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Brewers Baseball Academy: Saying Goodbye to 2014

Here’s a wrap-up and thank you from Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

Enjoy!
-Cait

@CMoyer

SAYING GOODBYE TO 2014

As I’ve now officially awoken from my summer camp “coma”  it’s time to say thanks to some very special people for making the Brewers Baseball Academy camp’s second season even better than the first…no small feat since 2013 was really great.

Every camp sold out. As much as we hate turning kids away, our commitment is to run a very high quality camp experience every day for every child. And that means that we will continue to limit the number participants. Over 1,000 kids spent part of their summer with us having a blast, learning to play baseball the Brewers way. You might want to keep an eye on the website in December when we go “live” with the 2015 schedule.

In 2014, we made our first trip to Fond du Lac and moved our Madison-area camp to Waunakee. We ran our first camps in Wauwatosa and Greendale. The story was the same; folks all over Wisconsin love the Brewers and we did our best to give them a heaping dose of Brewers baseball and softball training.

The secret to our success is really no secret. We bring good instructors to camp and work our fannies off to deliver an excellent product every day. Leading that core of instructors were Scott Staude and Greg Fetherston with some very special smart baseball from Brian Gillogly, Ronnie Nedset and Dan O’Brien. Thanks, guys.

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A big hug to coaches Ed Sedar, Rick Kranitz and John Shelby for continuing to bring their amazing knowledge and huge personalities to camp every week. And of course a big tip of the cap to Mike Fiers, Jimmy Nelson, Khris Davis and Elian Herrera …you guys gave up free time to make the camp week even better for all the kids and coaches.

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We concluded the camp season with another great Champions Day at Miller Park. This is where the kids who recorded the top scores in our Skills Competition during the summer squared off for the final time. You can see the winner’s picture and all the final scores here.

All in all, a real good summer. Like you, we live and die with the Big Boys and despite the rough last few weeks, they gave us plenty of reason to be proud of 2014 and excited about 2015. Expect camp dates to be locked down some time in December.

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Fan Appreciation Night Hits the Miller Park Parking Lots

As part of tonight’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet, Brewers players were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a way of thanking everyone for their season-long support. After batting practice, the players hopped on the carts and went for the ride.

Every Brewers player and coach handed out Brewers goodies to fans in the parking lots to show appreciation for their support. Many posed for selfies and shook hands with the fans:

Brewers players took a trip to the parking lots to engage with fans prior to tonight's game.

Brewers players took a trip to the parking lots to engage with fans prior to tonight’s game.

Will Smith, Jimmy Nelson and Matt Clark decided to start a game of bags with some fans and they even enjoyed some cookies from the group.

Will Smith and some of his teammates crashed a bags game.

Will Smith and some of his teammates crashed a bags game.

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Jimmy Nelson and Matt Clark pose for a photo with a fan in the parking lot.

oh hey Will Smith! #wisfanphoto #brewers #brewersfanappreciation

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The gesture caught most fans by surprise as they really didn’t really expect to see Brewers players cruising through the lots on golf carts.  It was a fun treat to see the reaction of the fans when they saw the players. There were a lot of double takes! It was also fun to see the reaction of the players, some of whom had never seen the extravagant tailgating that goes on before every Brewers game.

Were you in the parking lots tonight?  Share your story with us in the comments section below!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards Presented

Tonight, we honored Jimmy Nelson and Clint Coulter,  recipients of the 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards given to the Brewers Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year.

Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke presented the awards to the athletes prior to tonight’s game.

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The 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year is Jimmy Nelson. Jimmy spent the 2014 Season with the AAA Nashville Sounds. He posted a 10-2 record there with a 1.46 ERA in 16 starts. Opposing batters hit just .179 against him, the lowest of any starting pitcher in the league. He was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month in May and June and was the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year.

 

The 2014 Minor League Player of the Year is Clint Coulter. Clint spent the 2014 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In 2014, Coulter ranked among the league leaders in several offensive categories. He finished tenth in the Midwest League batting with .287 average, ranked first with 22 home runs, second in RBI with 89, first in on-base percentage at .410, second in slugging percentage at .520, fourth in runs scored with 84, third in walks drawn with 73, and fifth in extra-base hits with 53. Clint was also named to the Midwest Leagues’ Post-Season All-Star Team.

 

We also recognized area scout Shawn Whalen, responsible for signing Clint.

 

Congratulations to both Jimmy and Clint on a successful 2014 Season!

 

 

Nelson & Coulter Receive 2014 Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards Announced

Today we announced the recipients of the 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and catcher Clint Coulter was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.

Nelson, 25, went 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) at Triple-A Nashville, including 114 strikeouts and 32 walks in 111.0 innings. He allowed just three home runs and held opponents to a .179 batting average. At the time of his promotion to Milwaukee on July 11, Nelson led the minor leagues in ERA, ranked third in the minors in strikeouts, and tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins.

Nelson, who entered the 2014 season as the top prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, was named the PCL’s starting pitcher for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game, but did not play due to his big league promotion. In addition, Nelson was named to the All-PCL Team and was named PCL Pitcher of the Year. In 11 starts with Milwaukee this season, he is 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA, including 52 strikeouts and 18 walks in 63.2 innings pitched.

The Brewers selected Nelson in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Alabama.

