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MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” Competition Returns; Vote for #FaceofBREWERS Today

Starting Monday, MLB Network set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Yesterday, in the Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the #FaceofBrewers on social media.

The results were announced this morning on MLB Network’s offseason morning show Hot Stove and… you’ve selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.

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For the second round, MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.

And, on the heels of winning Sporting News’ Best Ballpark poll, Brewers fans will have less than one month to rest their voting fingers because beginning, January 15, Hot Stove will ask fans to vote on Twitter and Facebook each day and decide a winner for the day’s head-to-head player matchup until the Face of MLB is determined.

That’s right, beginning January 15, Brewers fans should be prepared to vote like crazy for Jonathan Lucroy via social media. Stay tuned for more information.

Fans voted more than 2.5 million times in the second Face of MLB competition and during the finals between Eric Sogard and David Wright, #FaceOfMLB trended for over 7 hours. #EricSogard, #NerdPower and #DavidWright also trended during the voting period.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS AMONG TOP SPORTS TEAMS SEARCHED ON GOOGLE; Milwaukee Ranked Eighth Among All Teams Queried in 2014

The Milwaukee Brewers were one of the most-searched sports teams on Google in 2014. The search engine’s “Year in Search,” formerly known as “Zeitgeist,” released its annual list of most searched topics in 2014. The Milwaukee Brewers ranked third among teams in Major League Baseball and eighth among all teams from any sport in searches through Google within the United States.

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The Brewers were most searched team in sports during April 20-26. Milwaukee had won five of six games during the stretch and was quickly off to an 18-6 start, leading the National League Central.

Users searched several terms related to the team that helped the Brewers become one of the most talked about teams on the web. “Brewers Schedule” and “Milwaukee Brewers Schedule” were the top two searches, followed by “Milwaukee Brewers Baseball,” “Brewers Baseball” and “2014 Milwaukee Brewers.” The terms that gained the most ground regarding the team in 2014 were “Hank Milwaukee Brewers,” “2014 Milwaukee Brewers” and “Milwaukee Brewers Dog.”

Milwaukee represented the area where the largest majority of searches occurred. Wausau-Rhinelander WI, Green Bay-Appleton WI, Madison WI and La Crosse-Eau Claire WI rounded out the top five, respectively.

The Brewers also have one of the most impressive audiences on social media platforms as well. The team’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platforms account for almost 1.5 million combined likes and follows; this year alone, we crossed the 200,000, 1,000,000 and 100,000 milestones on each site respectively.  In addition, traffic to the Cait Covers the Bases Blog (formerly John and Cait…Plus 9), has increased almost double that of 2013 with 15 more days to go. Among the non-traditional popular search terms that led folks to this blog are “Josh Murray,” “Brewers Walk-Up Songs” and “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday.”

For more information regarding Google’s “Year in Search” and to see a blog post about the top queries from 2014, please visit www.google.com/2014.

-Cait

@CMoyer

MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” Competition Returns; Vote for #FaceofBREWERS Today

Major League Baseball’s most popular players will square off once again as fans decide which player from all 30 MLB clubs best represents the league in MLB Network’s second “Face of MLB” competition. Starting yesterday, 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. Results will be announced each weekday morning on MLB Network’s offseason morning show Hot Stove at 8:00 a.m. CT.

In the “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, fans can nominate a player candidate from each of the 30 MLB clubs by voting on Twitter with #PLAYERFIRSTNAMELASTNAME and #FaceofCLUBNAME. Today is your day to vote for the #FaceOfBrewers.

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So, today, cast your vote for your favorite Brewer by using your favorite Brewers player’s name as the hashtag (i.e. #JonathanLucroy, #CarlosGomez) and #FaceofBREWERS on Twitter. And, new this year, fans can also vote on the MLB Network specific Facebook post for each round. Click here to cast your vote for the #FaceofBrewers on Facebook.

MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season and beginning January 15, Hot Stove will ask fans to vote on Twitter and Facebook each day and decide a winner for the day’s head-to-head player matchup until the Face of MLB is determined.

