Results tagged ‘ Doug Melvin ’

Brewers Medical Staff Honored

The Milwaukee Brewers are the 2014 recipient of the Martin-Monaghan Award for Best Medical Staff, which is presented by Rotowire.  The Brewers are the first organization to win the award twice (also 2005).  The award was established in 2004.

“The Brewers are honored to receive this award,” said Director of Medical Operations Roger Caplinger.  “Our entire medical staff, including athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and physicians, strives to provide our athletes with the most comprehensive medical care in baseball.  We have a passion and focus to be forward-thinking, innovative and progressive in injury prevention.  The support we receive from Brewers ownership and our baseball operations executive team is critical as they consistently commit the resources needed for us to be successful.”

The Martin-Monaghan Award winner is based on several criteria, including days and dollars lost to injury this year and over the past three years.  The award is voted on by a panel of experts.

“This award illustrates a well-deserved recognition of the talents and dedication displayed by our entire medical staff to an extremely important facet of today’s game,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.  “Under the leadership of (Vice President and Assistant General Manager) Gord Ash and Roger Caplinger, they are the people who not only help a team keep its players on the field, but also contribute to the careers and success of numerous players.”

The 2014 Martin-Monaghan Award for Best Medical Staff will be presented to the Brewers at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego this December.

DARNELL COLES NAMED BREWERS HITTING COACH

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.

Getting to Know Triple-A Colorado Springs

In September, we  announced a two-year player development contract with Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League that will run through the 2016 season.

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Dave Elmore and Colorado Springs,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “The Brewers have a familiarity with the Elmore group, Dave and D.G., and their understanding of the player development process. We have had a successful history working with D.G., owner of the Helena Brewers. Many players on our current roster have come up through our minor league system and we believe that Colorado Springs will continue to help us produce talent at a Major League level.”

To help introduce Brewers fans to our new affiliate, I’ve been in touch with Nicole Tropp, New Media and Merchandise Manager for the Sky Sox, who supplied me with some great photographs and some fun facts. Allow me to give you the virtual tour:

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Colorado Springs is a member of the PCL’s American Northern Division along with Omaha, Iowa and Oklahoma City.  The Brewers are the third Major League affiliate of Colorado Springs. The team had previously been affiliated with the Cleveland Indians from 1988-1992 and the Colorado Rockies since 1993.

“We couldn’t be happier to start the newest era in Sky Sox baseball with a world-class organization like the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor. “Their long and rich baseball history, as well as their commitment to a winning culture is something that we know our fans will embrace. We can’t wait to get started on this new and exciting partnership.”

I’m excited, too. Next season, I am planning to visit Colorado Springs to bring you more great photographs and stories from our new Triple-A affiliate.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Make Coaching Staff Announcements

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that the team will not be offering 2015 contracts to hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base/infield coach Garth Iorg.  Manager Ron Roenicke, whose 2015 club option was exercised this past Spring Training, and the rest of the coaching staff will return next season.  The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Over the course of the last few weeks, we have evaluated the work of Ron and his coaches and believe that this is the best course of action to take,” said Melvin.  “We appreciate the work that Johnny and Garth did for us through the years, and moves like this are never easy to make.  We have already started reviewing our player personnel and will continue to address the factors that led to our disappointing finish to the season.”

Narron served three seasons as hitting coach.  He was named to his position on November 28, 2011, replacing Dale Sveum, who was named manager of the Chicago Cubs.  Iorg served four seasons as first base coach.  He was named to his position on November 15, 2010.

Returning to the coaching staff for the 2015 season will be coach Mike Guerrero (2nd season), pitching coach Rick Kranitz (5th season), bench coach Jerry Narron (5th season), third base coach Ed Sedar (9th season, 5th as 3B coach), outfield coach John Shelby (5th season) and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell (4th season).

 

JONATHAN LUCROY NAMED “WE ENERGIES HIGH-ENERGY PLAYER OF THE YEAR”

Prior to tonight’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, Jonathan Lucroy was named the 2014 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award honored Lucroy who was voted as the Brewers player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game as voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.

Bert Garvin, We Energies Senior Vice President of External Affairs, presented Lucroy the award in a ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Cubs.  The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager Ron Roenicke, President of Baseball Operations/General Manager Doug Melvin and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Debbie Krahn, winner of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Grand Slam Prize” was also present.

