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The Brewers formally announced the signing of third baseman Aramis Ramirez today. He will be introduced to the Milwaukee media at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. CT at Miller Park. I will post pictures following the press conference, but below is the official press release.
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers today signed free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez to a three-year contract with a mutual option for 2015. Ramirez completed a physical examination earlier today in Milwaukee. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“Aramis has been one of the most consistent and productive offensive players in the game for many years,” said Melvin. “His 2011 statistics were among some of his best as proven by his first career Silver Slugger Award. We look forward to adding his potent bat to our lineup.”
Ramirez, 33, batted .306 with 26 HR and 93 RBI in 149 games last season with the Cubs. He produced his ninth season with 25 or more home runs and his eighth season with 90 or more RBI. The two-time National League All-Star (2005 and 2008) also has four seasons with 30 or more home runs and six seasons with 100 or more RBI.
Ramirez owns a .284 career batting average with 315 HR and 1,122 RBI in 1,683 games. He has played for Pittsburgh (1998-2003) and Chicago-NL (2003-11). His 312 career home runs as a third baseman tie Ron Cey for eighth on the all-time Major League list at that position.
Tomorrow, I will be in Arizona for three days to write about the final three days of the Arizona Fall League. The Arizona Fall League is celebrating its 20th season of showcasing some of the top up-and-coming prospects from every MLB team. Some of the participants might be players fans know about while others will soon become household names.
A number of the Brewers current stars were seasoned in the Arizona Fall League. Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Nyjer Morgan and Rickie Weeks have all participated in the Arizona Fall League. Even Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke has participated in the Arizona Fall League, once as a manager in the league.
There are six teams in the league that are formed with prospects from all 30 Major League teams. Those prospects are selected by team general managers and are given the opportunity to perform for baseball scouts, general managers and farm directors from every MLB team. The teams are just wrapping up a seven-week, 38-game season and the Brewers have had scouts watching the league throughout the season. Doug Melvin and Gord Ash also have both spent time in Arizona talking to scouts and players as a part of their preparation for the 2012 season.
The nine Brewers players participating in the Arizona Fall League are members of the Peoria Javelinas. That team is made up of players from the Brewers, Cardinals, Mariners, Mets and Padres and they play their home games at Peoria Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Mariners and Padres. Entering today, the team has a 13-19 record and is in second-place in the West Division. Here is some information on the Brewers players participating in the league:
JED BRADLEY – LHP
The 15th overall selection by the Brewers in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Bradley did not pitch professionally this season. He attended Georgia Tech University and signed with the Brewers on the signing deadline, August 15. Entering today, Bradley has made four appearances/one start in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 0-0 record with a 6.35 ERA and five strikeouts.
KENTRAIL DAVIS – OF
Davis was selected in the supplemental first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft after attending the University of Tennessee. Davis spent the 2011 season with Double-A Brevard County where he hit .245 with eight home runs and 46 RBI. So far in the Arizona Fall League, Davis is hitting .324 with one home run and nine RBI in 20 games. He enjoyed a 12-game hitting streak that ended on Friday (he walked four times that game).
SCOOTER GENNETT – INF
Gennett has been a solid hitter in his first two professional seasons and is currently second in hitting in the Arizona Fall League with a .419 batting average. A 16th round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Gennett spent the 2011 season with Class-A Brevard County where he was a Florida State League All-Star. He hit .300 with nine home runs and 51 RBI this season for the Manatees. Gennett entered the 2011 season rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Brewers’ organization by Baseball America.
BRANDON KINTZLER – RHP
Kintzler spent some time with the Brewers this season, appearing in nine games before his season was cut short with surgery on his right forearm on July 26. Another benefit of the Fall League is that players like Kintzler can use it to aid in rehabilitation. Kintzler has only pitched 2.2 innings so far this Fall as he prepares for the 2012 season.
