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BREWERS ACQUIRE TWO HIGHLY-TOUTED PROSPECTS FROM THE RANGERS

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Lewis Brinson, right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz and a player to be named from the Texas Rangers in exchange for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress.  The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“While it is extremely difficult to part with players the caliber of Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress, we are excited to add more young and talented players to the organization as we continue to build toward future winning seasons in Milwaukee,” said Stearns.

Stearns added, “We would like to thank Jonathan for his seven years of not only All-Star play on the field, but for the leadership and dedication that he and his wife, Sarah, displayed throughout the community.  We also would like to thank Jeremy for his contributions to the Brewers, particularly his admirable work as a first-time closer this season.”

Brinson, 22, entered the 2016 season ranked by both Baseball America and MLBPipeline.com as the second-best prospect in the Rangers organization.  He is currently ranked 30th and 21st, respectively, in all of baseball by those outlets.

Brinson was selected by Texas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.  He batted .237 (72-for-304) with 11 HR, 40 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 77 games at Double-A Frisco this season.

Ortiz, 20, entered the 2016 season ranked by Baseball America as the fourth-best prospect in the Rangers organization.  He entered this season ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the fifth-best prospect in their organization and currently ranks third.  He is currently ranked 74th and 63rd, respectively, in all of baseball by those outlets.

Ortiz was selected by Texas in the first round (30th overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.  He went 4-6 with 3.48 ERA in 16 games (14 starts) between Class-A High Desert (7g, 6gs, 3-2, 2.60era) and Double-A Frisco (9g, 8gs, 1-4, 4.08era).

Lucroy, 30, batted .284 with 79 HR and 387 RBI in 805 games during seven seasons with the Brewers (2010-16), including .299 (101-for-338) with 13 HR and 50 RBI in 95 games this season.  The two-time All-Star (2014 and 2016) was selected by Milwaukee in the third round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Jeffress, 28, returned to the Brewers in 2014 and has gone 8-3 with a 2.36 ERA and 27 saves (all this season) in 148 relief appearances during that stretch.  He was originally selected by Milwaukee in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Fun Had By All at Brewers Block Party

The Brewers Block Party was held today at Village Park in Elm Grove.

The event featured games and activities for the whole family, as well as appearances from Brewers players and coaches, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™. Free hot dogs, soda and potato chips (compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, respectively) were provided for the first 500 people and the Brewers Treat Truck and merchandise trailer were also be on hand for the festivities.

Here’s a slideshow from the event, courtesy of Brewers Photographer Scott Paulus:

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Coaches Darnell Coles and Ed Sedar, along with Brewers alum Jim Gantner and Brewers players Matt Garza, Chris Carter, Jonathan Villar, Carlos Torres, Jacob Barnes, Jeremy Jeffress and Jhan Marinez arrived around 11:45 a.m. and participated in a Q&A session hosted by Brewers radio personality Lane Grindle, followed by an autograph session for the first 1,000 attendees. Fans were also treated to trivia questions for the chance to win prizes.

 

This marks the sixth season that the Brewers have hosted the event, and the first time since 2011.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeffress Prep for ’90s Night at Miller Park

Break out the neon, overalls and flannel, throw on your Walkman, and head to Miller Park as it transforms into County Stadium for ‘90s Night. On Saturday, July 30, it’s time to party like it’s 1999 as the Brewers will wear their throwback home white uniforms with the blue and green crossed bats logo when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Miller Park will feature a number of tributes throughout the evening, including music from the era, special in-game features and more.

Fans who purchase the special ‘90s Night ticket package will also receive this limited-edition ‘90s-themed Will Smith player T-shirt, which is inspired by the popular ’90s TV Show, “The Fresh Prince,” which stars the actor Will Smith.

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Speaking of which, in case you missed it, recently pitcher Will Smith and his bullpen mates have extended a video invitation to the actor  in hopes of getting him to attend the game, but so far, they have not heard back.

