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Pink Tie Guy Event Benefits Breast Cancer Research and Prevention

Last night, I was fortunate to be able to attend the “Pink Tie Guy” fundraiser at Blu atop the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Led by President-Baseball Operations and GM Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, Pink Tie Guy is an event benefiting After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD). Breast cancer research and prevention is a cause near and dear to the Melvins’ hearts, as Ellen lost her mother, Elsie Schultz, to the disease in 1991.

Ginny Finn, Executive Director of ABCD, was on hand to speak about the importance of the cause and how grateful the organization is for support from events such as this.

A pink tie is not just a fashion statement – it’s a commitment to the fight against breast cancer. At the event, the “Pink Tie Guys,” an elite group of individuals who stepped up to the plate to contribute to the fight, were presented with custom pink bow ties from Randa Neckwear.

Attendees from the Brewers included Manager Craig Counsell, Jerry Narron, Ed Sedar, Mike Guerrero, Rick Kranitz, Lee Tunnell, Jimmy Nelson, and Jonathan Lucroy; broadcasters Bill Schroeder and Bob Uecker; and other front office executives.

In addition, this year, Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig was named the 2015 Honorary Pink Tie Guy. Past Honorary Pink Tie Guys include Hank Aaron and Robin Yount.

Here are a few photos from the event:

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Thank you to everyone who came out last night to support this very important cause.






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 (

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 or by calling (414) 902-4479.

Brewers Wives Basket Auction is on NOW! Bid on Brewers Players & Coaches Favorite Things

The Brewers Wives are helping to raise money for this very important initiative through a special auction on

From now through June 28, Brewers fans have the opportunity to bid on special baskets that Brewers players and coaches and their wives have put together representing the Crew’s favorite things.

All proceeds will benefit Lissy’s Place, which serves young women exiting the foster care system as well as homeless young women who have not come through the foster care system. Lissy’s Place helps young women end the cycle of poverty and homelessness through the development of educational, financial, health and personal skills to live independently.

Here’s a look at the different baskets up for bid:

1. Darnell Coles’ BBQ Basket (Created by Shari Coles)



• Brewers BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers BBQ Meat Brander
• Darnell Coles Autographed Picture
• Darnell Coles Autographed Jersey
• Darnell Coles Autographed Baseball
• Darnell Coles Bobblehead
• Tony Dungy Book
• Boston Baked Beans
• Lays Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
• BBQ Sauce
• A1 Sauce
• Pay Day Candy Bars
• 2 – $50.00 Metro Market Grocery Gift Cards
• Cookie Jar


2. Mark Attanasio’s Favorite Things (Created by Debbie Attanasio)



• Certificate for 8 seats in the owner’s box by the Brewers dugout for a mutually agreed upon game for the 2015 or 2016 season
• 8 passes to The Selig Experience at Miller Park, for access prior to the opening of the gates (no waiting in line)
• Official Major League Baseball, in Lucite case, with Mark Attanasio’s signature and “Go Brewers”
• Brewers gear, all in size men’s XL with current team logo:
• “Triple Cliate” on-field game jacket with removable inner jacket (Majestic
Authentic Collection)
• Quarter-zip gray pullover sweatshirt (47 Brand)
• Navy denim adjustable hat with mesh adjustable back (Nike)
• Stainless steel shock-resistant Turbo watch (Sparo)
• Black custom Oakley sunglasses

• Fitbit One (wireless activity and sleep tracker)
• $200 certificate for dinner for 2 at any SURG restaurant (including Carnevor)
• Bag of Hershey’s Kisses with macadamia nuts (from Hawaii)
• Bag of milk chocolate baseballs
• Men’s brown-and-tan braided leather bracelet from Calabritto 28 in Capri, Italy
• Italian food and drink:
• Olivier Napa Valley mini bottle of pear white balsamic vinegar (imported from Modena)
• Riso della Sardegna Carnaroli rice for risotto (from Sardinia)
• Gentile Scialatielli pasta (from Napoli)
• Ricciole–sugar cookies (from Treviglio)
• Il Boschetto lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil, large bottle (from Toscana)
• Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto, 2012–a hard-to-find Supertuscan wine created by the same vintner that produces the well-known Sassicaia brand; in leather wine tote

