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BREWERS EXTEND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTS WITH DOUBLE-A BILOXI AND CLASS-A BREVARD COUNTY

Today we announced a four-year player development contract extension with Double-A Biloxi of the Southern League through the 2018 season and a two-year PDC extension with Class-A Brevard County of the Florida State League through the 2016 season. The announcements were made by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“We are excited to extend our contracts with Biloxi and Brevard County,” said Melvin. “We look forward to working with Ken Young and his ownership group as the team relocates from Huntsville to Biloxi and into a new ballpark. The top-notch facilities will give our players the necessary tools to further develop into Major Leaguers.”

The Brewers were affiliated with the Huntsville Stars since the 1999 season. Earlier this year, a Biloxi ownership group led by Ken Young purchased the Stars. Construction of a new ballpark in Biloxi, Mississippi is underway for the 2015 season.

“We’re looking forward to bringing baseball to Biloxi and are eager for this new chapter,” said Biloxi General Manager Buck Rogers. “The Brewers are a class act organization and we can’t wait to get started in our new ballpark.”

The Brevard County Manatees recently completed their 10th season as an affiliate of the Brewers, which began with the 2005 season. The Manatees play their home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. They are owned and operated by Central Florida Baseball Group, LLC.

“The Manatees are thrilled to continue the great working relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Central Florida Baseball Group Chairman Dr. Tom Winters. “The entire organization is first class.”

Winner Announced in Brewers Team Store’s Back-to-School Contest

Recently, students 16 and under had the chance to enter a contest that would help them go back to school in style from the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park by submitting a photo of themselves wearing Brewers gear along with a 100-word-or-less essay on “Why I Am the Most Passionate Brewers Fan.”

We received many great entries, but after much deliberation, five finalists will be chosen and Scooter Gennett was called in to help choose the Grand Prize Winner: Drew Kallie from Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Drew is in the second grade and submitted the following essay, drawing and photograph:

Drew Kallie 2

 

Drew Kallie

 

Drew Kallie

As Grand Prize winner, Drew received a $250 shopping spree to the Brewers Team Store, Brewers school supplies and six tickets to today’s game, where he took part in a special pregame presentation on the field:

Drew Kallie

The four runners-up were as follows:

Adam Bruss from Brown Deer, WI

Natalie Jentz from Platteville, WI

Siarah Ortiz from Waukesha, WI

Isie Woodford from Pewaukee, WI

Take a look at those entries here:

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They will each receive a $100 shopping spree to the Brewers Team Store and Brewers school supplies.

Congratulations and good luck at school this year!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Our Dog Has His Day: Wisconsin Humane Society Day at Miller Park

It’s Wisconsin Humane Society Day here at Miller Park, all thanks to Hank, the famous Ballpark Pup who first appeared at Brewers Spring Training camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers.

Since that day when he immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet-lovers across the world, we have worked closely with the Wisconsin Humane Society on both the care for and events involving Hank, raising awareness and funds for the organization along the way.

We are pleased to honor this great organization by hosting many special festivities at the ballpark.

Tonight, all fans in attendance at the game received a “BobbleHank,” in partnership with West Bend Mutual Insurance, and a portion of the proceeds from tickets sales for the game were donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund,” a pool that benefits stray animals in their care transferred from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, as well as stray animals at the WHS Ozaukee and Racine Campuses. Brewers players have stepped forward and contributed to the fund as well.

Hank Bobble

Then, Brewers Community Foundation presented a $130,000 check to the Wisconsin Humane Society in an on-field, pre-game ceremony featuring Hank, the “Ballpark Pup.” The donation was raised from sales of Hank merchandise items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, as well as donations from fans at Hank’s various appearances. Twenty percent of the retail sales from all Hank-related items benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund.”

Hank Check

During the game, the Wisconsin Humane Society as well as the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) each have an information table located on the Field Level Concourse, and the two organizations also have adoptable dogs for fans to visit in the right field corner (also the Field Level Concourse).

During the entire three game series against the Cincinnati Reds, Brewers Community Foundation invites fans to drop off items for animal shelters during the Foundation’s Drive for Charity. Items that will be collected include canned or dry puppy, dog, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; towels; and stainless steel food and water bowls.  While supplies last, fans that donate an item or make a $5 contribution will receive a collectible pin featuring, Hank.  Donation tables and bins will be located at the Hot Corner, the Right Field Gate, and next to the Field Level Guest Relations near the Home Plate Gate. They will be available from gate opening through the second inning.

Drive for Charity

 

Also, the newest Brewers mascot, a Hank-themed “walkabout,” made its debut. The mascot is mingling with fans on the concourses tonight and will be at future Brewers home games.

