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BREWERS “GIVE-BACK GAME” NETS $335,000 FOR FOUR LOCAL CHARITIES

Last month, the Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for the “Give-Back Game,” an event to raise proceeds for great causes. With this initiative, ticket sales proceeds from the Brewers final home game today are being donated to charity.

Brewers fans rallied to the occasion, and the result is that four local charities will receive over $335,000 for their causes. Tickets for today’s game were sold for $10 each, and fans had the opportunity to direct which charity would receive their $10. In addition, fans were encouraged to add on to their purchases with additional funds that were added to the totals.

The four beneficiaries include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society.

“On behalf of Mark Attanasio and everyone here at the Brewers, we appreciate how the fans stepped up and supported this initiative with tremendous passion,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “The Give Back Game is an extension of our commitment to do something special during the last home game each year, and this was a unique opportunity to reward the fans while also raising significant funding for these four great partners.”

Based on ticket sales for today’s game, as well as where fans directed their donations, the amounts raised for each charity are as follows:

  • Wisconsin Humane Society: $81,378
  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin: $76,201
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $65,493
  • The MACC Fund: $62,172
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The Wisconsin Humane Society paced the way with the most tickets sold and also the most funds raised. As a result, the organization earned a $50,000 bonus from the Brewers for a total donation of $131,378 to the cause.

Media partners in the community stepped up to help promote the effort, with each cause backed by a different media group. “Teammates” include The MACC Fund/620 WTMJ, 94-5 KTI Country and TODAY’S TMJ4; Make-A-Wish Wisconsin/FM106.1, V100.7, 97.3 NOW, 95.7 Big FM, News/Talk 1130 WISN and Big 920 Sports; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee/FOX Sports Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Humane Society/WKLH, WHQG, WJMR and WNRG.

Also stepping up to the plate, several Milwaukee Brewers players teamed up with the four charities to help promote the game. Each player used their social media platforms tweeting with the hashtag #GiveBackGame to promote not just the entire initiative, but also their specific charity’s involvement. Partner players included Keon Broxton/Boys & Girls Clubs, Corey Knebel/Make-A-Wish, Tyler Thornburg/MACC Fund and Scooter Gennett/Wisconsin Humane Society.

13th Annual “Evening With Hank Aaron” Takes Place at Miller Park

The 13th Annual “Evening with Hank Aaron” was held tonight at Miller Park.  This year’s program featured an exclusive pregame reception  in the Aaron/Yount Rooms on Miller Park’s Terrace Level.

Along with an appearance by Hammerin’ Hank himself, guests also received hors d’oeuvres during the reception, a Field Outfield Box game ticket to tonight’s game and an authenticated, autographed item from Aaron.

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Aaron spoke to guests at the event, answered questions and took photos; a great time was had by all in the presence of baseball greatness.

The special event raised funds for the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. The foundation was created by Hank and his wife, Billye, to help children with limited opportunities and financial barriers develop their special talents and pursue their dreams. All proceeds from the evening benefit the fund and are administered locally to help children in the Milwaukee area.

 

 

BREWERS THANK FANS WITH GOLF CART TOUR

Earlier this afternoon,  Brewers players, coaches and members of the organization were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a sign of appreciation for their season-long support.

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Normally, the players don’t ever get to see the lots right before game time and it’s always cool to see how impressed the guys are by the elaborate set-ups–Brewers fans certainly do tailgating better than anyone else!

As we rode around on carts, the players tossed t-shirts to fans and shook hands. I was on a cart with Brewers relievers Brent Suter, Carlos Torres and Ben Rowen along with outfielder Michael Reed. Our group had a blast tossing out the shirts and even had to get a second supply to hand out.

On the way back in to Miller Park, Suter thought he spotted Don Gorske, the McDonald’s Big Mac record holder, who was in the documentary “Super Size Me.” Gorske has eaten over 28,000 Big Macs in his lifetime.

The other guys didn’t believe Suter, so we made our driver turn around and go back.

Sure enough, it was him!

The guys had to pose for a picture:

Michael Reed, Brent Suter and Ben Rowen pose with Don Gorske, the Big Mac record holder.

Michael Reed, Brent Suter and Ben Rowen pose with Don Gorske, the Big Mac record holder.

 

It just goes to show you never know what might happen at Miller Park!

The players visit to the parking lots was part of Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet. All fans in attendance at tonight’s game received a 2016 Brewers team photo. Additionally, all fans are entered into a drawing for the chance to win fabulous prizes, including autographed memorabilia, gift certificates to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and many additional prizes from team corporate sponsors (prizes subject to change). One lucky fan will win the grand prize, a 2016 Chevy Cruze.

