Starting today, we’re unveiling the Brewers #20in15—20 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2015 season!
If you followed along at brewers.com/allfans and on our social media sites this morning, then you already know that the first bobblehead of the 2015 season will come on the first home Sunday in April, Sunday April 12, as the Brewers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The bobble will feature Brewers legend Rob Deer!
If you don’t win, don’t worry. Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the Deer bobblehead is included in select season ticket packages which are on sale now.
Be sure to check back in the coming months as we also unveil the image of the actual bobblehead when we get it!
Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil more of the #20in15!
RAY MONTGOMERY NAMED BREWERS VICE PRESIDENT OF AMATEUR SCOUTING/SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GENERAL MANAGER
The Milwaukee Brewers have named Ray Montgomery vice president of amateur scouting/special assistant to the general manager. Montgomery replaces the late Bruce Seid, who passed away unexpectedly on September 2. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“Ray brings experience, critical leadership and the courage and confidence to make tough decisions,” said Melvin. “I have confidence that with his recent experience as a director, he will sustain the organization’s success of drafting and development in a highly competitive scouting environment.”
Montgomery, 45, returns for his second stint in the Brewers organization, having started as an area scout for South Texas and Louisiana in December 2002. He served as an area scout until 2006, Midwest crosschecker from 2007-10 and assistant director of amateur scouting with the Brewers from 2009-10. Montgomery spent the past four seasons as director of scouting with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-14).
Montgomery, who was selected by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, had a 12-year playing career from 1990-2001. He spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Astros (1996-98), batting .241 with 1 HR and 8 RBI in 47 games. The former outfielder also played in the Pirates (1999-2000) and Mets (2001) organizations.
A First Team All-American at Fordham University in 1990, he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1999.
Montgomery currently resides in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Daniela, and children, Jack and Emma.
Yesterday Jonathan Lucroy joined veterans on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C.
If you’re not familiar with Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (SSHF), it is a moving cause. According to the National World War II Museum’s website, “approximately every three minutes a memory of World War II – its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs – disappears…. [Veterans] are dying quickly – at the rate of approximately 555 a day” and SSHF is in a race against the clock to honor them.
The WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. did not open until 2004 and many veterans are unable to visit it without assistance. So that’s where SSHF comes in—it is a branch of the National Honor Flight Network that was started in Wisconsin by Port Washington resident Joe Dean. Honor Flight offers trips to Washington, DC free of charge to WWII veterans so that they can get the opportunity to see their memorials. The national program has 123 hubs.
Yesterday, Jonathan was among the dozens of volunteers traveling with 41 World War II and 47 Korean War veterans from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C., for a day of sightseeing. Accompanying Lucroy was his college roommate, John Coker, Jr. who was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in Afghanistan in 2011.
Here are some photos from the day, rounded up from the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as Jonathan’s:
Read the full story at JSOnline.com.
Back in 2012, Miller Park hosted the Field of Honor event, which featured the world premiere of the feature length film, “The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight” on Miller Park’s high-definition video board.
If you thought last year’s #14in14 All-Fan Giveaway schedule was good… just wait until you see what we have in store for the 2015 season. This season, we have put together a promotional schedule that includes a team-record 20 All-Fan Giveaways in 2015!
Next week, from Monday, November 3 through Sunday, November 9, we will be revealing our #20in15 All-Fan Giveaways one by one across our social media channels and on our website at brewers.com/allfans.
Play along and see if you can be the first one to correctly Guess the Giveaway. Plus, you’ll have the chance to win tickets to some of the game dates via Facebook and Twitter!
Ah, Halloween. That one day of the year where kids, adults–and pets!–get dressed up in costume. And our favorite Ballpark Pup is no exception.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…. HANKENSTEIN!
We hope you have a safe and fun holiday! And, if you’re showcasing your Brewers “spirit” today, we’d love to see it! Share your Brewers-related costume and pumpkin photos with us on Twitter and/or Instagram using #Brewitched. Plus, we’ll select the best pumpkin pics to win a prize pack, which will include two tickets to Brewers On Deck and a baseball signed by Aramis Ramirez. For more information, click here.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the 2014 recipient of the Martin-Monaghan Award for Best Medical Staff, which is presented by Rotowire. The Brewers are the first organization to win the award twice (also 2005). The award was established in 2004.
“The Brewers are honored to receive this award,” said Director of Medical Operations Roger Caplinger. “Our entire medical staff, including athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and physicians, strives to provide our athletes with the most comprehensive medical care in baseball. We have a passion and focus to be forward-thinking, innovative and progressive in injury prevention. The support we receive from Brewers ownership and our baseball operations executive team is critical as they consistently commit the resources needed for us to be successful.”
