your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using #SeeUApril4. One lucky fan will win the grand prize which includes Opening Day tickets, a pair of 10-Packs and roundtrip airfare for two, but there will be plenty of fun and giveaways over the next couple of months, so be sure to submit as many photos as your creativity permits! Details at brewers.com/countdown.

Cait’s A-to-Z Guide to #BrewersOnDeck

This Sunday, we’ll be reunited with our favorite Brewers players, coaches and alumni at Brewers On Deck, our annual Fan Fest that takes place at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.

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So what do you need to know to have a fun and enjoyable experience? Read on for our A to Z guide.

APP

The FREE MLB.com Ballpark app is your mobile companion when visiting Miller Park and Brewers On Deck. Be sure you download the Ballpark app before coming to the event and enable notifications so you can have easy access to maps and information. iOs users will get event updates via notifications and have the chance to get free stuff (see: Social Media Stage).

A paper version of the program will be available on the day of the event as well.

ATTENDEES

Over 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck! Visit brewers.com/ondeck for the latest list. Please note attendees are subject to change.

AUTOGRAPHS

Details on the autograph and programming schedules are listed at brewers.com/ondeck. The schedules are subject to change. Autographs this year will be either free, $10, or $25, with proceeds benefitting Brewers Community Foundation.

Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (Ryan Braun, Rollie Fingers, and Bob Uecker) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry card which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center. The Premier Entry card will be exchanged for a numbered coupon and entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.

There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions. The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

BANNERS & SIGNS

Banners and signs cannot be larger than 18″x 24″ and cannot include inappropriate content. NO handles or poles can be attached.

BINOCULARS & CAMERAS

Binoculars are fine to bring to the event and you would be sorry if you didn’t bring your camera to capture all the fun and excitement of the day! Video cameras are permitted as well. Fans can also post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/ondeck.  

BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (BCF)

A portion of the proceeds from the #BrewersOnDeck event benefit the Brewers Community Foundation, but there are even more ways to support BCF during the event.  Here’s what they have in store for you:

  • 50-50 Raffle: Tickets for the 50-50 Raffle will be sold from 9:45am-12:15pm and the winner will be announced at 12:45pm.
  • Book Reveal: During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun.
  • Hunger Task Force Food Drive: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items with you to donate to Hunger Task Force! Once again, food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street. In years’ past, we have raised over 1,000 pounds of food and we would love to reach that threshold once again.
  • Live Auction: Join us at the Interactive Stage for a live auction beginning at 12:30pm and bid on one of 5 amazing packages:
    • 50th Anniversary of Ted Williams H.O.F. Induction Package (Starting bid: $300)
    • 2008 Opening Day Bases Package (Starting bid: $350)
    • Milwaukee Legends Package (Starting bid: $500)
    • Sports Illustrated Cover Package (Starting bid: $500)
    • Suite for a Day Package (Starting bid: $500)
  • Treasure Hunt Table:  We’ll have a wide assortment of game-used and autographed Brewers merchandise for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Brewers Community Foundation.

BREWERS MUSEUM

The Brewers Museum at the event will feature memorable artifacts from throughout the history of the team.

CARRY-INS

Consistent with our game-day carry-in policy, fans may not bring any cans, glass containers or alcohol into the Wisconsin Center. Soda, water or juice must be in factory-sealed plastic bottles. Fans may bring food items into the building using appropriate containers.

Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers will be searched.

Hard-sided coolers are not permitted.

Guests MAY carry-in the following items:

  • Still-photography cameras (Compact)
  • Video cameras
  • Jackets or blankets after being patted down or searched
  • Banners, signs and flags without an attached pole (items cannot be affixed in any way to impeded the view of other fans). (See above).

All permitted items will be inspected at the doors prior to entry.

Guests MAY NOT carry-in the following items:

  • Drum Sticks
  • Alcohol
  • Noisemakers, whistles, air horns, musical instruments (plastic horns vary per event)
  • Glass bottles, metal cans, etc.
  • Professional camera equipment, video cameras, tripods, etc.
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Weapons, explosives, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.
  • Fireworks, slingshots, smoke bombs, laser pointers, etc.
  • Large bags, large backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, beach bags, etc.
  • Water guns, toy/replica weapons, squirt bottles, soap bubbles, etc.
  • Beach balls, Frisbees, balloons, brooms, skateboards, roller blades, skates, etc.
  • Flags/Signs larger than 18″ x 24″
  • Sticks, poles, rods, drum sticks
  • Confetti or streamers
  • Umbrellas

CONCESSIONS

Just like at Brewers games, there will be many concession stands open for fans to purchase food and beverage.

