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Will Smith Poses as “Bill Schmidt,” Goes Undercover at Brewers on Deck

Somehow, in the midst of all the fun and excitement at Brewers On Deck, Brewers reliever Will Smith (not the actor) was able to go undercover, posing as a reporter for fake news channel WILL-13 (we picked Lancaster, Wisconsin because we wanted a town that started with an “L”).

We outfitted him with a jacket, credentials and a microphone and sent him out into the crowd with a videographer to interview some unsuspecting fans.

And it was awesome:

There was so much great material it was hard to pair it all down. There were also a lot of outtakes, including some interviews with his teammates, which we felt merited their own separate video:

“I had a really good time doing it,” Will told me. “It was a fun experience playing around with the fans.”

Did Will trick you? Let us know in the comments below!

For a full recap of Brewers On Deck, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Brewers On Deck Wrap-Up

Thank you to the nearly 12,000 fans who streamed through the doors of the Wisconsin Center on Sunday for Brewers On Deck!

From autographs, photographs and interviews to game shows, merchandise and kids activities there was something for everyone and so much going on it was almost dizzying at times.

For me personally, it was a ton of fun working over at the Social Media Stage. I asked you to stop by, check it out and say hello and you did! We had some great crowds and I enjoyed meeting a lot of my Twitter buddies in person.

We’ve put some highlights from that stage up on brewers.com/ondeck.

There, you’ll find:

Photobombs from Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra:

Clips from “Heads Up” with Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson*:

*Sorry, guys, we had trouble with the video files from Rob Wooten & Tyler Thornburg‘s games.

The @TwitterlessSchafer Instagram Q&A with Logan Schafer:

Here is @twitterlessschafer's Instagram Q&A from #BrewersOnDeck! "Why no Twitter?"-@JulesK3

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#MattChat60 with Matt Clark:

and Jim Henderson’s interview of new Brewers pitcher Corey Knebel:

In addition to those activities, we also had pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Michael Blazek stop by for some social fun and games. There was Twitter Trivia, :15 of Favorites and Selfies in Seconds:

The Social Media Stage sure kept us busy, but we did find time to cover the rest of the event.

Here are some highlights that we posted on social media during the day:

A special #BrewersOnDeck cameo from the Dog of the Year, Hank the #BallparkPup!

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Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler. So much for #BullpenLove. #Brewlyweds #Brewers #BrewersOnDeck

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Introducing….the official Barrelman Mascot, making his debut at #BrewersOnDeck!

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Clint Coulter engages in an intense game of ping pong at #BrewersOnDeck! #hyperlapse

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In addition, here’s a gallery of some other pics we grabbed:

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And thank YOU for submitting your photos on Twitter & Instagram using #BrewersOnDeck! We’re currently going through them to determine our favorites for our contest, but there is still time to upload them to be eligible to win great prizes.

Thank you once again for attending Brewers On Deck. Opening Day is just 69 days away. #SeeUApril6!

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

BREWERS ON DECK TO INCLUDE OVER 50 PLAYERS, COACHES, BROADCASTERS & ALUMNI

Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.

This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the event. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.

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Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

PLAYERS COACHES ALUMNI
Michael Blazek Hector Gomez Gerardo Parra Darnell Coles Jerry Augustine
Ryan Braun Brooks Hall Wily Peralta Joe Crawford Cecil Cooper
Juan Centeno Jim Henderson Shane Peterson Matt Erickson Craig Counsell
Matt Clark Jeremy Jeffress Jason Rogers Mike Guerrero Rob Deer
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Logan Schafer Marcus Hanel Jim Gantner
Khris Davis Brandon Kintzler Will Smith Rick Kranitz Larry Hisle
Mike Fiers Kyle Lohse Michael Strong Jerry Narron
Yovani Gallardo Adam Lind Tyler Thornburg Ron Roenicke
Scooter Gennett Jonathan Lucroy Rob Wooten Ed Sedar
David Goforth Hunter Morris John Shelby
Carlos Gomez Jimmy Nelson Lee Tunnell

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events will be released next week.

Social Media Night Set for September 8; Fans Can Elect #BrewersMVT to Appear at Event

This just in: Social Media Night is set for Monday, September 8 when the Crew takes on the Miami Marlins at Miller Park!

