This morning, the 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, announced a collaboration with the Wisconsin Humane Society for their 2015 Festival Sponsor Trailer which will run before each of the 341 screenings of the 15-day film festival.
“This is an idea that was presented to us several years ago by local filmmaker and writer Ryan Plato. We always wanted to see it happen, and this year the partnership with the Wisconsin Humane Society and the great filmmaking team at Bunkerooney Films, Tate Bunker and Kara Mulrooney, made it possible,” explains Jonathan Jackson, Artistic and Executive Director at Milwaukee Film. “Our hope is that our film festival patrons who see dozens of festival films won’t ever get tired of these adorable animals. And even though I am a cat lover, I suppose it is acceptable that they allowed dogs in the trailer.”
The trailer highlights the film festival’s 2015 sponsors with a cast of adult dogs and cats as well as puppies and kittens, all Wisconsin Humane Society alumni or animals who were waiting to be adopted at the time of filming.
Thanks to the Brewers Community Foundation, Hank the Ballpark Pup is featured in the trailer as well. In keeping with their mission to positively impact the lives of children and families, the Brewers Community Foundation also returns as the Presenting Sponsor of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Education Screenings program, which admits over 8,000 students from 1st through 12th grades for grade-appropriate screenings of festival films.
“This partnership is a great case of nonprofit collaboration in Milwaukee,” explains Angela Speed, Vice President of Communications for the Wisconsin Humane Society. “There’s such a need for good homes and loving pet owners; we’re thrilled to see the work we do get this kind of exposure.”
Yesterday was a big day in Brewers history as we announced that we named David Stearns as tour new General Manager.
It was a busy day for the Harvard graduate and former Astros Assistant General Manager, as he took part in an introductory press conference and conducted many local and national interviews following that as well.
And today, it was your turn to get in on the action. This morning, David answered questions from fans submitted via our various social media platforms.
We were overwhelmed with the response from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the blog, but we tried to narrow them down to provide a good representation of what many fans were curious about.
Then we added in some fun questions of our own.
The event, which was moderated by Brewers broadcaster Jeff Levering, was streamed live on Periscope, but in case you missed it, here it is in its entirety:
Thank you so much to David for taking the time (on day two on the job nonetheless!) to sit down and engage with the fans. I look forward to working with you and I know the fans will look forward to more events like this in the future.
Today was a big day in Brewers history as we announced that we have named David Stearns as the new Brewers General Manager.
It was a busy day for the Harvard graduate and former Astros Assistant General Manager, as he took part in an introductory press conference this afternoon and conducted many local and national interviews following that as well.
And now it’s your chance to get in on the action. Tomorrow, David will answer questions from fans submitted via our various social media platforms.
Comment on this blog post, add a comment on our designated Instagram or Facebook posts, or submit it on Twitter using #AskDavidStearns.
We’ll pick the best questions, David will answer them for you tomorrow, and we’ll post the recap for everyone to enjoy.
The Milwaukee Brewers have named David Stearns as the organization’s General Manager. The announcement was made today by Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio.
Stearns, 30, comes to the organization after serving three years with the Houston Astros as Assistant General Manager. In that role, Stearns has been a key member of the Astros management team focusing on all areas of the Astros baseball operations, including player development, scouting, administration, and analytics.
“David is a rising star in Major League Baseball and has been an integral part of the rebuilding of an Astros organization that has begun to reap the benefits of his efforts,” Attanasio said. “David’s philosophy and skill set are an ideal match for the Brewers. His proven leadership and diverse set of talents will position us to consistently compete for a World Series championship.”
The Astros have put together one of Major League Baseball’s most dramatic turnarounds in recent history, going from 51 wins in 2013 to 70 last season and now currently occupying an American League Wild Card playoff spot with 79 wins though Sunday.
“This has been a position that I coveted for numerous reasons,” Stearns said. “First, I’m excited to continue building on what I believe is already a solid foundation of young talent with the Brewers, particularly in the Minor League system. And as someone coming from the outside, I’m impressed with the strong relationship between the community and the Club. The fan support is incredible, and I know that they will be behind us as we create something special here. I want to thank Mark Attanasio for bringing me on board, and appreciate all of the hard work that has been done by Doug Melvin and everyone at the Brewers to make this such a special opportunity.”
Prior to joining the Astros, Stearns served one year (2011-12) as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Cleveland Indians and three years (2008-11) with Major League Baseball’s Central Office, where he most recently held the position of Manager, Labor Relations. In that role, he assisted in the salary arbitration process, handling uniform player contracts, and was a member of MLB’s negotiating team for the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Before joining Major League Baseball, Stearns worked in the Baseball Operations Departments of the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Fall League. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
A native of New York City, Stearns is engaged to Whitney Ann Lee and will assume his new role with the Brewers on October 5.
Doug Melvin, who has been with the Brewers since 2002 and has served as President of Baseball Operations and General Manager since 2012, announced in August that he would be stepping down from the position.
Korn Ferry International assisted in the process of identifying and evaluating candidates in the search, led by Jed Hughes, its Vice Chairman, Global Sector Leader, Sports.
The commemorative “Cerveceros” jerseys worn by Brewers players and coaches during this year’s Cerveceros Day at Miller Park (Saturday, August 8 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals) are available for fans to purchase through an online auction at Brewers.com/auction. The week-long auction began today at 11 a.m. CT and closes on Sunday, September 27 at 10 p.m. CT.
Proceeds raised during the auction will go directly towards Brewers Community Foundation, and will be earmarked for the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin Scholarship Fund and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship Fund.
“Cerveceros” is the Spanish translation for “Brewers.”
The Brewers Community Achievers Program recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.
This month’s honoree is Elaine Jacks. Elaine was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game at Miller Park and also threw out a first pitch.