• Movies, TV and Music:
• The Very Best of The Rolling Stones 1964-1971 (CD)
• Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits/Creedence Clearwater Revival, vol. 1 (CD)
• Diner (DVD; produced in 1982, written and directed by Barry Levinson)
• Blue Jasmine (DVD; produced in 2013; written and directed by Woody Allen)
• Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (DVDs, 21-disc set)

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*


3. Bench Coach Basket (Jerry Narron), Created by Donna Narron



• 2015 Mother’s Day Line up card, Brewers vs Cubs, Autographed by Jerry Narron *Authenticated
• 2015 Mother’s Day game ball autographed by Jerry Narron
• Personally owned black fungo bat autographed by Jerry Narron
• Jerry Narron “#36” Brewers jersey
• MLB Mother’s day wrist sweat bands
• Mother’s day Hank bobble-head
• Milwaukee Brewers pink souvenir bat
• Brewers (Coleman) tailgate chair
• Brewers (Coleman) cooler
• Brewers collapsible tote
• Brewers plates, napkins, cups and matching silverware
• Brewers fleece blanket
• Brewers baseball cap
• Brewers draw string back sack
• Brewers Hank T-shirt (size small)
• Brewers Hebrew script T-shirt (size large)
• 2 Brewers fan foam hands
• 2 Brewers Can Holder Koozies
• 1 Bible and Book of Scriptures (Jerry uses daily with his walk with the Lord)
• Sheaffer calligraphy pen and ink set (the exact kind Jerry uses daily on the line-up card)
• Inspirational cards and notecards
• Game Day snacks: Cracker Jacks, Animal Crackers, Reese’s Pieces, Reggie’s Sunflower Seeds, and Orbit gum…All Jerry’s Favorites


4. Doug Melvin’s Favorite Things, created by Ellen Melvin



•• 4 Field Level Tickets to a Milwaukee Brewers Game during the remainder of the 2015 season for a mutually agreed upon date (Restrictions may apply)
• 2 Center Court seats with Courtside Club access to a Milwaukee Bucks home game during the 2015-2016 season for a mutually agreed upon date
• Autographed Doug Melvin bobblehead
• Autographed Robin Yount baseball (2011 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Hank Aaron baseball (2013 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Commissioner Selig baseball (2015 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) Limited Edition “Thank You” Baseball, #1 of 2000
• 2 Pink Ties (From the Melvin’s Pink Tie Guy Events raising funds for breast cancer research, awareness and prevention programs)
• Step Up to the Plate apron and tote bag (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Pink Pashmina (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Wounded Warrior Project Hat, Headbands and Pullover Jacket (Another one of Doug’s favorite charities)
• $100 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar (Be sure to have the carrot cake for dessert. It’s Doug’s favorite carrot cake. The best you will ever taste!)
• 4 Movie passes to any Marcus Theatre (Doug is an avid movie goer)
• Double Stuffed Oreos
• Popcorn
• Various movie candies
• 2 Western DVD’s
• A League of their Own DVD
• The Yogi Book
• $25 iTunes gift card (Doug loves music)
• 2 Pound of Starbucks Coffee (Pike Place and Veranda Blend)
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Labatt’s Blue Beer (Doug loves his Canadian Beer)
• Bottle of Jack Daniels
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Honey
• Bottle of Gentlemen Jack
• Whiskey Stones
• 2 Whiskey Glasses
• Brewers Thermal Tote Bag
• Charcoal Grill (Doug loves to look out the window on game day and see all of the tailgaters)
• Brewers Grilling Set
• Brewers Cheese Board and Tool Set
• Tailgating Snacks
• 1 Dozen Titleist Golf Balls with Brewers Logo

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*


5. Catcher’s Basket (Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado & Marcus Hanel), Created by Sarah Lucroy, Janelise Maldonado & Jill Hanel