CONTEST & SWEEPS

Want to win tickets to Brewers On Deck? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for your chance early this week.

Fans can also post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/ondeck.  

DOORS OPEN

Brewers On Deck will take place at the Wisconsin Center (400 W. Wisconsin Avenue) on Sunday, January 31 from 10am to 5pm. Doors to the facility will open at 7am. Doors to the event open at 10am.

FAN CAVE

Play games with the Brewers! Games are free and Brewers players will be rotating through the area all day!

FAN SCREENING

All persons and items entering Brewers On Deck are subject to search.

FOOD DRIVE

Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items with you to donate to Hunger Task Force! Once again, food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street. In years’ past, we have raised over 1,000 pounds of food and we would love to reach that threshold once again.

“GATES”

Brewers On Deck will take place at the Wisconsin Center (400 W. Wisconsin Avenue) on Sunday, January 31 from 10am to 5pm. Doors to the facility will open at 7am. Doors to the event open at 10am.
GRAB BAGS
Brewers Grab Bags contain a variety of items including tickets, bobbleheads or autographed items for $25. A limited number of Grab Bags are available, so get yours before they run out! Limit two per person

HASHTAG

The official event hashtag is #BrewersOnDeck! Use it and you could even win a prize! Fans can post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/ondeck.

INTERACTIVE STAGE

The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature Kids Only Question and Answer sessions, where youngsters interview players, and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis.

KIDS CLINICS

Our young fans can help sharpen their batting, fielding and pitching skills by learning baseball fundamentals from the pros like Jeff Cirillo and Gorman Thomas!

KIDS CLUB

Visit the Brewers Kids Club table and sign your child up for just $25! Brewers On Deck Special: Purchase the package at the event and receive a FREE Scooter Gennett Gnome!

KLEMENT’S MAIN STAGE

The Klement’s Main Stage will include various Q&A sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, the coaching staff and game shows.  Here’s a schedule with descriptions of this year’s entertainment:

10:15 am Welcome and Meet the Coaches – Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger will welcome fans to Brewers On Deck. The winners of the seven T-Shirt Friday designs will be introduced.  Fans will also enjoy a question and answer session with Brewers Manager Craig Counsell and his coaching staff.

11:30 am The Brewlywed Game – Brewers players, coaches, prospects and alumni will participate in a game show to see which pair really knows each other the best. It’s the Brewers version of The Newlywed Game.

1:00 pm Meet the Management – Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, General Manager David Stearns, and Vice President – Assistant General Manager Matt Arnold will participate in a question and answer session with Brewers fans.

2:00 pm Brewers Jeopardy – A Brewers player, prospect and alumnus will participate in a game show, similar to the popular Jeopardy television show.

3:30 pm Brewers Face Off – Brewers players and alumni will participate in a game show, similar to Family Feud.

LOCATION

The Wisconsin Center is located in downtown Milwaukee at 400 W. Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203 Get Directions »

MERCHANDISE

The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a full set up with the latest Brewers merchandise for sale.

PARKING

For information about parking in downtown Milwaukee, click here.

PHOTOS

Photo sessions with players are also scheduled throughout the day in designated photo areas.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION  

For information on public transportation, you can visit the Milwaukee County Transit System’s website.

SEASON SEAT HOLDERS

All 2016 full Season Seat Holders who paid in full by our November deadline receive early entry to the event. All Season Seat Holders can also take advantage of the Season Seat Holder Only photo line by showing their 2015 Season Seat Holder ID card. Please contact your Account Executive for details on these exclusive opportunities!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Please visit brewers.com/ondeck for a complete schedule of the day’s events by stage and by player!

SOCIAL MEDIA STAGE

I’m personally really excited about this one!

We’ve expanded our programming over at the Social Media Stage. Here’s our schedule:

11am Photo Bombs with Jimmy Nelson & Tyler Wagner Get there and line up early for your chance at a fun photo!

12pm  #BrewersPhone with Gorman Thomas & Tyler Thornburg We’ll be selecting a couple of brave contestants to turn their phones over to one of these Brewers players!

1pm #AskMaverick: Twitter Q & A with Brett Phillips Have a question for Brett Phillips? Tweet it to @Brewers using #AskMaverick in advance of the event.

2pm Lip Sync Battle: Jeremy Jeffress vs. Will Smith You will NOT want to miss this… it’s going to be epic!