Fans voted more than 2.5 million times in the second Face of MLB competition and during the finals between Eric Sogard and David Wright, #FaceOfMLB trended for over 7 hours. #EricSogard, #NerdPower and #DavidWright also trended during the voting period.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

“SANTA HANK” DELIVERS TOYS AND SUPPLIES TO WISCONSIN HUMANE SOCIETY

Early this morning, Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” rang in holiday cheer with a visit to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Dressed as Santa, Hank and his elves delivered toys and supplies to dogs and cats at the facility.

“Wherever Hank goes, he brings cheer to those he meets along the way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the holidays upon us, we wanted to have Hank visit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society as a reminder that many share a similar experience of being strays. The Humane Society does tremendous work and we appreciate their efforts as partners with the Brewers and Hank.”

Thousands of animals come through the doors of the Wisconsin Humane Society every year, and hundreds of them are looking for a “forever home.” Hank, a former stray, visited with his friends today, bringing loads of toys and supplies donated by the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation.

“The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to open your heart and home to a needy animal,” said Anne Reed, Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “The holidays are also one of the busiest times for us for adoptions, and we look forward to welcoming Hank back to visit with all of us and to make some new friends.”

 

The holiday décor included the limited-edition Hank holiday ornament, which decorated the tree on display at the Wisconsin Humane Society. The ornament is included as a bonus gift for every fan who purchases two of the Brewers popular Holiday 4-Packs.”

The Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 for the Wisconsin Humane Society this year through the sale of Hank-themed merchandise and other fundraisers. The newest Hank-themed merchandise will also be on display at the event.

Here’s some more fun and photos from today’s event:

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12/12/14 Update:  When the doors opened to the public at noon yesterday, the Wisconsin Humane Society had several families waiting in line for them outside their doors to adopt Myrtle and Minerva, a couple of the pups that were featured on our social media sites and the morning shows who came out to cover Santa Hank’s visit.

Myrtle (the elf we memed above) went home with Jamie and Pete of Menomonee Falls, where she’ll have a cat sibling to keep her company and a 1-year-old (human) sister to grow up with and Minerva went home with Jennee & Dan of Milwaukee. She’ll have two cat siblings and a dog brother who was also adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Here are some photos of the puppies with their new moms.

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Myrtle with her new mom, Jamie.

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Minerva, with her new mom Jennee.

It’s likely only a matter of time before Millie and the rest of the dogs and cats find their own happy homes–maybe it will be one of our readers, so be sure to write in and let me know so we can feature you!

12/12/14 Update #2: I just received word that Millie was also adopted! She found a home with the Kott Family from Ixonia:

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Millie and her new parents.

 

I’m so happy I can bring you this good news to kick start the weekend.

Be sure to let me know if you become a new cat or dog mom or dad!

-Cait

@CMoyer

MILLER PARK NAMED BEST BALLPARK IN SPORTING NEWS FAN POLL

The Sporting News announced that Miller Park has been voted the Best Ballpark in their online poll of baseball fans. The home of the Brewers, which was seeded number 12 at the outset, eventually defeated second seed Fenway Park to take the title after a series of match-ups in a tournament-style contest.

The tournament was held online at SportingNews.com and was based on the rankings of the home fields of all 30 Major League teams by M.E. Anderson, founder of the Twitter account @MLBCathedrals. Based upon those rankings, two 15-team brackets representing the American and National Leagues were created. Readers voted round-by-round until each bracket was left with one team.

Miller Park faced a tough battle in the first round, squaring off against Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers’ hometown field defeated Coors Field and then went on to best San Diego’s Petco Park in the second round. Miller Park downed division rivals Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to move into the finals of the National League bracket against the World Series-champion Giants AT&T Park.

After successfully winning the National League bracket, Miller Park was pitted against Major League Baseball’s oldest stadium, the highly-acclaimed Fenway Park, in the finals. After several days of voting, Miller Park was declared the victor earlier today.

