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All-Star Campaigns Heat Up as Polls Come to a Close

With just over 24 hours left in the 2014 All-Star voting period and many tight races throughout the league, many teams and fans are ramping up for the final push.

Recently some folks in the office came across this video, created by Cardinals fans, positioned as a rebuttal to the Jonathan Lucroy “political ad”  released last month and I had to share it with you here:

I’ve got to hand it to them. It’s quite clever and well done…but I also hope it re-“energizes and motivates” Brewers fans in the final hours of the race to help #LockInLuc and all of your other favorite Brewers for this year’s team.

And, in all seriousness, it’s truly been great to see  fans and teams really get into the races this year, taking such great pride in their teams, players and hometowns–all in good fun, of course.

So, if you haven’t already, go out there and do your part! Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

And, as a heads up for you loyal blog readers, you’ll want to be sure and follow @Brewers closely on Twitter tomorrow…we’ll be ramping up the final hours of the vote with #ThrowbackThursday photos and giveaways galore!

Then, on Sunday, tune in to the “Taco Bell™All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT, where the  2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.  Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Aramis Ramirez Maintains Lead Among N.L. Third Basemen in Latest All-Star Vote Totals; #VOTEBREWERS through Thursday!

In the sixth and final All-Star update before the MLB All-Star rosters are announced on Sunday, Aramis Ramirez (1,790,777 votes) maintains his first place lead among National League third basemen, while outfielder Carlos Gomez (3,169,748) and first baseman Mark Reynolds (1,430,395) have moved into second place at their respective positions. Ramirez leads the Mets’ David Wright by 235,060 votes and Gomez trails Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates by just 4,062 votes for the overall lead among NL outfielders.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, currently second among NL catchers, has narrowed the gap behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina. With 2,636,640 votes, Lucroy now trails Molina by 464,299 votes. Ryan Braun (2,509,770) remains fifth among NL outfielders and Khris Davis has moved up four spots to seventh among outfielders with 1,457,407 votes.

Around the infield, Jean Segura (1,729,054) ranks second at shortstop, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, and Rickie Weeks is fourth at second base with 1,127,907 votes.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the “Taco Bell™All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 6. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.  Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period.

 

 

Carlos Gomez Surprises Brewers Fans; Makes Sure They #VoteBrewers

Let this be a lesson in why you should always #VoteBrewers:

These Brewers fans were hard at work voting for the 2014 All-Star Game when they got a little surprise–Carlos Gomez sidled up beside them, checking to make sure they were voting for him and the rest of the Crew for the 2014 All-Star Game.

Brian’s reaction is priceless:

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Have you cast your votes yet? Be sure to help send your favorite Brewers to Minnesota in July. Vote now at brewers.com/allstar.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

#VoteBrewers #BallotParty Recap

Last week, during the Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks game on Wednesday, June 18, we held a virtual balloting party on the telecast on FOX Sports Wisconsin.

Fans tweeting and/or instagramming photos showing us how they were supporting the #VoteBrewers effort had the opportunity to win tickets in FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Suite.

We were overwhelmed by the response and your creativity and had a tough time nailing down the winners, but ultimately we selected these six:

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And last night, these winners came out to cheer the Crew on to their 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies from the Suite at Miller Park.

Here are some photos from the event:

Thank you to the winners and all of you for supporting the Vote Brewers campaign…so far. It’s not over yet!

Fans can keep voting for their favorite Brewers until next Thursday, July 3 at brewers.com/allstar.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

ARAMIS RAMIREZ ATOP THIRD BASEMEN AS MULTIPLE BREWERS SURGE DRAMATICALLY IN LATEST ALL STAR VOTE TOTALS

In the fifth update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, several Brewers are surging to the top at their respective positions, making up significant ground compared to prior totals. Aramis Ramirez (1,279,902) has leapt into the lead among NL third basemen in balloting. Jonathan Lucroy is now second among catchers, Carlos Gomez (2,409,860) is third in the outfield and Ryan Braun (1,974,845) is fifth among outfielders in the hunt for an All-Star Game start.

Ramirez has played in 52 games this season and is batting .297 with 10 HR and 38 RBI. Ramirez has 15 total multi-hit games, including seven, 3-hit games this year. Since being reinstated from the disabled list, Ramirez is batting .377 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI in those 18 games.

Lucroy has moved ahead of San Francisco’s Buster Posey and trails only the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina. Lucroy is among NL leaders in multi-hit games (T-1st, 28), doubles (2nd, 26), batting average (2nd, .331), hits (2nd, 91), on-base percentage (7th, .397) and slugging percentage (8th, .520).  Gomez is currently on a career-high 18-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in a Major League-best 35 consecutive games. Gomez is among the National League leaders in total bases (4th, 148), slugging percentage (4th, .532), batting average (5th, .217), runs (T-5th, 50), hits (6th, 88), extra-base hits (T-6th, 34), OPS (8th, .914) and doubles (8th, 20).

Jean Segura (1,272,273 votes) ranks second at shortstop, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, Rickie Weeks is in fourth place at second base with 849,316 votes and Mark Reynolds (1,067,419) has moved into fourth place at first base. In addition, Khris Davis (1,052,946 votes) moved up a spot to 11th in the outfield.

