Red Schoendienst To Be Inducted Into the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll on April 9 at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst into the Braves Honor Roll on Thursday, April 9 in a ceremony beginning at noon. The Braves Honor Roll is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side (near the Main Gate).

A 10-time All-Star, Schoendienst played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and the Milwaukee Braves. The second baseman appeared in 2,216 games, collected 2,449 hits and batted .289 lifetime. He was acquired by the Milwaukee Braves in a midseason trade from the Giants in 1957 and led the National League with 200 hits that season. His acquisition by the Braves played an integral role in claiming the 1957 World Series championship. The following season, Schoendienst appeared in 106 games for the Braves as he helped lead Milwaukee to a second straight pennant.

Altogether during his Major League career, Schoendienst finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times, including third in 1957. He later went on to manage the Cardinals to a World Series title in 1967 and a National League pennant in 1968. Schoendienst was voted into the Baseball of Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1989.

The 92-year-old Schoendienst will not be able to attend the unveiling event.

There are 13 additional members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, including Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Del Crandall (2012), Hank Aaron (2012), Gene Conley (2013) and Joe Torre (2014).

Need Help Playing Hooky on Opening Day? We’ve Got You Covered.

Need some help playing hooky on Opening Day? We’ve got you covered. Brewers fans can now visit brewers.com/excuses to view and share excuse notes written by our team of ‘experts’ designed to get out of any obligation and make sure you are able to watch Brewers Opening Day on April 6.

For example, Kyle Lohse’s excuse note is the perfect one to use if you’re trying to get out of work:

He even thought to draft a version “for the ladies” to share:

Scooter Gennett’s got one to help you get out of any obligation with a significant other that day…although, now that I think about it, maybe you shouldn’t be sending an excuse note to that person so much as evaluating that relationship. If he/she doesn’t like the Brewers as much as you, that might be a bigger problem!

The other notes you’ll find include one from Mike Fiers to help you get out of chores; one from Will Smith to help you get out of class and one from “Dr. Matt Garza” to get you out of practice.

Here are some photos of the guys working on their notes earlier this Spring:

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Visit brewers.com/excuses now to get and share your Brewers Opening Day excuse now to make sure you’re free next Monday when the Crew takes on the Rockies at 1:10pm CT.

And while these excuse notes should do the trick, if they’re still a little salty about you playing hooky, you can butter them up with some Brewers tickets. You’ll get a special offer from us once you share your note!

Enjoy!
#SeeUApril6

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Bernie’s Heading to NYC; #1 Fan to Appear on Good Morning America Friday

On Friday, our very own Bernie Brewer will be in New York City to appear on Good Morning America.

Bernie, along with several of his other MLB counterparts, will take part in a special “GMA Opening Day” segment, which will culminate in a dance-off in Times Square.

Bernie's heading to NYC! Tune in to Good Morning America this Friday to see him take part in #GMAMascotMadness!

Bernie’s heading to NYC! Tune in to Good Morning America this Friday to see him take part in #GMAMascotMadness!

Be sure to tune in to ABC beginning at 7am CT this Friday, April 3 for #GMAMascotMadness!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Selig Experience at Miller Park to Open to Public on Friday, May 29

Today we announced that the Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor retired Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, will open to the public on Friday, May 29 when the Brewers face the Diamondbacks.

The Selig Experience is located on Miller Park’s Loge Level in the left field corner. A highlight of the attraction is a multimedia presentation that tells the story of Selig’s role in successfully bringing the Brewers to Milwaukee, saving Major League Baseball in the city with his commitment to build Miller Park, and his tireless efforts to promote and grow the game in his hometown.

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The Selig Experience will be open to the general public during all Brewers home games, from the time that gates open until the 7th inning, and admission is free for those with tickets to the game. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The attraction will also be open to selected tour groups.

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

The exhibition space totals approximately 1,500 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. It celebrates the fans’ love of the game, as told through the story of the Brewers founder.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

As the Wisconsin Badgers gear up for the Final Four this weekend, we thought we’d post the Crew’s updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

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Of those brackets not yet busted, Michael Blazek has 3 of the Final 4 remaining; Kyle Lohse and Logan Schafer have 2 of the Final 4 remaining and Tyler Thornburg has just one remaining.

Here at the Brewers, we’re looking forward to cheering on the Badgers on Saturday–and hopefully

-Cait

@CMoyer

Milwaukee Brewers Timeless Ticket Nominated for StadiumBusiness Awards

The Milwaukee Brewers been nominated for the Premium Seat Award in The 2015 StadiumBusiness Awards 2015 for the Timeless Ticket.

If you’ll recall, the limited edition Timeless Ticket consists of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name. The unique offer includes one ticket to any Brewers Opening Day or Postseason game, plus an added opportunity to redeem it for a ticket to nine additional Brewers home games (excluding Opening Day and Postseason).

