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Brewers Add Derek Johnson and Pat Murphy to Coaching Staff; Lee Tunnell Retained as Bullpen Coach

Today we announced the hiring of Derek Johnson as pitching coach and Pat Murphy as bench coach.  In addition, the Club has announced the return of bullpen coach Lee Tunnell to the 2016 staff.  The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“We are excited to announce the additions of Derek and Pat to our coaching staff and that Lee will return,” said Stearns.  “Combined with Ed (Sedar) and Darnell (Coles), we believe that we are assembling a staff that embodies the type of culture that we are looking to instill throughout our organization.”

Johnson, 44, replaces Rick Kranitz as pitching coach.  He joins the Brewers from the Chicago Cubs, where he served as pitching coordinator from 2013-15.  Prior to that role, Johnson enjoyed 11 seasons as the pitching coach at Vanderbilt University from 2002-12.  Over his last three seasons at Vanderbilt, he served as associate head coach in addition to pitching coach.  Among others, Johnson guided the collegiate careers of 2012 Cy Young Award-winner David Price and current Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray.

Derek Johnson, previously with the Cubs organization, was named the new Brewers pitching coach today.

Derek Johnson, previously with the Cubs organization, was named the new Brewers pitching coach today.

Murphy, 56, replaces Jerry Narron as bench coach.  He spent the previous six seasons in the San Diego Padres organization, joining the Club as a special assistant to the baseball operations department in 2010.  He went on to manage at Class-A Eugene (2011-12), Triple-A Tucson (2013) and Triple-A El Paso (2014-15) before being named Padres interim manager last June 16.  Along with his professional managing experience, Murphy had successful college stints as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame (1988-94) and Arizona State University (1995-2009).  While at Notre Dame, he coached current Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

Pat Murphy, previously with the Padres, has been named the new Brewers bench coach for 2016.

Pat Murphy, previously with the Padres, has been named the new Brewers bench coach for 2016.

Tunnell, 55, returns for his fourth full season as bullpen coach.  In 2015, the Milwaukee bullpen led the National League in strikeouts (548) and ranked second in winning percentage (23-15, .605), fifth in ERA (3.40) and fifth in opponent batting average (.238).

Lee Tunnell will return for his fourth full season as bullpen coach.

Lee Tunnell will return for his fourth full season as bullpen coach.



First 2016 All-Fan Giveaway Revealed: Vintage Brewer Bobblehead Day Set for April 10


It’s that time of year again–time to begin unveiling next season’s All-Fan Giveaway schedule!

With a lineup that features plenty of fan favorites, a handful of new faces and even a couple unexpected twists, we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2016.

Leading off the 2016 All-Fan Giveaway Lineup is a Vintage Bobblehead dressed in a 1980s #Brewers uniform! The Vintage Brewer Bobblehead has been a popular item over the past couple of years, so to add to the set, we’re dressing this one in pinstripes and the ball and glove logo. All fans in attendance when the Brewers take on the Houston Astros on Sunday, April 10 will receive this giveaway.


Make sure to follow us on our website at and across all of our social media platforms this week–including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram– to be the first to see our 2016 All-Fan Giveaway schedule, plus have a chance to win tickets to those games.


If you don’t win, don’t worry.  Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the Vintage Brewer bobblehead is included in select season ticket packages which are on sale now.

Be sure to check back in the coming months as we also unveil the image of the actual bobblehead when we get it!

Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and all week as we unveil more of our schedule!

– Cait


“Inside the Brewers” Event at Miller Park Tonight; Submit Your Questions Now

Tonight we will be hosting  a special “town hall” meeting with Manager Craig Counsell and General Manager David Stearns. Brewers ticket plan holders, Suiteholders and VIPs have been invited to Miller Park for a unique opportunity to hear from the team’s field manager and general manager.

Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson will serve as host and emcee for the event and those in attendance will have the chance to have their questions answered by both David and Craig.

Although the event is by invitation only and not open to the general public, if you’re not here tonight, you can still submit questions in advance via social media. Post them in the comments below, look for our designated posts on Facebook and Instagram, or Tweet your question to @Brewers using the hashtag #InsidetheBrewers.

In addition, tonight’s event will be streamed live beginning at 6:30pm CT at



Kenny Chesney to Return to Miller Park on Saturday, June 18

This morning, we announced that Miller Park has been named as a stop on Kenny Chesney’s “Spread the Love” 2016 Tour, which will rock Miller Park on Saturday, June 18. This is the second time that the country music star will headline at the home of the Brewers, as he entertained fans at the stadium during his “No Shoes Nation” tour in 2013. Chesney also visited Miller Park in 2010 as part of Farm Aid’s “25th Anniversary Tour.”

Chesney's "Spread the Love" Tour features a return to Miller Park next June.

Chesney’s “Spread the Love” Tour features a return to Miller Park next June.

The concert will feature other top country stars including Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and a third artist to be announced later (the third artist will perform between Lambert and Old Dominion).

