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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.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.
In his new role, Levering will handle three innings of play-by-play as he fills in on games missed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Uecker. For days when he is not on the air, Levering will provide video, photo, audio and written content for Brewers.com and various other Brewers social media platforms.
Levering’s first official day with the Brewers will be this Sunday as he will be welcomed on the Main Stage at Brewers On Deck (10 am-5 pm at the Wisconsin Center).
“Jeff will be a great addition to the organization, and this is an opportunity for him to contribute both in the radio booth and in our new media efforts,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “By creating this role, we have a consistent voice filling in when Bob elects to stay home on occasional road trips, and we add resources to our expanding social media outreach. We welcome Jeff to the organization and look forward to introducing him to Brewers fans at Brewers On Deck.”
Levering spent the past two seasons as the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the reigning International League champion Pawtucket Red Sox. In addition to his game-day broadcasting duties, he hosted the pre- and post-game shows, “PawSox” Insider, a weekly, one-hour radio magazine show; provided video content for the team website and wrote a blog, “45 Miles from Fenway,” which ranked in the Top-15 nationally among Minor League writers.
“I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team as well as their talented front office,” Levering said. “Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Calling games in the Major Leagues has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and to have a chance to realize it is truly amazing. I can’t thank the Brewers enough for their faith in me and allowing me the opportunity to work in such a terrific organization. My family is excited to immerse ourselves in Milwaukee and be diehard Brewers fans.”
Levering received his degree in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California where he also played baseball all four years and was the starting designated hitter on the 2003 D-III National Championship baseball team in Appleton, WI. He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Brock, who was born in October of 2014.
“We’re excited to integrate Jeff into the Brewers radio broadcast with Bob and Joe,” said Carl Moll, Director of Network Operations for Journal Broadcast Group. “His work in the minor leagues has been impressive and he’s ready to move to the Major League level.”
In case you missed Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com yesterday, for the third straight year, MLB, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), MLB Network and all 30 clubs have organized a Winter Meetings charity auction with an amazing assortment of baseball experiences and rare items to raise money for cancer research. The money will be donated to LUNGevity, the largest national lung-cancer-focused nonprofit, in memory of the late Baltimore Orioles public-relations director Monica Barlow, who battled lung cancer until her passing in February.
The is live now at MLB.com/lungevity and runs until Thursday at 10 p.m. CT.
Here are the three Brewers experiences up for bid:
— Meet Bob Uecker and Take Home His Game-Worn Sweater: Package includes four (4) Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game, watch batting practice on the field pre-game, and a visit to Bob Uecker in the radio booth. Uecker will present you with his very own game-worn sweater, donned by the Brewers Hall of Famer during radio broadcasts.
— Calling all dog lovers — meet Hank: The winning bidder will have the opportunity to have your photo taken on the field with Hank, the Ballpark Pup, the Brewers living mascot who captured the hearts of fans worldwide when he wandered onto the Brewers facility last February and was adopted by the team. The package also includes a game-worn, Jim Henderson home Brewers jersey plus a dog jersey worn by Hank, and four (4) Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game.
— Private Pottery-Making Session with Scooter Gennett: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is an artist at heart and he wants to share his talents with you. Over the years, Scooter has become something of an expert in making pottery. You and three friends will join Scooter at a local Milwaukee area pottery studio where you will spend an evening on a mutually-agreed date making your own pottery. Winner also receives four Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game and a $200 gift card to any local Surg Restaurants, known for featuring some of the area’s finest dining experiences.
There are also plenty of unique experiences from around the league.
I encourage you to check out this auction and bid on these items to support an important cause near and dear to the hearts of the baseball family.
About LUNGevity & Monica Barlow:
Monica Pence Barlow began her career with the Orioles in 1999 as an intern in the Public Relations Department. She was later named Director of Public Relations in 2008, becoming one of the few women to hold that role in Major League Baseball. Monica passed away on Feb. 28, 2014 at the age of 36 due to complications from non-small cell lung cancer. Monica continued to work and live her life to the fullest, even after her diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer in August 2009. She had a passion for the outdoors, animals and for farming (she grew up on a farm in Port Republic, VA). Her husband, Ben, her faith and her love of the Baltimore Orioles served as her inspiration. She was an ardent supporter of LUNGevity and proceeds from this year’s auction at the Winter Meetings will benefit this tremendous organization www.lungevity.org
Did you follow along with our Brewers #20in15 All-Fan Giveaways reveal last week?
In case you missed it, in 2015, we have slated a team-record 20 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season.
There are 10 Sundays when every fan in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring different Brewers personnel, two Sundays when all fans in attendance will receive Brewers gnomes for the first time ever, seven T-Shirt Friday dates (and you get to help choose the designs!) and one date where you will help determine the giveaway.
“Through surveys and various feedback forums, we know that our ‘All Fan Giveaways’ are one of the most popular added values that we offer at Miller Park,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With that in mind, we are excited to be presenting a team-record 20 of these dates in 2015, which include not only Bobbleheads and t-shirts, but also the new Gnome items.”