“We are thrilled that Miller Park has been voted as the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues in the Sporting News Ballpark Bracket,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The fans’ opinions are our ultimate report card, so prevailing in this fan vote means a great deal to our organization.”

This is not the first time that Miller Park has been deemed the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues through a tournament-style bracket. In 2012, Miller Park won ESPN’s Battle of the Ballparks Bracket in a similar fan vote contest.

Earlier this year, Miller Park also earned honors in ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings. Fans voted the stadium experience at Miller Park the 10th-best overall out of 122 professional sports franchises (MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL) included in the survey.

Thank you to those who voted to help make Miller Park #1!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Major Leaguers Set to Promote Baseball Around the Globe; Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke Heading to New Zealand

Following another successful tour of Japan, Major League Baseball (MLB) players and coaches will travel this offseason to share their passions for the game with fans and young players from developing baseball countries on three other continents. As part of this initiative, Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke is slated to head to New Zealand shortly after Brewers On Deck, from January 28 through February 2.

Currently, Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays is in South Africa as part of the MLB South Africa Elite Camp staff, which also includes the hitting coach for the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Hensley Meulens, and will participate in youth baseball clinics.

Gift Ngoepe, a native South African and professional player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and Tim Leiper, the first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, are also serving as instructors at the Elite Camp.

Later this month, Archer’s Rays teammate, Australian Grant Balfour, will make a number of appearances in his home country where MLB opened the 2014 Championship Season.

In January, relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins will serve as a pitching instructor at the MLB Brazil Elite Camp. The staff will include Hall of Famer Barry Larkin along with former Major Leaguer Steve Finley. Brazilians Andre Rienzo, Chicago White Sox pitcher, and Paulo Orlando from the Kansas City Royals organization will train with the Elite Camp participants. Rienzo will also make a series of appearances at various youth initiatives across his home country throughout January.

“Major League Baseball is dedicated to the continued growth and development of our game around the world through our Ambassador Programs and Elite Camps,” said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations, Major League Baseball. “The players and coaches who have dedicated their time and effort during the offseason to help bring their knowledge of baseball to different parts of the world is a testament to our commitment to the future growth of baseball globally.”

Archer, Meulens, Leiper and Ngoepe are serving as instructors at the MLB African Elite Camp in Johannesburg, South Africa for 37 of Africa’s top young baseball players. Fifteen coaches from the participating nations – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda – are on hand to learn from the experienced MLB staff. In addition, MLB staff has also hosted clinics for 70 aspiring baseball coaches from across Africa to improve their knowledge of the game. A youth clinic was conducted for promising young baseball players in the Alexandra Township, one of the most disadvantaged urban areas in the country. The MLB African Elite Camp started in 2011, and has reached 116 players and 50 coaches from seven African nations. Three players from the Elite Camp have signed with MLB clubs, including 2013 camper Rowan Ebersohn (South Africa) with the Minnesota Twins.

Balfour will return to his native Australia, December 12-21, to participate in a number of community baseball events around the country. The trip will include appearances at various Australian Baseball League (ABL) games and clinics with local junior players. He will also attend the ABL All-Star Game where he will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The ABL is a six-member league started in 2010 that features homegrown talent as well as many players who hail from outside of Australia playing a 48-game season running November through February.

Roenicke will travel to New Zealand to train and work with top players on the New Zealand National Team, many of whom represented the country in the Qualifiers for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, along with many of the nation’s top 18U, 15U and 12U national development players. In addition, he will conduct clinics for youth baseball players and coaches in three cities – Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington – and run baseball sessions in schools across Auckland, the nation’s largest city.

Hawkins, Larkin and Finley will serve as instructors for the MLB Brazil Elite Camp from January 26 – February 4. Rienzo, Orlando and members of the Brazilian National Team who competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic will train alongside the camp attendees. This Elite Camp, which has taken place each year since 2011, will bring together 50 of the best players, ages 14-17, from Brazil and Argentina to participate in morning instructional workouts, afternoon games and nightly seminars led by MLB field staff. Players will receive Major League instruction from top professional coaches and showcase their talents for Major League Scouts.

