MILWAUKEE BREWERS “#growGOLD Game” TO RAISE AWARENESS AND PROMOTE RESEARCH INTO PEDIATRIC CANCER

The Milwaukee Brewers, in conjunction with Gold In September (G9), will host the “#growGOLD Game” at Miller Park on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The event will feature numerous initiatives to raise awareness for research into childhood cancer.

Utilizing a noble model of turning the world gold, G9’s mission is to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspire action to help every child, everywhere, until cures for cancer are found. The childhood cancer non-profit was founded by Annie Bartosz, a then 11-year old girl from Hartland, Wis., who lost her twin brother, Jack, to cancer in 2012. Gold (G) is the national color for pediatric cancer research, and September (the 9th month) is the recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, together they make G9.

For this game, the Brewers and their opponent, the Chicago Cubs, will sport gold ribbons on their jerseys to promote the cause. In addition, players will be encouraged to wear gold wristbands as part of their uniforms.

Prior to the game, members of G9 will start things off with a ceremonial first pitch and Brewers Community Foundation will present the charity with a special donation in an on-field ceremony. Following the game and throughout the night, the Brewers will light Miller Park gold to call attention for those passing by.

“We are committed to spreading the message of G9’s #growGOLD initiative,” said Brewers Community Foundation Excusive Director Cecelia Gore. “One of our ownership pledges is to be a leader in the community, and we appreciate the opportunity to help support and raise awareness around critical issues that face children and their families.”

“We are proud to have the Milwaukee Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation join us as we Grow Gold and raise awareness of the need to support efforts to eradicate childhood cancer as a major health concern. Through our partnership with national organizations like the Brewers, we are working to help every child everywhere survive cancer and have a future filled with hope and promise.” says Sarah Bartosz, President of G9.

 

ABOUT Gold In September (G9):

Gold In September® Charitable Trust (G9) is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspires action to help every child, everywhere. G9 directly funds Early Phase Trials, bringing the newest, most promising treatments to kids faster. Utilizing a noble model of turning the world gold to raise awareness and meet the mission, G9 directly benefits the entire childhood cancer community with gold alliance, resulting in increased funding and support for all childhood cancer initiatives. Visit http://www.goldinseptember.com to learn more.

 

13th Annual “Evening With Hank Aaron” Set for September 24 at Miller Park

The 13th Annual “Evening with Hank Aaron” will be held on Saturday, September 24 at Miller Park.  This year’s program will feature an exclusive pregame reception from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the Aaron/Yount Rooms on Miller Park’s Terrace Level prior to the Brewers/Reds game that evening.

The “Evening with Hank Aaron” will include hors d’oeuvres during the pregame reception, a Field Outfield Box game ticket to that night’s game and an appearance by Hammerin’ Hank himself.  Guests will also receive an authenticated, autographed item from Aaron.

The special event raises funds for the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. The foundation was created by Hank and his wife, Billye, to help children with limited opportunities and financial barriers develop their special talents and pursue their dreams. All proceeds from the evening benefit the fund and are administered locally to help children in the Milwaukee area.

The program is limited to 200 guests. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Enters at joan.enters@brewers.com.

 

Trip to Seattle a Homecoming for Davies

Astute fans have probably noticed a tattoo on Brewers pitcher Zach Davies‘ left forearm, but you may not have been able to make out exactly what it is:

Zach Davies September 2015 at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Scott Paulus/Brewers

Pitcher Zach Davies signs autographs at Brewers On Deck. Notice the Seattle tattoo on his left forearm.

Pitcher Zach Davies signs autographs at Brewers On Deck. Notice the Seattle tattoo on his left forearm.

Well, turns out that it is the Seattle skyline with the words “Remember Where You Come From.” Davies was kind enough to give us a close-up, as well as to take the time to sit down with me and chat about his tattoo and his love for the Emerald City, where the Brewers will head later this week. There, the Crew will take on the Mariners in Interleague play for the first time since 2013.

The Seattle native shows his love for his hometown on his forearm.

The Seattle native shows his love for his hometown on his forearm.

For Davies, Seattle holds strong sentimental value. It is where he was born and formed his earliest memories. And, although his immediate family moved to Arizona when he was 7, much of his extended family still lives there.

“I remember growing up there, not wanting to move,” Davies said. “I love the weather there. It just kind of fits my personality. It’s relaxed and place to just hangout.”