And that brings us to the latest effort in support of the #WillMeetsWill campaign–Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress (with the help of Brewers Team Photographer Scott Paulus) have recreated photos of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, who formed the famous hip hop duo that was popular in the late ’80s and the ’90s, producing such hits together as “Summertime,” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeffress:

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Will also got in the Fresh Prince spirit:

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As you can imagine, these two BFFs had a blast during this shoot. Here’s a look at some behind-the-scenes footage:

Tickets for the event are $19 for Terrace Reserved or $39 for Loge Outfield Box, not including inflation! Get yours at brewers.com/themenights.

 

 

Dear Will Smith…Attempt #2

Brewers reliever Will Smith’s quest to meet the actor Will Smith continued late last week as the pitcher recruited a couple of his fellow bullpen mates to help him make a video.

If you’ll recall, back in Spring Training 2014, Brewers pitcher Will Smith penned a letter to “the other” Will Smith–as in the actor, producer and songwriter, Will Smith….yeah, that guy–inviting him to come visit him in Milwaukee.

Well, that never came to fruition, but with ’90s Night on the horizon and these awesome shirts on tap as a giveaway with our special ’90s Night Ticket Package, Will thought that this time, he might get a response.

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One can only hope!

Be sure to join in the #WillMeetsWill campaign on Twitter and Instagram to see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Bring Toiletries With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a toiletries drive during the Brewers series against the Nationals. 

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring are invited to bring new toiletry items (i.e., soaps, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, body wash, body spray, hairspray, etc.) with them to Miller Park. In return for a donation of toiletries (or $5), they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Jeremy Jeffress.

Jeffress Pin

Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.

-Cait

@Cmoyer

Fun Times Had at the “Koos for Kids” Event at Hitters Baseball Academy

Tonight, following the Brewers-Padres game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Hitters Baseball Academy in Racine to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised over $55,000 in the process.

Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 12 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Fans attending tonight’s event received dinner, autographs from Brewers players, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event went to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community. 

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

Hanel was also excited to announce that Koos for Kids is offering a scholarship program: “ We’ll be giving $2500 each for college to two kids of need in Racine. They will get an opportunity to advance and go to school. It’s a pretty cool thing so we’re excited to implement that.”

Here are some photos from tonight’s event:

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Koos for Kids has also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

To learn more about Koos for Kids, keep informed of upcoming events and find out how you can help, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Skittles Helps Settle Clubhouse Candy “Controversy” Between Jeffress & Smith

Throughout the Brewers Clubhouse it is well known that Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress loves Skittles. And when Jeffress’ mom came to visit last week, she confirmed that he’s always loved them, ever since he was a little kid.

In fact, many fans have started to catch on to this and some have even given him packages of his beloved candy.

However, recently the Five Fruity Flavors were at the heart of a clubhouse controversy between Jeffress and fellow pitcher/best friend Will Smith. Smith, who is currently on the disabled list and did not travel with the team on the first road trip of the season, was assisting me with some social media during a game by tweeting and Snapchatting live from the clubhouse. (You can check out the tweets on the #LeftyBehind hashtag.)

Right before he left for the night, this happened and we caught it all on video:

Of course, Jeffress saw the tweet…

…and later returned the favor by stealing some candy out of Smith’s locker:

Of course this candy “war” was all in good fun, but Skittles wanted to make sure that their tasty treats wouldn’t cause any conflict in the clubhouse moving forward. So, they sent a special package. Here, Jeffress explains what he received:

Here’s a copy of the letter:

Skittles Letter to the Brewers

Jeffress was understandably stoked to receive such an awesome care package, which even included his absolute favorite, Sour Skittles!

Jeffress Skittles

A big thank you to Skittles on behalf of Jeffress and Smith for the care package. We appreciate you looking out for the Crew!

Side Note: Skittles are so beloved by Jeffress that he told me that he’s even named his curveball after the candy, henceforth it shall be known as “Skittles” and Jeffress will make opposing batters “Taste the Rainbow.”

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

 

It’s National Look-alike Day: Let’s Look at Brewers Doppelgängers

April 20 is National Look-alike Day, so it’s fitting that we’re playing the Twins tonight.

In honor of this “holiday,”I also surveyed some of the Brewers to find out if they ever get told that they look like someone else, or if they think another teammate looks like someone else. Here’s what I uncovered.

I started by approaching the Brewers bullpen as a whole. “Question for you guys. ‘Look-alike Day’ is next week, so I was just curious if any of you ever get told you look like anoth….” I barely got the question out when everyone began pointing at Michael Blazek, who they think bears a striking resemblance to Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.

