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Off to the Races! Time to Start Training for the Brewers Mini!

This summer, we’ve offered you a plethora of opportunities to run in, around and through Miller Park.

From the Brewers Community Foundation’s Famous Racing Sausages 5k Run/Walk which was held earlier this month to the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K in September, there’s something for athletes of every level.

And, speaking of the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K, you have until this Friday (July 31) to sign up and save on the registration fee.

And, if you’re on the fence and concerned you won’t be ready in time, don’t fear. Thanks to Performance Running Outfitters (PRO), our official training partner of the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K, we’ve got training programs designed to help you hit your stride.

Performance Running Outfitters is locally owned by Trae and Jessica Hoepner, who together we have over 20 years of coaching and 30 years of running expertise. Once again, PRO is offering two different training programs, one to help you train for the Brewers Mini-Marathon (13.1) miles and another to help you tackle the 10K distance.

While the Brewers Mini training program is already underway, you still have until this Saturday (August 1) to sign up for the Brewers 10K Training Program, which begin at PRO’s locations in Brookfield and Shorewood.

A Brewers Mini-Marathon poster hangs proudly in Performance Running Outfitters' Brookfield location. PRO is the official training partner of the Brewers Mini + 10K.

A Brewers Mini-Marathon poster hangs proudly in Performance Running Outfitters’ Brookfield location. PRO is the official training partner of the Brewers Mini + 10K.

Here’s what that entails:

Brewers 10K Training Program

The Get Fit 10k program is geared towards the moderately fit runner, former runner, or beginning runner who has already finished a 5k and wants more of a challenge with weekly motivation. This is a progressive course which will focus on completing a longer distance each week.  Performance Running Outfitters will provide a training program, weekly emails with motivation and necessary information for runners.

It is recommended that you can run a 5k before beginning this program and have an “ok” from a medical professional with a clean bill of health. The program will begin on Monday, August 3 (Shorewood) or Tuesday, August 4 (Brookfield) and meet for 8 weeks. Runners looking for additional group support are encouraged to attend PRO’s Thursday fun runs.

For a $75 fee (which does not include race registration), program participants will receive:

  • Tech Tee and Running Socks
  • Weekly emails with advice from coach
  • PRO Coupon – 20% OFF
  • Video gait analysis with footwear recommendation
  • Seminars on cadence & speed, nutrition & hydration, etc.

This year’s training program is also supported by Turbana. They are providing training tips relating to hydration and nutrition in weekly newsletters as well as coupons for runners to save on bananas at their local Sendik’s store. 

“It’s all about getting knowledge and information to help you become a smart and healthy runner,” said Micaela, one of PRO’s friendly folks who helps run the program.

“Most people are more successful in a group setting. It’s all about camaraderie and having fun while you’re out there. Training by yourself can become mundane, especially in the summer when it’s hot out. Here, we have new topics every week. We cover everything from hydration and nutrition to proper running form to good shoes, etc., so the goal in the end is to prepare them to run the race, so they also have a good mindset of what they’re getting into.”

Michaela says the folks who participate in the program run the gamut from beginners to people who participate every year because they like the camaraderie and accountability.

For more information, or to register for this program, click here. You can also register in person at one of the PRO locations.

Speaking of training… you can now pick up these special “in training” shirts,, along with official Brewers Mini +10k hoodies, new ½ zips and other merchandise at BrewersMini.com.  Items may also be available at packet pick-up on September 24 and 25, while supplies last.

In Training Shirts

Running not your thing? Don’t forget we’ve got our “Hitting 4 the Cycle” Bike to Miller Park event coming up in less than two weeks!

Good luck!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

NO-FEE FRIDAY RETURNS TO BREWERS.COM

Today we announced the return of the popular one-day promotion, “No Fee Friday.” To show our appreciation for our fans, tomorrow, the Brewers will cover the cost of all ticket transaction fees for online and phone orders placed between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CT.

The one-day promotion is valid for any remaining 2015 regular season games at Miller Park.

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There are 32 home games remaining on the Brewers’ regular season schedule, and fans can purchase tickets to any of them without having to pay transaction fees. The offer is only valid this Friday, between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. For instance, if a fan purchases two tickets for the game on Saturday, September 19 against the Cincinnati Reds, the fees associated with those tickets would be covered by the Brewers – as long as they are purchased this Friday.

Several great matchups remain on the Brewers schedule. Tickets are still available for popular promotions including Free-Shirt Fridays, six All-Fan Giveaways, the last instalment of the Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite featuring the Goo Goo Dolls and weekend matchups against division rivals the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Tickets can be purchased to any remaining Brewers home games by calling (414) 902-4000, online at Brewers.com or by visiting the Miller Park ticket windows. All tickets are subject to availability and no refunds/exchanges will be awarded. The “No Fee Friday” promotion cannot be combined with any discounted or special offers.

 

Jonathan Lucroy Wins Milwaukee Brewers Heart & Hustle Award 

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce Jonathan Lucroy as the Milwaukee Brewers 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“[Jonathan] represents his team well as a dedicated, hardworking player,” said John Shelby, member of the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff. “He cares about his team and respects the game.”

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013) and Josh Harrison (2014).

The final winner will be announced on November 10,2015 at the 16th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 120 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

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.
PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

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.
PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

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.

Gilbert Hernandez Black

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.

James Beckum

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.

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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.

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