He’s also a big Seattle Seahawks fan:

Davies says he tries to go back and visit at least once a year, but there are times when he gets to go multiple times and fortunately for him, this year is one of them.

He says he has a couple of tattoos on his back, but he got the Seattle tattoo after he signed (with the Orioles) in 2011. Davies worked with the artist who sketched the design from a photo.

What does Davies enjoy most about Seattle that members of the Brewers Road Crew should check out this weekend?

“Downtown is awesome. You’ve got the Space Needle, you’ve got the marketplace (Pike Place Market), right by the water.  Right next to the Space Needle there is a music museum that I’ve always enjoyed going to,” Davies said.

“I also just enjoy taking in the landscape that I don’t get in Arizona,” he added, as the 23-year-old still lives in Arizona in the offseason. “My favorite restaurant is a seafood place right on the water, kind of across to get the city skyline view– Salty’s on Alki Beach.”

Known for his ’90s/grunge-type entrance music, like Nirvana and Bush, Davies admits that the city inspires his choices.

“It does,” he said. “The grunge genre has always been my favorite.”

Davies will face the Cubs today in the series finale at Wrigley, so unfortunately he will just miss pitching in his hometown; however, needless to say, Davies is excited to be going back where he came from this weekend.

-Cait

@CMoyer

“NATIONAL BRATWURST DAY” EVENT BENEFITS FEEDING AMERICA

Bratwursts have a deep history in Wisconsin, particularly at Miller Park, and today, fans were able to celebrate National Bratwurst Day while supporting Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Miller Park,  Klement’s Sausage Company provided guests with a bratwurst, bag of chips and beverage in exchange for any monetary donation to Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin.  Lunch was provided to the first 2,000 people to arrive.

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In addition, the first 100 guests in line received two tickets to the Brewers vs. Cardinals game on Monday, August 29, and a coupon for a free package of Klement’s sausage.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading hunger relief organization in the state with locations in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley. Founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a local and independent member of the Feeding America network. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin collaborates with more than 550 members, including food pantries, meal programs, shelters and community-based mobile pantries to provide 25 million meals annually to nearly 400,000 people across 36 counties in eastern Wisconsin. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin also supports programs that improve food security for people in need, advocates on their behalf and works collaboratively to solve hunger.

 

CLINT COULTER NAMED SOUTHERN LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

I’m The following is a press release from the Biloxi Shuckers, the Double-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and a member of the Southern League.

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Biloxi Shuckers outfielder Clint Coulter has recorded a hit in all seven of his Biloxi starts and today was named Southern League Player of the Week. Coulter was promoted to Biloxi from A+ Brevard County on August 5 and since then has batted .542 (13×24) with a double, two home runs, four RBI and eight runs scored.

The 23-year-old started his Biloxi career by reaching base safely in six consecutive at-bats, including a 4-for-4 stretch at the plate. The converted catcher also scored the first five time on base, including a game-winner as a pinch runner in the 10th inning of the Shuckers’ 5-4 walk-off over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in his debut on Aug. 5. The 2012 first-round draft pick is on a seven-game hitting streak dating back to his final game with Brevard County (Aug. 4), going 14-for-29 with eight runs, a double, two home runs and five RBI.

Clint Coulter was named Southern League Player of the Week. PHOTO: Biloxi Shuckers

Clint Coulter was named Southern League Player of the Week.
PHOTO: Biloxi Shuckers

The Camas, Wash. native has homered in back-to-back games, Saturday and Sunday in Jackson, including a stretch of five hits in five consecutive plate appearances.

In 96 games combined this season between Brevard and Biloxi this season, Coulter has posted a .242 batting average with 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 36 RBI.

Coulter was Milwaukee’s first round selection (27th overall) in the 2012 draft out of Union HS (WA). Coulter has twice been named a Player of the Week in his career, April, 2014 while with A- Wisconsin and in July, 2015, while with A+ Brevard County. Coulter was a mid-season All-Star in the Midwest League in 2014 and Florida State League in 2015. He was also named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year in 2014.

Coulter is the second Biloxi Shucker to earn Player of the Week honors this season, joining OF Brett Phillips who won the award in May. RHP Brandon Woodruff was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week in back-to-back weeks from July 11-24.