In case you missed it, the #20in15 All-Fan Giveaways lineup is as follows:
The All Fan Giveaways start with the Rob Deer Bobblehead presented by Toyota on April 12 when the Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m. This is the first Bobblehead for the former Brewers great, who spent five seasons with the Club and hit 137 home runs, while racking up 385 RBI.
All fans in attendance for the April 26, 1:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals will receive a Wily Peralta Bobblehead, presented by U.S. Cellular. The Brewers 2014 Most Valuable Pitcher of the Year, this will be the first-ever Bobblehead of Perralta. Peralta notched career-highs with 17 wins and 154 strikeouts, which also led the team.
Helping celebrate Mother’s Day, “Hank the Ballpark Pup” will receive his second Bobblehead on May 10, when the Brewers host the Chicago Cubs at 1:10 p.m. Hank will be adorned in pink in honor of the holiday.
To commemorate his upcoming retirement, Commissioner Bud Selig will be recognized with a Bobblehead on May 31 when Milwaukee takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:10 p.m. Earlier this year, the team announced that they will retire uniform number one in 2015, in honor of Selig for his commitment to keep Major League Baseball in Milwaukee.
On June 14, all fans who attend the 1:10 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals will receive a Carlos Gomez Bobblehead. Gomez will be dressed in his 2014 National League All-Star jersey, celebrating his second consecutive All-Star nod.
On June 28, former Brewers great Paul Molitor will have his Bobblehead day. The Hall of Famer played 15 seasons in a Brewers uniform and appeared in over 1,800 games.
The next month on July 19, outfielder Khris Davis, who belted 22 homers in 2014, will be recognized with a Bobblehead giveaway as the Brewers host the Pirates
The Brewers will introduce a new promotion for the 1:10 p.m., August 2 game against the Chicago Cubs as all fans in attendance will receive a Matt Garza Gnome. This will mark the first of two gnomes that will be given away in 2015.
To recognize his 60th year in baseball, the Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker will have a Bobblehead day on August 9 when the Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. The Bobblehead will be modeled after the statue that was unveiled last year in Uecker’s favorite spot – the last row of Miller Park.
The Brewers will recognize catcher Jonathan Lucroy and his record-breaking season with a Bobblehead on the August 16, 1:10 p.m. game against the Phillies. Lucroy finished the 2014 season with 53 doubles and 46 as a catcher. His 53 doubles matched a Brewers team record, while his 46 as a catcher set a new Major League record.
The Brewers will once again give away a “Vintage Brewers Bobblehead” on August 30 when the team takes on the Cincinnati Reds at 1:10 p.m. The Bobblehead is a nod to the past as it will be a replica of some of the first items of this kind created nearly 50 years ago. This year’s Vintage Brewer Bobblehead will be donning a Brewers retro jersey.
Scooter Gennett will join Matt Garza as the second player in 2015 to be honored with a Brewers Gnome giveaway. Gennett has hit for a combined .300 average in his first two seasons with the Brewers.
Finally, fans will decide the “All Fan Giveaway” item to be given away at the Sunday, October 4 (1:10 p.m.) season finale against the Chicago Cubs. An online vote will be conducted later to determine the giveaway.
For the second year in a row, “T-shirt Fridays” will return to Miller Park for 2015. On Friday home games during the months of June, July and August (June 12, June 26, July 17, July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 28), all-fans will receive a Brewers T-shirt. New this season, fans will have the opportunity to choose each of the seven T-shirt designs to be given away this season.
Beginning in January, several different T-shirt designs will be displayed at Brewers.com. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs, with the top seven winners being selected for “T-shirt Fridays.” The seven winners will be unveiled at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 25.
While individual tickets won’t go on sale until early next year, you can still lock in your favorite giveaways with Season Ticket Packages.
The complete promotional schedule for the 2015 season will be announced at a later date. For more information about All-Fan Giveaways and information on various ticket plans, fans are encouraged to visit Brewers.com/allfans.
Stay tuned for more details on the fan voting for the T-Shirt Fridays and the final All-Fan Giveaway of 2015.
This week we’re unveiling the Brewers #20in15—20 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2015 season!
If you followed along at brewers.com/allfans and on our social media sites so far this week, then you already know that so far, our All-Fan Giveaway lineup includes bobbleheads of Rob Deer, Wily Peralta, BobbleHank, Commissioner Selig, Carlos Gomez, Paul Molitor and Khris Davis, plus a Matt Garza Gnome.
This morning, we revealed that our ninth All-Fan Giveaway of 2015 is a Bob Uecker Bobblehead! You can get yours when the Crew takes on the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, August 9.
If you don’t win, don’t worry. Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the Uecker bobblehead is included in select season ticket packages which are on sale now.
Be sure to check back in the coming months as we also unveil the image of the actual bobblehead when we get it!
Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil more of the #20in15!
In case you missed it, yesterday, Ryan Braun completed the “Ice Bucket Challenge” issued to him by former Brewers prospect and recent winner of The Bachelorette, Josh Murray.