3pm Photo Bombs with Taylor Jungmann & Martin Maldonado Get there and line up early for your chance at a fun photo!

4pm Heads Up! With Michael Blazek & Corey Knebel Watch these guys play each other in this popular guess the word game. Then we’ll choose a couple of lucky fans to compete!

Be sure you’ve got your Ballpark App downloaded and ready to go! iOs Users: Trigger a special notification near the Social Media Stage via the iBeacon technology and you may even get a pop-up offer for a free item!

RE-ENTRY

Guests may exit and re-enter Brewers On Deck, provided they receive a hand stamp on their way out of the event.

TICKETS

Advance tickets are on sale through NOON on Friday, January 29, 2016. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 2-14. Children under 2 are free and will not need an admission ticket.

Tickets will be available on the day of the event at the Wisconsin Center Box Office—CASH ONLY. On the day of the event, tickets will be $20 for adults and $15 for children. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Time subject to change.

A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.

Looking for Brewers game tickets? Visit the Season Seat Holder Booth for information on all of our packages, plus find out how you can go to Opening Day for FREE!

TRAFFIC

For information on freeway traffic and closures, please visit www.plan94.org.

WILL CALL

Picking your tickets up at Will Call? Before Friday, January 29 at 5pm, you may choose to pick your tickets up at the Miller Park Box Office. The Miller Park Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. On the day of the event, Will Call will be located at the Wisconsin Center Box Office. Tickets will be available for pick-up beginning at 8am on the morning of the event.

 

And there you have it–all you need to know before Sunday’s event!

Also, don’t forget to share your event photos with us using #BrewersOnDeck on Twitter and Instagram!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

JOE ADCOCK TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILLER PARK WALK OF FAME

Today we announced that former Milwaukee Braves first baseman, the late Joe Adcock, will be honored as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame in 2016.

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer. Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer.
Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

A total of 34 votes were cast through media and panel voting, with Adcock receiving 23 votes (67.6%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election.  Adcock fell just one vote shy of election last year.

Adock spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 10 with the Braves.  His tenure in Milwaukee spanned from 1953 to 1962, as he batted .285 with 239 HR and 760 RBI in 1207 games.  Adcock notched a number of memorable feats while playing for the Braves.  On April 14, 1953, he recorded the first base hit and scored the first run in County Stadium history.  The following year, on July 31, 1954, he belted four home runs with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, setting a single-game record of 18 total bases, which lasted 48 years.

“Joe always said that there was nowhere better to be a Major League ballplayer than the city of Milwaukee, and he had great ties to the area and even better memories of his time there,” said Joan Adcock, a Wisconsin native who met and married Joe while he was playing for the Braves. “This is a tremendous honor, and I know Joe would be humbled and thrilled to be remembered in this way.”

Adcock was also a member of the Braves 1957 World Championship team.  He drove in the lone run in a 1-0 Game 5 World Series win vs. the New York Yankees.  The Braves went on to defeat the Yankees, four games to three. On May 26, 1959, Adcock broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium. Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1206), home runs, RBI and total bases (2164).

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“Joe Adcock was a key contributor to the great success enjoyed by the Braves during their storied tenure in Milwaukee, and we are very pleased to secure his legacy with a place on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Joe’s contributions to the Braves were numerous, and he was responsible for some of the most memorable moments in Milwaukee baseball history. We look forward to remembering Joe with a ceremony this summer and a permanent marker at Miller Park.”

The induction of Adcock, who passed away in 1999, will take place prior to a game at Miller Park this summer, with the specific date to be determined later. Family members including his widow, Joan, are expected to participate.

There were a total of 23 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballot included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons.  All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5% of the ballots will remain eligible in 2017.

Past inductees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); Lew Burdette in 2010, Johnny Logan in 2013, and Teddy Higuera in 2015.

 

Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.

Schedule for Brewers On Deck Announced

1/26/16 Update: Several updates to the Brewers On Deck schedule have been made! Please visit brewers.com/ondeck for the most up to date schedule and list of attendees!

Over 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

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Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  On the day of the event, cash is the only accepted form of payment for admittance. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at Brewers.com/ondeck through January 29th.

During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun.  It tells the story of two children who share their differing experiences of Milwaukee and are attempting to figure out how they fit in.  It also features informational sections that weave together iconic Milwaukee institutions and neighborhood-based landmarks with important themes in common.

SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enhances future life success by energizing urban children and motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands on interaction and visual arts.

Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include the following (all subject to change):

PLAYERS MANAGER ALUMNI
Orlando Arcia Zach Davies Damien Magnifico Craig Counsell Don August
Jacob Barnes Ramon Flores Martin Maldonado COACHES Jerry Augustine
Yhonathan Barrios Matt Garza Jimmy Nelson Darnell Coles Jeff Cirillo
Michael Blazek Scooter Gennett Shane Peterson Joe Crawford Rollie Fingers
Ryan Braun David Goforth Brett Phillips Derek Johnson Jim Gantner
Keon Broxton Junior Guerra Michael Reed Marcus Hanel Larry Hisle
Chris Carter Josh Hader Domingo Santana Jason Lane Ken Sanders
Garin Cecchini Adrian Houser Will Smith Pat Murphy Gorman Thomas
Trent Clark Jeremy Jeffress Tyler Thornburg Ed Sedar Greg Vaughn
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Jonathan Villar Carlos Subero Paul Wagner
Tyler Cravy Corey Knebel Tyler Wagner Lee Tunnell
Jorge Lopez Colin Walsh Matt Erickson

The Klement’s Main Stage will include various Q&A sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, the coaching staff and game shows.

The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature Kids Only Question and Answer sessions, where youngsters interview players, and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis.   Brewers Community Foundation will host a Treasure Hunt, featuring some hard-to-find Brewers items on sale as well as a live auction at 12:00 p.m. on the Interactive Stage.  Additionally, BCF will hold a 50/50 Raffle.  The winner will be announced at the Interactive Stage following the coaching staff autograph session.

Photo sessions with players are also scheduled throughout the day in designated photo areas.  The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a full set up with the latest Brewers merchandise for sale and a Brewers Museum will feature memorable artifacts from throughout the history of the team.

Details on the autograph and programming schedules are listed below. The schedules are subject to change, with the latest version and more information available at Brewers.com/ondeck. Autographs this year will be either free, $10, or $25 with proceeds benefitting Brewers Community Foundation.

Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs Ryan Braun, Rollie Fingers, and Bob Uecker will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry card which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center.  The Premier Entry card will be exchanged for a numbered coupon and entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.

There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session. A schedule is listed below:

PREMIER AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE

Player                                    Signing Time       Stage

Ryan Braun                           11:00 – 11:45          2

Rollie Fingers                        12:00 – 12:45          1

Bob Uecker                           1:30 – 2:15              4

Players and staff not included in the above autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of those players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10.

The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player (BOLD ITALICS – Premier Autograph).

Autograph Schedule

 

Stage 1
10:30-11:15 Tyler Thornburg ($10)
12:00-12:45 Rollie Fingers ($25)

Stage 2
11:00-11:45 Ryan Braun ($25)

Stage 3
11:30-12:15 Jeff Cirillo / Greg Vaughn (Free)
1:00 – 1:45 Corey Knebel ($10)
3:45-4:30 Matt Garza ($10)

Stage 4
10:30-11:15 Martin Maldonado ($10)
1:30-2:15 Uecker ($25) / Attanasio ($0)
3:00-3:45 Jeremy Jeffress ($10)

Stage 5
12:30-1:15 Michael Blazek ($10)
2:00-2:45 Chris Carter ($10)
3:30-4:15 Will Smith ($10)

Stage 6
11:30-12:15 Jimmy Nelson ($10)
1:00 – 1:45 Taylor Jungmann ($10)
3:45-4:30 Jonathan Villar ($10)

Players who are not listed above will sign free autographs on the Bonus Stage all day long.

Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs.

Fans are also invited to stop by the Social Media Stage for fun and games (and to say hi to me!).  Fans can post their photos from the event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck for a chance to win prizes such as a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, game tickets and more. For contest rules, visit brewers.com/ondeck.

Children are invited to visit the Farm Teams Infield for free batting and hitting clinics scheduled throughout the day. Brewers alumni and players will be on hand for the instructional sessions.  In addition, kids can run around the field or play games with Brewers players in the Fan Cave.

Klement’s Main Stage Schedule

10:15 a.m. – Welcome and Meet the Coaches – Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger will welcome fans to Brewers On Deck. The winners of the seven T-Shirt Friday designs will be introduced.  Fans will also enjoy a question and answer session with Brewers Manager Craig Counsell and his coaching staff.

11:30 a.m. – The Brewlywed Game – Brewers players, coaches, prospects and alumni will participate in a game show to see which pair really knows each other the best. It’s the Brewers version of The Newlywed Game.

1:00 p.m. – Meet the Management – Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, General Manager David Stearns, and Vice President – Assistant General Manager Matt Arnold will participate in a question and answer session with Brewers fans.

