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Fans Have a Ball at the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon

Tonight, fans joined Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with Brewers players, all while helping raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.

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The event took place at JB’s on 41 and in addition to Matt Garza, the host of the event, among those in attendance were: Scooter Gennett, Shane Peterson, Hernan Perez, Khris Davis, Adam Lind, Kyle Lohse, Mike Fiers, Jimmy Nelson, Taylor Jungmann, Tyler Cravy, Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel and Michael Blazek.

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Tyler Cravy had the high score among the Brewers players and Kyle Lohse had the lowest score.

In addition, there were many items included in a silent auction to raise additional money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, including a special batting practice experience, a Ryan Braun autographed jersey, a Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage package, a Bernie’s Slide Experience and more.

The goal of the Sojourner Family Peace Center is to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers, by making positive and lasting changes.  The Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers Host Negro Leagues Tribute Game vs. Pirates

Tonight, we are hosting the franchise’s 10th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game at Miller Park.  The Club is honoring the significance of the Negro Leagues and their impact on the game by donning Milwaukee Bears uniforms, the city’s 1923 Negro Leagues representative. The Pirates are also honoring the Negro Leagues by wearing uniforms from the “Pittsburgh Crawfords,” the team that represented the Steel City from 1931 to 1938.

Jeremy Jeffress and coaches Shelby & Guerrero, wearing the Milwaukee Bears uniforms during the national anthem. PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Jeremy Jeffress and coaches Shelby & Guerrero, wearing the Milwaukee Bears uniforms during the national anthem.
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In addition, we honored former players and baseball contributors Gilbert Hernandez Black and James Beckum during a tailgate reception at Helfaer Field this afternoon, along with a special pre-game ceremony.

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Tonight's honorees James Beckum and Gilbert Hernandez Black throw out ceremonial first pitches. PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Tonight’s honorees James Beckum and Gilbert Hernandez Black throw out ceremonial first pitches.
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In honor of the event, Brewers Community Foundation made a donation to both the Negro Leagues Museum and Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation.

In addition, both honorees signed autographs during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.

Gilbert Hernandez Black, known as “Gil,” was born in 1934 in Manhattan, New York. He grew up several blocks away from the famous Polo Grounds and learned to love the game by watching the New York Giants practice.  He moved to Stanford in 1950 and played ball for several prominent African-American teams, including the West Palm Beach Indians, a Florida State League affiliate of the Milwaukee Braves and the Indianapolis Clowns. Though he was gifted in many positions, he predominantly pitched in his career.

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James Beckum was born in Baltimore, Maryland but has called Milwaukee his home for nearly a half a century. He started his career in the Negro Leagues in 1950, but it was interrupted when he joined the military. Beckum eventually returned and played for the East St. Louis Giants. In 1966 he organized a youth baseball league in Milwaukee called the Beckum-Stapleton Little League. The league is the longest-running inner-city baseball program in the country. There are approximately 350 children who participate in the program and the league fields 25 teams.

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Tomorrow, Hernandez Black and Beckum will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center (MKDC) located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), beginning at 1:45 p.m. The Brewers are once again partnering with the MKDC and the Church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.

In previous years, we’ve honored pitcher/outfielder Ted Toles Jr. and outfielder Nathan “Sonny” Weston (2014); outfielders George Altman and Lonnie Harris (2013); pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012); pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame.  During the Brewers’ first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.

The Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League, played only one season before disbanding, but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill.

Fans were able to purchase Milwaukee Bears merchandise prior to the game at Helfaer field. In addition, jerseys and caps worn by the Brewers players and coaches will be authenticated through Major League Baseball’s Authentication Program and were made available for fans to purchase prior to tonight. Jerseys and caps that are not pre-sold will be available for purchase through the Brewers Authentics Department, at the Brewers Authentics Kiosk (located behind Section 111 on game days), or the Brewers Charity Auction scheduled for a later date (Brewers.com/auctions).

Fans interested in purchasing or learning more about pricing and sizing information of jerseys and caps available are encouraged to contact the Brewers Authentics Department at gameused@brewers.com or by calling (414) 902-4479.