Kenny Chesney at Miller Park

The Knoxville, Tennessee-born country star has recorded numerous studio albums, including 11 that have been certified platinum. He has produced countless chart-topping singles such as “Anything But Mine,” “How Forever Feels,” “Live A Little,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” “Somewhere With You,” and “Never Wanted Nothing More.” Chesney was honored by the industry when he received the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award four times (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and is once again up for the prestigious award which will be announced during the Country Music Association Awards on November 4.  Last year, Chesney released his 16th studio album, The Big Revival. The album, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Country Airplay chart, includes smash hits “American Kids,” “Till It’s Gone” and “Wild Child.”

“Kenny Chesney is one of the industry’s most popular artists, and we’re excited that he will be returning to Miller Park again after his sold-out show here in 2013,” said Milwaukee Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With a number of major concerts in recent years, Miller Park is now a destination for music’s top touring artists, and fans love seeing shows in this world-class venue. We know this will be an exciting evening with a legendary entertainer and one of the most anticipated concerts of the summer.”

“People always want to know about the stadiums because it’s a big show… a lot of music… and the kind of day people come together and celebrate friendship,” said Chesney. “We know a lot of people travel to these dates from all over, so to give them as much time as possible to get ready, I figured it’d be nice to get these out in front of our other shows!”

Lambert, the five-time reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, is one of five nominees for Entertainer of the Year – along with Chesney – at this year’s Country Music Association Awards.  Earlier this year, Lambert was named Top Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music Awards for the sixth consecutive year (2010-15).  The country music star and singer/songwriter earned Best Female Country Vocal Performance honors for her single “The House That Built Me” at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards and won Best Country Album for Platinum at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards this year.

Old Dominion is a five-member band which consists of Matthew Ramsey (lead singer), Trevor Rosen (acoustic guitar, keyboards), Whit Sellers (drums), Geoff Sprung (bass guitar) and Brad Tursi (lead guitar).  Their debut single, “Break Up With Him,” reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Miller Park has played host to multiple concerts, including George Strait’s Country Music Festival (2001), N’Sync (2001), Bruce Springsteen (2003), Randy Travis (2004), Bon Jovi (2005), Kid Rock/Sugarland (2008), Farm Aid’s 25th Anniversary Concert (2010), Paul McCartney (2013), Kenny Chesney (2013) and One Direction (2015).  It has also hosted numerous other non-baseball events, including international soccer matches in 2014 and 2015.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 4 at 9 a.m. at, by phone at 414-902-4000 and at the Miller Park Box Office. Ticket prices will be announced at a later date.



Today we announced that the Brewers will close the Spring Training schedule with an exhibition game against their Double-A affiliate, The Biloxi Shuckers. The game will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 1:10 p.m. CT at the Shuckers new ballpark, MGM Park.

The Brewers will be traveling to Biloxi to take on the Shuckers in an exhibition game at the new MGM Park next spring.  Photo: Benton Reed

The Brewers will be traveling to Biloxi to take on the Shuckers in an exhibition game at the new MGM Park next spring.
Photo: Benton Reed

“We appreciate all of the work that (President) Ken Young, (General Manager) Buck Rogers and the entire Shuckers staff do to provide a first-class home for our Double A club,” said Brewers General Manager David Stearns. “MGM Park is a state-of-the-art facility and 2015 was a terrific first season there with the team advancing to the Southern League Championship. We look forward to the Major League club visiting next year and to many more seasons of a great partnership between our organizations.”

This is the first time the Brewers will play in Biloxi. It is the first time a Major League team has visited the Gulf Coast city since the 1935 Washington Senators held Spring Training at Biloxi Stadium, which is now the site of Keesler Air Force Base.

“Having our Major League affiliate come to play the Shuckers is a very special event for the entire community,” stated Biloxi Shuckers President Ken Young. “Fans will be able to get to see Major Leaguers up close and will have a chance to interact with them as well. Starting our second season by playing the Brewers is a terrific way to continue the momentum from the 2015 campaign.”

The Brewers will announce their complete Spring Training schedule at a later date. Milwaukee will open up the regular season on Monday, April 4 at Miller Park against the San Francisco Giants.

Brewers #BREWITCHED Pumpkin-Carving Contest Is Back!

Headed to the pumpkin patch and/or planning to carve your gourds this weekend?

You’ll want to read this first because our #BREWITCHED pumpkin-carving contest is back by popular demand!


Starting today, submit an original photo of your Brewers-themed pumpkin. Carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Tag it on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack, which will include two tickets to Brewers On Deck and a baseball signed by Jean Segura.

We’ll be accepting entries through Sunday, November 1 so you have plenty of time to get in the Brewers “spirit.” Get your pumpkin,  give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit beginning Monday. We’ll select three winners in this contest.

To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on, including a breand new Barrelman Stencil!