HANK MASCOT

He also made an appearance in the Brewers TV Booth:

Hank the (actual) dog also appeared in the Sausage Race in the middle of the 6th inning:

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In addition, the Brewers Team Store introduced the latest Hank item: a Hank watch from Modify Watches. Modify Watches are fun and colorful timepieces featuring mix-and-match faces and straps. Custom combinations mean you can build the perfect “Mods” to match your style, fit your mood and support the Crew.

Hank Dog Watch

Earlier this week, we also announced that a new children’s book, “Hank, The Ballpark Pup” will be released on Thursday at the Brewers Team Store.

Thanks to all 45, 205 of you who came out for Wisconsin Humane Society Day at Miller Park!

We’re happy that Hank’s story can brighten everyone’s day, and also greatly benefit other animals who are stray, homeless or have other needs along the way.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

2014 Brewers Walk-Up & Entrance Music: September Call-Up Edition

It’s been awhile since we’ve updated the walk-up/at-bat and entrance songs of the 2014 Brewers. We’ve had quite a few September Call-Ups recently, so we thought we’d send out an updated list.

A player can change his song day to day, but here is the most current list:

Walk-Up/At-Bat Music

Braun – “We Dem Boyz” by Wiz Khalifa

Clark – “Check Yo Self” Remix by Ice Cube

Davis – “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz

Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Fiers – “Og Bobby Johnson” by Que

Figaro – “Work hard play hard” by Wiz Khalifa

Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous

Garza – “Toss it Up” by Tupac

Gennett – “Tell the World” by Lecrae

Gomez – “Creeme A Mi” by Jay the Prince ft. Jose Reyes

“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

Gorzelanny –“When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Herrera – “Las Ausipas” and “Solado” by Juan Luis Guerra

Lohse ­– “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Lucroy – “With Me Now” by the Blacklite District

Maldonado – “Watch Out for this” by Major Lazer

“Odio (Remix)” by Baby Rasta

Nelson – “Fix Me” by 10 Years

Overbay – “Given to Fly” by Pearl Jam

“Break Away” by CFO$

Parra – “Como Yo” by Juan Magan

Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Ramirez – None (at his request)

Reynolds – Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen

Rogers – “Let it Rock” by Kevin Rudolf

Schafer – “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison

Segura – “Llevate De Mi” by El Alfa

Weeks – “Trophies” by Drake

 

Pitching Entrance Music

Duke – “Outsiders” by Eric Church

Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Fiers – The Saw Theme Song

Figaro – “Work hard play hard” by Wiz Khalifa

Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous

Garza – “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” by Tupac

Gorzelanny –“When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Lohse – “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine

Nelson – “Hell and Back” by Kid Ink

Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

F. Rodriguez – “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Cableron

Smith – “Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory

Wang – “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung

Wooten – “Raise Up” by Petey Pablo

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free MLB At The Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on At The Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

In case you weren’t aware, in addition to At The Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.

So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

What Cait Ate: Buckeye Custard from AJ Bombers

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

- Cait

“Buckeye Concrete Mixer” from

AJ Bombers

During each homestand, I’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

Tonight, to kick off this three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, AJ Bombers is serving up the Buckeye Concrete Mixer at Miller Park.

Buckeye

Who doesn’t love honey peanut butter chocolate chunk?

Want something extra sweet? Be sure to “check-in” via the free MLB.com At The Ballpark App for a special 2-for-1 custard offer this homestand!

Rating:

 

3 Sausages(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find AJ Bombers on the Field Level, in the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Chase Rice Visits Miller Park

In town for a show tonight, country music star Chase Rice paid a visit to Miller Park this afternoon where he took a tour of the ballpark and had the chance to take a little batting practice from assistant coach Joe Crawford.

He is best known for his song “Ready Set Roll” and also co-wrote the number one single performed by Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise.”

Chase  told me that he’s had the opportunity to stop at quite a few ballparks and stadiums on his tour.A college football player during his time at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he’s a very athletic guy and had some fun in the cage.

We have a lot of country music fans on the Brewers roster this season and a few of them had the chance to hang out with him for a bit, including Will Smith, Zach Duke and fellow former Tar Heel, Rob Wooten:

Chase Rice

 

Thanks to Chase and his crew for swinging by. We hope you enjoyed your time with us–have a great show tonight!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

What Cait Ate: Key Lime Pie Custard from AJ Bombers

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

- Cait

“Key Lime Pie Concrete Mixer “from

AJ Bombers

During each homestand, I’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

Tonight, to kick off a four-game series against the Miami Marlins & AJ Bombers is serving up the Key Lime Pie Concrete Mixer at Miller Park.

Key Lime Pie

Fall is upon us, but take one spoonful of this sweet and tangy key lime pie custard mixed with shortbread cookies and you’ll be transported to a beach in Florida, listening to Kenny Chesney in the background singing “my my my my key lime pie.”

Want something extra sweet? Be sure to “check-in” via the free MLB.com At The Ballpark App for a special 2-for-1 custard offer this homestand!