Brewers Sign 40th Overall Selection Nathan Kirby

Yesterday, we announced the signing of our Competitive Balance Round A selection, left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby. The 40th overall pick was selected with the Brewers’ second pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. The announcement was made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Kirby, 21, recently completed his junior year at Virginia, where he helped lead the team to their first-ever NCAA Division I title. The lefty went 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 games (11 starts).  He produced 81 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched and held opponents to a .236 batting average.  Kirby earned a two-inning save, striking out five batters, on June 25 to clinch Virginia’s first championship in school history.
The Midlothian, Virginia, native was scouted by area scout Dan Nellum and will begin his professional career with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
In addition, the Brewers also announced the signings of C Max McDowell (13th Round – University of Connecticut), RHP Michael Petersen (17th round – Riverside Community College) and RHP Jordan Desguin (36th round – Florida Gulf Coast University).
The Brewers have signed their top 22 selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and have signed a total of 38 players (31 drafted and 7 non-drafted).

Bill Schroeder Enshrined on “Brewers Wall of Honor”

Former player and current TV analyst Bill Schroeder was enshrined on the “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park in a pregame ceremony tonight.

Bill poses next to his plaque outside Miller Park on the Brewers Wall of Honor. Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Bill poses next to his plaque outside Miller Park on the Brewers Wall of Honor. Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

The “Wall of Honor,” which was unveiled in 2014, commemorates Milwaukee Brewers players and broadcasters that meet a set criteria based on service to the Club.

Before the Brewers vs. Pirates game, the long-time broadcaster was surrounded by friends and family on the field as he received a replica of his plaque and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Schroeder returned for his 21st season in the Brewers broadcast booth this year. He began his career behind the mic as the Brewers’ color man after a distinguished playing career. Schroeder spent eight seasons in the big leagues with the Brewers and California Angels, posting a career-best .332 batting average in 1987. He caught Juan Nieves’ no-hitter on April 15, 1987 at Baltimore in the midst of the team’s Major League record-tying 13-0 start. In addition, he clubbed a career-high 14 home runs and had 42 RBI that season.

The “Wall of Honor” is a permanent display outside of Miller Park on the North side of the stadium adjacent to the Hot Corner entrance. Honorees on the wall each have a plaque with their photo and a brief synopsis of their career. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.

Members who meet any of the following criteria while wearing a Brewers uniform will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:

  • 2,000 or more plate appearances
  • 1,000 or more innings pitched
  • 250 appearances as a pitcher
  • Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
  • Manager of a pennant-winner
  • Individuals memorialized as a statue on the Miller Park plaza
  • Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers

In addition, the above criteria has been updated to allow the team to honor longtime broadcasters who played for the team. Any alum who donned a Brewers uniform for any length of time and served as a primary broadcaster for at least 20 seasons with the team will be eligible for the “Wall of Honor.”

Last year’s inaugural class included 58 members enshrined on the Brewers Wall of Honor. John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks are the nine active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement.

Brewers Walk-Up & Entrance Music: Updated 7/17/15

For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?

If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free 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 Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

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2015 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Braun – “All Day” by Kanye West

Davis – “Xplosive” by Dr. Dre

Fiers – “Og Bobby Johnson” by Que

Garza – “Toss it Up” by Tupac

Gennett – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Gomez, Carlos –“U Mad” by Vic Mensa and Kanye West

“X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX

Gomez,  Hector –  “Ratata Ta Ta” by Omega El Fuerte

Lind – “I Could Be The One” by Avicii vs. Nicky Romero

“Miami 2 Ibiza” by Swedish House Mafia & Tinie Tempah

Lohse ­– “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Lucroy – “Darkest Part” by Red

Maldonado – “Warriors” by Cosculluela

“Callejero” by Don Omar

Nelson – “10 Bands” by Drake

Parra – “Bravo de Verdad” by Oscar D’Leon

Perez- “Que Suenen los Tambores” by Victor Manuelle

Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Peterson – “A New Day” from the WWE group, A New Day

Ramirez – None (at his request)

Rogers – “Simon Says” (Instrumental) by Pharonche Monch

Segura – “Que se Mueran de Envidia” by Daddy Yankee ft Paramba

 

2015 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

Cotts – “Perfect Insanity” by Disturbed

Fiers – The Saw Theme Song

Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac

Jeffress – “Flex” by Rich Homie

Knebel – “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits

Lohse – “R.I.C.O” by Meek Mill

Nelson – “Sound of Madness” by Shinedown

Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Rodriguez – “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Cableron

Smith –“Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory

The song played after wins this season is “The Days” by Avicii.