DANIEL MEADOWS – LHP
Meadows was selected by the Brewers in the 49th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and worked his way through the Brewers minor league system all the way up to Triple-A Nashville this year where he finished the year with a 0-2 record and 4.04 ERA in 20 games. Meadows earned the promotion thanks to an All-Star first half of 2011 with Double-A Huntsville where he went 6-2 with a 1.51 ERA in 21 relief appearances. With the Stars this season, Meadows held opponents to a .192 batting average. So far this Fall, Meadows has made nine relief appearances and is 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA.
CASEY MEDLEN – RHP
Medlen was a third round selection of the Brewers in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and split his first professional season between Rookie Arizona and Class-A Wisconsin. Between the two stops, Medlen was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 22 appearances. He recorded 44 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched. This Fall, Medlen is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched.
CODY SCARPETTA – RHP
Scarpetta spent the entire 2011 season with Huntsvile where he went 9-5 with a 3.85 ERA in 23 starts. He was an 11th round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and is currently 0-3 with a 19.64 ERA in five Fall appearances. Scarpetta is a native of Rockford, Ill. and his father pitched in the Brewers organization.
LOGAN SCHAFER – OF
Schafer spent September with the Brewers and made his Major League debut on September 2. He was a third-round pick by the Brewers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and was named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year in 2009. He missed most of the 2010 season with injury and played in the Fall League last year while recovering. So far this year, Schafer is hitting .291 with two home runs and 15 RBI.
ZELOUS WHEELER – INF
Wheeler split the season between Huntsville and Nashville and combined to hit .272 with nine home runs and 38 RBI. He was selected in the 19th round by the Brewers in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2008 and a Florida State League All-Star in 2009.
I will have updates and features on players throughout the week this week. If you have any questions or ideas, please let me know and I will try get your questions answered!
For more information on the Arizona Fall League click this link: Arizona Fall League.
Miller Park has been pretty quiet for the last two days. Signs of the NLCS still can be seen throughout the ballpark, but it seemed as though the entire organization stopped for two days to catch its breath after their Postseason run. Most of the players and coaches had cleaned out their lockers Monday and Tuesday, but today the clubhouse still had some activity. Rickie Weeks claimed he was the last one to clean out his locker as he sat in the clubhouse and packed boxes before heading home to Florida. LaTroy Hawkins was also in the clubhouse today as was Brewers Hall of Fame radio announcer Bob Uecker.
Also showing some activity at Miller Park today was the Media Interview Room where Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin hosted his annual end of season press conference with local media. Here is a selection of quotes from the press conference that just wrapped up about 30 minutes ago.
On the season…
“It does feel pretty good to get to where we got. It’s a grind to get to the World Series. It’s a lot of baseball. Those who travel with us know the grind. We had a lot of exciting moments and times this year, things that I will never forget. It was an exciting year for me personally, I have been to Postseason five years and never advanced beyond the first round, we always lost to eventual World Series champs.”
On the season…
“We provided a lot of baseball to our fans and they provided us support. We still want to get to a World Series and still want to win a World Series. Our goals and mindset haven’t changed, but our roster probably will change. I’m not going to feel lousy about three bad postseason games; I might feel disappointed, but not lousy, because it was a special season for all of us. There weren’t a lot of people who picked us to win the Division or the World Series. I don’t think anyone thought we would break a franchise record. There are too many good things happened this year for me to be hanging my head. We are very proud as an organization. While it’s disappointing, we have so much to be proud of this year.”
On last two and a half days…
“We have already begun working. I told baseball people to take off the last two days and we are back at it again today. We are going to meet this afternoon, there is always something going on. There is Arizona Fall League to go to; the new Dominican Academy is opening up. I’m also going to talk to each one of our coaches. I will fly out and meet with Ron (Roenicke) and Mark (Attanasio) in Los Angeles. Between all of that and the Winter Meetings and the General Managers meetings, there are not a whole lot of days where you don’t do something.”