Jonathan Lucroy’s Favorite Things
• Brewers Wine Glass
• Jonathan Lucroy Bobblehead ? 2014 All-Star Jersey
• Lucroy Star Wars Bobblehead
• French Press Coffee Pot
• 3 Camo Lucroy Hats
• 1 pair of autographed Lucroy Baseball Cleats
• Bottle of Decoy Pinot Noir
• Autographed Lucroy Batting Gloves
• 2 Lucroy Brewers T-shirts
• $30 Chipotle Gift Card
• Leather Brewers Bag

Martin Maldonado’s Favorite Things
• Wahl Clippers
• Selfie Stick
• The Black Series Table Tennis Set (During his childhood and before professional baseball, Martin used to compete in tournaments.)
• Retro Camo Brewers Bag
• Autographed Martin Maldonado Timber Rattlers Bobblehead
• Brewers Bottle Insulator
• Brewers Coasters
• Rugged Wireless Speaker (Martin loves music, especially salsa)
• Whiskey Rocks
• BBQ Tool Set
• Café Puro (Martin’s favorite Puerto Rican coffee)
• Maldonado T-shirt
• Autographed Brewers Hat
• Deluxe BBQ Set
• Brewers Pet Gear
• Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label Whiskey
• Bottle of Coquito (An eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. Martin loves to make it every Christmas.)
• Brewers Mug
• Pique Mi Madre Hot Sauce
• Brewers Bank Soup Can (Marin’s inner child still collects coins)
• Bimbo Cookies (Puerto Rican Cream Stuffed Cookies)
• Autographed Game Used Cleats
• 2 – #12 Wrist Bands
• 3 Pair of Game Used autographed Batting Gloves

Marcus Hanel’s Favorite Things
• Gummi Bears
• Milk Chocolate
• 2 Marcus Movie Theatre Tickets
• Certificate for 2 Burgers at Georgie Porgies
• Starbucks Coffee
• Bottle of Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Baseball
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Catcher’s Mask
• Autographed Retro Brewers Hat

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*


6. Gerardo Parra’s Tackle Box, Created by Tania Parra


• Tackle Box
• Oreos
• Came Chocolate Bars
• Black Thunder Chocolate Bars
• Power Bail Bite Lures
• Zoom Lures
• Assorted Pan Fish Lure Kit
• Signal Flares
• Pocket Knife
• Brewers Retro Tote
• Italian Bobblehead
• P.A.N. 100% White Corn Instant Dough
• Bottle of Water Stone Cabernet Sauvignon
• 17 piece Premium BBQ Set
• Game Used Bat
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• 1 Ugly Sticks Fishing Pole
• Cheese Balls
• $100 Brewers Team Store Gift Certificate
• Autographed Worn Tennis Shoes
• 2 Pairs of Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• 42 Movie
• Mitre Soccer Ball
• 2 Brewers Autographed Caps
• 3 Autographed Parra Baseball Trading Cards
• 3 Autographed Game Used Baseballs

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*


7.  Craig Counsell’s Wheelbarrow, Created by Michelle Counsell


• Gardening Wheelbarrow
• Bottle of Bullet Bourbon
• Autographed Counsell T-shirt
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• NutriBullet Blender
• Brewers Fleece Blanket
• Yoga Mat
• Large Ceramic Flower Pot
• Pair of Gardening Gloves
• Pruning Sheers
• Gardening Spade
• Chefmate BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers Water Bottle
• $35 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s
• $25 iTunes Gift Card
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Bottle of La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir
• Autographed Counsell Bobblehead
• 1 Large Bag of Miracle Grow Potting Mix
• Excaveggietor, Root Vegetable Removal Trowel

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*


8.  Carlos Gomez’s Favorite Things, Created by Gerandy Gomez


• 2 Wine Glasses
• Bottle of California 37 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of The Archivist 2013 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of Bogle Vineyard 2013 Merlot
• Cheese
• 4 Autographed Baseball Trading Cards
• Rabbit Electric Wine Opener
• Autographed Worn Cleats
• Autographed Game Worn Batting Gloves
• 2 Autographed Gomez Bobbleheads (box is autographed)
• 3 Autographed Baseballs
• Autographed Gomez Photo

