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Brewers Say “Farewell Captain” in Special Pregame Ceremony

Today, we honored Derek Jeter for his contributions to Major League Baseball in a special pregame ceremony at Miller Park that included Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Doug Melvin, Dick Groch and Mark and Debbie Attanasio.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

In recognition of a career well-played, Dick Groch, Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager, presented Derek with a bronze replica of his Louisville Slugger bat. In 1992, as a scout for the Yankees, Dick recommended that the team select Derek as their first-round draft pick. It was Dick’s pleasure to assist in signing Derek to a Major League contract and it was an honor for him to present the bat to the Yankees all-time hits leader today.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Derek has certainly made his mark in the baseball records and he has made an impact in the lives of young people through his Turn 2 Foundation which supports signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and toward healthy lifestyles.

Oh behalf of  the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Doug Melvin and Dick, also presented Derek with a $10,000 check for his foundation.

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Finally, in addition, Derek was also presented with a stay at the American Club in Kohler, along with a golf trip to Whistling Straits so he can enjoy his retirement.

Congratulations Derek! May you enjoy retirement as much as we have enjoyed your professionalism and play on the field.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Team Honored at Miller Park

Tonight the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was honored on the field prior to the Milwaukee Brewers vs. New York Yankees game at Miller Park.

The Badgers posted a 30-8 record (.789) during the 2013-14 season and advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. The Final Four appearance marked the school’s third-ever trip to the Final Four (won national championship in 1941 and reached semi-finals in 2000). Overall, Wisconsin won 30 games for the third time in school history.

Here’s a little glimpse of their afternoon.

4:30 p.m. The Badgers Men’s Basketball team arrives by bus at Miller Park. The UW-Badgers Marching Band begins playing in front of Miller Park.

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4:45 p.m. Basketball team is escorted to the field to view batting practice:

 

 

6:00 p.m. The team gathers on the field for pregame festivities

6:55 p.m. The UW Marching Band plays the national anthem, a Badgers basketball highlight reel is played, the team is introduced

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7:00 p.m. Entire Badgers team throws simultaneous ceremonial first pitches to the Brewers

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“On behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers, we congratulate the Badgers men’s basketball team for a terrific season and an exciting trip to the Final Four,” said Doug Melvin, Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager. “Bo Ryan and his team provided great excitement throughout Wisconsin and they represented our state extraordinarily well.”

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Team to be Honored at Miller Park on Friday, May 9

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be honored on the field prior to the Milwaukee Brewers vs. New York Yankees game on Friday, May 9 at Miller Park. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan will lead the program’s players and staff on the field for pregame recognition and a ceremonial first pitch. The on-field recognition will begin at approximately 6:50 p.m., so fans will want to arrive and be in their seats early (game time is 7:10 p.m.).

“On behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers, we congratulate the Badgers men’s basketball team for a terrific season and an exciting trip to the Final Four,” said Doug Melvin, Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager. “Bo Ryan and his team provided great excitement throughout Wisconsin and they represented our state extraordinarily well.”

The Badgers posted a 30-8 record (.789) during the 2013-14 season and advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. The Final Four appearance marked the school’s third-ever trip to the Final Four (won national championship in 1941 and reached semi-finals in 2000). Overall, Wisconsin won 30 games for the third time in school history.

“We’d like to thank the Brewers for inviting us out to Miller Park,” said Ryan. “It will be an honor to be on the field and participate in the pregame festivities. I’m going to have to warm up the old shortstop arm, those Major League Baseball fields are a bit bigger than ones I grew up on. But it will be a fun night.”

In addition to the team being honored, The University of Wisconsin Marching Band will be playing near the Home Plate Gate before the game as well as performing the national anthem.

Tickets for the Friday night game are still available at the Miller Park Box Office, by visiting Brewers.com or by calling (414) 902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Hank the #BallparkPup Added to Milwaukee Roster; Set for Travel to Wisconsin on Sunday

Less than one month ago, he was wandering the streets of Phoenix. Now, he’s officially a Milwaukee Brewer.

It was announced today that Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” will make the move north to Milwaukee this Sunday on a Southwest Airlines Charter flight, joining Brewers executives, sponsors and family members on the flight to Mitchell International Airport.

Dignitaries expected to be on hand for Hank’s airport arrival include Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

From sun to snow, the next chapter of the pop culture icon begins this week.

“There are so many people who have been part of the ‘Hank story;’ fans, players and coaches, front office staff, media, and all of those in his circle of caregivers,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “We’re grateful to have an opportunity to make Hank a permanent member of the Brewers family, but even more important, we’re thrilled that he is going to a great family that will ensure that he is loved and comfortable in his new Wisconsin home.”