On building the roster for next year…
“It’s not as easy as one player’s salary coming off and adding the other one on because there are other salaries increasing, Rickie Weeks, Yovani Gallardo, their salaries will increase. It’s not like adding and subtracting. It’s hard to predict your team this early. If I sat here a year ago today, we didn’t know that Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum, Nyjer Morgan, K-Rod and Yuniesky Betancourt were on the team. It’s way too early to project where we will be. It’s hard to improve on a 96-win club. It shows getting to Postseason is the most important thing. Just getting there and giving yourselves a chance at that point. It’s about getting to Postseason and playing good at the right time.”
“I think that is a credit to the people I have working with me. We were two days off and back at work. We have a lot of energetic people on the baseball staff. To work hard, not wait and put a plan in place. We went into the Winter Meetings with a good plan and we are working on that plan now. To have five starters, a closer, a catcher and outfielders, that is a strong start to building a roster for next year.”
On starting pitching…
“We wouldn’t even have been close to winning 96 games without the starting pitching we had this year.”
On Shaun Marcum’s struggles in the Postseason…
“I don’t think it was anything health wise, pitchers and hitters go into slumps at different times of the year and it is unfortunate that his came at this time. We controlled Pujols one series where he was 3-for-30 at one point and then he got hot. I know Ron and Rick (Kranitz) talked about it, the other choices included Chris Narveson, but then you can’t use Shaun in relief. The other option was Yovani and he has never pitched on three days rest. I’m not that worried about Shaun Marcum for next year. These are all learning experiences for everybody when you get to this point. Hitters go into slumps and it is not as magnified as pitchers who do not pitch as well.”
On Yuniesky Betancourt…
“I thought Yuniesky Betanocurt was a better player than the critics said. I thought he did a very good job. I thought he made a lot of great plays, a lot of outstanding players, he is great at starting the double play, he has never had problems on pop ups, I’m surprised at the critics of him.I know a lot of it is the analytical studies, but I think you have to look at the player. Sure he made some errors but also made some outstanding plays.”
On areas of improvement…
“We didn’t hit well in the fifth and sixth spots. We were not very productive in those spots compared to the other clubs. We were okay in the seven and eight spots. Those two spots hurt us offensively, again, priorities, on a 96 win team, if I could pay all these guys the same money next year, I would have them all back. I’d be glad to go to war again with this team; there is not anybody I’m backing up a truck and getting rid of on this team. They all have a lot of heart on this team. We had a lot of new players, a new manager and they all came together and came in here with the same goal. Every team has their flaws, but defensively that was one area we have to get better at.”
On the set up role…
“I think LaTroy and Saito both did an outstanding job and both are in pretty good shape. We will look at them and see what they are thinking about with their careers, but they were both very productive with us. K-Rod wants to be a closer and he should be a closer. We really took off when we got him. He keeps you on the edge of your seat, but that was a lot of our whole season. That is what was fun about this year, the pacing and agonizing. I welcome that anytime as opposed to turning it in in the seventh inning. He did an outstanding job for us, but deserves a chance to be a closer. He is still a young guy.”
On Casey McGehee…
“We will talk about him as well, he did have a season that regressed and he will be the first to admit that. He had a big season in 2010. He can still be a good player. We will wait and see and he will be a part of our evaluation. With him, you are getting a player that won’t give up, will try hard, has a great heart and who loves this organization. I think when players go into slumps they all try too hard. They get out of what they are capable of doing. That is what slumps are about. Great players have slumps too, but they don’t last as long.”
On Craig Counsell and Jerry Hairston, Jr.…
“I told Craig we will get together and meet, but he never said one way or another if he wants to play or not, but we will meet and discuss his future. Jerry is a free agent, same thing; I will sit with him and talk with him and his agent. You always need that kind of player that can play a number of positions when you have an injury to fill in. In the end Jerry filled in well at the right place and got hot at the right time.”
Stay tuned to the blog for some news and notes from the offseason!