2:00 p.m. – Brewers Jeopardy – A Brewers player, prospect and alumnus will participate in a game show, similar to the popular Jeopardy television show.

3:30 p.m. – Brewers Face Off – Brewers players and alumni will participate in a game show, similar to Family Feud.

 

More information will be available leading up to the event at brewers.com/ondeck.

Gary Vanden Berg Selected to MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame

The Major League Baseball groundskeepers are set to host their annual meeting in Los Angeles this weekend.  Prior to the meetings, the late Gary Vanden Berg was selected as the latest inductee into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.  He will join previous inductees Emil Bossard (Indians), George Toma (Royals), Joe Mooney (Red Sox), Dick Ericson (Twins), Harry Gill (Brewers), Pete Flynn (Mets) and Pat Santarone (Orioles). Vanden Berg will be inducted this Sunday, January 24, at the DoubleTree in downtown Los Angeles.

Vanden Berg was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization for more than 30 years.  Following a year-long battle with cancer, he passed away on October 10, 2011.  Gary was well respected for the work he did, but more importantly for the person that he was.  It was unanimous that, among his peers, the trophy for the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame was named in his honor upon its inception in 2011.

The late Gary Vanden Berg has been elected into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame. Photo by Tom Lynn

The late Gary Vanden Berg has been elected into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.
Photo by Tom Lynn

“Gary set a standard that we all admire to this day, not just in his profession but in his personal relationships, and we are thrilled to hear that he is receiving such a high honor from his peers,” said Bob Quinn, Brewers Executive Vice President – Finance and Administration. “His care for the grounds at County Stadium and Miller Park in often challenging conditions was always at the top of the class. He was also a great friend to everyone in the organization, and a mentor to many who have now become established in the industry.”

Vanden Berg began his career in sports turf management when he joined the Milwaukee Brewers Grounds Department in 1981 as an assistant to the legendary Harry Gill, who is recognized as one of the founders and driving force behind the formation of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). Vanden Berg served as Gill’s assistant until his passing in the fall of 1990, setting in motion his 21 years as the head groundskeeper for the Brewers.  Prior to his work in Milwaukee, Vanden Berg got his start in the turf grass industry by working on golf courses where he grew up in Oakfield, Wisconsin.

In his time as an assistant and head groundskeeper at County Stadium, Vanden Berg not only had to produce a quality field for the game of baseball, but also for football.  The Green Bay Packers played select home games at County Stadium through 1994.  In addition to Brewers and Packers games, the field endured other events including concerts, measurable snowfall during the season, and tractor pulls, to name a few.

Vanden Berg at County Stadium

Vanden Berg at County Stadium with Harry Gill.

When the Brewers moved from County Stadium to Miller Park, Vanden Berg made the move with the team, tackling the challenge of managing grass in a retractable roof stadium and its imposing shade patterns.  Vanden Berg prepared the Miller Park field for numerous events, most notably the 2002 All-Star Game and the Brewers’ playoff appearances in 2008.

Vanden Berg will forever be remembered for the internship program that he established in Milwaukee for college students aspiring to become sports turf managers.  Students from all over the nation sent their resumes in, hoping to get a spot on the Brewers Grounds Staff every year due to the great experience they were able to receive under Vanden Berg.  The national STMA recognized the importance of his internship program, and established the Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant for students seeking internships that may not have otherwise been able to afford it.

To be considered for induction to the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, a person must have ceased employment in the profession for at least five years, and have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and/or the sports turf industry at the Major League level. An individual’s impact on the community is also considered.  Nominees are submitted to the MLB Groundskeepers Association for a vote. Each team has one vote; a nominee must receive must receive 75% of the vote of all active association members.

Gary Vanden Berg (center) with Michael Boettcher (right) in 2010.

Gary Vanden Berg (center) with Michael Boettcher (right) in 2010.

Current Brewers Director of Grounds Michael Boettcher, along with David Mellor, Head Groundskeeper of the Boston Red Sox, recently took part in a Diamond Davincis podcast, a podcast dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management, where they spoke about Vanden Berg’s induction into the Hall of Fame. You can take a listen, here.

 

Brewers Mini-Marathon, Presented by Sendik’s Set for September 10

The fifth annual “Brewers Mini-Marathon, Presented by Sendik’s” is set for Saturday, September 10, and registration is now available online at brewersmini.com.  The race has offered a half marathon and 10K since 2013 and will now include a 5K course as well.