Being the Director of New Media, Social Media Night is something that is near and dear to my heart and something I greatly look forward to. I take great pride in this event and that’s why I really hope that you like the new spin we’ve put on it for 2014.

This is the third year of the event and this year, since we have so many players who are active on Twitter, the evening will revolve around that platform with fans having the opportunity to elect their favorite Brewers player on Twitter as the “2014 #BrewersMVT” (Most Valuable Tweeter). The player with the most votes will make an exclusive appearance at the event.

A special $25 ticket package is available for the game on Monday, September 8 against the Miami Marlins. The package includes a Loge Level ticket, access to a pregame “Tweet-Up” event at Helfaer Field featuring an appearance by the #BrewersMVT, an exclusive Brewers Twitter t-shirt designed with input from the winning player, and the opportunity to win prizes.

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From now through Sunday, August 24, fans can vote for their favorite follow on Twitter using designated hashtags. The player with the most votes will be selected as the #BrewersMVT (Most Valuable Tweeter), appear at the pre-game “Tweet Up” with fans, and help design the special Twitter t-shirt that fans purchasing the package will receive on September 8.

So…. Which Brewers player is your favorite follow? Whose tweets give you the most information or make you laugh hardest? Tweet using the designated hashtags  below now through Sunday, August 24 to vote for your #BrewersMVT.

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The players and their special hashtags are as follows:

 

PLAYERS                            TWITTER HANDLE            HASHTAG

Zach Duke                          (@Zach_Duke)                      #DukeMVT

Carlos Gomez                  (@C_Gomez27)                     #GomezMVT

Tom Gorzelanny          (@TGorz)                                    #GorzMVT

Jeremy Jeffress              (@JMontana41)                     #JeffressMVT

Kyle Lohse                          (@KyleLohse26)                   #LohseMVT

Jonathan Lucroy           (@JLucroy20)                        #Lucroy MVT

Martin Maldonado        (@Machete1224)                    #MaldyMVT

Jimmy Nelson                   (@Jimmy_J_Nelson)        #NelsonMVT

Will Smith                             (@White_Willy31)                #SmithMVT

 

Tickets are on sale now at brewers.com/socialmedianight. For group outings of 25 or more, tickets may be purchased by calling 414- 902-4523. Packages are limited, so fans are fans are encouraged to act quickly.

See you there and in the mean time, see you on Twitter!

-Cait

@CMOYER

-JohnandCait@brewers.com

Grand Slam Summer School a Success!

This afternoon, Logan Schafer, Martin Maldonado and Jeremy Jeffress participated in the Brewers Grand Slam Summer School, an event especially for children of Suiteholders and just one of the many perks of being a Brewers Suiteholder.

After taking part in fielding, hitting and pitching clinics, the children had time to get autographs and photographs before taking in tonight’s game.

Here are a few photos from this fun event:

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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

Jeffress Wows the Crowd At AFL Rising Stars Game

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The fifth annual Arizona Fall League Rising Stars was played last night at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.  The Brewers had three representatives in the game.  OF Caleb Gindl, who started in left field and batted second and RHP Jeremy Jeffress will pitch out of the bullpen for the West squad.  Mike Guerrero, who is managing the Surprise Rafters and is the manager of Double-A Huntsville, managed the West team.

After the West tied the game at 2-2 in the third, neither team scored until a walk off home run by Leslie Anderson.

The home run dazzled the crowd, but it was Jeffress who drew what were perhaps the loudest cheers of the night.  The crowd rose to its feet and cheered his final pitch of the inning to strike out Brandon Laird that read 101 mph on the stadium scoreboard.  Earlier in the at bat, the scoreboard read 99 and “00” for 100.

asgjeffress.jpgJeffress pitches during last night’s AFL Rising Stars game in Surprise, Ariz.

“I don’t know if I had ever received an ovation like that,” said Jeffress. “The home run was a bigger deal than me hitting 100 tonight.  That won us the game which is the most important thing.  I was just trying to get the outs, hit my spots and I really let it go.  I guess it’s the All-Star game and everyone is watching, so why not?”

Jeffress pitched one inning, struck out two, walked one and allowed one hit.  Gindl finished the night 0-for-4.

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Gindl at bat in last night’s AFL Rising Stars Game in Surprise, Ariz.

