Bring Barrelman Home this Holiday

Love this new video from our marketing department promoting our Holiday 4-Packs!

Of course, I’m also just a sucker for mascots:

Brewers Holiday 4-Packs really do make a great holiday gift. They’re on sale through December 21 at brewers.com/4packs.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Hank the Ballpark Pup Makes On-Stage Debut at A Christmas Carol

Last night (Wednesday, December 9), Hank the Ballpark Pup took to the stage with a walk-on role in a Milwaukee Repertory Theater production of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.
Hank the Ballpark Pup made his stage debut last night.

Hank the Ballpark Pup made his stage debut last night.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this beloved Milwaukee holiday tradition, the Milwaukee Rep is welcoming a host of special guests to participate in a small role in the production. Last night, Hank the Ballpark Pup joined the ranks of Mayor Tom Barrett, Joe Bartolotta of Bartolotta’s Restaurants, Vince Vitrano of Today’s TMJ4, and Jeff Sherman of OnMilwaukee.com and other local personalities and community leaders who will appear as townspeople in Act II of the production on various dates this holiday season.
Here are a few photos from Hank’s bit night:

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Thanks to the Milwaukee Rep for providing those great photos, as well as this clip:
Following his debut, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with the Ballpark Pup in the lobby of the theater.
A Christmas Carol runs through December 24 at the Pabst Theater.

-Cait

 

Brewers Make 4 Selections in Rule 5 Draft; Acquire 3B/OF Garin Cecchini from Boston

The Milwaukee Brewers selected four players in today’s Rule 5 Draft at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.  The team selected two players in the Major League phase.  The Brewers did not lose a player in the Rule 5 Draft.
Rule 5 Draft

In addition, the team acquired 3B/OF Garin Cecchini from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations.  The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

Cecchini, 24, spent most of the 2015 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he batted .213 with 7 HR and 28 RBI in 117 games. The left-handed batter spent time defensively in left field, first base and third base at Pawtucket.  Cecchini, who made his Major League debut with Boston in 2014, appeared in two games with the Red Sox in 2015.  He has batted .229 (8-for-35) with 1 HR and 4 RBI in 13 career Major League games, including seven starts at third base.  Cecchini was designated for assignment by Boston on December 4, 2015.

Cecchini (pronounced “chick-KEE-nee”) was selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.  Over five minor-league seasons, Cecchini owns a .279 batting average with 28 HR and 231 RBI in 510 games.  He was an All-Star in each of his first three seasons in the minors (New York-Penn League with Class-A Lowell in 2011; South Atlantic League with Class-A Greenville in 2012 and Carolina League with Class-A Salem in 2013).  He participated in the 2013 MLB All-Star Futures Game for the U.S. Team at Citi Field.

Second baseman Colin Walsh was selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the Major League phase off the Triple-A Nashville roster of the Oakland Athletics. Walsh, 26, batted .302 with 39 doubles, 13 HR, 49 RBI and 124 walks in 134 games at Double-A Midland in 2015.  Walsh, a switch hitter, played at Stanford University and was originally selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2010 First-Year Draft. He signed as a minor-league free agent with Oakland on April 10, 2014.

Right-handed pitcher Zack Jones was selected in the second round of the Major League phase off the Triple-A Rochester of the Minnesota Twins. Jones, 25, went 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 45 relief appearances between Class-A Fort Myers and Double-A Chattanooga this past season. Jones played at San Jose State and was originally drafted by Minnesota in the fourth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Left-handed pitcher Mitch Lambson was selected in the first round of the Triple-A phase off the Double-A Mississippi roster of the Atlanta Braves. Lambson, 25, appeared with four teams between the Houston Astros organization and the Braves organization in 2015. He compiled a 3-2 record with a 2.35 ERA in 40 relief appearances between Double-A Corpus Christi, Triple-A Fresno, Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi in 2015. He was traded from the Astros to the Braves organization on July 6, 2015.  In five minor-league seasons, Lambson owns a 20-14 record with a 2.72 ERA in 166 relief appearances. He was originally selected by the Astros in the 19th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Right-handed pitcher Kender Villegas was selected in the second round of the Triple-A phase off the Double-A Springfield roster of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Villegas, 22, appeared in 30 games (1 start) and compiled a 3-4 record with a 4.03 ERA across three levels in the Cardinals organization (Class-A Palm Beach, Class-A Peoria and Class-A State College in 2015).  He was originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a non-drafted free-agent on May 13, 2010.

The Brewers’ 40-man roster currently stands at 37 with the additions of Cecchini, Jones and Walsh.

Meijer, Brewers Team Up to Spread Holiday Cheer to Underprivileged Children

Tonight, local families visited Meijer, the shopping supercenter in Wauwatosa, for a memorable shopping experience with Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett.

Scooter Gennett was in town for a special shopping event at Meijer tonight.

Scooter Gennett was in town for a special shopping event at Meijer tonight.