 

 

 

“NATIONAL BRATWURST DAY” EVENT AT MILLER PARK TOMORROW

Bratwursts have a deep history in Wisconsin, particularly at Miller Park, where fans can take part in a special event for National Bratwurst Day tomorrow, August 16, while supporting Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Miller Lot at Miller Park (in front of the Klement’s Sausage Haus), Klement’s Sausage Company will be providing guests with a bratwurst, bag of chips and beverage in exchange for any monetary donation to Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin.  Lunch will be provided to the first 2,000 people to arrive.  In addition, the first 100 guests in line will receive two tickets to the Brewers vs. Cardinals game on Monday, August 29, and a coupon for a free package of Klement’s sausage.

A two-lane drive thru will be set up in the Miller Lot.  Guests can enter the parking lot from either Canal Street or 44th Street (map attached).  The Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM will be present.

 

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading hunger relief organization in the state with locations in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley. Founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a local and independent member of the Feeding America network. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin collaborates with more than 550 members, including food pantries, meal programs, shelters and community-based mobile pantries to provide 25 million meals annually to nearly 400,000 people across 36 counties in eastern Wisconsin. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin also supports programs that improve food security for people in need, advocates on their behalf and works collaboratively to solve hunger.

 

Yoga a “Om” Run with Brewers Players This Season

If you’ve been following us on social media, you are probably aware that, leading up to the past two seasons, the Brewers training staff has been incorporating yoga sessions into the players’ various workouts during Spring Training.

Well, this year, that practice extended beyond Spring Training and was added as optional weekly or biweekly workout sessions during each homestand.

“The mental part of baseball is so big. Having these guys experience an opportunity of how to calm their minds when they’re doing active movements is probably the biggest reason,” said Major League Strength and Conditioning Specialist Josh Seligman, who explained why he believes yoga is an important part of the mix.  “Then there’s obviously the secondary reason, which is flexibility when the muscle is under tension. It also kind of mixes it up for them and takes them out of their normal system. So, just the comprehensiveness of it. It’s also low-impact, so over a long season, it provides that recovery as well.”

Although optional, several players have seen and felt such great benefits that they have become devoted to a regular practice led by local yoga expert and studio owner, Pamela Bliss.

Instructor Pamela Bliss leads some members of the Crew through a yoga practice on the field.

Instructor Pamela Bliss leads some members of the Crew through a yoga practice on the field.

Bliss began her yoga practice 17 years ago when she became chronically ill, was in chronic pain, and didn’t know where else to turn.

“Yoga saved my life,” Bliss said. “Everything that was previously wrong has been healed. Honestly, what I can do today is a direct result of the practice. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually—I’m a different human being because of yoga. Without my practice, I don’t know how I would manage and balance it all.”

And when Bliss says balance “it all,” she means it. In addition to working with the Crew, she owns  YogAsylum, a premier studio in Brookfield where she not only runs the business, but also teaches classes and runs a yoga teacher training program. Oh, and she recently acquired the Milwaukee School of Massage as well. Bliss’s credentials are impressive. She holds an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology with concentration studies in Ecopsychology; and degrees in Nursing, Yoga, and Ecology. Bliss is also a meditation CD artist, intuitive medium, and inspirational speaker who presents at conferences internationally.

This week, I was fortunate to attend one of Bliss’s sessions to see what the guys are up to and chat with them and Bliss about the benefits of yoga—particularly as it relates to baseball and the players’ performance on the field.

“To me, the list of benefits is endless, but also measurable, because you do see a clear difference,” Bliss said. “Yoga is very experiential. You have to do it in order to receive its benefits. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it, so consistency is very important.”

In the 45-minute sessions for the Crew, Bliss mixes it up for the players. For example, the session I attended included traditional hatha, along with vinyasa flow, and some yin poses (longer holds) incorporated toward the end.

There is something extra-calming about practicing yoga barefoot in the outfield, as well as gazing up to this view in your poses.

There is something extra-calming about practicing yoga barefoot in the outfield, as well as gazing up to this view in your poses.

“For the guys, we work on addressing the six directions of the spine, strengthening the core, and really focusing on the hips,” Bliss explained. “By watching their movements, I clearly see the need for and benefit from hip openers, so those are things I make sure we work on every time.”

Bliss works with a wide range of individuals—all walks of life and all abilities—but she says working with baseball players is definitely unique.