Throughout the weekend, all fans will also receive a scratch-off card containing prizes such as free 2017 tickets, $10 food and beverage vouchers, autographed baseballs, game-used jerseys, a $250 Brewers Team Store by Majestic shopping spree and tickers for a Club Level Suite to a 2017 game. Every fan is guaranteed to win a prize.

Tomorrow’s game also coincides with the first-ever Give Back Game, a major philanthropic endeavor to raise proceeds for great causes. Nearly all proceeds from ticket sales for the Brewers final home game of the year will be donated to charity. For more information about the Give Back Game, please visit brewers.com/giveback.

 

Tickets for Fan Appreciation Weekend are available at the Miller Park ticket office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.

Bring Winter Gear With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a winter gear drive during the Brewers series against the Reds.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring are invited to new or gently-used winter gear items with them to Miller Park. In return for a donation of winter gear (or $5), they will receive a special Brewers player pin featuring Jimmy Nelson.

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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.

-Cait

@Cmoyer

BREWERS ANNOUNCE MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the recipients of the 2016 Robin Yount Performance Awards, presented annually to the organization’s top Minor League performers. Right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year, and infielder Isan Diaz was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Woodruff began the season with Class-A Brevard County and finished with Double-A Biloxi. Diaz spent the entire year with Class-A Wisconsin.

“Brandon and Isan have made significant strides this season which resulted in outstanding results on the field, and we’re very pleased to recognize their hard work with this honor,” said Brewers Farm Director Tom Flanagan. “Their success is not only a credit to their efforts and dedication, but to the coaches and peers who helped them along the way. We congratulate both Brandon and Isan and look forward to their continued growth and development.”

Brandon Woodruff

Woodruff went 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA (158ip, 47er) in 28 starts combined between Class-A Brevard County of the Florida State League and Double-A Biloxi of the Southern League. The 23-year-old struck out 173 batters, which not only led the Brewers farm system, but all of Minor League Baseball. Joining the Shuckers on May 16, Woodruff led the Southern League in WHIP (1.04), opposing batting average (.211), highest strikeout rate per nine innings pitched (9.82), fewest base runners per nine innings pitched (9.66) and was among the leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.01) and strikeouts (4th, 124). He led the organization in starts and innings pitched, which were career-highs as well.

The Brewers 11th-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State University, Woodruff was a midseason All-Star in the Florida State League and was named Southern League Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks during the 2016 season (July 11-17 and July 18-24). In addition, Woodruff was awarded Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors after going 3-1 with a 0.29 ERA (30.2ip, 1er), 5 walks and 42 strikeouts in July. Woodruff was signed by scout Scott Nichols.

Isan Diaz

Diaz finished his first season in the Brewers organization batting .264/.358/.469 with 34 doubles, 5 triples, 20 home runs, 75 RBI, 72 walks and 11 steals. The 20-year-old led the organization in games (135), doubles, home runs, and RBI and was second in hits (134) and walks. Diaz hit .232/.309/.370 in 67 games in the first half, before batting .296/.404/.569 in the second half. He led the Midwest League in games, home runs, extra-base hits (59), total bases (238) and was among the leaders in walks (2nd), slugging percentage (4th) and RBI (T4th). The middle-infielder set new career-highs in almost every hitting category.

 

The 20-year-old Diaz was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks along with RHP Chase Anderson and INF Aaron Hill in exchange for SS Jean Segura and RHP Tyler Wagner on January 30. He was named a midseason and postseason Midwest League All-Star at shortstop and was honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for July 18-24. In addition, Diaz was selected as the Brewers June Minor League Player of the Month after batting .316/.393/.579 with 14 runs, 10 doubles, 5 homers, 20 RBI, 14 walks and 3 steals in that span. Diaz was signed by scout Mike Serbalik of the Diamondbacks, who has since joined the Brewers organization.

The Brewers farm system was recently named the top-ranked system among all 30 Major League clubs by Jim Callis of MLB.com.

Brewers Announce Surprise September Call-Up; Comedic Relief Pitcher Tim Dillard to Join Brewers Social Media Team Tomorrow

Today we announced a late addition call-up to the team’s roster of talent. In an unprecedented move, relief pitcher and semi-amateur comedian Tim Dillard will join the organization tomorrow as a member of the Brewers social media team. The announcement was made by Brewers General Manager David Stearns.

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“Everyone in my position looks for the five-tool player, but on rare occasions you find a guy who brings something just a little different to the table,” Stearns said. “There’s no doubt that Tim has a skill set that you won’t find anywhere else. He has been part of the Brewers family for many years, and has kept everyone laughing since day one.”