The Martin-Monaghan Award winner is based on several criteria, including days and dollars lost to injury this year and over the past three years. The award is voted on by a panel of experts.
“This award illustrates a well-deserved recognition of the talents and dedication displayed by our entire medical staff to an extremely important facet of today’s game,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “Under the leadership of (Vice President and Assistant General Manager) Gord Ash and Roger Caplinger, they are the people who not only help a team keep its players on the field, but also contribute to the careers and success of numerous players.”
The 2014 Martin-Monaghan Award for Best Medical Staff will be presented to the Brewers at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego this December.
For the Brewers fan who wants the ultimate gift, today we announced that we are offering a limited edition Timeless Ticket that guarantees a ticket to one future Brewers home game, including any Postseason game.
The Timeless Ticket will consist of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name.
Only 1,000 of the items will be produced. Additional facts about the Timeless Ticket:
- Each ticket is individually numbered, comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and is packaged in a specially-designed gift box.
- Each ticket is authenticated by Major League Baseball and includes its own registered ID number under the MLB Authentication program.
- The ticket weighs approximately one pound, is 6.25” by 3.5,” and sits in a wood display base.
- The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.
This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem their Timeless Ticket for an actual ticket to any single future Brewers game at Miller Park, whether it’s in 2015 or 2050 or whether it is Opening Day or the 7th game of the World Series.
To redeem the ticket, the owner just needs to contact the Brewers Box Office with their unique Timeless Ticket information as well as a photo ID and the date of the game he or she would like to attend. After redemption, the owner of the Timeless Ticket will keep the personalized brass statue to display. In addition, Timeless Ticket holders may purchase up to three additional companion tickets for the redeemed game at the single game box office price.
All ticket redemptions are subject to availability and owners of the Timeless Ticket are advised to contact the Brewers Box Office with their selected game as early as possible. Redemptions for the Timeless Ticket will be become available once dates for public ticket sales have been announced.
Fans may purchase the Timeless Ticket by calling 414-902-4609 or by sending an email to BrewersTeamStore@Brewers.com.
Here’s a wrap-up and thank you from Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.
SAYING GOODBYE TO 2014
As I’ve now officially awoken from my summer camp “coma” it’s time to say thanks to some very special people for making the Brewers Baseball Academy camp’s second season even better than the first…no small feat since 2013 was really great.
Every camp sold out. As much as we hate turning kids away, our commitment is to run a very high quality camp experience every day for every child. And that means that we will continue to limit the number participants. Over 1,000 kids spent part of their summer with us having a blast, learning to play baseball the Brewers way. You might want to keep an eye on the website in December when we go “live” with the 2015 schedule.
In 2014, we made our first trip to Fond du Lac and moved our Madison-area camp to Waunakee. We ran our first camps in Wauwatosa and Greendale. The story was the same; folks all over Wisconsin love the Brewers and we did our best to give them a heaping dose of Brewers baseball and softball training.
The secret to our success is really no secret. We bring good instructors to camp and work our fannies off to deliver an excellent product every day. Leading that core of instructors were Scott Staude and Greg Fetherston with some very special smart baseball from Brian Gillogly, Ronnie Nedset and Dan O’Brien. Thanks, guys.
A big hug to coaches Ed Sedar, Rick Kranitz and John Shelby for continuing to bring their amazing knowledge and huge personalities to camp every week. And of course a big tip of the cap to Mike Fiers, Jimmy Nelson, Khris Davis and Elian Herrera …you guys gave up free time to make the camp week even better for all the kids and coaches.
We concluded the camp season with another great Champions Day at Miller Park. This is where the kids who recorded the top scores in our Skills Competition during the summer squared off for the final time. You can see the winner’s picture and all the final scores here.
All in all, a real good summer. Like you, we live and die with the Big Boys and despite the rough last few weeks, they gave us plenty of reason to be proud of 2014 and excited about 2015. Expect camp dates to be locked down some time in December.
Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”
Today the Brewers named Darnell Coles as hitting coach. Coles, who was signed to a one-year contract, replaces former hitting coach Johnny Narron, who was relieved of his duties on October 10. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“Darnell has an impressive Major League background as a player and coach,” said Melvin. “With his knowledge of hitting and strength as an instructor, he has the ability to connect with our players, with whom he is quite familiar.”