A showcase game that features the top talent here in Arizona, 4,749 fans and scouts from every Major League team were in attendance.  The game was broadcast on the MLB Network and on mlb.com.

Guerrero was excited for the opportunity to manage the West team.

“It is exciting to be here with all these future stars,” said Guerrero.  “This is such a special league and to be a part of this game is an honor.  It was nice to see Jeremy show everyone what he has.  He has a bright future in the Brewers organization.”

Gindl is currently hitting .298 (14-for-47) with two home runs and six RBI in 13 games.  He also has four doubles and one triple in Fall League play.  Jeffress has allowed only one earned run in 9.1 innings pitched in Fall League play this year.  His 0.96 ERA ranks fourth among pitchers in the AFL.  Today was a scheduled off day for the AFL.

The teams were selected by scouting and minor-league directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his staff.  Twenty-eight of the 50 players who appeared in last year’s Rising Stars Game played in the Major Leagues in 2010.

I’m currently at Sky Harbor International Airport about to board my flight back to Milwaukee.  I’m trying to soak in the last couple minutes of sunshine before returning to Milwaukee and the beginning of winter.  I have a couple of stories I will continue to post throughout the week regarding the Arizona Fall League.  Also, please continue to send us your questions for Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin regarding the Brewers Minor League system.  I can’t wait until I return to Phoenix for Spring Training!
 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

 

Day One in Arizona: It’s a Tie!

For some reason, I found it funny that the first game I saw here in Arizona finished in a tie.  I know it is all about seeing players get work and the prospects working on mechanics, but ties are for soccer (and no, I’m not trying to offend any soccer fans out there, I do enjoy soccer)! 

 
Arizona Fall League rules state that if the teams are tied after 11 innings of play, the game will go down in the books as “suspended.”  The game will not be made up, but all of the stats will count.  Today’s game between Surprise and Phoenix ended in a 2-2 tie.  Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress, who earlier in the day was named to the Rising Stars game, pitched two scoreless innings and got out of two jams to keep the game tied.

Jeffress saw his ERA dip to 0.96 today as he struck out two.  In the tenth and eleventh innings, he had runners in scoring position with only one out and was able to end both innings without allowing a run to score.

“The Fall League is great,” Jeffress said after the game.  “It’s really a great experience for all of the players.  You get to battle down here; today’s game was really a battle there at the end.  I was happy to pitch in a tough situation like that.  It’s those kinds of situations that will really make me a better pitcher.  I really love it here.”

Jeffress talked about the importance of his time here in Arizona.

“It’s been going good (in Arizona),” Jeffress said.  “I’m just here to get some innings in and work on some pitches and different pitches in different situations.  I’m really trying to get my changeup back to where it can be effective, I’m not really sure where I will be next year, but I want to have that just to be sure.  It’s a good pitch to have and will help me out.”

Although he has only pitched 9.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League, Jeffress has pitched for Class-A Wisconsin, Class-A Brevard County, Double-A Huntsville and the Brewers, making for a long season–especially after missing most of the 2009 season.

“I’m a little fatigued, but it is good to work through all of this,” Jeffress said.  “I went straight from Milwaukee to here, but it has been good.  It was good to just stay in the flow of things.  I need this work to help me develop into what I want to become as a player.”

JAMES WAIVER CLAIM:  Brewers Vice President–Assistant General Manager Gord Ash called me this afternoon to alert me to a Brewers waiver claim, RHP Justin James from Oakland.  I looked him up and learned that he was playing in the Fall League this year representing the A’s, ironically, he was at today’s Surprise-Phoenix game as a member of the Desert Dogs.  I caught up with him after the game to hear his thoughts on becoming the newest Milwaukee Brewer.

“I found out about the claim just before today’s game,” James said.  “When I found out, you know you don’t have control over that stuff, you just want to compete.  Being here in the Fall League really opens up a lot of other doors for you as a player and for many people to see you.  There are a large number of scouts at every game watching everyone.” 

James has bounced around throughout his career between the Reds, Blue Jays and A’s organizations as well as a stint in 2009 in the Independent Northern League with Kansas City.  He made his Major League debut this season with the A’s.

“If I’m not pitching for Oakland or another organization, I might as well be pitching for the Brewers.  I really am looking forward to being with Milwaukee and I think I can help the organization win.  I want to finish up strong here in Arizona with the Fall League, do what I did last year and come back ready to go in Spring Training.”