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Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and he immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet-lovers across the world. Stories on Hank appeared everywhere from the London Daily Mail to PEOPLE Magazine, and nearly every major national news and talk show across the United States. The interest in Milwaukee has surged, with “Hank Updates” appearing nearly every day in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media outlets.

“We want to thank all of those who have made the effort to give Hank the care he needed down here in Arizona, as the top priority has always been to put his health and happiness first,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “In addition to this being a captivating story, our goal has been to shed more light on the issue of stray and homeless pets, a problem that is not unique to just Arizona and Wisconsin.”

The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since the day that Hank first wandered into camp, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.

“We are excited to welcome Hank as an official Milwaukee Brewer,” said Wisconsin Humane Society President & CEO Anne Reed. “We are so grateful for the amazing care he has received, and for the way the players and the Brewers organization have used Hank’s story to highlight the needs of homeless animals like him.  More than 10,000 animals were adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society in 2013 and it is that incredible support which makes Southeastern Wisconsin such a kind and compassionate place for animals like Hank. We know he’ll love Milwaukee!”

As for Hank’s new home, he has been permanently adopted by the family of a Milwaukee Brewers executive. To date, the Brewers alone have received more than 1,000 offers from others to adopt Hank and provide him with a stable “forever home.” The offers have come from players, staff and countless fans and team corporate and philanthropic partners.

Fans can keep up with the latest news on Hank and tweet their welcome messages to the ballpark pup using the #BallparkPup hashtag.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

“Fetcher” Reports to Spring Training; Tries to Walk On As Member of 2014 Brewers

Bernie, watch your back.

Move over, Brat, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo—there’s a new Top Dog in town.

We’re not sure where he came from, but a little stray pup is quickly becoming not just the Brewers unofficial Spring Training mascot, but a valued member of the team.

The pooch, who has since been named Hank (after who else but Hank Aaron?), wandered into Brewers camp two days ago looking a little grubby but ready for play. In no time, this little dog has stolen more hearts than Tommy Harper stole bases in 1969.

A staff member took Hank to the vet where he received his shots and a bath, but this little scrapper’s jersey will never be spotless. His white uniform looks to be permanently shaded a little on the gray side in places, but when you get to know this little fella’s personality, you see it’s a perfect fit.

Hank spends each day roaming offices and playing fields, visiting with everyone from Doug Melvin, Ron Roenicke, players and coaches to ticket office and concessions staff. Hank is going home with members of the organization each night to a warm bed, and he recently completed a day at the Team Store where he picked out his favorite styles from the latest Brewers pet gear.

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So, what’s the next chapter? Stay tuned. Hank is in good hands and we’ll keep you posted on our most devoted “tail”-gater in the coming days.

For more updates from Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to follow the #CactusCrew hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

2/20/14 “#BallparkPup”date:

After our posts yesterday, Hank has become a dog in demand! He spent the morning in the Clubhouse and did three TV interviews. He also took to the field for practice with his mentor, Yovani Gallardo.

Also, many of you are asking what is going to happen to Hank after Spring Training. Rest assured, Hank’s days as a stray are over, one way or another and he’ll continue to be well taken care of.

Here are some more photos from earlier today (How fitting is it that it’s “National Love Your Pet Day“?):

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Cheers!

Record Crowd Packs Wisconsin Center for Brewers On Deck

The Wisconsin Center was home to nearly 30 Brewers players today and a record crowd of 14,138 braved fresh snow and cold temperatures for the Club’s annual winter fanfest, Brewers On Deck Presented by Time Warner Cable.

The crowd surpassed 2012’s prior high mark of 12,118, and last year’s total of 11,722.

“We can’t thank the fans enough for coming out to warm the atmosphere downtown and helping move everyone’s thoughts toward baseball and the 2014 Brewers season,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It was a great opportunity for players, coaches and staff to connect with the fans, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at Miller Park throughout the year.”

The afternoon’s highlights included an announcement that the Brewers had completed negotiations and signed free agent pitcher Matt Garza to a four-year contract. The announcement was made on the Main Entertainment Stage by Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, who was joined by President of Baseball Operations Doug Melvin, Assistant General Manager Gord Ash, and Special Assistant to the General Manager Craig Counsell.

“That was definitely a great piece of news to break at the event, and the response from the fans was tremendous,” Schlesinger said.

Brewers pitchers and catchers report to Marvale, Ariz., for Spring Training on Feb. 15.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

The Complete Wrap Up of the 2013 Brewers Season

Today at Miller Park, Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin held his end of season press conference.  The 45 minute session touched on a number of topics about the 2013 Brewers and what the off-season and future hold for the team.