“The first time I went down to Spring Training was to get an idea of what the players needed and see how I could help. I have to say it was the first time I had been in a yoga practice where sunflower seeds were being spit and there was all this chatter,” Bliss said with a laugh. “I knew then this was going to be an interesting process!  But everyone has been super receptive, super grateful, and the coaches are really happy about it…I know everyone really appreciates it.”

Pitcher Carlos Torres, who is among the regulars in Bliss’s sessions, is a big proponent of yoga as part of his extensive workout routine.

“There are different types of exercise that every team offers. Some of them will even go as far as ballet for agility and stuff like that, but yoga is one that team-to-team–while not every team is going to provide it–every team recommends it,” Torres said.

“As athletes, we’re taught to lift a lot of weights, we’re taught to be strong, we’re taught to be a lot of things, but you have to have strength within that flexibility and if you don’t, it’s useless strength,” he explained. “What yoga does is it builds that strength within that flexibility to actually translate your power that you’ve been working on the entire time to what it is you’re trying to do. For pitchers, it’s throw a ball. For some guys it’s hit, or steal bags and whatnot…. I hope that all teams provide it because I think it’s very beneficial to everybody.”

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis agrees; he likes the balance that yoga brings to his routine.

“It’s such a long season. We’re active everyday and, swinging as much as we do, that’s hard on your body. Yoga is really good for recovery and just limbering up and staying healthy,” he said. “If I go a few weeks without going, I can definitely feel it. In the offseason, it’s something that I have been trying to implement a little bit more over the last few years and it’s helped, so I think that it’s definitely a good thing.”

Corey Knebel‘s wife Danielle is a certified yoga instructor, so the pitcher is very familiar with the practice, which he has typically incorporated on his own during the offseason.

“This is the first year we’ve done it during the season. For me, I’m really tight. My hips are always tight, my legs are always tight, so it’s good to feel pretty flexible. I feel a big difference this year with it,” Knebel said.

Bliss helps pitcher Corey Knebel perfect his alignment.

Bliss helps pitcher Corey Knebel perfect his alignment.

And, while pitcher Matt Garza also says he reaps the benefits of flexibility, he enjoys the meditative side of the practice as well.

“I do yoga because it helps me control my breathing, it helps me get that under grasp. The stretching part is awesome. It really helps you get deep into stretches,” Garza said. “It used to be the stronger you are in the game, the better you are. It’s now how flexible you are. The more flexible you are, the better you can be in position and play your position. But I mainly like it because of the calming nature of the workout.”

Bliss added, “A lot of times people in general say, ‘It’s just physical,’ but it’s so far beyond that. In order to transcend the physical, you have to put in consistent effort — to invest in yourself to be your very best; what could be more important? That’s where these guys really get it and that’s what got them here; they are all in—that’s what makes this a lot of fun for me. It’s also a huge honor for me.”

And, as someone who is personally devoted to yoga, I was honored to share in this practice with Bliss and members of the Crew, if only for a day. Namaste!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Fun Had By All at Brewers Bowl-A-Thon

Tonight, fans joined Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women through the progression of recovery.

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The event took place at JB’s on 41 and in addition to Matt Garza, the host of the event, among those in attendance were: Scooter Gennett,  Hernan Perez, Keon Broxton, Jonathan Villar, Jacob Barnes, Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson, Carlos Torres, Jhan Marinez, Zach Davies, Corey Knebel, Michael Blazek and Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel.

Keon Broxton‘s team took home first place overall at the event, while Scooter Gennett had the high score among the Brewers players with a 159 and Corey Knebel had the lowest score of a 71.

A lot of the fun was documented on our Snapchat account, so be sure to add ‘Brewers’ so you don’t miss out! We also ran a Facebook Live stream over on Facebook.

In addition, there were many items included in a silent auction to raise additional money for Meta House, including a special batting practice experience, a Jimmy Nelson autographed jersey, a Bernie’s Slide Experience and more.

Meta House has been blazing new trails in women’s substance abuse treatment since their doors opened in 1963. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. In 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Wisconsin American Legion All-Star Game to Be Held Following Today’s Brewers vs. Reds Game

Before today’s game vs. the Cincinnati Reds, we honored the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Association.

Today marks the 45th year of the Milwaukee Brewers and The American Legion baseball partnership.