Many of you will remember that back in January, we launched a unique plan to award prizes to fans who purchased Season Seat packages for the 2011 season: The Milwaukee Brewers Fan-Tastic 40. All fans that purchased or renewed ticket packages of 20 games or more had the opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days.
Prizes included Klement’s Sausage for a Year, getting your photo on a Brewers 2011 Season Ticket and much more, ending with the final prize of signing a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform and one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.
A Brewers Season Seat Holder at Miller Park since 2001, Larry Schaefer of Fond du Lac won the prize and a press conference was held to formally welcome him to the team today, with many of Larry’s family and friends in attendance.
“When it came down to it, Larry is passionate about baseball and the Brewers and that was very important to us. We’re so happy to have Larry here,” said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin, when presenting Larry with his contract.
“This is a once in a lifetime chance and I’d like to thank the Brewers. This was a novel idea, to come up with something like this,” he said.
Larry has been President of Fond du Lac Youth Baseball and was the President of Fond du Lac Baseball Inc. for 20 years. He played and managed in the Rock River League where he was once named Most Valuable Player. Larry attended Oakfield High School and played first base.
In addition to the salary and uniform, Schaefer was also able to park in our VIP Lot and will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I feel great, a real part of the Milwaukee Brewers,” Larry said. “But I do have one question: When we win the World Series, do I get a ring?”
As if the acquistion of a former Cy Young Award winner wasn’t the greatest gift for Brewers fans this holiday season, I have some good news for those looking for a last minute Christmas gift. Brewers Senior Director – Merchandise Branding Jill Aronoff says that Zack Greinke jersey t-shirts will be in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park on Wednesday.
The announcement of the trade was great news as a Brewers employee. Give all the credit to Doug Melvin and our Baseball Operations staff who worked very hard on this deal and didn’t give up on the number one player they targeted this offseason. It should be a very exciting 2011 season!
In my six years here with the Brewers, I cannot remember a press conference turning into a birthday celebration, but that is what happened today at Miller Park. In preparation for today’s Shaun Marcum introductory press conference, it occured to me and my Media Relations Department counterparts that it was Marcum’s 29th birthday today. We thought it would be a good idea to have a cake at the press conference to make sure Shaun and his wife Stephanie felt welcome on their first visit to Milwaukee as a member of the organization (and, well, who doesn’t like cake?).
Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo and I ran to the grocery store this morning, found a sheet cake and had the bakery department make a special inscription.
The finished product.
Marcum cuts the first piece of cake.
As you can see the cake turned out great. Marcum cut the first piece and shared it with his wife and I’m sure leftovers of the cake are floating around our offices (hint, hint, Loge Level breakroom) right now. I had a piece and judging from the way it tasted, it will be gone pretty quickly.
Marcum poses for his official Brewers headshot.
Marcum flew in from his home in Kansas City last night and had lunch with Brewers Executive Vice President-General Manager Doug Melvin prior to the press conference today. He talked about returning to the Midwest not far from his Kansas City home to play was “a dream come true.”
Melvin helps Marcum put on his Brewers jersey for the first time in his career.
Marcum took questions from the media for about 20 minutes after being introduced by Melvin.
“One of our offseason goals was to acquire more pitching for our ball club,” Melvin said before introducing Marcum. ”Prior to going to the Winter Meetings, we had some activity going on, but this came as a little bit of a surprise to us to be able to get a player of Shaun Marcum’s abilities. We feel he can fit in with the top of our rotation which is really needed. He gives us a better chance of winning than we had prior to the Winter Meetings.”
Marcum missed the entire 2009 season due to Tommy John surgery and said he finished the 2010 season stronger than ever.
“Recovering from the injury was a long process,” Marcum said. “For me to get fully recovered took about 18 months, some people have gotten back quicker, but at the same time, I got to do a lot of film watching, get my body in better shape and get me shoulder stronger. When it came September, I felt stronger at that point in the season that I did in April and during the All-Star Break. When I’m on the mound it’s (the injury) not something that I even think of. I’m focused on getting hitters out.”