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All three races begin and end at beautiful Miller Park and offer courses that take runners through the Miller Valley, past the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) and along the Miller Park warning track. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April and May of 2017, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place for runners and spectators to enjoy.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring drinks and misting stations. Refreshing snacks and drinks will be provided by Sendik’s Food Market at the finish line. Spectators will have plenty of free parking available at Miller Park and will be invited inside to watch participants run along the field warning track while being shown on the scoreboard.

Through the race’s first four years, participants have helped to raise over $205,000 to benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by Brewers Community Foundation and participants can create their own fundraising page at brewersmini.com and submit online donations.  Individual fundraisers will get the chance to have their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.  Previous fundraising prizes have included signed Brewers memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Miller Park.

Runners who register before April 29 will receive discounts. Early registration pricing is $65 for the Mini-Marathon, $45 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K.  Regular registration prices for the Mini-Marathon and 10K are $75 and $55 respectively for those who register April 30 – July 29. Late registration, available from July 30 – September 6, is available at $85 for the Mini-Marathon, $65 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. Race packets can be the picked up during Packet Pick-Up at Miller Park on Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, 2016.  Last minute registrations will be accepted for the mini-marathon, 10K and 5K for, respectively, $100/$80/$35 at Packet Pick-Up if space is available.

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at brewersmini.com.

Brewers Announce Complete Schedule for 2016; Updated Schedule Includes Home and Road Game Times

Today we announced the complete schedule for the 2016 season, which includes all home and road times.

2016 Brewers Schedule

The Brewers open the regular season at home against the San Francisco Giants on Monday, April 4 at Miller Park (1:10 p.m.) in the start of a six-game homestand over seven days.  The season-opening homestand concludes with a weekend Interleague series against the Houston Astros.

The first road trip of the season features a three-city trip, spanning eight games over nine days, while traveling to St. Louis (April 11-14), Pittsburgh (April 15-17) and Minnesota (April 18-19).

The Interleague schedule features games against each team in the American League West Division, as well as four games in the border battle against the Minnesota Twins.  The Interleague schedule begins against the Houston Astros at Miller Park from April 8-10, and continues with a four-game home/away series against the Twins from April 18-21.  The Crew will take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three games from May 2-4 at Miller Park, and will face the Seattle Mariners over a three-game series from August 19-21 at Safeco Field.  The team also plays a pair of two-game series against the Oakland Athletics – June 7-8 at home, and two weeks later, June 21-22, at O.co Coliseum.  The Brewers conclude Interleague Play with a three-game trip against the Texas Rangers from September 26-28 at Globe Life Park in Arlington during the final week of the regular season.

The Brewers will play at home on Memorial Day, May 30 vs. St. Louis and Labor Day, September 5 vs. Chicago-NL.  The team will visit the nation’s capital for the Fourth of July to open a three-game set against the Nationals (July 4-6).

Most weekday night games at Miller Park will start at 7:10 p.m. (May 2, July 25, and Monday night games in August will start at 6:20 p.m.).  Weekday day games at home in April and May will start at 12:40 p.m. (except for Opening Day and Memorial Day, which will start at 1:10 p.m.).  Sunday games and weekday day games at Miller Park from June through September will start at 1:10 p.m. (except Wednesday June 1, which will start at 12:40 p.m. and Labor Day on September 5, which is a 12:10 p.m. start time).  Most Saturday home games will begin at 6:10 p.m.

All game dates and times are subject to change.

Brewers On Deck Attendees Announced

Over 50 Milwaukee Brewers players, alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  On the day event, cash is the only accepted form of payment for admittance. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at Brewers.com/ondeck through January 29.

Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

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PLAYERS MANAGER ALUMNI
Orlando Arcia Ramon Flores Shane Peterson Craig Counsell Don August
Jacob Barnes Matt Garza Brett Phillips COACHES Jerry Augustine
Yhonathan Barrios David Goforth Michael Reed Darnell Coles Jeff Cirillo
Michael Blazek Junior Guerra Domingo Santana Joe Crawford Rollie Fingers
Ryan Braun Josh Hader Will Smith Derek Johnson Jim Gantner
Keon Broxton Adrian Houser Tyler Thornburg Marcus Hanel Larry Hisle
Chris Carter Jeremy Jeffress Jonathan Villar Jason Lane Ken Sanders
Garin Cecchini Taylor Jungmann Tyler Wagner Pat Murphy Gorman Thomas
Trent Clark Corey Knebel Colin Walsh Ed Sedar Greg Vaughn
Clint Coulter Jorge Lopez Carlos Subero Paul Wagner
Tyler Cravy  Martin Maldonado Lee Tunnell
 Zach Davies  Jimmy Nelson Matt Erickson  Bob Uecker
 1/20/16 Update: We’ve had some additions to our lineup! New attendees noted in RED. For those asking, yes, Bob Uecker will be attendance as well!
1/22/16 Update: Sorry, fans! We regret to inform you that Robin Yount is no longer able to attend the event.
1/22/16 Update: Sorry, fans! We regret to inform you that Scooter Gennett is no longer able to attend the event.