The event was part of a Meijer holiday tradition in which they host “Shop with a Hero” events, pairing underprivileged children with local sport heroes or law enforcement agencies to pick out holiday gifts for themselves and their families.

“This program has been a longstanding Meijer tradition and we’re excited to bring this fun holiday event to Wisconsin,” Meijer Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “Every child deserves the opportunity to celebrate around the holidays and we’re happy to help make that possible for many local children and families.”

Locally, participating families were identified by USO Wisconsin, Tosa Cares and Sussex Outreach Services. After enjoying dinner, the kids and families took part in a meet and greet with Scooter and his wife, Kelsey, along with Brewers broadcasters Bill Schroeder and Jeff Levering and the Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer.

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The kids were then paired with representatives from the Brewers to shop, armed with $100 Meijer gift cards to spend on anything they wanted this holiday season. In addition, in the spirit of paying it forward, they also received a $20 gift card to buy a toy for a child at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Scooter was paired with a young boy named Brandon and the duo had a blast combing the aisles together:

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“We appreciate partnering with Meijer on this great initiative to bring a little more cheer to the holidays for these children,” Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said. “This is a great complement to the many youth-oriented outreach efforts that we already have in place, and something we hope will become a holiday tradition for our organization.”

It was nice to catch up with Scooter who says he hasn’t had much of an offseason. “I’ve been working out a lot; I’ve been hitting quite a bit, I started about a month a go….It’s tough for me to put down the ball, but I’ve been working out hard and I got a little break to come up here to Milwaukee, see some familiar faces and also, come and do a cool event like this,” he said.

“It was just an awesome event. Obviously this time of year, it’s about giving and doing cool stuff for kids and they definitely knocked it out of the park tonight.”

Following tonight’s event, Scooter says he’s celebrating the holidays by heading to Ohio to see family and then it’s back to Florida.

“I’ve got quite a big family–20 first cousins and they’re all in the Midwest, so we’re going to try to see some of them before we go back down to Florida. Hopefully just relax at the house and have a nice big family dinner.”

Among his holiday traditions are watching the movie Christmas Vacation, stockings and enjoying his mom’s ham.

When asked if there was anything special on his wish list this year, Scooter replied, “I just want the season to get started. I wish I had a time machine. But honestly, I have everything I’ve ever wanted. I don’t really need much, just quality time with our family and our puppy Leo.”

Thanks to Scooter, Kelsey, all of our volunteers and Meijer for their time and generosity in making tonight’s event possible. They put a lot of smiles on faces tonight and made the holiday season brighter for these kids and families.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

MLB TO OFFER ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCES AND UNIQUE ITEMS IN AUCTION WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO CANCER RESEARCH

For the fourth consecutive year, Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and the 30 Clubs have organized a Winter Meetings charity auction that includes once-in-a-lifetime baseball experiences and unique items to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.  This initiative, which has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception, was inspired by the numerous employees, friends and fans of the game who have been affected by cancer.

A significant portion of the proceeds will go to Stand Up To Cancer, a longtime partner of Major League Baseball, its founding donor in 2008.  In addition, this year’s auction will benefit Do It For Durrett, in honor of the late Texas Rangers ESPN.com beatwriter Richard Durrett, who passed away suddenly last year, and the YouCaring page established for Miami Marlins Sun Sentinel beatwriter Juan C. Rodriguez, who is currently battling a brain tumor.

The auction is live on MLB.com until Thursday, December 10th at 9:00 p.m. (ET).  Following are some of the Brewers-related items supporters can bid on, with a full list here:

 

 

Batting lesson with Darnell Coles 

The winning bidder (and up to three young guests) will receive a 60-minute hitting clinic with batting coach Darnell Coles in the Brewers batting cages at Miller Park (up to 4 kids may participate). The group will also receive tickets to the game on a mutually agreed date and get to visit to the field for batting practice.

-Wall of Honor Signed Baseball Bat

The winning bidder will receive an autographed, framed bat signed by 38 members of the inaugural class of the Brewers Wall of Honor. Signatures include Hall of Famers such as Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker and Rollie Fingers. Only 100 of these bats were produced.

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-Have Gorman Thomas, Larry Hisle & The Racing Sausages visit your home or office 

The winning bidder will receive a visit by Brewers legends Gorman Thomas and Larry Hisle and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages to your own backyard home or business BBQ. Date to be mutually agreed on. The visit will be for one hour, and includes Klement’s Sausages for you to grill for your party of 25.

-Cait

@CMoyer

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

 

 

 

David Denson Awarded MILB’s Presidential Citation Award

Congratulations to Brewers prospect David Denson!

David Denson

Today, at Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN.  David was presented with the Minor League Baseball Presidential Citation Award, a special award presented by MiLB President and CEO Pat O’Conner to recognize exemplary service on behalf of Minor League Baseball.

He is the first active player in the award’s history to be honored.