In addition, the Brewers Media Relations Department released the annual end-of-season notes packet!  Always a popular piece of information to get Brewers media (and now fans) through the off-season, the end-of-season notes has everything you need from a statistical standpoint.

You can click this link for the: End_of_Season_Notes.

Here are two videos from two videos with some highlights of what Melvin had to say:

There are a lot of signs that the entire organization is looking ahead to 2014.  As Cait mentioned earlier, the field renovation is already underway, the baseball ops department is looking ahead and here in media relations, we will soon get started on the 2014 Media Guide!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Hellweg and Rogers Pick Up Brewers Robin Yount Performance Awards

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the recipients of the 2013 Robin Yount Performance Awards, which recognizes the Brewers Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year.  Right-handed pitcher Johnny Hellweg was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year and first baseman Jason Rogers was named Minor League Player of the Year.

“We congratulate Johnny and Jason on their great seasons and well-deserved recognition,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin.  “In his first season at the Triple-A level, Johnny showed why he was chosen as the top pitcher in the Pacific Coast League and we’re excited to see him contribute at the Major League level.  Jason had a great finish to the season in the Southern League as the league’s top run producer while playing nearly every game this season.  This is also a reflection of our player development and scouting staffs as they work hard to provide young players the opportunity to play in Milwaukee.”

Johnny Hellweg

Johnny Hellweg

Hellweg, 24, spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Nashville and was named the 2013 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, going 12-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 starts (125.2ip, 44er).  He led the PCL in winning percentage (.706) and opponent batting average (.228) and was among the leaders in ERA (2nd) and wins (T2nd, 12).  The 6’9” right-hander won 11 of his last 12 decisions with Nashville and was named to the 2013 All-PCL team.

Hellweg made his Major League debut with the Brewers on June 28 at Pittsburgh.  He has made four appearances (three starts) with Milwaukee and is currently in his second stint with the Brewers.  Additionally, he made one start at Class-A Wisconsin on July 15 and picked up the win in a 6-2 Timber Rattlers victory vs. Lake County.  Hellweg was selected as the Brewers Pitcher of the Month for July (4gs, 4-0, 0.75era, 24ip, 2er).  The Missouri resident is in his second season as a member of the Brewers organization after being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last July in the Zack Greinke trade.

Jason Rogers

Jason Rogers

Rogers, 25, played the entire season at Double-A Huntsville, where he batted .270 with 22 HR and 87 RBI in 133 games.  He led the Southern League in RBI and ranked among the leaders in HR (T2nd), total bases (3rd, 225) and extra-base hits (T4th, 49).  Rogers was selected as an All-Star for the second straight season (Midwest League All-Star in 2012).

Rogers earned Brewers Player of the Month honors in July (.338, 24-71, 7hr, 20rbi) and August (.333, 34-102, 5hr, 15rbi).  He was drafted by the Brewers in the 32nd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Columbus State University.  This marks the second straight season that a Huntsville first baseman has been named Brewers Player of the Year (Hunter Morris, 2012).

Former winners of the award who are currently on the Brewers include Logan Schafer (2009) and Yovani Gallardo (2006).  Other Brewers who have one the award but are not currently on the active roster include Taylor Green (2011), Mat Gamel (2008) and Ryan Braun (2006).  Hiram Burgos (2012) and Mike Fiers (2011), who have both spent time on the Brewers roster this season, also each have won the award.

Hellweg and Rogers will be honored prior to the Brewers game on Saturday, September 21 when the Brewers take on St. Louis at Miller Park.  In addition to Hellweg and Rogers, Helena Brewers OF Michael Ratterree will also be recognized that night for his 2013 Pioneer League Most Valuable Player Award he recently received.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Tonight’s Robin Yount Ceremony at Miller Park a Special Treat for Brewers Fans

Robin Yount is perhaps the most iconic player in Brewers history.  Any Brewers fan can tell you how much he meant to the teams he played on and to Milwaukee. Tonight, Yount was honored in a very special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park that celebrated the 20th anniversary of his retirement as a player. Also participating in the ceremony were fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Rollie Fingers, Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio and Brewers President of Baseball Operations Doug Melvin.

Yount, Aaron and Fingers (Getty Images)

Yount, Aaron and Fingers (Getty Images)

“Hard to believe it has been that long,” Yount said today.  “That saying ‘The older you get, the faster time goes by,’ I can attest to that.”

Yount’s 20-year Major League career was spent entirely in Milwaukee and he retired after the conclusion of the 1993 season.  His number 19 was retired in a ceremony on May 29, 1994 at Milwaukee County Stadium.