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and Klement’s Main Stage game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun.  It tells the story of two children who share their differing experiences of Milwaukee and are attempting to figure out how they fit in.  It also features informational sections that weave together iconic Milwaukee institutions and neighborhood-based landmarks with important themes in common.

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SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enhances future life success by energizing urban children and motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands on interaction and visual arts.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted at a later date.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck activities will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Mike Schwartz Named Director of Food & Beverage Hospitality

Today we announced that Mike Schwartz has been named Brewers Director of Food and Beverage Hospitality. In this position, Schwartz will take the lead on the Club’s long-term food and beverage strategy at Miller Park, with a particular focus on quality and customer service.  He will also manage the day-to-day relationship with Delaware North Sportservice, the Brewers’ concessionaire at Miller Park.

“Mike’s considerable experience in the food and baseball industries gives him an ideal skill set to lead the partnership with Delaware North Sportservice, with the ultimate goal of providing our fans with the best food and beverage experience in all of sports,” said Brewers Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Teddy Werner.

Mike Schwartz has returned to the Brewers staff in a new capacity.

Mike Schwartz has returned to the Brewers staff in a new capacity.

Schwartz returns to the Brewers after spending the last two years with the Kraft Heinz Company.  He started with Kraft in September 2013 as a Senior Associate Brand Manager, spending time in New Product Development before helping lead and manage the JELL-O brand.  In 2015, he was promoted to Brand Manager, overseeing a wide variety of condiments and sauces in the company’s Foodservice division.  His additional experience includes working for the Hillshire Brands Company (2010-13) on iconic brands such as Ball Park and Jimmy Dean.  Prior to his work in the food industry, Schwartz spent six years with the Brewers in the Baseball Operations department (2004-09), most recently as Coordinator of Baseball Research and Special Projects.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Brewers,” said Schwartz.  “I could not be more excited to join such a talented team in order to help reimagine the food and beverage hospitality experience at Miller Park.”

A 2004 graduate of Indiana University, Schwartz earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Marketing and Management, and Business Management. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in 2011 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  Schwartz and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, sons Matthew and Nathaniel, and daughter, Thea.

Brewers Announce Minor League Coaching Staffs; Additional Changes Made to Player Development Department

Today we announced the Brewers Minor League coaching staffs for the 2016 season in addition to several changes to the Club’s Player Development department.

Eduardo Brizuela has been promoted to assistant farm director after spending the previous three years as director of Latin America scouting and operations. In his new role, Brizuela will be based out of the Brewers Maryvale, Arizona complex year-round.

In addition to his duties as Assistant to Director, Player Development, Tony Diggs will add the title of roving outfield coordinator. Diggs will continue his role as manager as well, but will move from Rookie Helena to Rookie Arizona. This marks his return to the team that he managed from 2008-12, which included an Arizona League championship in 2010.

The entire coaching staff at Triple-A Colorado Springs will return for a second straight season. The team will be managed by Rick Sweet and will be joined by Pitching Coach Fred Dabney, Coach Bob Skube, Athletic Trainer Aaron Hoback and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Andrew Emmick.

The Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, who advanced to the Southern League Championship Series in their first year of play, will have a new manager. Former Brewers First Base Coach Mike Guerrero will lead the Shuckers in 2016. This marks his return to the Double-A level, where he served as manager of the Huntsville Stars from 2010-11.  Pitching Coach Chris Hook, Coach Sandy Guerrero, Athletic Trainer Steve Patera and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Nate Dine will all return to the staff.

Joe Ayrault returns for his fifth season as manager of the Class-A Brevard County Manatees. He is joined by Pitching Coach David Chavarria, Coach Ned Yost IV, Athletic Trainer Tommy Craig and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Jonah Mergen, who are all returning. Edwin Maysonet joins the staff as the newest coach. He retired from playing at the end of last season after spending 12 seasons in the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers systems. Maysonet reached the Major Leagues in 2008 and 2009 with the Astros and played 30 games for the Brewers in 2012.