Throughout January, Rienzo will participate in a number of community baseball events around the country. His activities will include attending Brazilian national baseball tournaments and taking part in a youth clinic in Recife, Brazil, and visiting the Nautico Baseball Team, a professional soccer club that has adopted baseball into its programming through a partnership with Major League Baseball International.

In addition to these efforts, MLB is working with a leading Brazilian institution for physical education and the arts, SESC (Serviço Social do Comércio) to implement several development initiatives including an after-school baseball program, appearances by current and former Major Leaguers and clinics featuring Brazilian National Team players.
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Will Smith’s Father-Son Trip to Wisconsin

Brewers reliever Will Smith is back in town this weekend, along with his dad, Charles, for a special father-son weekend that includes a Bucks game, a Packers game and a trip to Miller Park.

Yesterday, the duo left their home in Georgia. Early in the evening, they touched down in MKE and headed over to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to watch the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Miami Heat.

And this afternoon, I met up with Will and Charles at the ballpark to give them a little tour. Charles has been here before, but this was a nice opportunity for Will to be able to take him inside the Clubhouse, on the field, etc.

It was also a great chance for me to show off the rest of the stadium, as Charles hasn’t had the chance to explore every level and Will’s experience has been limited mostly to the Clubhouse, field and bullpen.

And of course, there were the obligatory photo ops along the way…

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Will Smith and his dad, Charles, pose in the Media Interview Room at Miller Park.

We started our tour in the Media Interview Room and then progressed into the Clubhouse and out on to the field. It was interesting for them to see the field that’s been “put to bed” for the offseason. I shared with them my experience of helping the Grounds Crew with that process a few years back.

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Then, we had to pay a visit to the bullpen:

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 “This is my office,” Will said to his dad as we entered the bullpen, which has also been tarped for the winter.

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I had told Will that the Brewers Clubhouse Sale was going on today (it wraps up at 7 p.m. CT tonight) and they decided they wanted to check it out.

I was curious to see how many people would recognize Will out of uniform and out of context. We rode down the elevator from the Hot Corner to the Service Level with some fans and walked through the Service Level to the Sale. Along the way, one fan stopped Will and shook his hand.

Inside the sale, the pair checked out all of the merchandise, including Will’s own locker nameplate that was for sale in the Authentics area and Will was only approached by one other savvy fan.

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Athletes… they’re just like us. Will Smith shops the Brewers Clubhouse Sale.

It was nice to catch up with Will, who said he is having a low-key offseason, getting in his workouts and playing a lot of golf. This trip back to Milwaukee is the only travel he had planned.

Will and Charles have dinner plans tonight and will do some more exploring tomorrow before taking a shuttle up to Lambeau Field for the Monday night Packers vs. Falcons game, along with Will’s brother-in-law and his father, who are flying in later this weekend to join them.

Being from Georgia, they are all Falcons fans, but they are excited for their first visit to Lambeau.

However, they do have some trepidation about the weather. “When we left Georgia, it was 71 degrees,” Will said. He noted that he brought all his hunting gear, including his boots with heated insoles, so he hopes he is prepared.

We’ll all have to follow him on Twitter (@White_Willy31) to see how the rest of their trip goes!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers and Admirals Announce “2-Man Advantage” Ticket Package

Today, the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Admirals today announced the continuation of the “2-Man Advantage” ticket package that was originally introduced for the 2008 season. The joint ticket opportunity is a part of the partnership established by the two teams in 2005.

For only $19, fans get one “Stern & Bow” ticket to one of three Brewers promotion nights at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for an Admirals home game and one Terrace Reserved ticket to one of three select Brewers games at Miller Park during the 2015 season. The package is valued at $37.50.