Remember, you can vote 25 times online or on a mobile device with the 2014 All-Star Game ballot at brewers.com/allstar. Vote with your MLB.com account and you can cast up to 10 more ballots for your favorite players.

Online voting ends July 3 at 11:59 p.m. ET, so get your ballots in today and be sure to watch the 2014 All-Star Game, July 15 on FOX.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

It’s Time to Ramp up the #VoteBrewers Efforts; Help #LockinLuc for the 2014 All-Star Game

Last night, the fourth update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game was released.

Six Brewers still remain near the top in balloting, but they still need your help!

  •  Carlos Gomez (1,628,401 votes) dropped a spot to fourth place among NL outfielders, trailing Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (1,659,430) by less than 32,000 votes.
  • Ryan Braunis fifth among NL outfielders with 1,388,578 votes. In the league’s tightest race, the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig currently leads all NL outfielders (1,942,701), followed by Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (1,727,534).
  • Jonathan Lucroy remains third among National League catchers with 1,138,212 votes, trailing the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (2,003,557) and the Giants’ Buster Posey (1,414, 363).
  • Jean Segura (786,529) ranks third at shortstop, Aramis Ramirez remains fourth among NL third basemen (814,627) and Khris Davis(643,601) moved up a spot to 12th in the outfield.

Balloting at Miller Park concluded on Sunday, but fans can still  #VoteBrewers online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

It’s time to ramp up our efforts and get your favorite Brewers to Minnesota this July!

Last week, we shared a #GoForGomez “political” ad from our friends at FOX Sports Wisconsin and this week, we’ve got a follow-up ad featuring Jonathan Lucroy to share. Watch now, then #LockinLuc!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

#GoForGomez: Carlos Gomez in 3rd Place in Latest All-Star Balloting Update

On Monday, MLB released the third update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. Carlos Gomez has jumped two positions to move into third place among NL outfielders in the league’s tightest race with 1,192,174 votes. He is less than 67,000 votes behind Giancarlo Stanton (1,259,047) for second place. Yasiel Puig currently leads all NL outfielders with 1,472,717 votes.

In case you missed it, our friends at FOX Sports Wisconsin helped put together this brilliant campaign spot to assist in the effort:

Gomez ranks among the National League leaders in a number of offensive categories, including slugging percentage (4th, .554), total bases (4th, 128), extra-base hits (T-4th, 31), runs (T-5th, 42), doubles (T-5th, 17), batting average (7th, .307), home runs (T-8th, 12) and stolen bases (T-10th, 11).  He is one of three players in the majors with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases this season, joining Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon and Minnesota’s Brian Dozier.

Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura are also among NL Leaders in the balloting.

Ryan Braun, one of 10 National League players with more than one million votes, is sixth among outfielders with 1,058,680 votes in the tightly-contested outfield race. Jonathan Lucroy remains third among National League catchers with 771,313 votes, trailing the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina and the Giants’ Buster Posey. Lucroy is amongNL leaders in multi-hit games (T-1st, 24), doubles (T-2nd, 23), batting average (3rd, .335), hits (4th, 75), on-base percentage (6th, .398) and slugging percentage (10th, .500).

Jean Segura (567,481 votes) ranks third at shortstop, Aramis Ramirez is now fourth among NL third basemen (615,597 votes) and Khris Davis (459,771 votes) moved up a spot to 13th in the outfield.

Balloting at Miller Park continues through this Sunday, June 15, comprising 23 home dates. Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Finalists Announced for Milwaukee Brewers as Part of MLB and ‘PEOPLE’ Magazine’s “All-Star Teachers” Campaign

Major League Baseball, Target Corp  and PEOPLE today announced the 90 finalists in the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.  The three finalists for the Milwaukee Brewers include Samuel HuberTracy Tate and Eric Vander Loop. Fans are encouraged to visit AllStarTeachers.com to vote on their favorite stories through June 29th.

One winner from each of the 30 MLB Clubs will be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on FOX.  An “All-Star Teacher” winner will be featured in ‘PEOPLE’ during the week of the MLB All-Star Game.

HuberHuber is a physical education teacher at Kennedy Elementary in Grafton, where he founded the Eco Runner movement and is a spokesman for environmentalism and personal responsibility. Huber was named UW-Green Bay’s Outstanding Alumni in 2010, and holds bachelor of arts degrees in both education and environmental policy and planning. He leads students in an annual Eco Walk and coaches Grafton High School Freshman golf and intramurals. Huber founded a district-wide geocaching program, combining science, gym and literacy. He is launching Kids Fit 52, partnering with local businesses, with a new activity each week to fit interests and abilities. With weekly goals, students are fitness ambassadors to their family and community. Individual focus on the whole-student is what makes Huber successful. As gym teacher, he sees each student in the school. Last year, when a second-grade student had behavioral issues, the gym was a place to expel energy. Huber developed a rapport with him, and the student became his “special helper,” eagerly assisting in gym. The child’s self-esteem, attention, and academics all benefited positively.