Dillard will join the Crew just in time for the team’s final six home games of the season. The right-handed pitcher has spent parts of 14 seasons with the organization, including over 70 appearances with the Major League club from 2008 to 2012. He spent the 2016 season with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate, Colorado Springs. In between relief outings with the Sky Sox, Dillard has become the organization’s comedic relief specialist. He created unique content such as his Dubsmash videos – short-films involving his teammates lip-syncing everything from pop songs to movies to notorious commercials. Over the last few months, Dillard developed a new show – mIlb Network, where he interviewed teammates about everything from rain delays to their pre-game rituals.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join the Brewers social media team,” said Dillard. “I worked hard and pitched well in relief all season. And, while this might not be the exact opportunity I was seeking, it still allows me to throw a few ‘curveballs’ in September. I’m a pitcher first, but there’s nothing wrong with having a little clubhouse fun. I never thought my antics would catch the attention of a media scout.”

In his temporary, non-pitching role, Dillard will use the skills he has honed in the minor leagues to help the big league club’s social media team. The right-handed pitcher will create content featuring players, coaches and fans. He will span all forms of social media including, but not limited to, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram Takeovers; Facebook Live Videos, and even a Reddit AMA.

Fans can follow along with the fun using the hashtag #BrewersLastCallUp and by checking out Dillard’s social media pages (@DimTillard on Twitter and Instagram) along with the Brewers official social media handles (@Brewers on Twitter and Instagram, Brewers on Snapchat, and Facebook.com/Brewers).

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ANNOUNCE 2017 SEASON SCHEDULE; Opening Day set for Monday, April 3 vs. the Rockies at Miller Park

 The Milwaukee Brewers announced the team’s 2017 schedule today, which begins with Opening Day in Milwaukee against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 3 at Miller Park (1:10 p.m. start) as part of a four-game series. The season-opening homestand also includes a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs from April 7-9.

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The interleague schedule features games against each team in the American League East Division, as well as four games in the border battle against the Minnesota Twins. The Brewers will host the Red Sox from May 9-11, marking Boston’s first trip to Milwaukee since June 6-8, 2003. The Blue Jays (May 23-24) and Orioles (July 3-5) will also travel to Milwaukee and the Twins will make their annual visit from August 9-10.

The Brewers will travel to Toronto to play the Blue Jays for their home opener (April 11-12) during Milwaukee’s first road trip. The Brewers will visit Yankee Stadium from July 7-9 for a weekend series against the Yankees directly before the All-Star break. Additional road interleague games will be played at Tampa Bay (August 4-6) and Minnesota (August 7-8). 

The team’s longest homestand is a 10-game, 11-day stretch against the Cardinals (April 20-23), Reds (April 24-26) and Braves (April 28-30). The longest trip of the season is a 10-game, 11-day trip to Pittsburgh (July 17-20), Philadelphia (July 21-23) and Washington (July 25-27). The Brewers will take a nine-game, 10-day road trip in August, traveling to Colorado (August 18-20), San Francisco (August 21-23) and Los Angeles-NL (August 25-27).         

The Brewers will play at home on Mother’s Day, May 14 vs. the Mets and Father’s Day, June 18 against the Padres. The Fourth of July features a home tilt against the Orioles, beginning at 3:10 p.m.

New this year, Monday and Tuesday evening home games will begin at 6:40 p.m. Weekday night games at Miller Park from Wednesday through Friday will start at 7:10 p.m. Most Saturday games will begin at 6:10 p.m. (except May 27, June 3, June 17 and July 1, which begin at 3:10 p.m.). All Sunday home games are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. The majority of weekday day games will begin at 1:10 p.m.

All game dates and times are subject to change, and road game times will be announced at a later date.

Roberto Clemente Day 2016

Today, we are celebrating Roberto Clemente Day at Miller Park. This year marks the fifteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy.  As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo appears on the bases and official dugout lineup cards.

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Beginning today, fans can also vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on social media by posting voting hashtags to Twitter and Facebook.

Yesterday, we announced that Ryan Braun has been named the Milwaukee Brewers 2016 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.  Fans can vote for Braun by using #VOTEBraun.

To enhance Roberto Clemente Day and celebrate Clemente’s enduring legacy in 2016, Major League Baseball worked with the 30 Clubs to establish SEAT 21.  SEAT 21 is a esignated seat in each ballpark on Roberto Clemente Day dedicated to a well-known or local hero originally from the community who will be recognized in addition to the Club Clemente Award nominee. Recognizing individuals who embody the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente is a natural extension of the current honor bestowed upon players each year and gives MLB and the Clubs the opportunity to further extend the message of service and commitment.