Coles, 52, returns for his second stint in the Brewers organization, having served as minor league hitting coordinator from 2010-11 and as manager at Double-A Huntsville from 2012-13. He spent the 2014 season as assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, his first career coaching position at the Major League level. The Tigers offense led the Major Leagues in batting average (.277), hits (1,557), RBI (731) and doubles (325) and ranked second (led the American League) in on-base percentage (.331), slugging percentage (.426) and OPS (.757).
Coles began his coaching career in 2000 as minor league hitting coordinator with the Seattle Mariners. From 2001-06, he served as an analyst for ESPN. His coaching career resumed in 2006 as minor league roving hitting instructor with the Washington Nationals and followed with roles in the organization as manager at Class-A Vermont (2007) and Class-A Hagerstown (2008) and as hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse (2009).
Coles played 14 Major League seasons and batted .245 with 75 HR and 368 RBI in 957 games. The former infielder/outfielder played for Seattle (1983-85, ‘88-90), Detroit (1986-87, ‘90), Pittsburgh (1987-88), San Francisco (1991), Cincinnati (1992), Toronto (1993-94), St. Louis (1995) and Colorado (1997). He was a member of the 1993 World Series champion Blue Jays.
Coles and his wife, Shari, reside in Tampa, Florida. They have three children, DeAnna, Darnell Jr. and Jared.
ONE DIRECTION ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN DATES FOR THE WORLDWIDE ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 STADIUM TOUR
Global superstars One Direction today announced additional dates for the highly anticipated ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 stadium tour, which will see the band perform in Australia, Japan and South East Asia in support their new album FOUR (to be released Nov. 17). The North American tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on July 9, 2015 at the Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, Cali. The full 17-city North American tour includes stops in East Rutherford, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Seattle, amongst others. Additional dates for the European and North American legs go on sale on November 1 at www.livenation.com.
Niall comments: “We could not be more excited about the new tour. We’ve started rehearsing songs from the new album and can’t wait for the fans to hear them live. We’re just so very thankful to our amazingly loyal fans – they make it possible for us to play in these incredible places and continue to surprise us every day with their unwavering support.”
Fans will have access to a pre-sale by visiting the band’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Citi® is the official credit card of the ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 North American tour. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Friday, Oct. 24 through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Additional details are available at www.livenation.com.
Tickets for the Miller Park show will go on sale on Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m. at Brewers.com/OneDirection, by phone at (414)902-4000 and at the Miller Park Box Office. Full details on the concert, including a seating map, are available at Brewers.com/OneDirection.
The music video for the band’s lead single ‘Steal My Girl’ premieres globally on Friday, Oct. 24. The outlandish video, filmed in Palmdale, CA, is directed by Benjamin and Gabe Turner and features a cameo from Hollywood legend Danny Devito. The video will premiere on VEVO at 8:00 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. BST.
With a staggering 94 number ones and over 46 million records sold, in just four short years, One Direction have gone from energetic pop upstarts to international superstars. As the band’s song writing becomes more personal with each record, FOUR is set to be their most stunning yet. The album follows the global success of their huge sell out WHERE WE ARE stadium tour and the 3D film documentary THIS IS US. Fans also had the opportunity to relive this summers’ tour with the release of their second film WHERE WE ARE: THE CONCERT FILM, which broke records as the biggest ever Event Cinema audience across one weekend. The WHERE WE ARE: THE CONCERT FILM DVD will be released on Dec. 2. Add all this to their 3 billion YouTube views, 109 million combined Twitter followers and 33 million Facebook fans and it’s clear that Liam, Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn genuinely are a worldwide phenomenon.
FOUR will be released globally on Nov. 17, 2014 via Syco/Columbia Records. Fans can receive the band’s first single “Steal My Girl” instantly if they pre-order the deluxe album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/1DFouriTdlx.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
All dates and venues below subject to change.
6/10/15 Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion
6/13/15 Brussels, Belgium – King Baudouin Stadium
6/16/15 Horsens, Denmark – CASA Arena
6/19/15 Oslo, Norway – Ullevaal Stadion
6/23/15 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium
6/27/15 Helsinki, Finland – Olympiastadion
7/9/15 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
7/11/15 San Francisco, CA – Levi’s Stadium (on sale Nov. 14)
7/15/15 Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
7/26/15 Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium
7/28/15 Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
7/31/15 Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium
8/2/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
8/5/15 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
8/8/15 Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium
8/18/15 Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium
8/23/15 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
8/25/15 Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
8/27/15 Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium
8/29/15 Detroit, MI – Ford Field
9/1/15 Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
9/3/15 Buffalo, NY – Ralph Wilson Stadium
9/12/15 Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium
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