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Vote Brewers! 2010 Campaign is Officially Underway

It might seem a little early to start thinking about the All-Star Game with only two weeks of the season behind us, but sure enough, balloting for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game begins online today and at Miller Park on Saturday.

Over the past three seasons, Brewers fans filled the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for their favorite Milwaukee Brewers players.

Last year, Ryan Braun was the top vote-getter among outfielders with 4,138,599 votes making him a starter in the Midsummer Classic for the second consecutive season.  The first reader to e-mail me with the last Brewers player to start in consecutive All-Star Games prior to Braun will receive a Vote Brewers! T-shirt.

In 2008, the impact of the “Vote Brewers!” campaign was heard and seen throughout Major League Baseball.  Braun was voted to the game with the third-highest vote total of anyone in Major League Baseball with 3,835,890 votes.  He also became the first Brewers outfielder to be selected by fan balloting.  Additionally, Corey Hart was named to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote.  Remember the “I Hart NY” campaign?  That was a fun couple of days trying to do everything we could to get Corey into the game.

In 2007, Prince Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988.

Not only was it a reflection of the way the Brewers have been performing on the field–all three players deserved their spots on the All-Star team–but it also showed the loyalty Brewers fans have for their players.  It’s always great to see the Brewers represented in that way on a national stage like the All-Star Game.

This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held on Tuesday, July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.  Joining Braun and Fielder on this year’s ballot are: 2B Rickie Weeks, SS Alcides Escobar, 3B Casey McGehee, C Gregg Zaun, OF Jim Edmonds and OF Carlos Gomez

Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping to decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2010 MLB In-Stadium Firestone All-Star Balloting Program and the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint

The online ballot is now available at brewers.com and beginning Saturday, fans will be able to vote through in-park balloting at Miller Park.  Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at brewers.com through Thursday, July 1 at 10:59 CT.  In-park balloting at Miller Park will continue through Sunday, June 13, comprising 25 home dates.  In-stadium balloting for every Major League team will consist of 25 home games.

At brewers.com, all fans voting 25 times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the young Brewers slugger. More details and rules may be found at brewers.com.  Additionally, 25 online votes will unlock a special code that will be good for discounted tickets to select games at Miller Park. 

You can use those tickets to come out to the ballpark and fill out paper ballots with a chance to win some pretty great prizes at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. 

With every ten ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 13 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

The 2010 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be announced on Sunday, July 4th on the 2010 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS.  Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Follow the John and Cait blog as we will have special features on all eight Brewers All-Star candidates throughout the Vote Brewers! 2010 Campaign.

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com
 

 

The Full Squad is Here

It was a pretty busy Friday in Brewers Camp today.  Today was the day that the position players reported to camp meaning the clubhouse was full with Brewers.  Alcides Escobar was the final Brewer to report (and, no that is not a negative thing for him because the team encouraged him to take some time off following his stint in the Venezuelan Winter League) and he participated in some batting practice and took some grounders with the rest of the infielders. 

It was nice to have the entire team together today and the full official workouts begin tomorrow.  The team will have workouts tomorrow through Tuesday and then have an intrasquad game at Maryvale Baseball Park on Wednesday.

The weather was perfect today, about 70 degrees and not a cloud to be seen.  I have a lot of pictures for everyone today, so I will get right to them.

 


P1000527.jpgBrewers Catcher Angel Salome goes over some questions in the visiting clubhouse at Maryvale Baseball Park.  Aleta Mercer and Deron Anderson set up and record short interviews with each player for scoreboard entertainment purposes during the regular season at Miller Park. 
 


P1000559.jpgBrewers Shortstop Alcides Escobar takes batting practice during his informal workout with the team this morning.
 


P1000588.jpgRyan Braun takes batting practice during today’s workout.
 


P1000599.jpgTrevor Hoffman throws a bullpen session during today’s workout as head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger looks on.
 


P1000634.jpgManager Ken Macha addresses a group of Brewers pitchers and catchers at one of the stations during today’s workout.
 


P1000700.jpgLast year’s First Round Draft Pick Eric Arnett throws a bullpen session today.
 


P1000643.jpgInside the Brewers batting tunnel, a group from Froedert and the Medical College of Wisconsin set up sensors to record and analyze the throwing motion of Brewers pitchers.  Today, five pitchers participated in throwing in front of these sensors.  The sensors were hooked up to a computer that analyzed the throwing motion of each player.  The video will then be used by Brewers coaches, players and front office staff to help prevent injuries and improve performance.  Even the smallest adjustment can make for improvement in the delivery of each pitcher.  Players are encouraged to participate, but it is not mandated.


P1000644.jpgOver 40 of these little reflectors were attached to various spots on each pitchers body.  As you can see in the upper right of this picture, they even wore hats with the reflectors.


P1000690.jpgThis is what Dave Bush’s feet and legs looked like before he was ready to pitch.


P1000694.jpgHere is Dave Bush’s left arm with the reflectors.


P1000684.jpgThe computer screen shows little black dots.  Those are what the computer sees after the lights pick up the reflectors.  This is the outline of Yovani Gallardo as he was preparing to pitch.  You guys may think its odd that I didn’t post any pictures of the players actually pitching with all those little reflectors on.  There is a simple reason for that.  In order to get the most accurate reading of the each players body when in the pitching motion, the players had to pitch in, well, their underwear.  I really didn’t want to embarass anyone seeing as I have to work with these guys on a daily basis.  I hope you understand.  This is a family blog!  Anyway, this is the first of five days in which the team is doing this , so maybe there will be an opportunity to show some more photos.
 


P1000746.jpgHere is a “hot off the presses” copy of the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers Media Guide sitting on my desk.  The first shipment of guides came in to Phoenix today.  This is always the biggest offseason project of the Brewers Media Relations Department and it is always an exciting day when the hard copy of the guide is on my desk.  Mike Vassallo, Ken Spindler and I spent a lot of time on this year’s guide and we are happy it turned out well.  Fans can pick up their copy of the guide at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and the FanZone at Maryvale Baseball Park beginning Monday afternoon.

Tomorrow is the first full workout for the team.  It should be another busy day here as a new routine begins.  I should have some more photos up for you this weekend.  Also, look for a behind the scenes tour of Maryvale Baseball Park in the next couple of days as well.  Some of you have never been able to come out here before and we want to make sure you are able to see what goes on here at Maryvale.  We should have that up for you all next week. 

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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