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The dates available to fans for the ticket deal are as follows:

Friday, January 23, 2015 – Milwaukee Admirals vs. Iowa Wild at 7:00 p.m. –

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Friday, February 27, 2015 – Milwaukee Admirals vs. Grand Rapids Griffins at 7:00 p.m. –

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Friday, March 27, 2015 – Milwaukee Admirals vs. Chicago Wolves at 7:00 p.m. –

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Friday, April 24, 2015 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants at 7:10 p.m.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000 or visit Brewers.com/admirals. These packages are also available by contacting the Milwaukee Admirals Ticket Office at 414-227-0550. Packages will be available beginning this Friday, December 5 at 9 a.m. and continue through Thursday, March 26, 2015.

In addition to this special ticket package, the Admirals will continue to sport the “Ball and Glove” logo on their jerseys as the Brewers are the exclusive jersey sponsor of the team. Announcements during the game, dasherboard signage at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, radio spots during broadcasts and in-game promotions where fans can win Brewers prize packs are also a part of the partnership between the two clubs.

The Milwaukee Admirals are a member of the American Hockey League and are an affiliate of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.

 

For a Gift That’s a Hit with the Kids, Get Them a Brewers Kids Club Membership!

Do you have kids 14 & under on your holiday shopping list this year? Get them their very own membership to the Brewers Kids Club.

For just $25, the Kids Club kit includes six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers to select games, an official Kids Club cap, drawstring bag, water bottle, membership I.D. card with lanyard, Scooter Gennett poster and Hank the Ballpark Pup magnet.

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To purchase, call (414) 902-4000 or visit brewers.com/kidsclub.

To guarantee delivery in time for the holidays, please place your Brewers Kids Club order by Friday, December 12, 2014.

The kits are also available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and Miller Park and will be available next weekend at the Brewers Clubhouse Sale.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Artists Announced for Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite; Special Field Access Available Through Black Friday Sale

Today we announced the artists for the brand new Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite in 2015. The series will feature three postgame concerts performed by nationally acclaimed artists Joe Nichols, O.A.R. and the Goo Goo Dolls.

The series begins with Grammy Award nominee country artist Joe Nichols taking the stage after the Friday, May 29 game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nichols has entertained fans all across the country for over 15 years and has reached the charts with over a dozen singles, including “Gimmie That Girl,” “Yeah,” and “Sunny and 75.”

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On Saturday, June 13, following the Brewers game against the Washington Nationals, rockers O.A.R. will take the stage for the second concert in the Brewers Postgame Concert Series. O.A.R, which formed in 1996 in Maryland, released their eighth studio album, “The Rockville LP” in June of this year. They are best known for their hit singles “Hey Girl,” “Love and Memories,” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around).”

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The Goo Goo Dolls will round out the inaugural Brewers Postgame Concert Series, on Saturday, August 15 after the game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Buffalo, New York natives have recorded 10 albums including 1998’s “Dizzy Up the Girl,” which featured Grammy nominee for Record of the Year, “Iris.” The band has reached the charts with singles including “Slide” and “Name,” which both ranked on Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Songs from 1992-2012. The Goo Goo Dolls are currently touring in support of their 10th studio album, “Magnetic.”

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All fans who purchase tickets to one of the three games will automatically have access to that night’s free postgame concert. Single game tickets will be priced according to the Brewers demand-based pricing model, and will be available when 2015 single game tickets go on sale.

In a special Black Friday offer, 300 tickets for each concert date – each priced at only $129 – will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 28. Tickets will be available ONLINE ONLY at Brewers.com/blackfriday.

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This exclusive Black Friday ticket package includes a ticket to the game in the Dew Deck, a delicious buffet and postgame field access for the concert. Only fans who purchase a ticket through this unique offer will be guaranteed postgame field access.

In addition, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of Field Outfield Box seats for $49 through this Black Friday sale. That ticket will gain them access to the postgame concert, however it will not grant field access.

The Dew Deck ticket package and Field Outfield Box ticket offer will be available for 24 hours, or until they are sold out.

Season ticket packages including the three postgame concerts, Opening Day and all 20 of the All-Fan Giveaways are on-sale now. For additional ticket and other info, fans can call (414) 902-4000 or visit Brewers.com.

Remaining individual tickets for the postgame concert dates will go on sale at the Brewers annual Arctic Tailgate event in February.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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