WE Energies

The Brewers catcher received 43.42% of the total vote after a spectacular season. The five year veteran recorded career-highs in games played, hits, runs, doubles and walks. He appeared in his first All-Star Game, becoming just the second Brewer in franchise history to start behind the plate in the game. Lucroy went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles in the Midsummer Classic. In addition, Lucroy currently leads the league with 52 doubles and looks to become the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead his league in doubles. Lucroy joined Lyle Overbay (53 in 2004) and Aramis Ramirez (50 in 2012) as the only Brewers with 50-double seasons.

Last year’s “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year,” Carlos Gomez came in a close second, recording 40.76% of the total vote. Other past winners include Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).

 

 

BREWERS ANNOUNCE TWO-YEAR PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT WITH TRIPLE-A COLORADO SPRINGS

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a two-year player development contract with Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League that will run through the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Dave Elmore and Colorado Springs,” said Melvin. “The Brewers have a familiarity with the Elmore group, Dave and D.G., and their understanding of the player development process. We have had a successful history working with D.G., owner of the Helena Brewers. Many players on our current roster have come up through our minor league system and we believe that Colorado Springs will continue to help us produce talent at a Major League level.”

Colorado Springs is a member of the PCL’s American Northern Division along with Omaha, Iowa and Oklahoma City.  The Sky Sox play their home games at Security Service Field.

“We couldn’t be happier to start the newest era in Sky Sox baseball with a world-class organization like the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor. “Their long and rich baseball history, as well as their commitment to a winning culture is something that we know our fans will embrace. We can’t wait to get started on this new and exciting partnership.”

The Brewers are the third Major League affiliate of Colorado Springs. The team had previously been affiliated with the Cleveland Indians from 1988-1992 and the Colorado Rockies since 1993.

 

BREWERS EXTEND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTS WITH DOUBLE-A BILOXI AND CLASS-A BREVARD COUNTY

Today we announced a four-year player development contract extension with Double-A Biloxi of the Southern League through the 2018 season and a two-year PDC extension with Class-A Brevard County of the Florida State League through the 2016 season. The announcements were made by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“We are excited to extend our contracts with Biloxi and Brevard County,” said Melvin. “We look forward to working with Ken Young and his ownership group as the team relocates from Huntsville to Biloxi and into a new ballpark. The top-notch facilities will give our players the necessary tools to further develop into Major Leaguers.”

The Brewers were affiliated with the Huntsville Stars since the 1999 season. Earlier this year, a Biloxi ownership group led by Ken Young purchased the Stars. Construction of a new ballpark in Biloxi, Mississippi is underway for the 2015 season.

“We’re looking forward to bringing baseball to Biloxi and are eager for this new chapter,” said Biloxi General Manager Buck Rogers. “The Brewers are a class act organization and we can’t wait to get started in our new ballpark.”

The Brevard County Manatees recently completed their 10th season as an affiliate of the Brewers, which began with the 2005 season. The Manatees play their home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. They are owned and operated by Central Florida Baseball Group, LLC.

“The Manatees are thrilled to continue the great working relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Central Florida Baseball Group Chairman Dr. Tom Winters. “The entire organization is first class.”

Fans Come Together to “Pink Out Miller Park”

To raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research and prevention, last night, the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and thousands of Brewers fans joined forces to “Pink Out Miller Park.”

Each fan attending the game had  a specially-designed card affixed to their seat, and at the end of the 4th inning, they held them up to form this image, turning the ballpark into a sea of pink and white, including ribbons that have become synonymous with efforts related to breast cancer research and awareness.

Pink Out Miller Park

“The Journal Sentinel approached us with this concept recently, and we recognized immediately that it would be a great way to cap our many efforts related to breast cancer research, prevention and treatment,” said Milwaukee Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Nearly everyone has been impacted by this disease, and we are grateful to be involved in what we know will be a memorable and impactful event.”

“Pink Out Miller Park” was presented by Boston Store. Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin was the supporting sponsor.

