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Join Brewers Pitcher Chase Anderson in Striking Out Poverty This Season

When Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson takes the mound tonight, not only is he trying to mow down the St. Louis Cardinals, but he’s also helping to strike out poverty.

Before his last start (his first in a Brewers uniform), Anderson sent out this tweet.

I caught up with him to find out more about this initiative.

“In Spring Training, I met with a couple of guys–Milam Byers and Matt Price–and they work for Food for the Hungry,” Anderson said. “They asked if I would be willing to join their team and pledge per strikeout and try to get the Brewers fans and everybody into that so we can strike out poverty in the Dominican and keep going from there.”

Striking Out Poverty is a program within Food for the Hungry, a non-profit organization. Founded in 1971, Food for the Hungry provides emergency relief and long-term development programs with operations in more than 20 countries, seeking to end all forms of human poverty. Using solutions that are innovative and community-specific to the complex view of poverty, Food for the Hungry contributes to community-owned transformations that empower children, families and communities to invest in their own development.

Anderson says his eyes were opened when experiencing poverty up close during mission trips; it was those trips that gave him the desire to help more.

“My wife and I have gone on a mission trip the Philippines the last two offseasons. When we went over there and saw those kids…they are drinking dirty water out of the street and they don’t have any food to eat. Their single mom has nine kids, but they can’t feed one, so it kind of opened our hearts up to doing something like this,” Anderson said.

“We are excited that Chase has pledged all of his strikeouts this season to help end poverty in the Dominican Republic. We are honored to partner with him and Brewers fans to have an impact that reaches far beyond the ballpark,” Byers said.

 

Brewers fans can join Anderson in this effort by pledging a donation for every strikeout he records this season in support of Striking Out Poverty.  Let’s hope not only for the Crew, but for those in need as well, that Anderson has many of those this year.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Baseball in the Dominican Republic: Jean Segura

Next Friday, April 11, after the Brewers vs. Pirates broadcast, FOX Sports Wisconsin is set to air its first of three specials related to Brewers Baseball and the Dominican Republic which were filmed last November.

The first episode is a special on Jean Segura, who is from San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.

The Brewers All-Star shortstop grew up in a poor neighborhood, in a small house that was home to as many as 10 people. In the program, Segura will take us through his childhood, when he helped his grandmother make candy that was sold to help feed the family, and baseball was played in a pasture with a home-made ball and a tree limb for a bat.

With a dream to play professionally, and rescue his family from a life of poverty, Segura quit school and devoted himself to baseball. As a teenager he overcame homesickness, the language barrier and a broken leg to succeed in the United States, becoming an All-Star in his first full season with the Club.

Episode two, which is slated to debut on May 14, will feature Carlos Gomez, who is from Santiago de los Caballeros  in the Dominican Republic.

Episode three, slated to debut sometime in June, will feature the Brewers Dominican Academy.

For a program preview, click here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Internationally Known

Lost in the Opening Day craziness of yesterday was a press release MLB sent out about foreign-born players on Opening Day rosters.  I thought it was really interesting because the Brewers have the most foreign-born players (14) of any MLB team representing the most countries (seven).  Not to mention we have a Canadian GM in Doug Melvin!  Certainly makes for a fun and diverse clubhouse!

Can you name all 14 internationally born Brewers?  Can you name the seven countries besides the USA?  Answers below the release that I have pasted here…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2013

 

OPENING DAY ROSTERS FEATURE 241 PLAYERS BORN OUTSIDE THE U.S.

28.2 Percent of Players Born Outside the U.S., Spanning 15 Countries and Territories

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

         Two-hundred forty-one players on 2013 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 United States, Major League Baseball announced today.  This year’s percentage of 28.2 marks the fourth highest of all-time.

The 241 players born outside the U.S. come from the pool of 856 players (750 active 25-man roster players and 106 disabled or restricted Major League players) on March 31st rosters and represent 15 countries and territories outside the U.S.  This year’s 241 foreign-born players rank as the fourth-most in history.  The 28.2 percent trails only 2005, when 29.2 percent (242/829) of Opening Day players were born outside the U.S.; 2007, when 29.0 percent (246 players) were foreign-born; and last season, when 28.4 percent were born outside the U.S.  On 2012 Opening Day, 243 out of 856 players were born outside the U.S.

As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with 89 players born outside the U.S, the fourth-most the nation has ever produced on Opening Day rosters (highs: 99 in 2007, 91 in 2005 and 95 in 2012).  Venezuela ranks second with 63 players, its second-highest total ever on Opening Day rosters (high: 66 in 2012).  Canada ranks third with 17 players, its second-highest Opening Day figure ever (behind only its 19 in 2007).  Cuba is fourth overall with 15 players, surpassing its 11 in 2002 and 2011-2012 for its highest total since at least 1995.  Rounding out the totals are Mexico (14); Puerto Rico (13); Japan (11); Colombia and Panama (4 each); Curaçao (3); Australia, Nicaragua and South Korea (2 each); and the Netherlands and Taiwan (1 each).  Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is currently on the disabled list, is just the third Opening Day player since 1995 to have been born in the Netherlands, joining infielder Robert Eenhoorn (1996 and 1998) and pitcher Rick VandenHurk (2008-2009).

The Milwaukee Brewers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 14 on a roster that spans a Major League-high seven different countries and territories – Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.  The Texas Rangers have the next highest total at 13.  Three Clubs – the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants – each have 12 foreign-born players.  The Toronto Blue Jays have the most players from one nation outside the U.S. with seven Dominican players.  The Chicago Cubs and the Rangers have six Dominican players apiece, while the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers and the Giants each have six Venezuelan players.

BREWERS FOREIGN BORN PLAYERS

CANADA

John Axford

Taylor Green

Jim Henderson

CUBA

Yuniesky Betancourt

the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Alfredo Figaro

Carlos Gomez

Wily Peralta

Aramis Ramirez

Jean Segura

JAPAN

Norichika Aoki

MEXICO

Marco Estrada

Yovani Gallardo

PUERTO RICO

Martin Maldonado

VENEZUELA

Alex Gonzalez

 

There are quite the collection of Passports in the Brewers clubhouse!  Which country would you most like to visit among those that are home to current Brewers players? I think Japan would be a pretty cool place to visit. Share your answers with me in the comments section below.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

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