TateTate is the head of the Business Department at Oconto Falls High School in Oconto Falls. She attended UW-Stout, majored in business education and marketing, minored in business administration, and specialized in human development. She later attended UW-Madison and earned her master’s degree in educational leadership. Tate taught at Marion High School for one year before earning the job as the business education teacher at Oconto Falls High School where she has taught for nine years. As soon as Tracy began teaching at OFHS, she became the Oconto Falls Future Business Leaders of America local chapter advisor. She has had students qualify for the FBLA National Leadership Conference each of the nine years she has been there. She has also had five students serve as a Wisconsin state officer. Tate is an outstanding teacher because she does everything in her power to motivate her students.

Vander LoopVander Loop is a teacher at Woodland Elementary in Appleton. He and his wife Karen both teach at Woodland School. His parents are both hard-working, inspiring, honest, and humble, and that describes Eric, too. His three passions are family, teaching and baseball. Above and beyond the core subjects, he gives his students the mentality that they can make a difference in the world, even in the fifth grade. Vander Loop has a master’s degree in education and has been in teaching for 15 years. In addition, he has coached high school baseball for seven years. This summer he will qualify to teach other teachers to re-certify and re-energize. Vander Loop started a River Studies Summer Fishing Program 15 years ago for youth in the district, and he has raised funds every year so most of the materials are provided free of charge. The “Unless” program was started six years ago after hearing that a student’s mother and Vander Loop’s friend both had Stage 4 lung cancer. The students asked what they could do to help. The “Unless” motto comes from Dr. Seuss: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” That led to the creation of his “Unless” efforts, which has raised $86,000 to date.

L-R: Samuel Huber, Tracy Tate, Eric Vander Loop and Tara Sonnentag (Target) Our All-Star Teacher Finalists were recognized on the field prior to the Brewers vs. Reds game on Saturday, June 14.

L-R: Samuel Huber, Tracy Tate, Eric Vander Loop and Tara Sonnentag (Target)
Our All-Star Teacher Finalists were recognized on the field prior to the Brewers vs. Reds game on Saturday, June 14.

Target presents “PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE’s effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season. MLB Legends have attended Target-hosted School Library Makeover events in MLB communities throughout the first half of the season including Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Vinny Castilla, Ron Cey, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Laudner, Gary Matthews, Tony Oliva, Harold Reynolds and Michael Young. Guests and fans can visit ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball for regular updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Second NL All-Star Balloting Update Announced: 6 Brewers Among Leaders

The second update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, announced today by Major League Baseball, includes six Brewers ranking among the leaders at their respective positions.

Jonathan Lucroy moved up a spot to third among National League catchers with 522,310 votes, trailing the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina and the Giants’ Buster Posey. Lucroy is among NL leaders in doubles (3rd, 21), multi-hit games (T3rd, 21), batting average (4th, .325), hits (T5th, 66) and on-base percentage (9th, .394).  Aramis Ramirez (472,321 votes) and Jean Segura (403,259 votes) also rank third at their positions.

Three Brewers outfielders are among the leaders. Carlos Gomez is now in fifth among National League outfielders (819,385 votes), Ryan Braun (750,672 votes) is sixth and Khris Davis (329,744 votes) ranks 14th in the outfield. Gomez ranks among the National League leaders in total bases (5th, 116), extra-base hits (T5th, 28), slugging percentage (6th, .566), OPS (6th, .954), HR (T6th, 11), runs (T7th, 36), stolen bases (T8th, 11) and batting average (9th, .312).

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Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last seven All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

This season, eight Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2014 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program and the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mark Reynolds, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Khris Davis.

At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes: four Field Box tickets to a mutually agreed-upon game, an opportunity to go down Bernie’s slide (restrictions apply), an opportunity to watch batting practice that day from the field and a meet and greet with five-time All-Star Ryan Braun. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park continues through Friday, June 15, comprising 23 home dates. The Vote Brewers! campaign features event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.

With every 10 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 15 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game. Rules will be available at the Polling District.

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Last season, Gomez and Segura represented the Brewers at the Midsummer Classic. Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes. Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.

In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, 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. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 285 of the 2014 Brewers media guide.

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.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

The 2014 #VoteBrewers Campaign is Underway!

Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for their favorite players. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last seven All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their hometown Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

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And while it may still be April, it’s time to ramp up and Vote Brewers!  This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.  Brewers fans again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2014 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program and the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mark Reynolds, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Khris Davis.

Fans are now able to vote online at brewers.com and through in-park balloting at Miller Park.

At brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes four Field Box tickets to a mutually agreed-upon game, an opportunity to go down Bernie’s slide (restrictions apply), an opportunity to watch batting practice that day from the field and a meet and greet with five-time All-Star Ryan Braun.  There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address.  More information and rules may be found at brewers.com.  Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield Box and Terrace Box seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after fans complete their votes at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park began today with Bernie Brewer casting the first ballot on the field before the game and continues through Friday, June 15, comprising 23 home dates.

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The Vote Brewers! campaign features event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage displayed along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city.

With every 10 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 15 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

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.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Vote early, vote often and most importantly, #VOTEBREWERS!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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