And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to 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

@CMoyer

Wear Your Player Gear to Miller Park This Homestand and Save!

You probably were already planning on it, but you’ll want to be sure to wear your Brewers player apparel to Miller Park this homestand (July 17-22).

When you wear your player gear (past or present) at the Brewers Team Store, you will receive a coupon for an immediate $5 discount off of your purchase of player product, including player name and number t-shirts, player fashion tees, player-designed caps, bobbles, pennants, jerseys, photos, etc. (Sorry– game-used memorabilia is not included.)

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Your savings will be valid that day only at the following Miller Park locations: any of the four Brewers Team Store locations, Hank’s Hangout and Bernie’s Chalet.

In case you haven’t already seen some of the awesome new player-designed caps and fashion tees, I’ve got a look at some of them here for you.

First, player-designed caps.

Back in January at Brewers On Deck, some of the guys were excited about the opportunity to design their own New Era caps.

Davis Caps
Khri wanted to change things up a bit. Davis choose to mix in some different designs and fashions for his two caps and loved the experience, as well as the finished product. “I could design caps all day!” he exclaimed.

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Gennett Caps 
Scooter really wanted to base his caps on designs that are different and not typically seen in stores. Scooter actually designed his own “SG2” logo, which is featured on all three of his caps. Upon seeing the finished product, Scooter thought that each cap turned out looking “sick.

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Gomez Caps
Carlos loves gold and so it’s no surprise that the Gold Glove centerfielder made sure to incorporate gold in each of his cap designs.

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Lucroy Caps
Essentially, Luc wanted something that he could wear while duck hunting… so camo it is!

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Peralta Caps
Wily also had a lot of fun designing his caps and stuck with the trendy camo look for one of his designs. He also made sure that one of his caps would have his nickname, “Big Wily,” on the back.  After picking up 17 wins last year, he can put whatever he wants on his cap design!

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Next, the players weighed in on their unique t-shirt designs.

Gennett T-Shirt
Scooter was also very hands on with his t-shirt design and sent in multiple sketches and drafts of what he was looking for. He loves outer space and astronomy, so he wanted his shirt to depict himself hitting a baseball, while on the moon, out into space.

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Gomez T-Shirt
Carlos liked his New Era caps so much that he decided he wanted to have his shirt design match, bringing in highlights of the same unique camo and coloring.

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Lucroy T-Shirt
Luc couldn’t help but copy Gomez, as he also choose to have one of his cap designs be used for his t-shirt design.

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Happy Shopping!

Cait

@CMoyer

Bill Schroeder to be Placed on “Brewers Wall of Honor”

Former player and current TV analyst Bill Schroeder will be enshrined on the “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park in a pregame ceremony this Friday, July 17. The “Wall of Honor,” which was unveiled in 2014, commemorates Milwaukee Brewers players and broadcasters that meet a set criteria based on service to the Club.

The “Wall of Honor” is a permanent display outside of Miller Park on the North side of the stadium adjacent to the Hot Corner entrance. Honorees on the wall each have a plaque with their photo and a brief synopsis of their career. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.

A pre-game ceremony to honor Schroeder will be held on Friday, July 17 when the Brewers face the Pirates at Miller Park.  The long-time broadcaster will be surrounded by friends and family on the field and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Schroeder returned for his 21st season in the Brewers broadcast booth this year. He began his career behind the mic as the Brewers’ color man after a distinguished playing career. Schroeder spent eight seasons in the big leagues with the Brewers and California Angels, posting a career-best .332 batting average in 1987. He caught Juan Nieves’ no-hitter on April 15, 1987 at Baltimore in the midst of the team’s Major League record-tying 13-0 start. In addition, he clubbed a career-high 14 home runs and had 42 RBI that season.

 

 

Members who meet any of the following criteria while wearing a Brewers uniform will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:

  • 2,000 or more plate appearances
  • 1,000 or more innings pitched
  • 250 appearances as a pitcher
  • Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
  • Manager of a pennant-winner
  • Individuals memorialized as a statue on the Miller Park plaza
  • Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers

In addition, the above criteria has been updated to allow the team to honor longtime broadcasters who played for the team. Any alum who donned a Brewers uniform for any length of time and served as a primary broadcaster for at least 20 seasons with the team will be eligible for the “Wall of Honor.”