Photo Courtesy: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Photo Courtesy: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Coulter, 21, played the entire season at Class-A Wisconsin, where he batted .287 with 22 HR and 89 RBI in 126 games. His 22 homers tied Wisconsin’s single-season HR mark (Khris Davis in 2010 and Victor Roache in 2013) and tied the Midwest League lead. He led the league in on-base percentage (.410) and hit by pitches (21). Additionally, he ranked among the league leaders in RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd, .520), walks (3rd, 73), runs (T4th, 84), total bases (5th, 223), extra-base hits (5th, 53) and batting average (10th).

Coulter was selected as the starting designated hitter for the Western Division at the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game and was named as the DH on the league’s Postseason All-Star Team. He was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Union (WA) High School.

Photo Courtesy: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Photo Courtesy: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Brewers Extend Player Development Contract with Rookie Helena Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a four-year player development contract extension with the Rookie Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League through the 2018 season.

“Our affiliation with the Helena Brewers has been very positive and we’re excited to extend our player development contract with the franchise,” said Brewers Vice President – Assistant General Manager Gord Ash. “Many players on our big league roster started their professional careers at Helena, where they developed and honed their skills to play at the Major League level.”

Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Mike Fiers, Jonathan Lucroy, Jimmy Nelson and Tyler Thornburg each began their professional baseball careers with the Helena Brewers. Wily Peralta played the majority of the 2008 season at Helena.

“The Brewers have been flexible and appreciative of the efforts that we make, and I believe that the long relationship over the years has made this the best partnership it has ever been,” said Helena Brewers President/General Manager Paul Fetz. “We know each other, we know what to expect and we work well together. There is a mutual respect. When I went to Spring Training a few years ago I really felt a part of the organization. I wasn’t just some executive from the outside.”

Last season, Helena advanced to the Pioneer League championship and finished a win away from claiming the league title, dropping a best-of-three series to Idaho Falls. Helena won the Pioneer League title in 2010, the franchise’s first championship since 1996 (won back-to-back championships as a Brewers affiliate from 1995-96).

The Helena Brewers are located in Helena, Montana and have been a Brewers rookie affiliate since the 2003 season. Helena was also a Milwaukee farm team from 1985 through 2000.

Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk Generates Generous Donation for Fisher House Wisconsin

On July 26, runners and walkers participated in the 16th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk here at Miller Park, generating much needed resources in support of Brewers Community Foundation.

This year, 5K participants were encouraged to fundraise online for Fisher House Wisconsin, which provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Tonight, Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation presented a $25,000 check to John Quinette, the Executive Director for Fisher House Wisconsin.

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Many thanks for all the online contributions as well as the generous donations from Jimmy Nelson and Jonathan Lucroy.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

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

Wounded Warriors Join the Brewers in Washington, D.C. This Weekend

Last week, we told you that combat veterans Brian Schultz of Wisconsin Dells & Shane Kruchten of Oshkosh were joining the Brewers on the team’s road trip to Washington, D.C.  as special guests of Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, who are big supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. It helps injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other and  provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Clubhouse Assistant Matt Smith was the liaison for the two VIPs and their guests this weekend and he documented their trip from start to finish.

“I told them not to worry about trying to take photos of everything, that they should just relax and enjoy the experience, that I would capture it,” Matt told me.

And capture it, he did. Read on for their experience, peppered with some Tweets & Instagram posts from Shane.

Thursday, July 17:

Each veteran was permitted to bring one guest along on the trip, so on Thursday, Shane and his brother-in-law, Michael; and Brian and his friend, Marcel (another former Marine), reported to Miller Park. There, Shane and Brian found lockers waiting for them, set up with everything that the Brewers players have from BP uniforms to personalized equipment.

They took the field as part of the team’s optional workout and met with the local media before boarding the team charter to Washington, D.C.

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Friday, July 18:

In the morning, Brian and Marcel visited Arlington National Cemetery and later, all four met up to tour the National Mall.  They then reported to Nationals Park, where they found their visiting lockers waiting for them. They took part in batting practice and dined with the players. They were then formally introduced in a team meeting by Manager Ron Roenicke, where they gave a little bit of a personal background, before having the honor of helping Ron exchange lineup cards at home plate. They then took in the game from seats behind the Brewers dugout.

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Saturday, July 19:

The group joined front office staff, players and personnel on a tour of the White House in the morning. Then they watched guys hit in the cages before joining the starting pitchers to watch Jimmy Nelson throw his bullpen session. As a thank you to each of  the players for letting them wear the Brewers jersey, the pair handed out Wounded Warrior t-shirts to the team. They then stood on the front line for the national anthem and took in the game again from seats behind the Brewers dugout.

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Sunday, July 20:

The pair joined the starting pitchers again, this time for Kyle Lohse’s bullpen session, before assuming the roles of bat boys for that day’s game. Following the game, they presented the team with a signed flag which will hang in the batting cages at Miller Park.  The team donned their new Wounded Warriors t-shirt for the flight home, a whirlwind, fun-filled weekend for Brian and Shane.

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In addition to sponsoring this special trip for Brian and Shane, Doug and Ellen Melvin and their family support the Wounded Warrior Project all season long at Miller Park. Through a donation to Brewers Community Foundation, the Melvins also welcome a wounded service member from Wounded Warrior Project to one Brewers game each month. The special guest receives four field level seats to a Saturday Brewers home game and is recognized on the scoreboard at Miller Park for their service to our country.

“This is a cause that we can all get behind, and I am happy to support,” said Doug Melvin. “These young men and women make enormous sacrifices for all of us and Wounded Warrior Project helps them adjust to life back home after serving our country.”

For more on Brian and Shane, check out Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com.

To get involved and learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com 

 

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