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*


9.  Ryan Braun’s Beach Bag, Created by Larisa Braun



•• Blye Beach Bag
• Brewers Doonie & Burke Bag
• Puma Soccer Ball
• Spalding Basketball
• 2 Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• Autographed Baseball
• Bag of Haribro Gummy Bears
• His & Hers Glass Zulau Water Bottles
• Bottle of Zico Coconut Water
• Miami Hurricanes 2015 College World Series Dry Fit Nike Shirt (XL)
• Bag of Trail Mix
• Sour Patch Kids


10.  Corey Knebel’s Favorite Things, Created by Danielle Matula



• Popcorn – Movie Theater Butter
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
• Jack Links Peppered Beef Jerky
• Fudge Brownie Mix
• 5 Gum
• Lays Kettle Cooked BBQ Chips
• Starbucks Espresso Roast
• Bottle of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
• Autographed Baseball
• Autographed Hank Mini Baseball Bat

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*


11.  Brewers Bullpen Basket, Created by Jamie Cotts


• 50 Quart Coleman Cooler
• 2 Fold up Quad Brewers Chairs
• Brewers Keyring Bottle Opener
• 4 Brewers Koozies
• 2 Brewers Mason Jar Mugs
• Brewers Corn Hole Toss Bags
• Autographed Brewers Corn Hole Boards (One Board Signed By: Corey Knebel, Michael Blazek, Lee Tunnell, Will Smith Jeremy Jeffress, Neal Cotts, Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Rodriguez, Marcus Hanel)
• Neal Cotts Autographed Baseball
• Will Smith Autographed Baseball
• Michael Blazek Autographed Baseball
• Jonathan Broxton Autographed Baseball
• Jeremy Jeffress Autographed Baseball
• Corey Knebel Autographed Baseball
• Francisco Rodriguez Autographed Baseball
• Marcus Hanel Autographed Baseball
• Lee Tunnell Autographed Baseball

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*


12.  2014 Custom Made Cooler/Speaker Combo



•Autographed by the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers: Lyle Overbay, John Axford, Marco Estrada, Kyle Lohse, Logan Schafer, Elian Herrera, Scooter Gennett, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds, Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg, Matt Garza, Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Jeremy Jeffress, Jonathan Lucroy, Yovani Gallardo, Brandon Kintzler, Rob Wooten, Will Smith, Jim Henderson, Burke Bandenhop, Ryan Braun




Brewers Visit Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Early this afternoon, I had the pleasure of touring the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) with a group from the Brewers that included Manager Craig Counsell, Bench Coach Jerry Narron, Hitting Coach Darnell Coles, Coach John Shelby, infielder Jason Rogers, Brewers Wives and a few members of the front office.

Founded as a one-room office in 1990 at the corner of 18th Street and Vine, the site of the 1920 founding of the Negro National League, by 1997 it had grown to the 10,000-square-feet museum that we visited today.

Founded as a one-room office in 1990 at the corner of 18th Street and Vine, the site of the 1920 founding of the Negro National League, by 1997 it had grown to the 10,000-square-feet museum that we visited today.

Our tour guide, Raymond Doswell, led us on the NLBM’s unique tour, which circles a large field, with bronze statues of Negro Leagues greats at each position. One must pass through the exhibits telling the story of the league in order to gain access to the field at the end.

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Negro Leagues Museum

Part of the tour involves watching a short film entitled “They Were All Stars,” narrated by James Earl Jones.

Along the way, our tour guide told us the interesting stories behind the photos and artifacts that we were viewing, such as a ball signed by Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Joe Black, Jim Gilliam and Ty Cobb; a letter regarding an assessment on then-Indianapolis Clown player Henry Aaron; a collection of baseballs autographed by Negro League veterans given to the museum by Geddy Lee (yes, that Geddy Lee, of the band Rush); and a copy of “Satchel’s Rules for a Good Life,” that prompted many to capture a photo.