Michael Blazek Bryce Harper

Blazek said he has also been told he reminds some people of Kevin Bacon; I also mentioned that to me he looks a bit like Michael C. Hall as “Dexter.”

Corey Knebel Colt McCoy

Turns out Blazek wasn’t the only one in the bullpen who has been told he has a double. Corey Knebel looks a bit like the QB for the Washington Redskins (and fellow University of Texas alum) Colt McCoy, whereas Jeremy Jeffress gets likened to Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers.

I next approached Scooter Gennett who told me, “No one. I’m one of a kind!” Yes. Yes, he certainly is:

Pitcher Taylor Jungmann has said he’s been asked to sign a Tyler Thornburg card once or twice.  “I’m like ‘Look at the height on the card!'” said Jungmann, who at 6’6″ tall has a good 7″ on Thornburg.

Domingo Santana Tracy McGrady

While Kirk Nieuwenhuis said that he doesn’t think he himself looks like anyone, he does think Domingo Santana looks a bit like retired NBA player Tracy McGrady.

And in talking to Chase Anderson, he told me that’s gotten compared to Will Ferrell in the past. I never would’ve thought that until he mentioned it, but now that he’s said it, I can see the resemblance in his smile and eyes.

Matt Garza Count

Of course most Brewers fans are already aware of the more than striking resemblance pitcher Matt Garza bears to the Count from Sesame Street… so much so that it spawned the Count Garza Gnome Giveaway last season.

“I get ‘the guy from the All-State commercials,'” first baseman Chris Carter responded when I surveyed him. That “guy” is Dennis Haysbert, who also played Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League for those of you scoring at home.

And last but not least, ever since the Club introduced David Stearns as our new GM last fall, fans have been quick to point out that he looks quite similar to a certain 6x Brewers All-Star.

“I got Andy Pettitte a lot when I was in New York and now it’s been Ryan Braun since I’ve been here,” Stearns said with a chuckle.

GM David Stearns and OF Ryan Braun were kind enough to pose for this photo, giving fans the side by side they've been craving.

GM David Stearns and OF Ryan Braun were kind enough to pose for this photo, so fans can compare them side by side.

So, there you have it. Some Brewers doppelgängers in honor of National Look-alike Day. Do you agree with these assessments? Think there’s one we missed? Do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity or athlete (or at least compared to one)? Let me know in the comments below!

As for me, I’ve been told that I look a bit like Renee Zellweger or Leann Rimes. Not sure I really see either one, but they are both lovely ladies, so I’ll take it as a compliment.

Cheers!
-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Brewers Pitchers Bonding Through Golf

Although there are many new faces this spring, this Brewers clubhouse already seems to have a great vibe. There is a lot of positive energy and the players seem to be bonding with ease. Perhaps that’s because the players are finding common interests both on and off the field and building chemistry in new ways.

For example, in addition to the game of chess, many Brewers players seem to be bonding over the game of golf this season.

I recently had another chance to hit the links with some of them this spring at the scenic Lookout Mountain Golf Club.My foursome included Brewers pitchers Chris Capuano, Will Smith and Matt Garza, while the group playing behind us was also comprised of all pitchers: Tyler Thornburg, Michael Blazek, Jeremy Jeffress and Sean Nolin.

While I’ve played with a couple of these guys before, I was surprised that this many players chose to spend their downtime out on the links.

I started chatting with Michael Blazek about it and he explained why he believes it’s such a popular pastime for the players—especially pitchers— away from the field.

 

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“It’s not really about the game of golf. You just go and hang out with friends…. It’s a better way for us to get together away from the field and not think about baseball and have fun at the same time. It just takes your mind off of what you’re doing here every single day. There’s not many things that we can do as a group away from the field….so golf is the easiest thing to do for us and it’s just a good way for us– especially our pitchers, a lot of us golf–and [the course] is just a place for us to kind of get together,” Blazek said.

Thornburg agrees. “A lot of hitters hate golf because they think it will ruin their swing. Plus, position players have to go every day during Spring Training for the most part and when they get a day off they don’t want to spend four hours on a course.”