He finished the 2010 season with a 13-8 record alongside a 3.64 ERA with Toronto in probably one of the toughest disivions (the AL East) in all of baseball. He also pitched a career-high 195.1 innings in last season.
Following the press conference, Marcum signed some baseball cards for the Brewers front office and did a number of radio interviews before leaving for the airport to return home to Kansas City.
As you can tell from the photos, Marcum will wear number 18 for the Brewers. He wore number 28 last season with Toronto.
Stay tuned to brewers.com as we will be posting the full video from the press conference a little bit later this afternoon.
This morning was the first official workout for pitchers and catchers at Maryvale Baseball Park. The weather was cloudy, cool and the rain was on and off, but pitchers and catchers were still able to get in their throwing today.
Pitchers and Catchers reported to camp on Saturday and yesterday was Physicals and Administrative day which made today the first day of official workouts.
The team took the field around 9:45 a.m. Arizona time and worked out for about two hours. Pitchers threw bullpen sessions and didn’t take part in any “PFP,” defensive or other conditioning drills due to the wet ground. Manager Ken Macha addressed the media as he does on a daily basis before the workout and Pitching Coach Rick Peterson led the pitchers in some their normal throwing.
Some of the position players who reported to camp early participated in some light throwing, took some batting practice in the cages and did some infield work with Bench Coach Willie Randolph.
It looks as though the weather will be clearing up tomorrow so the regular slate of activities for pitchers and catchers will be on.
Brewers Manager Ken Macha meets with reporters for his daily media session.
Newly acquired Catcher Gregg Zaun catches Gallardo’s bullpen session. If you notice the string in front of the plate, it was installed by Peterson in order to train pitchers to get the ball low in the strike zone. The string lines up around the low end of the strike zone.
Ed Sedar (left), Macha and General Manager Doug Melvin observe the workouts and discuss the first day.
Peterson and Gallardo talk after Gallardo’s bullpen session.
A few of the players are still milling around the clubhouse and finishing their lunch. The sun looks like it is trying to peak out a little bit which will make for a nice afternoon. I will have more updates throughout the week from here at Maryvale!
Here are a couple of photos from today’s press conference that introduced the newest Brewer, RHP LaTroy Hawkins to Milwaukee Brewers fans. Hawkins sounded excited to be in Milwaukee and play on a young team that is hungry to win. He talked about how he has watched the Brewers grow and win over the last couple of years and how happy he is to join the team and help them win.
Hawkins answers questions from the Milwaukee media earlier this afternoon.
Hawkins and General Manager Doug Melvin pose for a photo.
Hawkins chats with MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.
Remember your grade school pictures? Yes, we do the same thing in the Big Leagues. Well it isn’t exactly the same, but here is Hawkins posing for his official Brewers headshot.
Mark Mueller (l) and Karl Mueller (r) of the Brewers Baseball Operations staff join Hawkins in enjoying some fabulous Christmas Cookies courtesy of Ken Spindler of the Brewers Media Relations Staff.
OK, so maybe I lied, Ken didn’t make the Christmas Cookies. Thanks to Tom Olson, Kelli Kreuser and the rest of the SportService team at Miller Park for providing Christmas Cookies and Egg Nog for the hungry media who attended this and all of our press conferences!
Our second press conference of the week went very well on our end, it’s exciting to see the pieces of the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers come together here in December.
The Randy Wolf signing is now official as the lefty passed his physical this morning in Milwaukee. Wolf will be introduced to the Milwaukee media today at a 3 p.m. press conference at Miller Park.
Wolf’s contract is a three-year deal with a club option for the 2013 season.
Here are a few numbers on Wolf:
- The 33-year old went 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA in a career-high 34 starts with the Dodgers in 2009, 24 of those starts were quality starts tying him with Cliff Lee for the most among Major League lefties
- His ERA in 2009 was his best since 2002 (3.20)
- He owns a career record of 101-85 with a 4.13 ERA in 279 games (275 starts) and has spent time with Philadelphia (1999-2006), Los Angeles (2007, ’09), San Diego (2008) and Houston (2008)
- His older brother, Jim, has been a Major League umpire since 1999
In addition, Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin also announced the signing of veteran infielder Craig Counsell to a one-year contract.