Last year’s inaugural class included 58 members enshrined on the Brewers Wall of Honor. John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks are the nine active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement.

Getting Set for Tomorrow’s Miller Park Soccer Match

 

 

On the heels of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup victory, we’re pretty pumped up for tomorrow’s soccer match at Miller Park.

Last night, both Atlas F.C. and Newcastle United F.C. arrived in Milwaukee:

and both teams took part in practices today at Marquette’s Valley Fields.

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In addition, to preview this event, we held a press conference at Miller Park today.  Newcastle Coach Steve McClaren, Jack Colback, a central midfielder from Newcastle United, Atlas Coach Gustavo Matosas and Aldo Leao Ramirez, a central midfielder from Club Atlas were on hand for the event. 

The scene from today's press conference at Miller Park. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

The scene from today’s press conference at Miller Park. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

 

Each of the participants expressed how excited they are to be playing the match at Miller Park–and that they’ve already been impressed by the fan support in Wisconsin as many showed up for this morning’s practices.

“I think the atmosphere will be good. I think there is going to be at least 25,000 here, which is a great turnout. We all know how enthusiastic American fans are,” said Colback.

Newcastle Coach McClaren said,  “It’s great! It was strange because they are in the Newcastle shirts and they have American accents, so that’s a little unusual. Also as Jack was saying, tomorrow’s game with 25-30,000 people will be a great atmosphere against a very good team. Again I reiterate that Milwaukee, we’ve only been here a day but it’s very nice. The weather is good; far better than back home so we will enjoy the preparation and then the game.”

Atlas Coach Matosas echoed Coach McClaren’s sentiment saying, “Milwaukee is beautiful. I don’t know Milwaukee, but Milwaukee is really beautiful. Beautiful city.”

Following the press conference, the media also had the chance to take the field for a match.

The media had a chance to test out the soccer pitch at Miller park this afternoon.

The media had a chance to test out the soccer pitch at Miller park this afternoon.

 

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s match. Prices range from $25 – $70. Parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Fans can purchase tickets online at Brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, or by phone at 414-902-4000.

In addition, all fans who attend the match will receive a voucher at the gate that will allow them to receive $15 off a future Brewers home game in the month of August. The voucher is valid for 14 games in the month, excluding August 1, 2, 8 and 15And the first 10,000 adults 18 and over will receive a reversible soccer scarf featuring the logos and colors of the Newcastle and Atlas Clubs, courtesy of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

The gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m.  Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

For more information on the match, check out our A-to-Z Guide, here.

Special thanks to New Media Intern Aaron Oberley for the photos and assist today!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Francisco Rodriguez All-Star Merchandise Now Available

After this weekend’s series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez is set to travel to Cincinnati to represent the Brewers in the 2015 All-Star Game.

Now, you can celebrate K-Rod’s sixth All-Star appearance with the new gear that just arrived at the Brewers Team Store.

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K-Rod All-Star Jersey & Cap K-Rod Al-Star Jersey and Cap

There are t-shirts ($39), caps ($45) and jerseys ($149). You can also shop online at brewers.com.

Be sure to tune in to the game on Tuesday on FOX. Coverage starts at 6pm CT.

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7/14/15 UPDATE: Ryan Braun was named to the 2015 All-Star team on Sunday, July 12. His t-shirts have arrived in the Brewers Team Store today ($39):

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-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Join us for College Cap Nights!

Students, alumni and fans are invited to join us for three College Cap nights during the 2015 season. 

Choose from Wisconsin Badgers Cap Night (Friday, 8/14); UW-Milwaukee Cap Night (Friday, 8/28); or Marquette Cap Night (Friday, 10/2).

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Proudly display your school colors as you cheer on the Crew with your one-of-a-kind, school-themed Brewers hat — FREE to all who purchase College Cap Night tickets.

Through this special offer,  students, alumni and fans will enjoy great savings with tickets available in the Terrace Reserved for as little as $16 and Field Outfield Box for $32. As an added bonus, attendees on 8/14 and 8/28 will also receive a free Brewers T-Shirt as part of that night’s Free-Shirt Friday Giveaway.

Tickets are available at brewers.com/badgers; brewers.com/panthers or brewers.com/marquette. For groups of 25 or more, call (414) 902-4774.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

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