Joining us from the Wisconsin American Legion are:

Craig Otto

Department Commander Dan seehafer, from Post 157 – Horicon

Department Adjutant David Kurtz, from Post 23 – Milwaukee

State Baseball Commissioner Roger Mathison, from Post 116 – Coon Valley

State Baseball President Kevin Stangel, from Squadron 538 – Manitowoc

State Historian Rick McCanna, from Post 157- Horicon

Following today’s game,  the Wisconsin American Legion All-Star game will be played at Miller Park.

Here are the participants.

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Playing for the Stars:

Josh Bartelt – plays for Oshkosh

Carter Chafer – plays for Bruce

Austen Dart – plays for Ahnapee Trailblazers

Ryan Gassner – plays for Marathon

Tanner Haessly – plays for Kimberly

Garrett Hohn – plays for Wausau

Zak Imig – plays for Ash Port

Griffin Jack – plays for Menasha

Noah Kuester – plays for Appleton

Logan Langbehn – plays for DC Everest

Trey Larson – plays for River Falls

Dylan Loveland – plays for Hortonville

Kalan McHugh – plays for Mosinee

Matt McHugh – plays for Plover

Tyler Rouze – plays for De Pere

Nick Sailer – plays for Marinette

Jared Schmeltzer – plays for Merrill

Caleb Schoenholz – plays for Green Bay Shockers

Trevor Schwecke – plays for Marshfield

Jake Sperry – plays for Chippewa Falls

Storm Standiford – plays for Eau Claire

Brett Sutherland – plays for Nekoosa

Arin Verhagen – plays for Antigo

Devon Wieland – plays for Menomonie

Coaching the stars team: 

Jon Rauch – Eau Claire

Shawn Ratzenberg – Wrightstown

Corey Opper – Plover

Playing for the Stripes:

Christian Arthurs – plays for Fond du Lac

Alex Cimeroli – plays for Dells

JadenDoornink – plays for Clintonville

 

Zach Drake – plays for Viroqua

Evan Drays – plays for Jefferson

Jake Erickson – plays for LaCrosse NorthStars

Zach Fenner – plays for Watertown

Sawyer Hammes – plays for Westby/Coon Valley

Austin Hayes – plays for Lake Geneva

Ryan Herken – plays for Gays Mills

Trey Johnson – plays for Genoa City

Ryan Kaul – plays for Beaver Dam

Kyle Krueger – plays for Markesan

Kigan Mares – plays for Madison Impact

Johnny Marthaler – plays for Waupun

Joe Nilo-Lofton – plays for Union Grove

Chase Nyborg – plays for Janesville

Trevor Pedersen – plays for Bonduel

Kevin Raisbeck – plays for Beloit

Evan Sigmund – plays for Oconto Falls

Bryan Sturdevant – plays for Burlington

Drew Tschumper – plays for West Salem

Ethan Vodak – plays for Baraboo

Merek Williams – plays for Oconomowoc

Coaching the South team:

Dave Augustine – Manawa

Steve Oleshko – Hartford

Umpires for today’s Legion All-Star game are:

Keith Bonde – Manitowoc

Ryan Krcmar – Green Bay

Dennis Semph- Sheboygan Falls

Steve Walsh – Manitowoc

We want to thank the fans for their support of American Legion baseball and invite you to stay and watch the 45th Wisconsin American Legion All Star game at the conclusion of the Brewers/Reds Game.

The Late Gary Vanden Berg Honored at Miller Park

This January, the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers elected the late Gary Vanden Berg into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.

Gary was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization, serving 10 years as the assistant and over 21 years as Heads Groundskeeper. Gary led the grounds team at County Stadium and prepared the Miller Park field for games and events, most notably the 2002 All-Star Game and the Brewers playoff appearances in 2008 and 2011.

After a year-long battle with cancer, Gary passed away on October 10, 2011. Gary was well respected for the work he did the turf grass industry, but more importantly for the person that he was. To honor this, the MLB Groundskeepers named the Hall of Fame Trophy after Gary upon its inception in 2011.

Through Gary’s 31 years as a groundskeeper, he maintained a strong family life. Their commitment to each other  and Gary’s commitment to the turf grass industry will live on through those who are here today–his wife Lauri, their sons John and Joel, daughters-in-law Lindsey and Betsy and grandchildren Brooke, Cole, Kate and Claire, along with Michael Boettcher, Brewers Director of Grounds and the Miller Park Grounds Crew.

Vanden Bergs

Gary joins 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) in the Grounds Keepper Hall of Fame.

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

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

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.

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 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.

 

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