In the Fall League this season, James has made six relief appearances of one inning each and has a 4.50 ERA.

“It’s been going well here in Arizona,” James said.  “Numbers-wise it might not be the best, but I’m learning a lot and competing.  I’m throwing my change up a little bit more because that needs to be a little more polished.  I’m just trying to throw strikes more consistently.”

James will remain a member of the Phoenix Desert Dogs for the final two weeks of the Arizona Fall League but will don a Brewers uniform the rest of the way.

TUESDAY WRAP UP
Score
: Rafters 2, Desert Dogs 2
Weather: Sunny, 86 degrees
Tomorrow: Scottsdale at Surprise, 2:35 p.m. CT
Brewers In the Box Score: RHP Mike McClendon pitched 2.0 innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits, he also had one walk…..RHP Jeremy Jeffress pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and allowed one walk and struck out two…..OF Caleb Gindl entered the game in the 12th inning in left field, but did not have an at bat.
On the Other Team: Desert Dogs CF Trayvon Robinson had a beautiful diving catch in the sixth inning….Robinson is a prospect in the Dodgers organization.
Arizona Fall League Brewers History Note: Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy had a key hit in the bottom of the eighth inning that helped his team, the Peoria Javelinas, win the 2009 Arizona Fall League Championship.
Fall Fodder: There were no Brewers in today’s starting lineups for the Rafters…..INF Eric Farris entered today ranked third in the league in batting as he is hitting at a .413 clip (19-for-46).

PHOTOS FROM TODAY

 

 

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morris.jpgHunter Morris, a Brewers 2010 Draft Pick, takes groundballs at third base, a new position for him.

 

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Mike McClendon (top) and Jeremy Jeffress (bottom) pitch in today’s game for Surprise.

 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Jeffress and Gindl Set to Play in AFL Rising Stars Game

I made it here safe and sound (thanks to Frontier Airlines for what was probably the fastest flight ever between Milwaukee and Phoenix) after an early morning flight and headed straight to Phoenix Municipal Stadium for today’s game between the Surprise Rafters and Phoenix Desert Dogs.

The big news today from Arizona Fall League was the announcement of the teams for Saturday’s “Rising Stars” game.  Named to the team were Brewers RHP Jeremy Jeffress and OF Caleb Gindl.  Jeffress currently owns a 1.23 ERA (7.1ip/1er) in six relief appearances this fall.

 



Jeffress02.jpg“For Jeffress, we all know his repertoire,” said Mike Guerrero, manager of the Surprise Rafters and the Brewers Double-A affiliate Huntsville Stars.  “He has a Major League fastball and a Major League breaking ball and he has been working on his changeup which has a lot of promise.”

 
He is holding hitters to a .179 batting average (5-for-28) this fall.

 
“He is working with a good tempo throughout the fall,” Guerrero added.  “He needs to keep learning and specifically keep learning how the hitters play at this level.  He has the ability to do that and he has shown so far that he can do that.”

 
Gindl02.jpgGindl is tied for the team lead in hits with 13 and is hitting .325 (13-for-40) with five home runs and 23 RBI.

“Gindl is a quality guy, a guy who will give you great at bats,” said Guerrero.  “He can really swing the bat and be productive.  He has shown he is a good doubles hitter.  He is a plus defender with a plus arm. 

Both he and Jeffress have really stepped it up a notch during the fall and are deserving of their All-Star nomination.  I’m very happy for them, but for the most part, any one of the players representing the Brewers could have been selected.  They have shown strong numbers, but at the same time have showed us that they are ready to compete at a high level every day.”

Saturday’s Rising Stars game will be broadcast live on MLBTV at 8 p.m. Milwaukee time.  Former Brewers television play-by-play announcer Daron Suton will call the action.

Today’s game is just underway under clear skies in Phoenix.  The atmosphere is unique, relaxed like a Spring Training game, but without the same buzz.  Behind home plate sit around 25 scouts (more than I have ever seen for any Spring Training or Regular Season game).  There are around 200 fans here, more than I expected, but obviously not as many as a Spring Training game.  It is a cozy group, but a group that you can tell is interested in seeing the future stars of Major League Baseball.  You can follow today’s game via Gameday at www.mlbfallball.com.  

I will have a wrap up of the day later this afternoon.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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