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Capuano is the probably the best golfer in the clubhouse this spring. He says he has about a 4 handicap, and has shot par a couple of time, with his best round being a 67 at the Boulders in Scottsdale. Although, he’s quite modest and is quick to point out that the course was a par 71.

“I feel like he should definitely be better than a 4 handicap,” Thornburg tells me. I concur. While Thornburg shot a respectable 83, Capuano shot a 37 on the front 9 at Lookout Mountain and kept it rolling on the back, although he didn’t get to play all 18 holes.

For Capuano, who started playing golf as a young child while caddying for his dad, he says his favorite part of the game is being outside.

“It’s relaxing,” he says. “Being a pitcher, I really enjoy the satisfaction of hitting a target and I think golf is very similar in the rhythm and timing that’s involved in the golf swing. It’s similar to the throw, and just hitting that target is very rewarding.”

For me personally, I would agree that golf provides a good bonding opportunity. While I enjoy the sport and grew up playing it, outings like these not only provide fun social media content, but they also help me get to know the players better away from the field, which helps when working with them closely over the course of a long season.

And whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.

I hope the Brew Crew is enjoying the first of just two off days this spring!

3/16/16 Update:
Looks like some of the #CactusCrew did indeed hit the links yesterday:

Hiram Burgos, Jorge Lopez and Yadiel Rivera hit the links on the first offday of the Spring.

Hiram Burgos, Jorge Lopez and Yadiel Rivera hit the links on the first offday of the Spring.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Checkmates: Brewers Players Bond Over Chess

The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and all those Cactus League games. In Spring Training especially, players often arrive very early in the morning to get in their own workouts before the scheduled practices and games, so there is often a lot of natural downtime that happens as a result.

As players are going in and out of the workout and trainers’ rooms and eating breakfast, you’ll see groups of guys gather to talk and often play games to pass the time. Sometimes, it’s cards, sometimes it’s dominoes, but this year, there’s been a new game, which is actually quite old, sweeping the clubhouse: chess.

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Chess is a sport that improves memory and concentration, enhances creativity and problem-solving skills and exercises both sides of the brain, so this is certainly a beneficial hobby that is having its moment in the clubhouse.

Reliever Jeremy Jeffress is the one who brought in a chessboard this spring after picking up the game over the offseason.

He says it all started over the winter when he visited the home of a friend of a friend who had a board in his living room.

“I was like, ‘Hey, I’ve never learned how to play chess. I’ve got a lot of time right now…..Can you teach me a little bit?'” Jeffress said. “Then he just showed me basically how the pieces move. And then he said I that I’ve got to learn my strategy first–my defensive strategy, then my offensive strategy and then play the best way I know how.”

 

After that, he was hooked. Why?

“First of all, it’s the competition,” Jeffress explains. “I like that and creating my own strategy–trying to be smarter than the other guy is basically what I like.”

He claims to be a pretty good player in the clubhouse, where there are a lot of guys who either play or are now learning the game.

“Tyler Cravy’s a good player. Taylor Jungmann’s a good player. Michael Blazek and Corey Knebel are just learning, but they are coming a long….. Scooter Gennett, Eric Young and Matt Garza know how to play….almost everybody is playing,” Jeffress says.

“I’ve been learning,” says Knebel, who says he has gravitated to the game because it is something new. “I know where the pieces go and I know a few things, but I’m not winning that often.

Corey Knebel and Michael Blazek are just learning.... so maybe it's understandable why there was, uh, some confusion over this match?

Corey Knebel and Michael Blazek are just learning the game of chess…. so maybe it’s understandable why there was, uh, some confusion over this match?

When they’re not taking a turn at the chessboard, many of the players are sharpening their skills via the chess mobile app.

It’s not surprising that this game has so many players hooked. Baseball is an inherently strategic sport and all of these guys are highly competitive, so it makes sense that chess is a way to challenge themselves mentally while taking a breather from their day to day physical tasks.

“Right now my favorite app is probably the chess app because we’re playing chess…. Everyone here is playing chess so I’ve got to get better at that,” Blazek says.

Jeffress confirms that he, too, cannot get enough of the chess app. “I play every night before I go to sleep.”

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

 

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