There was an empty city lot where a building had burned down a few years ago. Elaine found a way to turn that empty lot into Gateway Community Garden. She worked with the City of Sheboygan, Sheboygan Neighborhood Pride and the Gateway Neighborhood Association and was able to get the city to hook up water for the garden. Elaine recruited volunteers to help build raised beds, compost bins and tool storage boxes. She was also able to get professional horticulturists to plant a flowers and secured the donation of a decorative fence for the garden. Elaine also organized a network of people to help handicapped gardeners. Now, each year people form the neighborhood can rent one of the raised boxes to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers. Elaine has also provided two fruit trees and berry bushes for anyone in the area to use. In its second year, the neighborhood has a beautiful, flourishing garden thanks to Elaine.
Do you know someone who is a Community Achiever?
Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism. Nominate them today by clicking here.
All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the Community Achievers Award program.
Today we announced the recipients of the 2015 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jorge Lopez was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and shortstop Orlando Arcia was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Both players played for the Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers.
“We are extremely proud of both of these young players,” said President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Doug Melvin. “Jorge and Orlando have grown tremendously this season and their hard work is paying off, helping Biloxi reach the Southern League Championship Series. We look forward to seeing their names in the Brewers lineup in the near future.”
Jorge Lopez went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts for the Southern League South Division Champions this season. His 2.26 ERA was only behind teammate Tyler Wagner for the league-lead. The Cayey, Puerto Rico native struck out 137 batters, while walking 52. After going 5-2 with a 3.02 in 12 starts in the first half, the 22-year-old went 7-3 with a 1.59 ERA in his final 12 starts of the year. He finished his campaign tied for the league-lead in wins, placed third in strikeouts and led the league in WHIP (1.10), batting average against (.205) and fewest baserunners per nine innings ratio (10.05).
The Brewers’ second-round selection in the 2011 June Draft out of Caguas Military Academy (Caguas, PR) was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star. The League also honored the righty by naming him the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year. In addition, Lopez was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for each of the last three months of the season. He is currently ranked as the ninth-best and the second-best pitching prospect in the Brewers system according to MLB.com. Lopez was signed by scouts Charlie Sullivan and Manolo Hernandez.
Orlando Arcia finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307/.347/.453 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games. The 20-year-old finished his campaign was among the league-leaders in several categories including average (5th), at-bats (2nd, 512), RBI (4th), doubles (1st), slugging percentage (5th), extra-base hits (3rd, 52), runs (5th, 74) and total bases (2nd, 232). He set new career-highs in almost every hitting category including runs, hits, doubles, triples and home runs.
The Venezuelan native was signed by the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. He was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star. Arcia was honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for May 25-June 1 when he batted .400 (10-25) with 6 runs, 5 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI and 2 walks in six games. In addition, Arcia was selected to represent the World Team in the 2015 Futures Game at Great American BallPark in Cincinnati. Arcia is ranked as the top prospect in the organization according to MLB.com.
Both players are currently with the Biloxi Shuckers where they have a 1-0 lead against the Chattanooga Lookouts in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series. The Shuckers swept the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League Division Series to advance to the finals. Arcia is batting .625 (10-16) with 3 homers and 9 RBI in the playoffs, while Lopez is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA (13.2ip, 1er) with 4 walks and 13 strikeouts.
Jorge Lopez and Orlando Arcia will be presented with their awards in a pregame ceremony on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Miller Park.
Today, we proved that there is such a thing as a free lunch as we hosted three “pop-up” or surprise tailgates around the city:
Around 11am this morning, we started posting messages on our social media platforms encouraging fans to come join us for lunch at noon.
When fans arrived at Bayshore Mall’s Town Square, outside UWM’s Student Union and at the park on Water Street, across from the Milwaukee Public Market, they were treated to a free hot dog or brat, chips and a drink, served up by Brewers players.
Mascots were also on hand and free bobbleheads were distributed.
This was just a fun way to get the players out in the community and show fans how much we appreciate them as we head into the last weeks of the 2015 season.
Here’s a look at the festivities and some of the fan reaction on social media from each location.
Bayshore Mall’s Town Square
Relievers Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg were on hand to man the grills over at Bayshore.
Water Street, Across from Milwaukee Public Market
Downtown on Water Street, across from the Milwaukee Public Market, pitchers Corey Knebel, Tyler Cravy and Taylor Jungmann served up a lunch that hit the spot:
And finally, on UWM’s campus (without any pre-promotion since we knew we’d have a huge volume of hungry college kids to feed), Jeremy Jeffress, Logan Schafer and Scooter Gennett dished out grub and posed for many selfies:
The #CookoutWithTheCrew caused quite the buzz around the city over the lunch hour, so much so that we were trending:
Did you #CookoutWithTheCrew today? Be sure to post your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag and we’ll share our favorites!
Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or the RBI Program, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, we honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.
This month’s honoree is Tyrese “Bubba” Mitchell.
Tyrese is a junior at Riverside University High School. As a catcher on the RBI Select League and Travel Team, Bubba is not just a great player, he’s also a good student. He maintains over a 3.0 GPA. He is a very dedicated player and a team leader who helps when anything is needed on or off the field. Bubba continues to grow as a young man and as a baseball player. Keep up the good work Bubba!
Want to help support the RBI Program? It’s as simple as sending a tweet!
When a Brewers pitcher strikes out an opposing batter, make sure to jump on Twitter and tweet: #WHIFF and include our handle, @Brewers.
That’s all you have to do! Each month, if we’re in the top 7 teams, we can win anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 for our local RBI program. AND the team with the most #Whiff tweets for the season will receive an additional $20,000 donation!
We won $40,000 last season, so keep tweeting to help us support our local program again in 2015! View the current standings at mlb.com/whiff.