The 2010 MLB Winter Meetings are in the books. A productive week for the Brewers in Indianapolis came to an end today, officially with the Rule V Draft held earlier this morning.
The Winter Meetings are more than a time when teams get together, discuss free agents and trades. The meetings are now sort of a winter festival in which teams don’t only plan for the game and the players on the field, but also give a chance to plan the business side of the game. It is basically a cold weather gathering of baseball–there is everything baseball except for the game itself on the field.
My Winter Meeting experience was quite enjoyable. We took steps to make our team better, I learned a lot and I caught up with old friends while making some new ones.
On the baseball side of the Winter Meetings, each team has a suite in one of two hotels. Teams gather their baseball operations staffs in the suite and basically draw out plans for the upcoming season. They consider free agents, field trade requests from other teams, talk to scouts and meet with agents. The suite is kind of like the central location for each team–a home base of sorts for the week. Many of these meetings begin around 8:30 a.m. and can last into the wee hours of the morning.
The Brewers Baseball Operations staff in their meeting room suite.
Our suite was in the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis and housed the Brewers daily meetings involving around 10 members of the Brewers baseball operations staff. The staff was well prepared heading into the meetings, having a good idea of what each team has and what each team needs in case the Brewers were approached for a trade. At around 4:30 p.m. each afternoon, Brewers Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo and I would escort any media members up to the suite to talk to Doug Melvin and Gord Ash. There, Doug would recap the day for the media.
Here Doug Melvin and Gord Ash meet with writers in their daily media session.
Not only do our local media meet with Doug Melvin on a daily basis, but each manager does a round table session with media in the media room. Ken Macha met with the writers on Tuesday. Before he met at the round table, he did a quick interview on the MLB station on Sirius/XM and sat down with MLB Productions. If you follow our twitter account (@brewercom), you may have received a heads up that Melvin was on the MLB Network’s Hot Stove show last night.
Brewers Manager Ken Macha discusses the team with reporters at the Winter Meetings.
Doug Melvin joins the MLB Network crew for an interview on Wednesday.
While these team meetings are going on, the other “meetings” of the Winter Meetings take place. The Major League Public Relations departments have three days of meetings. In those meetings, we listen to speakers, take surveys and adjust media rules for the upcoming season. This year, one of our hot topics was dealing with social media and the proliferation of such sites as Facebook and the growing Twitter craze. It’s really a good opportunity to see what some of our peers are doing in the industry. Each market is a little different and it is interesting to hear the problems and challenges of each team.
A “team photo” of the National League PR Staffs.
Other groups that have meetings include the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Professional Baseball Association of Trainers. The Winter Meetings are not only for the Major League teams. The Minor League teams host a large convention during the week that includes a trade show, various speakers and symposiums and a Minor League job fair.
There is a little time for fun during the meetings. Last night, we caught a Pacers game at Conseco Fieldhouse and there are always receptions and dinners going on that allow everyone to meet and talk baseball socially.
Mike Vassallo, Jim Misudek of the Atlanta Braves and I following the Pacers-Blazers game.
On the field, we made steps to making the Brewers a better team and I think the Winter Meetings were successful for the Brewers. I really cannot go into detail as to what went on, but Doug Melvin and his team has done a great job of improving the team for the 2010 season and beyond. A lot of the buzz around the meetings involved the Brewers and some of the moves the team considered. Things will develop in the weeks ahead and I think Brewers fans will be excited about some of the results.
As I write this, I should be on my way back to Milwaukee. No, I’m not on one of those fancy planes with WiFi, but instead, I’m stuck at the airport in Indianapolis. Hopefully we will get “the bird off the ground” shortly and I will return home!