There will be three new members on the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers staff next season. Manager Matt Erickson will return for his sixth season along with Pitching Coach Gary Lucas, Coach Chuckie Caufield and Athletic Trainer Jeff Paxson. Coach Al Leboeuf moves from the Rookie Arizona Brewers to take the same position with the Timber Rattlers. Ben Mendelson joins the T-Rats as the strength & conditioning specialist. He previously served in the same role with the Arizona League Brewers last year.

The Helena Brewers will feature an entirely new staff in 2016. The team will be led by Manager Nestor Corredor, who served as the Arizona Brewers Manager last season. He is joined by Pitching Coach Mark Dewey, who also serves as the Brewers assistant pitching coordinator, and Coach Liu Rodriguez, who served as coach for Wisconsin in 2015. Reggie Williams joins the staff as a coach after serving in the same role for Brevard County last year. Jeff Bodenhamer will become the team’s athletic trainer. This will be his first season with the Brewers after spending the previous 11 seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. Alistair Matthews rounds out the staff as the strength and conditioning specialist. He served in the same role with the DSL Brewers in 2015.

Rolando Valles and Steve Cline will join Tony Diggs’ staff as pitching coaches at Rookie Arizona. Valles joins the Arizona crew in Maryvale as pitching coach after serving in the same position with Helena last season, while Cline will return for his 16th season with the team. The team will feature Coach Hainley Statia, who joins the team after retiring from playing following last season. Statia played 10 seasons professionally with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Brewers. Matt Deal has been named the Arizona Brewers athletic trainer. Deal spent the 2015 season with the DSL Brewers and was an athletic training intern with the Major League club in 2014.

Victor Estevez moves from coach to manager and will lead the DSL Brewers in 2016. He is flanked by Pitching Coach Geraldo Obispo and returning Coaches Luis de los Santos and Joan Abreu. Jose Pena will move from manager to coach. Alex Mena returns as the team’s athletic trainer for the second straight season and will be joined by new Strength and Conditioning Specialist Sam Hoffman.

The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below (new staff members/assignments are in bold):

MILWAUKEE BASED STAFF
Farm Director Tom Flanagan
Manager, Administration – Player Development Mark Mueller
   
ROVING STAFF  
Field Coordinator & Catching Instructor Charlie Greene
Pitching Coordinator Rick Tomlin
Assistant Pitching Coordinator (will also serve as Helena’s Pitching Coach) Mark Dewey
Hitting Coordinator Jeremy Reed
Roving Infield Coordinator Bob Miscik
Asst. to Director, Player Development/Roving Outfield Coordinator Tony Diggs
 
MARYVALE BASED STAFF
Assistant Farm Director Eduardo Brizuela
Athletic Training Coordinator Frank Neville
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator Tim Gifford
Physical Therapist Kevin Truitt
Coordinator, Arizona Complex/Video Operations Matt Kerls
Maryvale Clubhouse Manager Travis Voss
 
COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX (AAA)
Manager Rick Sweet
Pitching Coach Fred Dabney
Coach Bob Skube
Athletic Trainer Aaron Hoback
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Andrew Emmick
BILOXI SHUCKERS (AA)
Manager Mike Guerrero
Pitching Coach Chris Hook
Coach Sandy Guerrero
Athletic Trainer Steve Patera
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Nate Dine
BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)
Manager Joe Ayrault
Pitching Coach David Chavarria
Coach Ned Yost IV
Coach Edwin Maysonet
Athletic Trainer Tommy Craig
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Jonah Mergen
WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)
Manager Matt Erickson
Pitching Coach Gary Lucas
Coach Al Leboeuf
Coach Chuckie Caufield
Athletic Trainer Jeff Paxson
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Ben Mendelson
HELENA BREWERS (R)
Manager Nestor Corredor
Pitching Coach Mark Dewey
Coach Liu Rodriguez
Coach Reggie Williams
Athletic Trainer Jeff Bodenhamer
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Alistair Matthews
ARIZONA BREWERS (R)
Manager Tony Diggs
Pitching Coach Steve Cline
Pitching Coach Rolando Valles
Coach Hainley Statia
Athletic Trainer Matt Deal
 
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BREWERS (R)
Manager Victor Estevez
Pitching Coach Geraldo Obispo
Coach Luis De Los Santos
Coach Jose Pena
Coach Joan Abreu
Athletic Trainer Alex Mena
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Sam Hoffman
Coordinator Manuel Vargas
 

 

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