Brewers Complete Coaching Staff

Today we announced the hiring of Carlos Subero as first base/infield coach and Jason Lane as coach.  The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns at Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN.  The now completed 2016 coaching staff includes Subero, Lane, Darnell Coles (hitting coach), Derek Johnson (pitching coach), Pat Murphy (bench coach), Ed Sedar (third base coach) and Lee Tunnell (bullpen coach).  All but Coles, Sedar and Tunnell are new to the staff.

Subero, 43, joins the Major League coaching staff after spending the last two seasons as manager at the Double-A level in the Brewers organization.  He guided the Biloxi Shuckers to a Southern League Championship Series appearance in 2015, a season after leading the Huntsville Stars to a postseason berth.  The Shuckers were named 2015 Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America.

Prior to joining the Brewers, Subero managed five seasons in the Dodgers organization at Class-A Inland Empire (2009), Double-A Chattanooga (2010-12) and Class-A Rancho Cucamonga (2013).  He also managed in the White Sox organization at Double-A Birmingham in 2008.

Subero began his coaching career in the Rangers organization, which included two seasons as hitting coach with the Rookie Gulf Coast League Rangers (1999-2000) and seven as manager with the GCL Rangers (2001-02), Class-A Clinton (2003-05) and Class-A Bakersfield (2006-07).  He owns a career managerial record of 949-973 (.494), including 78-59 (.569) at Biloxi this past season.

A former middle infielder, Subero played six seasons in the minor leagues for Kansas City (1991-94), Pittsburgh (1995) and Texas (1996).

Lane, who turns 39 on December 22, completed 17-year professional playing career in 2015, including seven seasons in the Major Leagues with Houston (2002-07) and San Diego (2007, 2014).  The former outfielder was converted into a pitcher in 2012 and made his only Major League pitching appearances with the Padres in 2014, going 0-1 with a 0.87 ERA in three games, including one start (10.1ip, 7h, 1r, 1er, 0bb, 6k).  He spent the 2015 season at Triple-A El Paso (San Diego) and went 10-10 with a 5.71 ERA in 28 starts.

Lane was a career .241 hitter in the Major Leagues with 61 HR and 189 RBI in 500 games.  His best season came in 2005 as he batted .267 with 26 HR and 78 RBI in 145 games for the National League champion Astros.

Experience Miller Park from Five Different All-Inclusive Areas in 2016

Have you ever wanted to check out one of our All-Inclusive Areas at Miller Park, but maybe you missed out on the dates we offered individual tickets, or you weren’t part of a group outing that held their event in the space?

Well, here’s your chance.

The Group Sales department is offering an “All-Inclusive Area Tour” package, which includes tickets to five games. You’ll get to take in each of those games from a different area in the park. You’ll get to experience the Associated Bank Check Deck, ATI Club, Dew Deck, Gehl Club and Miller Lite Deck.

Each ticket also includes a complimentary buffet that begins one hour before first pitch and concludes at the end of the 6th inning as well as two complimentary beers per adult.

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This fantastic deal is just $299 and makes a great holiday gift. But you’ll have to hurry. The offer ends on December 15! Click here for more details and to purchase your package.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Spring Training Tickets On Sale Now

To all the fans out there that can’t wait for the return of baseball season, we have good news for you — Brewers 2016 Spring Training tickets are on sale NOW!

You can get ready for the upcoming season by reserving your spot at all of the Brewers biggest Cactus League games this spring — including matchups against the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and World-Champion Kansas City Royals.

Surprise someone special with a trip to Spring Training this holiday season, make plans to go over Spring Break, or just take a much-needed break from Wisconsin weather in March….Whatever your reason, start planning for the preseason now and reserve your tickets at brewers.com.

Hope to see you in AZ to cheer on the #CactusCrew!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Miller Park Among America’s Most Instagrammed Spots

Here’s something that will make a Director of New Media very proud: Finding out that Miller Park is the top Instagrammed landmark in Wisconsin!

This news comes from a recent TIME article, which lists the Top 50 Most Instagrammed Places is America.

For the article, TIME had exclusive access to the data from Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app that boasts a user base of over 400 million. From that data, TIME was able to map out the most frequently geo-tagged spots in each of the 50 states.

As Brewers fans, we all know how gorgeous Miller Park is and how lucky we are to have it as the home of the Brewers, so I guess this news isn’t too surprising. Still, I’m also ecstatic that so many of us have taken to Instagram as a form of expression.

Thank you for making us tops; keep snapping those pics!

Had to work on #FathersDay but at least I got to bring dad with me. #MLBThanksDad #Brewers #MILvsCIN

A photo posted by Caitlin Moyer (@caitlinmoyer) on

Many other sporting venues made this list, including several other ballparks such as Wrigley Field, Camden Yards, Comerica Park, Fenway Park and Kauffman Stadium. Other spots on the list ranged from national parks, beaches and universities to theme parks, museums and other attractions.
Not following us on Instagram yet? What are you waiting for? Click here to follow @Brewers today.
-Cait
@CMoyer
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