Rating:

 

3 Sausages(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find AJ Bombers on the Field Level, in the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Bring Pet Supplies With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend is the final Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity for 2014, with a pet supplies drive during the Brewers series against the Reds.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new pet supplies with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers pin featuring Hank the Brewers Ballpark Pup.

Hank Pin

Items that will be collected include canned or dry puppy, dog, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; towels; stainless steel food and water bowls.

Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.

Saturday is also Wisconsin Humane Society Day at Miller PArk. All fans in attendance that night will also receive a BobbleHank.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Nelson & Coulter Receive 2014 Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards Announced

Today we announced the recipients of the 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and catcher Clint Coulter was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.

Nelson, 25, went 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) at Triple-A Nashville, including 114 strikeouts and 32 walks in 111.0 innings. He allowed just three home runs and held opponents to a .179 batting average. At the time of his promotion to Milwaukee on July 11, Nelson led the minor leagues in ERA, ranked third in the minors in strikeouts, and tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins.

Nelson, who entered the 2014 season as the top prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, was named the PCL’s starting pitcher for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game, but did not play due to his big league promotion. In addition, Nelson was named to the All-PCL Team and was named PCL Pitcher of the Year. In 11 starts with Milwaukee this season, he is 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA, including 52 strikeouts and 18 walks in 63.2 innings pitched.

The Brewers selected Nelson in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Alabama.

Photo Courtesy: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Photo Courtesy: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Coulter, 21, played the entire season at Class-A Wisconsin, where he batted .287 with 22 HR and 89 RBI in 126 games. His 22 homers tied Wisconsin’s single-season HR mark (Khris Davis in 2010 and Victor Roache in 2013) and tied the Midwest League lead. He led the league in on-base percentage (.410) and hit by pitches (21). Additionally, he ranked among the league leaders in RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd, .520), walks (3rd, 73), runs (T4th, 84), total bases (5th, 223), extra-base hits (5th, 53) and batting average (10th).

Coulter was selected as the starting designated hitter for the Western Division at the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game and was named as the DH on the league’s Postseason All-Star Team. He was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Union (WA) High School.

Photo Courtesy: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Photo Courtesy: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Scenes from #BrewersSocial: Recapping Brewers Social Media Night

Thank you to all of the fans who came out to Brewers Social Media Night tonight–and thank you to everyone who follows us on all of our social platforms year-round. We love seeing your photos and engaging with you. And, at events like these, it is great meeting you in person, too!

We had a great crowd of over 250 fans for our special event tonight, which started out with fans checking in at Helfaer Field and receiving their special t-shirt featuring the #BrewersTeamSelfie:

Fans Cheering

Fans then had the opportunity to take selfies of their own with the FOX Sports Wisconsin Girls, Bernie Brewer (a #MVT in his own right) and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages while waiting for the #BrewersMVT ceremony to begin.

Last month, fans elected Carlos Gomez the 2014 #BrewersMVT…. yes, that’s right…M-V-T. Most valuable tweeter. This is the first year that we’ve bestowed this award and, as you know, since so many of the Brewers players are active on Twitter, there was some stiff competition. But, you voted with your hashtags and your heart and selected Brewers All-Star and Gold Glove Winner Carlos Gomez as your favorite follow.

Perhaps it was the #BrewersTeamSelfie that put him over the edge, his photos of his teammates sleeping on the plane, or his fondness for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but whatever it was, it’s clear that Carlos Gomez keeps you entertained, not only on the field, but online as well.

We had a special award waiting for Carlos:

Brewers Radio Announcer (and avid tweeter) Joe Block was on hand to emcee the event:

Joe was about to present Carlos with his Golden Hashtag, but instead, Carlos surprised us all by pulling a fan out of the crowd to give it to him. “The fans voted for me, they should present it,” he said.

Ever the “social” butterfly, Carlos pulled out his phone and took a video of the crowd, which he posted to Instagram and Twitter on the spot:

Following the award ceremony, Carlos answered a few questions that had been tweeted in advance from fans. Then, we drew a grand prize: A Carlos Gomez package featuring the opportunity to take a selfie with Carlos on the field. Here’s the result:

Gomez Selfie

Many other fans walked away with prize packages as well:

Other Winners

Following the event, fans went inside Miller Park to watch the Crew take on the Marlins.

Hashtags

Here are some “best-of” tweets and Instagram posts from the fans throughout the night. You can find a comprehensive stream at brewers.com/socialmedianight.

 

Thank you also to FOX Sports Wisconsin for their coverage of our event:

 

Thank you once again to those who were able to join us and  those of you who follow us on social all year long! You make my job fun!

Oh, yes–one more thing.  Just a quick reminder that we’re closing in on one million fans on Facebook. If you’re not already following us there, please do! When we reach that milestone, one lucky fan will win a VIP package.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

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