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The Negro Leagues modern structure dates to 1920 when Andrew “Rube” Foster, a former player, manager, and owner for the Chicago American Giants, joined several others to start the Negro National League. Soon, other leagues formed throughout the United States, including Milwaukee in 1923.

In 1947, MLB’s Brooklyn Dodgers brought over Jackie Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs to become the first African-American in the modern era to play on a Major League roster.

“It’s history, an important part of baseball history,” said Counsell. “I learned a lesson about American history and baseball history. You get a better understanding about how important baseball was in the African American communities in that time period.”

Jason Rogers echoed that sentiment.”I knew some of the history, but I enjoyed learning a lot more about it,” he said. “I liked it a lot. I’m glad I came.”

Here’s a brief interview with Jason about his visit:


Each year, the Club honors the Negro Leagues with a tribute game at Miller Park. As part of the event, the Brewers’ players wear uniforms of the Milwaukee Bears team that played one season in 1923. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 18 when the Brewers face the Pirates. More details pertaining to this year’s Negro Leagues Tribute Game will be released leading up to the event, so stay tuned.

A huge thanks to Raymond and the staff at the museum for a phenomenal tour. I highly encourage all baseball fans to pay a visit to Kansas City to see it.

Jason Rogers, Jerry Narron, Darnell Coles, Craig Counsell and John Shelby pose with the statue of Satchel Paige at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Jason Rogers, Jerry Narron, Darnell Coles, Craig Counsell and John Shelby pose with the statue of Satchel Paige at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.







Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at

This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the event. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.


Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

Michael Blazek Hector Gomez Gerardo Parra Darnell Coles Jerry Augustine
Ryan Braun Brooks Hall Wily Peralta Joe Crawford Cecil Cooper
Juan Centeno Jim Henderson Shane Peterson Matt Erickson Craig Counsell
Matt Clark Jeremy Jeffress Jason Rogers Mike Guerrero Rob Deer
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Logan Schafer Marcus Hanel Jim Gantner
Khris Davis Brandon Kintzler Will Smith Rick Kranitz Larry Hisle
Mike Fiers Kyle Lohse Michael Strong Jerry Narron
Yovani Gallardo Adam Lind Tyler Thornburg Ron Roenicke
Scooter Gennett Jonathan Lucroy Rob Wooten Ed Sedar
David Goforth Hunter Morris John Shelby
Carlos Gomez Jimmy Nelson Lee Tunnell

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events will be released next week.


Today the Brewers named Darnell Coles as hitting coach. Coles, who was signed to a one-year contract, replaces former hitting coach Johnny Narron, who was relieved of his duties on October 10.  The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Darnell has an impressive Major League background as a player and coach,” said Melvin.  “With his knowledge of hitting and strength as an instructor, he has the ability to connect with our players, with whom he is quite familiar.”

Coles, 52, returns for his second stint in the Brewers organization, having served as minor league hitting coordinator from 2010-11 and as manager at Double-A Huntsville from 2012-13.  He spent the 2014 season as assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, his first career coaching position at the Major League level.  The Tigers offense led the Major Leagues in batting average (.277), hits (1,557), RBI (731) and doubles (325) and ranked second (led the American League) in on-base percentage (.331), slugging percentage (.426) and OPS (.757).

Coles began his coaching career in 2000 as minor league hitting coordinator with the Seattle Mariners.  From 2001-06, he served as an analyst for ESPN.  His coaching career resumed in 2006 as minor league roving hitting instructor with the Washington Nationals and followed with roles in the organization as manager at Class-A Vermont (2007) and Class-A Hagerstown (2008) and as hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse (2009).

Coles played 14 Major League seasons and batted .245 with 75 HR and 368 RBI in 957 games.  The former infielder/outfielder played for Seattle (1983-85, ‘88-90), Detroit (1986-87, ‘90), Pittsburgh (1987-88), San Francisco (1991), Cincinnati (1992), Toronto (1993-94), St. Louis (1995) and Colorado (1997).  He was a member of the 1993 World Series champion Blue Jays.