 

Prior to the game, there were many other related events occurring, including the following:

  • Brewers President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, did a check presentation for $57,500, funds that were raised through their donations and a personal campaign. Over the past 9 seasons, the Melvins have raised $520,000 for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
  • There was an on-field presentation recognizing Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin for their efforts to defeat breast cancer.
  • The Ceremonial 1st Pitch was tossed by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Publisher Betsy Brenner, a breast cancer survivor.
  • Eleven breast cancer survivors took the field with our starting lineup and stood with the players for the national anthem.

Pink Out Survivors

In addition, fans could contribute to the cause through several on-site fundraising opportunities. Proceeds from the following initiatives will all go toward After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD and the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center:

  • A raffle was held on the Field Level Concourse. Prizes featured a ceremonial first pitch before a 2015 Brewers game, a spot in a Mini Famous Racing Sausages race, an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field, and more.
  • Pink hankies were sold outside of Miller Park.

Fans were also encouraged to help raise awareness through social media, using the hashtag #PinkOutMillerPark Here are a few moments captured by fans last night:

 

Thank you to those who participated in this very special night at Miller Park.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Honor the Late Bruce Seid with Jersey Patch, Outfield Wall Sign

Beginning tonight, the Brewers will wear a patch honoring Bruce Seid, Director of Amateur Scouting and member of the organization for 17 years, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this week while visiting his family in Las Vegas. He was 53.

Bruce Seid
A sign bearing his name has also been installed in the outfield at Miller Park:
Bruce Seid Sign at Miller Park
“We are stunned and devastated by the news of Bruce’s passing,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin.
“He was a great friend to all of us, and no words can describe the sense of loss we feel. There are only a few people who have been with the Brewers as long as Bruce, and he was a kind and highly-respected member of our organization. There are also very few who worked with the passion and dedication to the Brewers that Bruce did. A number of current players on our roster were given the opportunity to play Major League Baseball because of Bruce, and he was so proud of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Erika, and all of Bruce’s family.”
Memorial arrangements are pending.
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com

“PINK OUT MILLER PARK” SET FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

To raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research and prevention, the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and thousands of Brewers fans are joining forces for a placard display that will “Pink Out Miller Park.”

On Saturday, September 6, the Milwaukee Brewers will face the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park at 6:10 p.m. Each fan attending the game will have a specially-designed card affixed to their seat, and at the end of the 4th inning, they will hold them up to form a giant image in the ballpark. The image (rendering attached) will turn the ballpark into a sea of pink and white, including ribbons that have become synonymous with efforts related to breast cancer research and awareness.

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Join us on Saturday, September 6 as we support breast cancer research and #PinkOutMillerPark!

 “The Journal Sentinel approached us with this concept recently, and we recognized immediately that it would be a great way to cap our many efforts related to breast cancer research, prevention and treatment,” said Milwaukee Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Nearly everyone has been impacted by this disease, and we are grateful to be involved in what we know will be a memorable and impactful event.”

“Pink Out Miller Park” is presented by Boston Store. Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin is the supporting sponsor.

 Prior to the game, there will be many other related events occurring, including the following:

  • Brewers President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, will do a check presentation of funds that were raised through their donations and a personal campaign. Proceeds benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
  • There will be an on-field presentation recognizing Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin for their efforts to defeat breast cancer.
  • The Ceremonial 1st Pitch will be tossed by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Publisher Betsy Brenner, a breast cancer survivor.
  • Breast cancer survivors will take the field with our starting lineup and stand with the players for the national anthem.
  • A donation from Brewers Community Foundation will be made to support related charities.

“Journal Sentinel is proud to partner with the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Store, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center and After Breast Cancer Diagnosis to bring this historic ‘Pink Out’ to Miller Park and to Milwaukee,” Brenner said. “It’s a very visible demonstration of our shared commitment to end breast cancer in our lifetimes – and our support of the women and families who battle this disease every day.”

In addition, fans can contribute to the cause through several on-site fundraising opportunities. Proceeds from the following initiatives will all go toward After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD and the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center:

  • A raffle will be held on the Field Level Concourse. Prizes will feature a ceremonial first pitch before a 2015 Brewers game, a spot in a Mini Famous Racing Sausages race, an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field, and more.
  • Pink hankies will be sold outside of Miller Park.

Fans will be encouraged to help raise awareness through social media, using the hashtag #PinkOutMillerPark.

More information is available at Brewers.com/pinkout.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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