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Our competition in the Premium Seat Category includes:

  • EverBank Field’s ‘Poolside Cabanas’ (USA)
  • Wembley Stadium’s ‘One-Off Butler Service’ (UK)
  • Gillette Stadium’s ‘Field Level Lounge’ (USA)
  • Levi’s Stadium ‘Premium Seating at the world’s most technologically advanced stadium’ (USA)
  • Arsenal FC’s “Premium Seat Flexibility’ (UK)

Launched in 2010, The StadiumBusiness Awards are the first industry awards for the stadium sector, by the stadium sector. With over 2,000 votes already cast, it’s your opportunity to get your club, venue or event recognized by the best in the industry. To have your say in this year’s awards, click here to cast your vote.

“The StadiumBusiness Awards is about recognizing leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. Since 2010 we have given awards to some of the top venues from around the world and this year will be no exception.

“Our expert panel have come up with an amazing shortlist of nominees for these categories and while we think it might be tough for the industry to choose who should win, I urge them to have their say by voting online,” said Ian Nuttall, Founder, StadiumBusiness.

Other StadiumBusiness Award categories include Guest Event of the Year, the Fan Experience Award, Sports Event of the Year, The New Venue Award and the Venue Technology Award.

Celebrate “National Something on a Stick Day” by Dreaming of Miller Park’s Nachos on a Stick

Today is National “Something on a Stick Day” (gee, there really is a day for everything, isn’t there?) and in honor of that, we’re paying homage to one of the newest treats you’ll find at Miller Park this season: Nachos on a Stick.

Hey "Inside the Park Nachos"... We'll #SeeUApril6.

Hey “Inside the Park Nachos”… We’ll #SeeUApril6.

Called “Inside the Park Nachos,” these tasty treats feature taco meat and refried beans breaded in Doritos then deep fried and drizzled with sour cream and cheese sauce. And, thanks to our concessionaire Delaware North‘s ingenuity, they leave you with a free hand to hold a beverage or reach out and catch a foul ball!

We’ll have more on the new food items at Miller Park next week, including the 18-inch Down Wisconsin Avenue Brat, as well as the “Bratchos,” a version of which has already been a hit down in Spring Training.

Just 9 days until we see these items–and you–at Miller Park.

#SeeUApril6

-Cait

@CMoyer

Why Should Will Smith Meet Will Smith? #WillMeetsWill Continues

A couple of weeks ago, Brewers pitcher Will Smith penned a letter to “the other” Will Smith–as in the actor, producer and songwriter, Will Smith….yeah, that guy–inviting him to come visit him in Milwaukee this summer.

Well, it’s been a little while, and despite that video going viral and garnering national media attention for the campaign, our Will has been the first player checking his mailbox in Maryvale each morning, and he still hasn’t heard back.

So, we asked his teammates to pitch in. Check out what Rob Wooten, Jim Henderson, Jeremy Jeffress, Kyle Lohse and Mike Fiers had to say in response to our question: Why should Will meet Will?

Join in the #WillMeetsWill campaign on Twitter and Instagram to see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.

Or hey, Will, if you’re reading this… the Brewers play the Dodgers in LA July 10-12 and July 10 just happens to be our Will Smith’s birthday. Just sayin’.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

New Stadium Operations Practices Take Effect for 2015

Major League Baseball’s Stadium Operations Practices for the 2015 regular season require each Club to develop and implement mandatory metal detection screening of all fans prior to entry to each Major League ballpark. Many Major League Clubs already began such a program throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons, including here at Miller Park.

The screening program will be in effect at 29 ballparks on Opening Day (including Miller Park).  The Commissioner’s Office has postponed the commencement of the program at Wrigley Field in light of the extensive renovations that are underway.

This procedure, which resulted from a recent study of best security practices and MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to elevate and standardize initiatives across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that have been uniform throughout MLB.  Fan screening may be conducted by means of hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.  Fans should monitor announcements from Clubs regarding their individual programs and the details of the anticipated practices in each market.

Here at Miller Park, fans are encouraged to arrive early to all games, including and especially on Opening Day.

Fans will need to remove all metal from their pockets before walking through the metal detectors. This includes items such as phones and keys; however, wallets, shoes and belts will not need to be removed. Bags will continue to be checked at the gates. The list of prohibited items at Miller Park has not altered, but fans are reminded that the Brewers will not hold any prohibited items. Fans will have the option of taking the item back to their vehicle or the team will dispose of it for them.

John McHale, Jr., MLB’s Executive Vice President, Administration, said: “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our fans.  In the last several seasons, our experiences in many markets and at our jewel events have indicated that fans have a high level of understanding of these efforts.  We believe this step will pose minimal inconvenience and ultimately will serve the best interests of fans.”

 

 

Brewers Stitch N’ Pitch Night Set for June 11

Join your fellow needle artists for the 9th annual Stitch N’ Pitch Night at Miller Park on Thursday, June 11.

Socialize with other needle artists, speak to shop owners and visit teaching tables, all while watching the Brewers take on the Washington Nationals. Plus, as part of this special ticket package, you’ll receive a limited-edition Stitch N’ Pitch Hank bobblehead:

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Tickets are $33 for the Field Outfield Box and $26 for the Loge Outfield Box. Please know that the Hank bobblehead is only available through the special Stitch N’ Pitch ticket package. Tickets must be purchased in advance and supplies are limited.

For more details, or to purchase your tickets, visit brewers.com/stitch.

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