Coles and his wife, Shari, reside in Tampa, Florida.  They have three children, DeAnna, Darnell Jr. and Jared.

Josh Prince Commands Attention With Strong Offensive Numbers and Defensive Versatility

Ranking second in the league in hitting with a .403 batting average and recording 31 hits in 21 games is cause for notice at the Arizona Fall League.  When combined with playing six different positions in the field, you can make yourself one of the most talked about players in the league.

The Brewers Josh Prince has made the most of his opportunities in the Arizona Fall League in the field and at the plate.

“I’ve played third base, second base, left field, right field and center field ” Prince said of his defensive positions during the Fall League.  “I came up through the organization as a shortstop so I know I can play there as well.  Being versatile is big.  If you look in baseball there are not a lot of players that can play (all those positions).  It really helps my chances of getting there (to the big leagues).”

Josh Prince in the batting cage at the Arizona Fall League

Josh Prince in the batting cage at the Arizona Fall League

The Brewers drafted Prince as a shortstop in the third round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Tulane University.  He first worked with Brewers outfield/baserunning instructor Reggie Williams on proper positioning in Spring Training and continued in the outfield at Double-A Huntsville.  His extended season in Arizona has also given him many opportunities to work on defense.

“He has had a very good year,” said Darnell Coles, Huntsville Stars manager and Phoenix Desert Dogs hitting coach.  “Coming from playing shortstop to the outfield this year is tough.  A lot of it was learning on the spot and he is still learning but he has done a very good job as an outfielder.  Being able to play these positions adds value to our organization and to him as a player.  If a guy gets hurt, you know he can fill in defensively wherever and you don’t have to worry about it.  Plus his bat and base running are great.”

Coles has worked with Prince all year in Huntsville and has help develop his swing to a comfortable point as his offensive numbers show.

“I’ve been working with Darnell on flattening out my swing and giving myself better opportunities to get hits when I am a little tardy or a little early,” Prince said.  “I just want to be able to stay through the ball.  That is the biggest reason why I have had success here.”

Josh Prince sees his ability to run as an important part of his game.

Josh Prince sees his ability to run the bases as an important part of his game.

Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin also likes what he has seen from Prince at the Arizona Fall League and compared his defensive versatility to that of Jerry Hairston.

“His bat has really taken off this fall,” Melvin said.  “He is a very aggressive baserunner–a high energy guy.  His versatility is going to be his calling card to get to the big leagues.”

Prince hit .251 with seven home runs and 55 RBI during the 2012 regular season at Huntsville with a .346 OBP and .360 slugging percentage.  Both his OBP (.489) and slugging percentage (.588) currently rank in the top four in the Arizona Fall League.

“It’s been awesome out here,” Prince said of his Fall League experience. “The weather is great, the baseball talent here is amazing and we are having fun too.  The coaches are making this fun and enjoyable for us while at the same time teaching us.  I’m happy I am putting up the numbers I am, but I’m constantly working on getting better.”

For Prince that work will continue through the offseason into the winter.

“There is no time for rest,” Prince said.  “I’ll get home, hit the gym and start working out.  With playing in this league, there is not much time for rest.  I have missed some time in the gym and need to make up for that conditioning I have lost to prepare myself for a full season next year.”

Chances are most Brewers fans have not seen the type of game that Prince plays, but he described his play on the field as exciting.

“First and foremost, I want people to know me as a follower of Jesus Christ,” Prince said.  “I know that He is the guy I play for and I want people to remember me for that.  On the field, I want Brewers fans to know me as a guy who is versatile and a guy that can run.  I like to steal bases, I like to try to get on base and score runs for the team.  I feel like I can play anywhere and do a good job at any of those positions.”

With the combination of Prince’s ability to run, his defensive versatility and the offensive numbers he has put up during the Arizona Fall League, Brewers fans might be seeing this exciting player at Miller Park very soon.

Josh Prince can be found on Twitter: @JoshPrince17.


