If you’ve been following along, then you know that MLB Network has set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook. In Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the Face of our franchise on social media and you selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.
MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.
Last month, Luc was pitted against the San Diego Padres’ Matt Kemp in Round 1 of the competition and won handily:
Thank you to all who voted–but today we need your help again!
Today, Luc is taking on the San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey. You have until 7am CT tomorrow to cast your votes.
Here’s how to make them count:
Any tweet containing both #JONATHANLUCROY and #FACEOFMLB will count toward our totals. Each fan can vote up to 25 times from an account.
Retweets also count, so be sure to follow @Brewers to help spread the word.
On Facebook, you’ll need to visit MLBNetwork’s Facebook Page and comment on the Lucroy vs. Posey post using both #JONATHANLUCROY and #FACEOFMLB. This is very important…only comments that contain both hashtags made on that particular Facebook post will count and each fan may only vote once.
Today we announced that pitcher Teddy Higuera will be honored this season as he has been voted as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame. A total of 32 votes were cast and Higuera received 25 votes (78.1%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election.
Higuera fell just two votes shy of election last year.
A lifetime Brewer, Higuera played nine seasons with the team. He started his career in 1985 and went 15-8 with a 3.90 ERA with 127 strikeouts, while finishing as the American League runner-up for Rookie of the Year. The following season, Higuera posted a 20 win season, going 20-11 with a 2.79 ERA, with 207 strikeouts and 17 complete games. He earned All-Star honors and finished second on the Cy Young Award ballot. Higuera followed his success by setting the franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 240 in 1987, as he went 18-10 with a 3.85 ERA. He went 94-64 with 3.61 ERA in his career, and currently ranks third among franchise leaders in career wins and strikeouts (1,081).
“We are thrilled to honor Teddy Higuera with a plaque on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Teddy was a lifetime Brewer, and he still ranks among franchise leaders in many pitching statistics. Just as important, though, is that he’s always been an engaging personality and a terrific representative of those who have worn the Brewers uniform. We look forward to his return to Milwaukee and the opportunity to recognize his achievements with a permanent marker at Miller Park.”
Higuera will travel to Milwaukee and be recognized for the honor in a pre-game ceremony on Friday, August 14 as the Brewers face the Phillies at 7:10 pm.
Joe Adcock (20 votes) and Mike Caldwell (17) were the closest to qualifying among eligible former players and coaches.
There were a total of 29 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballots 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 2016.
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 and Johnny Logan in 2013.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.
Today we announced the Club’s 2015 Spring Training broadcast schedule that will include 16 radio broadcasts on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, 13 additional audio webcasts, and 12 games televised by FOX Sports Wisconsin.
All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time (except for March 13, March 23 and March 24, which will start at 7:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Arizona Time, respectively).
The only games that will not be broadcast on either radio, TV or webcast are the Wednesday, March 4 exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a road split-squad game on Sunday, March 15 at the Rangers (NOTE: The Brewers home game against the A’s that day will be broadcast on radio and TV).
Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block will call the games on the Brewers Radio Network, and Jeff Levering will fill in on select games. Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the games on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Anderson, Block, Schroeder and Levering will team up on the Brewers.com webcasts. (NOTE: FOX Sports Wisconsin will simulcast the March 5 game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from FOX Sports West and the March 17 game against the San Diego Padres from FOX Sports San Diego.)
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Friday, February 20. All position players have a report date of Wednesday, February 25. The first full workout is scheduled for Thursday, February 26.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 9, 2015. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8) In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5. Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
Somehow, in the midst of all the fun and excitement at Brewers On Deck, Brewers reliever Will Smith (not the actor) was able to go undercover, posing as a reporter for fake news channel WILL-13 (we picked Lancaster, Wisconsin because we wanted a town that started with an “L”).
We outfitted him with a jacket, credentials and a microphone and sent him out into the crowd with a videographer to interview some unsuspecting fans.
And it was awesome:
There was so much great material it was hard to pair it all down. There were also a lot of outtakes, including some interviews with his teammates, which we felt merited their own separate video:
“I had a really good time doing it,” Will told me. “It was a fun experience playing around with the fans.”
Did Will trick you? Let us know in the comments below!
For a full recap of Brewers On Deck, click here.
OPENING DAY TICKET OPPORTUNITY BEGINS TOMORROW; Weekend Games also Included in Opening Day Opportunity at Brewers.com
Today we announced specifics of an Opening Day Ticket Opportunity that will allow fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day and weekend games at Miller Park prior to the sale of individual tickets.
Beginning tomorrow, January 27 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 16 at 11:59pm, fans can go to Brewers.com and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, April 6 against the Colorado Rockies. 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 for a maximum of eight tickets to each of the weekend games (Friday-Sunday) at Miller Park.
Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. The winners will be notified on Friday, February 20. Fans who win the chance to purchase tickets for Opening Day will be able to purchase tickets starting on Tuesday, February 24 at 9 a.m., while fans who win the chance to purchase tickets for weekend games will be able to do so starting on Wednesday, February 25 at 9 a.m.
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. Single game ticket sales will go on sale at a later date (exact date TBD).
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.
In an event that concluded just moments ago, we unveiled the seven designs that will be used for the T-Shirt Friday All Fan Giveaways this year. The winners were announced in a special Main Stage event at Brewers On Deck, the team’s official off-season Fanfest.
All fans in attendance during each of the seven Friday home games from June through August will receive a complimentary Brewers–themed T-shirt (available in both medium and extra-large sizes). And for the first time, fans decided the designs for each of the seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways through an online vote.
From January 12 - 19, a dozen possible T-shirt designs were posted at Brewers.com. Fans were able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. Their first choice received seven points, their second choice received six, continuing to their seventh and final vote which received one point.
The results are in and the seven winning designs were revealed with Brewers players, alumni, broadcasters and mascots serving as the “stage models” for each design.
June 12 –Ball & Glove Logo (Powder Blue) presented by Hupy and Abraham
June 26 – Luuuuuc (Navy Blue) presented by Kwik Trip
July 17 – “Roll Out the Barrel” (Royal Blue)
July 31 – Brewers Baseball (Navy Blue)
August 7 – 1970’s M (Royal Blue) presented by ORBIS Corporation
August 14 – Wisconsin Ball & Glove (Yellow) presented by Master Printwear
August 28 – Milwaukee Brewers Retro (White) presented by Arise Health Plan
While individual tickets are not yet on sale, fans can guarantee their spot at Miller Park for T-Shirt Fridays – plus receive free Opening Day tickets – with a Brewers 10-Pack, on sale now at brewers.com/10packs or by calling (414) 902-HITS (4487).
Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media, and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines, by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6.
Today we announced the complete schedule for the 2015 season, with home and road game times included.
The Brewers will open the season at home against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 6 in the start of a six-game homestand over seven days. Following the opening series against the Rockies, the Brewers will play each of their next 22 games against National League Central Division opponents. After a three-game, weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the opening homestand, the Brewers travel to St. Louis and Pittsburgh for the first road trip of the season from April 13-19.
The Interleague schedule will feature games against each team in the American League Central Division, beginning against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park from May 11-13. A week later, the team faces the Detroit Tigers on the road from May 18-20. The border battle with the Minnesota Twins includes a three-game weekend series at Target Field from June 5-7 and a home weekend series from June 26-28. The Brewers will play back-to-back two-game series with the Kansas City Royals – June 15-16 at Miller Park and June 17-18 at Kauffman Stadium. The team also plays a pair of two-game series against the Cleveland Indians – July 21-22 at home and August 25-26 at Progressive Field.
The longest homestand in 2015 will be 11 games from July 30 – August 9 against Chicago-NL (4g), San Diego (4g) and St. Louis (3g). Milwaukee will also host a 10-game homestand from May 4-13 versus Los Angeles-NL (4g), Chicago-NL (3g) and Chicago-AL (3g).
The team will make four, three-city road trips including three 10-game trips. The first 10-game road trip will take place at New York-NL (May 15-17), Detroit (May 18-20) and Atlanta (May 21-24). The final two road trips of the season are also 10-game trips. The first of the final two trips will take place in Cincinnati (September 4-6), Miami (September 7-9) and Pittsburgh (September 10-13), and the second will take place in Chicago-NL (September 21-23), St. Louis (September 24-27) and San Diego (September 29 – October 1).
The Brewers will play at home on Mother’s Day, May 10 vs. Chicago-NL and Memorial Day, May 25 vs. San Francisco.
Most weekday night games at Miller Park will start at 7:10 p.m. (April 20, May 4, May 11 and September 3 will start at 6:20 p.m.). Home weekday day games in April and May will start at 12:40 p.m. (except for Opening Day and Memorial Day, which will both start at 1:10 p.m.). Sunday home games and weekday day games at Miller Park from June through September will start at 1:10 p.m. with one exception (the final game of the regular season on Sunday, October 4 vs. Chicago-NL will begin at 2:10 p.m.). Most Saturday home games will begin at 6:10 p.m. (May 30 vs. Arizona and June 13 vs. Washington will begin at 3:10 p.m. and June 27 vs. Minnesota is slated for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch).
All game dates and times are subject to change. Click here for a PDF of the complete 2015 Brewers Schedule.