In turn, Ryan Braun tagged Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez to step up the the plate and help #StrikeOutALS, which they did together, today:
Bob Uecker was standing by and we captured his reaction:
And here are some stills:
On Deck are Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (challenged by Jonathan Lucroy); PGA golfer Jason Dufner (challenged by Kyle Lohse, likely as payback for the Stadium Shootout Golf Challenge); and FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert (challenged by Carlos Gomez).
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.
And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.
On Saturday, August 9, when the Brewers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:10pm, the Brewers wives will be stationed at tables throughout the ballpark, selling “Mystery Bags” that each contain an autographed baseball. You could receive a ball signed by a Brewers player on the active 25-man roster, Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, or Hall-of- Famer Bob Uecker.
The Mystery Bags are limited, so you will want to find the Brewers Wives early that evening. The bags are $40 and proceeds will support the Next Door Foundation, an early education center that works with thousands of children and families throughout Milwaukee.
Get your tickets for the August 9 game at brewers.com.
We have a special guest with us at today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, today is Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park.
Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Nationals game, Zachary took a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches. He also had the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.
Here are a just a few photos from Zach’s special day:
In addition to Zach’s special Day, we’ll be hosting folks from Make-A-Wish Wisconsin again on Sunday, July 13 when the organization celebrates its 30th birthday with an unforgettable tailgate party, chaired by Brewers pitcher, Kyle Lohse. Wish families, volunteers and medical referral sources from all across the state will gather for a party recognizing 30 years of making wishes come true for Wisconsin children with life-threatening medical conditions.
We’re in the fourth inning as I write this and the Crew leads 4-2. Here’s hoping we’ll pull out a win today. Zach said we always win when he comes to games, so I’m feeling pretty good about this one.
If you were wondering the strange announcement a few weeks ago about our 6:20 p.m. start time, it all should start to make a little more sense to you today. 620 WTMJ radio will be honored by the Milwaukee Brewers with “620 WTMJ Day” at Miller Park on Monday, June 2. Get it!? 6:20 p.m. start on 6/2 to honor 620 WTMJ with select $6.20 tickets.
In honoring the 620 theme of the day, tickets in the Loge Outfield, Loge Bleachers, Terrace Box and Terrace Reserved categories will be available for just $6.20. In addition, the game time for the Brewers-Twins matchup has been moved from 7:10 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Brewers.com/620WTMJ.
The day of festivities will include 620 WTMJ live broadcasts from Miller Park throughout the day, starting at 12 p.m. with the Jeff Wagner Show and continuing at 3 p.m. with Wisconsin’s Afternoon News with John Mercure. The game will be broadcast live at 6:20 p.m. by Bob Uecker and Joe Block.
“Brewers baseball on WTMJ Radio has been the soundtrack of summer in Wisconsin for decades. Bob Uecker and Joe Block have a special relationship with listeners and we’re very pleased to join the Brewers in honoring fans for their tremendous support over the years,” said Tom Langmyer, Vice President and General Manager of Milwaukee Radio. “620 WTMJ Day will honor our partnership with the Brewers and reward the loyal Brewers fans who have tuned into 620 WTMJ for decades.”
620 WTMJ on-air personalities will also make announcements in the stadium and participate in on-field activities. Hosts Gene Mueller, Jeff Wagner and John Mercure (I hear Mercure has a mean fastball) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the game’s special start time at 6:20 p.m.
“We appreciate the support of our friends at 620 WTMJ with all that they do to bring Brewers games into the homes of fans throughout the state,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This promotion provides another great value to Brewers fans, and we look forward to what will be a great night at Miller Park as we host the Twins.”
$6.20 tickets are now available at Brewers.com. Fans can use coupon code 620WTMJ (There is an 8-ticket limit per buyer).
For information, visit Brewers.com/620WTMJ.
This afternoon, we unveiled the new Bob Uecker statue at Miller Park in a ceremony open to special guests. Unlike the statues that surround Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, this statue is in the last row—yes, the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony, emceed by Bill Schroeder, were Bob’s family, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Ken Sanders, Rollie Fingers, Robin Yount, current Brewers coaches and players, former broadcasting partners and Brewers front office staff.
Rollie and Robin both spoke at the event and, thanks to Gino Salomone, movie critic from FOX 6, a few of Bob’s friends from Hollywood sent along their well wishes.
Watch messages from Ty Burrell, Morgan Freeman, Don Rickles, Jason Bateman, Kevin Costner, and Arnold Schwarzenegger:
The statue pays tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” ad campaign which featured Uecker’s famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.” In those commercials, Uecker somehow always ended up in the last row—as will this statue. The statue sits atop the Uecker Seats in Miller Park’s Terrace Level (Section 422). It features an open seat next to it allowing for a perfect photo opportunity.
Starting with the Brewers vs. Cubs series at Miller Park this weekend, be sure to stop up, take your photo and tweet it and/or Instagram it using #IMustBeInTheFrontRow and we’ll collect & share our favorites across our social media sites.
Prior to tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park, a presentation will be made on the field honoring Uecker and showcasing the statue.
The statue was designed by Brian Maughan, the artist of the four statues outside Miller Park on the Home Plate Plaza—Hank Aaron, Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Robin Yount and Uecker.
– John and Cait