And, for inspiration, here are last year’s winners:

Plus, my own design from last year, so get creative:

Happy decorating!





Today we announced that we will be hosting  a special “town hall” meeting with Manager Craig Counsell and General Manager David Stearns on Thursday, October 29. Brewers ticket plan holders, Suiteholders and VIPs have been invited to Miller Park for a unique opportunity to hear from the team’s field manager and general manager.

Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson will serve as host and emcee for the event and those in attendance will have the chance to have their questions answered by both David and Craig.

Although the event is by invitation only and not open to the general public, fans at home will be able to submit their questions through social media on the day of the event (#InsideTheBrewers), as well as watch the event streamed live on that evening.

Stay tuned as we get closer to the event for more details on how you can submit your questions and/or tune in.




The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the hiring of Matt Arnold as vice president and assistant general manager. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“I am thrilled to bring Matt on board,” said Stearns. “Matt has touched nearly every aspect of baseball operations during his impressive career. He has the ability to impact our organization across the entire baseball operations spectrum and will be an integral part of our operation.”

Arnold, 36, had served as director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Rays prior to joining the Brewers. During his time with the Rays (2007-15), Arnold assisted President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman in player acquisitions, contract negotiation and internal farm system evaluation. His responsibilities also included foreign and domestic special assignments and coordinating advance scouting coverage for the postseason. In addition, Arnold oversaw the integration of science, biomechanics and human movement analysis within baseball operations at all levels.

Matt Arnold joins the Brewers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Matt Arnold joins the Brewers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

During his nine-season tenure in Tampa Bay, the Rays posted the fourth-best winning percentage in the American League (773-686, .530) and qualified for the postseason four times (2008, 2010-11 and 2013), including the franchise’s first World Series appearance in 2008.

Arnold has 15 seasons of professional baseball experience. Along with his time with the Rays, he has worked in the baseball operations departments of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000), Texas Rangers (2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2003-06).

While with the Reds, Arnold served as assistant director of professional scouting with his duties including player analysis, financial planning and arbitration, as well as involvement in advance, amateur and professional scouting. He joined the Rays following the 2006 season as a professional scout and was promoted to director of professional scouting in November 2009. In that role, he supervised the organization’s Major League and professional scouting departments. He was promoted to his most recent position with the Rays this past June.

“While leaving an incredible organization in Tampa Bay, I am excited and eternally grateful for the opportunity join the Brewers family,” said Arnold. “I am delighted at the prospect of building upon a dynamic environment and facing the challenges ahead together with Mark (Attanasio), David (Stearns), Doug (Melvin), Craig (Counsell) and the baseball operations department. Through hard work, curiosity, and creativity, I intend to work tirelessly with our talented group to bring a championship to Milwaukee.”

Originally from California, Arnold attended the University of California-Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in economics. While there, he met his wife, Jodi. The couple has a daughter, Julianne, and a son, Tyler.


Introducing Clubhouse–Get Your Brewers Emojis & GIFs!

Today Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) unveiled a league-wide keyboard extension app called Clubhouse which gives fans a fun way to expand and customize their personal keyboards with baseball-themed GIFs and stickers.

Baseball fans will have access to hundreds of newly developed baseball-themed stickers/emojis, such as official logos, current and legendary player emojis, team mascots, ballpark food and features and baseball equipment, and animated GIFs built by for visually personifying their emotions and communications with baseball on their phones.



Fans will have easy access to browse and customize their favorite baseball-themed content and add the stickers and GIFs to their keyboards, personalizing by content theme and favorite team. All keyboard content also can be managed directly within the Fans keyboard extension app.

Here are some of the Brewers-specific emojis that we’ve helped to create for the Clubhouse launch:

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In addition to collecting stickers and GIFs in their custom keyboards, fans also have the ability to intuitively share the content as part of their social conversation either via text or their personal accounts for the popular social and messaging networks, including Twitter and Facebook.

The free app is exclusively available now in the Apple App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.





Ryan Braun Named Brewers Nominee for 2015 Hank Aaron Award; Vote Online Through October 11

Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Ryan Braun was named the Brewers nominee for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award.

“The nominees for the 2015 Hank Aaron Awards provide great insight into the considerable young talent in our game today,” Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said. “Hank Aaron was a tremendous all-around offensive performer, and I believe that the diverse skills and competitive spirits demonstrated by these 30 players throughout the 2015 season have honored the Hall of Famer’s enduring legacy.”

Fans can vote for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award exclusively online at and the 30 Club sites. For the sixth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.

“It is truly a joy and an honor that the award recognizing the top offensive performers in the game has my name on it,” said Hank Aaron. “I am grateful to have some of my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans to assist in selecting the winners from this talented group of nominees.”

The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount.  These Hall of Famers – who combined for 16,697 hits, 8,712 RBI and 2,166 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.

Continuing through October 11, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2015 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2015 World Series.


Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout (2014); Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012); Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011); Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).

The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.


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