He finished his career with 3,142 career hits and was the first player to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Brewer after being inducted on July 25, 1999.  Yount broke into the big leagues at age 18.  He won the American League Most Valuable Player awards in 1982 (shortstop) and 1989 (outfield), becoming the third player in Major League history to win that award at two different positions.

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By looking at Yount today, he looks he could probably put on a uniform tonight and go 2-for-3 at the plate.

“I stay active,” Yount said.  “I certainly don’t have any workout regimen, but I don’t sit still long.  My parents passed off good genes.”

The ceremony itself was definitely memorable. Seeing three Hall of Famers together like that on the Miller Park field was a rare opportunity and something the fans in attendance tonight will not forget.

The celebration included a presentation of an original painting commissioned to remember the occasion.  The first 30,000 fans through the gates for the tonight’s game received a poster of the painting that presented to Yount during the ceremony.  Doug Melvin presented a $10,000 check from the Brewers Community Foundation on behalf of the Yount to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

“Robin’s contributions to the Brewers are far too numerous to list, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back for this special occasion,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “His time in Milwaukee was marked by great personal and team success, and it’s an era that will forever be remembered as a magical time for baseball in Wisconsin.”

Yount's first pitch tonight. (Getty Images)

Yount’s first pitch tonight. (Getty Images)

Yount met with the media before the game at Miller Park and with all the news surrounding the recent suspension of Ryan Braun, the issue of violations of the MLB drug prevention and treatment program was a hot topic and one that Yount didn’t shy away from.

“I don’t have a comment on anyone individually, because you need to know all the facts and in Ryan’s case, I don’t have all the facts,” Yount said.  “Obviously this is a bump in the road for baseball, but I hope that maybe this will put an end to all of this once and for all.  Hopefully the guys that are testing the system will realize that maybe they can’t beat it.”

Yount continued to say what this all means for the game itself.

“It’s important to baseball that we get rid of this.  It is not something we want to focus as an industry.  We want to focus on the game itself.  This will pass.  There are no players bigger than the game.  It is not our brightest moment, but hopefully this will make the guys aware that they are not going to beat the system.”

For the 2006 season, and part of the 2008 season, Yount served on the Brewers coaching staff. He also spent some time with the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Although he has been out of coaching for over five years now, he sounded pretty secure in the fact that he enjoys his life as a retired player today.

“I loved every second of the coaching that I did,” Yount said.  “I really enjoyed working with the guys.  My biggest issue was that it takes so much time and such a commitment and I have a lot of other things that don’t have to do with baseball that I enjoy and that I would have to give up.  I’m just not willing to give up these hobbies and free time, but that is not to say I didn’t enjoy the coaching that I did because I really did enjoy it.”

So what does Yount do with all that free time?  Plenty.  In addition to his hobbies of racing and dirt bikes, he has “Robinade”–his “old-school lemonade” that supports the MACC Fund–and, his latest venture, part ownership in the Lakeshore Chinooks baseball team of the summer Northwoods League.

“It’s (the Chinooks) been great, I was out there last weekend and we are playing really well in a playoff run,” Yount said.  “Everyone is excited.  In doing this we are promoting baseball.  It’s not just about the college kids that are playing the game, but we also have college kids running the show too behind the scenes.  They are getting a taste of what it is like to be involved with a sports franchise.  Hopefully someday it won’t be a player that makes it, but it is a guy selling merchandise now that will one day work in marketing with the Brewers.  I just think the opportunity that is provided out there is a good way to promote the game.”

Like many of my friends who I grew up with in Milwaukee, Robin Yount was our hero.  He was a great baseball player, a great person and he represented Milwaukee.  Tonight’s ceremony was a perfect reminder of how lucky every Brewers fan is to call Robin Yount a Brewer.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Interviews With Brewers Top Two Draft Picks

The Brewers top two picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, RHP Devin Williams and INF Tucker Neuhaus, joined local media in a brief conference call today.  Both draftees had interesting stories to tell (spoiler alert: Neuhaus is a Packers fan) and seem eager to join the organization.  Audio of the call is below:

RHP Devin Williams (54th overall)

Twitter: @Dtrainn_23

Hometown: Florissant, Missouri

School: Hazelwood (MO) West High School

Bats: Right                   Throws: Right

Height: 6-3                   Weight: 170

Born: September 21, 1994

INF Tucker Neuhaus (72nd overall)

Twitter: @Gotheeem_neuy

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

School: Wharton (FL) High School

Bats: Left                     Throws: Right

Height: 6-3                   Weight: 195

Born: June 18, 1995

We will update the MLB Draft here on the blog as it continues.  The 2013 First-Year Player Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue tomorrow at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at noon CT and will continue through its conclusion.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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