The Brewers SEAT 21 nominee is Griselda Aldrete, President & CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM).  Aldrete took part in an on-field recognition with Braun and threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight’s game against the Cubs.

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Ryan Braun and Griselda Aldrete were honored before today’s game.

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The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award,” but was renamed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.

Earlier this season, fans may recall that I visited the Roberto Clemente Museum with a group from the Brewers that included Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, outfielder Ramon Flores, infielder Yadiel Rivera, Brewers Bullpen Coach Lee Tunnell and Third Base Coach Ed Sedar, along with a few other staff members.

The tour was arranged by Maldonado, who has visited many times before and knows the Executive Director and Curator, Duane Rieder, personally.

Yadiel Rivera, Martin Maldonado and Ramon Flores pose in front of an amazing photograph of Clemente that Rieder recovered in a dumpster in Puerto. Just one of the many amazing artifacts and stories you'll come across at the museum.

Yadiel Rivera, Martin Maldonado and Ramon Flores pose in front of an amazing photograph of Clemente that Rieder recovered in a dumpster in Puerto. Just one of the many amazing artifacts and stories you’ll come across at the museum.

You can check out that story, here. 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

BREWERS ANNOUNCE WINNER OF “CALL TO THE PEN” CONTEST

After receiving numerous creative submissions, the Brewers announced nine-year-old Brett Weckwerth of Green Bay, Wisconsin, as the winner of the “Call to the Pen” contest. Weckwerth’s original drawing of a sliding Bernie Brewer will be featured on the cover of the Brewers “Brewers GameDay,” the official game program of the team. The cover will appear during the September 20-22 series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Weckwerth, a fourth grader at Heritage Elementary in De Pere, is an avid baseball fan. He plays catcher for De Pere baseball and was inspired to enter the contest by his love of the Brewers. He lives in Green Bay with his mom, Tiffany, dad, Matt, and two brothers, Luke and Jake.

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As the winner, Weckwerth has won 500 copies of the program with his design on the cover, a meet and greet with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Racing Sausages, tickets to an upcoming game and a gift certificate to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.

A month ago, the Brewers asked young fans to create hand-drawn designs to be featured on the cover of “Brewers GameDay” during the second to last home series of the 2016 season. All submitted designs were reviewed by an internal Brewers committee that selected the winner based on overall appearance, originality/creativity, style and quality of the submission.

An image of Weckwerth’s winning drawing is attached. All other submissions may be viewed in the gallery at Brewers.com/calltothepen.

 

BREWERS “#growGOLD” TO RAISE AWARENESS AND PROMOTE RESEARCH INTO PEDIATRIC CANCER

Today, the Brewers, in conjunction with Gold In September (G9), are hosting the “#growGOLD Game” at Miller Park. The event features numerous initiatives to raise awareness for research into childhood cancer.

For this game, the Brewers and their opponent, the Chicago Cubs, are sporting gold ribbons on their jerseys to promote the cause. In addition, players have been encouraged to wear gold wristbands as part of their uniforms.

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Prior to the game, members of G9 started things off with a ceremonial first pitch and Brewers Community Foundation presented the charity with a special donation in an on-field ceremony.

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Following the game and throughout the night, the Brewers will light Miller Park gold to call attention for those passing by.

“We are committed to spreading the message of G9’s #growGOLD initiative,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “One of our ownership pledges is to be a leader in the community, and we appreciate the opportunity to help support and raise awareness around critical issues that face children and their families.”

Utilizing a noble model of turning the world gold, G9’s mission is to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspire action to help every child, everywhere, until cures for cancer are found. The childhood cancer non-profit was founded by Annie Bartosz, a then 11-year old girl from Hartland, Wis., who lost her twin brother, Jack, to cancer in 2012. Gold (G) is the national color for pediatric cancer research, and September (the 9th month) is the recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, together they make G9.

Annie Bartosz throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Miller Park.

Annie Bartosz throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Miller Park.

“We are proud to have the Milwaukee Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation join us as we Grow Gold and raise awareness of the need to support efforts to eradicate childhood cancer as a major health concern. Through our partnership with national organizations like the Brewers, we are working to help every child everywhere survive cancer and have a future filled with hope and promise.” says Sarah Bartosz, President of G9.

 

ABOUT Gold In September (G9):

Gold In September® Charitable Trust (G9) is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspires action to help every child, everywhere. G9 directly funds Early Phase Trials, bringing the newest, most promising treatments to kids faster. Utilizing a noble model of turning the world gold to raise awareness and meet the mission, G9 directly benefits the entire childhood cancer community with gold alliance, resulting in increased funding and support for all childhood cancer initiatives. Visit http://www.goldinseptember.com to learn more.

 

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