Khris Davis Looking to Continue to Grow as a Hitter

Despite an early season injury, Khris Davis had a breakout year in 2012.  The Brewers’ 7th round draft pick in the 2009 First Year Player Draft joined Double-A Huntsville after recovering from a calf injury.  With the Stars, he hit .383 with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 44 games.  The injury nagged him throughout the season, but he battled through and earned a promotion to Triple-A Nashville late in the year.

“My season had its ups and downs,” Davis said.  “That is just baseball, it’s a roller coaster ride.  You have to learn to get through it all and I think I did that and performed well.”

With the Sounds, the outfielder hit .310 with four home runs and 24 RBI.  Over his last 45 games of the 2012 season between Huntsville and Nashville, Davis recorded hits in 37 of those games (.365, 60-for-164).

“He’s just gradually gotten better each year,” said Darnell Coles, manager of the Huntsville Stars and hitting coach for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.  “He is one of the best players in the organization at hitting through the middle.  He got hurt a little bit during the beginning of the year, but came back from that strong.  He didn’t stop hitting in Double-A and moved up to Triple-A where he hit as well.”

Khris Davis

Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin also had good things to say about Davis’ development.

“He is one of the most disciplined hitters in our organization,” Melvin said.  “He has some good power, too. We haven’t really seen it during the Fall League, but we know it is there.”

Fortunately, Davis has the opportunity to continue to grow as a hitter here at the Arizona Fall League.  Working every day with Coles and playing against top competition for six weeks will certainly benefit Davis’ development.

“I feel like there is always room for improvement when it comes to hitting,” Davis said.  “No one is as good as they want to be.  There is still a lot of work to be done as far as my work and study as a hitter.”

Khris Davis

Currently in the Fall League, Davis is hitting .226 with six RBI.

“I wanted to work on cutting back on my strikeouts and being more aggressive earlier in the counts and not take as many pitches,” Davis said of his goals while at the Arizona Fall League.  “I feel if I get ahead early, it works to my advantage as a hitter.”

Davis, who was drafted out of Cal State-Fullerton, is participating in his first Arizona Fall League, but makes his offseason residence in Phoenix and went to high school in the area at Deer Valley.  He has previously participated in Brewers winter conditioning programs and plans on remaining in the area and working out at the Brewers Maryvale complex before Spring Training.

“The Brewers winter programs have been great for me,” Davis said.  “There is always a lot of one-on-one attention there and that is always good.  To be in front of their eyes working is beneficial to me as a player.”

He doesn’t plan on taking much of a break after the league wraps up next week.

“I want to get in the weight room and work on my strength,” Davis said.  “I don’t want to take too much time off.  We don’t have the luxury to do that as the sport is year-round.  There isn’t much of a break; you need to have a special mindset in the offseason to prepare for the next season.”

Until then, Davis has another week in the Arizona Fall League and another week for some one-on-one coaching with Coles.

“He has got a chance to be a special hitter in the big leagues,” Coles said of Davis.  “For him, it is now just a process of continuing to grow and understand himself as a hitter.”


Hunter Morris Concludes His Dream Season With Arizona Fall League Invite

Hopefully Hunter Morris has a nice trophy case at home because the list of awards he received in 2012 is quite long.

Southern League Most Valuable Player, Brewers Minor League Player of the Year, Topps Southern League Player of the Year, Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award–just to name a few.

It might sound cliché, but Morris credits his on field success this year to old-fashioned hard work.

“It was a long process and a lot of work went into what I accomplished this year,” Morris said.  “I think it was a combination of things as far as success on the field.  I have put in a lot of work defensively and that helped my all-around game, but l certainly didn’t take any days off from working on my offense and maintaining my swing.

The awards were a byproduct of hard work.  There were certainly a lot of guys who were deserving of those awards I received.  I consider myself lucky and fortunate to be on the receiving end of those awards.”

Morris nearly had a Triple Crown as he led the Southern League in home runs (28), RBI (113), hits (158), slugging percentage (.563), total bases (294) and extra-base hits (74).  He finished fourth in the league with a .303 batting average.

“My consistency throughout the year was the biggest blessing I had,” Morris said.  “If something went wrong, I was able to fix it within a few at bats or a game or two.  Keeping those peaks and valleys to a minimum as far as the success and the struggles is important.  I was able to go out and focus on playing hard, rather than over-thinking things.  It was easy to relax and play.”

Hunter Morris bats in today's Arizona Fall League game at Peoria Sports Complex.

Hunter Morris bats in today’s Arizona Fall League game at Peoria Sports Complex.

Not only did Morris turn in stellar numbers at the plate, but his fielding was an important part to his MVP season.  He had a .995 fielding percentage and committed only six errors in 136 games played.

“Hunter has improved a lot defensively,” said Brewers President – Baseball Operations and General Manager, Doug Melvin.  “He looks a lot more fluid out there at first base.  His work with Bob Miscik, our roving infield instructor throughout the year was key and the repetitions he has received at the Fall League will continue to help.  We debated sending Morris to the Fall League because of the season we had, but the competition is good for him and will help him cap off a great year.”

Morris also credits Huntsville Stars Manager Darnell Coles—who is in Arizona serving as Hitting Coach for the Phoenix Desert Dogs—with a lot of extra defensive work this month.

“Working with Darnell has been great,” Morris said.  “He has really worked hard with me on getting better defensively, he has done everything I could have asked of him.  He played some first base in his career, understands the position and helped me out a ton.  My defense can always get better and I want to get better throughout my career.”

Hunter Morris works on fielding with Darnell Coles prior to today's Arizona Fall League game at Peoria Sports Complex.

Hunter Morris works on fielding with Darnell Coles prior to today’s Arizona Fall League game at Peoria Sports Complex.

A unique part of Morris’ dream season was the fact that it took place in his hometown of Huntsville, Ala. often in front of family and friends.

“Having the season I had in front of my family and friends at home certainly made it a little more special,” Morris said.  “Baseball is baseball, you have to go out and play no matter if you are 3,000 miles away from home or in your own backyard like I was, but it was certainly nice to be home with my wife and son every day.

That was a huge blessing for me, but at the same time, it kind of takes away from baseball.  There were days when I was taking my son to doctor’s appointments at 8 a.m. on game day when my teammates were sleeping in.  Fortunately, I was able to put my family first and still have that proper balance of performing well on the field and focusing on baseball.  I loved every minute of being able to spend the season with my family, it was great.”

Entering today in Arizona, Morris was hitting .268 with one home run and six RBI, modest numbers compared to what he put up during the regular season, but Morris has played over 160 games since Spring Training and he is focusing on how to fight through the fatigue of a long season.

“I have struggled a bit at the plate out here, but that is probably a product of having played baseball since February 10th of this year,” Morris said.  “That is also one of the learning curves I need to go through to train myself to get through 162 or 175 games instead of 140 games.  I’m preparing myself to get through longer seasons.  It’s not going to happen overnight, but being here helps me work through struggles.  I’m just trying to build on the season I had, there is not a whole lot I am looking to change from the year.”

Today was Morris' 16th game at first base for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.

Today was Morris’ 16th game at first base for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.

This is Morris’ second stint in the Arizona Fall League.  The Brewers drafted him in 2010 and he received an invite from the club to play after his first professional season.

“Certainly a lot more twists and turns a few years ago, but this was my first truly long season that I have had.  Last year and the 2010 season is nowhere near the length of time that I have been playing this year.  It is a great situation for me to come out here and play with a lot of great guys, build relationships, make friends and work on fundamentals.  The experience as a whole, you are getting something out of it no matter how you perform.”

It seems as though Morris will make the move up to Triple-A Nashville from his hometown Huntsville Stars in 2013, but he is not taking anything for granted at this point.

“A lot of that is out of my control,” Morris said.  “I’m going to go home, take a week off, pick up right after Thanksgiving and get in the weight room to work on conditioning.  It will be a short offseason, so I have a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time.  I’d like to be in better shape come Spring Training, which can be a challenge, but I plan on going home, working hard and continuing to build on this season.”

Morris can be found on Twitter @HunterMorris15.



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