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Milwaukee BBWAA Announces 2010 Award Winners

The Milwaukee Chapter of the Basball Writers Association of America today announced their Brewers 2010 Award Winners this morning.  Candidates received five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

The team Most Valuable Player was Casey McGehee who received a total of 19 points including three first-place votes.  McGehee finished his second full season in the Big Leagues with a .285 batting average along with 23 home runs and 104 RBI.  He was among the National League leaders in RBI (6th), hits (9th, 174) and doubles (10th, 38). 

McGehee edged out Rickie Weeks, who had 16 points, and Corey Hart, who finished with 14 points.

Yovani Gallardo was named the Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher.  Gallardo, named to the 2010 National League All-Star team, recorded his second straight 200+ strikeout season and finished with a team-high 14 wins.  Gallardo had 26 points in the voting, topping John Axford who recorded 22 points.

Axford swept the voting in the Top Newcomer Award garnering all six first-place votes.  Axford turned in an 8-2 record with 2.48 ERA and 24 saves.  His 24 saves were the most ever by a Brewers rookie and his fantastic season as the Brewers closer brought him in National League Rookie of the Year conversations. 

The Unsung Hero Award went to pitcher Kameron Loe who finished with 14 points in the voting.  Loe began the season at Triple-A Nashville and joined the Brewers on June 1.  He went 3-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 53 relief appearances after being called up.  He struck out 46 and walked only 15 in 58.1 innings of work.  Loe edged rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy by one point for this award.

One of our favorite awards in the Brewers Media Relations Department, the Good Guy Award, went to Trevor Hoffman who finished with 19 points.  Hoffman made history on the field this season, but also was an asset to the Brewers clubhouse.  Hoffman served as a leader and mentor to many of the younger Brewers players and always made himself available to the media, win or lose.  The future Hall of Famer beat out Craig Counsell, who was the two-time reigning Good Guy Award-winner, by four points for the award.

I pose this question to the readers of John and Cait…Plus Nine, what would your ballot have looked like for the 2010 Brewers Award Winners?  Do you agree with Milwaukee’s BBWAA writers?  If you need help with stats or information, check out my blog from last week with the season wrap-up notes.  E-mail us with your top three choices for each of the five awards listed above and we will see what the fans have to say.  Also, if you have any ideas for new award categories, let us know and maybe we can create the first-ever John and Cait…Plus Nine Brewers Team Awards.  Get the red carpet ready. 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

 

You Never Know Who Will Drop By Your Tailgate Party

As a gesture to say “Thank You” to fans for their continued support throughout the season, Brewers players and coaches rode golf carts through the Miller Park parking lots this afternoon shaking hands, saying “Thanks” and tossing t-shirts to tailgating fans.

I was lucky enough to hop on one of the carts and capture some photos along the way.  I rode with Craig Counsell, Joe Inglett and Kameron Loe.  These guys were having a fun the entire ride through the Yount and Uecker lots at Miller Park. They didn’t want to come back in!  The fans were caught off guard and were definitely surprised, but were cheering as we drove by.  It was a great experience and unforgettable for the fans and players as well.

Here are some of the pictures I snapped while riding along in the cart.

 

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The golf carts were lined up in the South Dock in the service level.  Around 30 carts took six different routes through the various parking lots at Miller Park.  Kudos to Katina Shaw, Erica Bowring and the volunteers around the Brewers Front Office who helped make this a smooth operation.

 

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Jonathan Lucroy waves to the camera as he and Brad Fischer get ready to depart.

 

axford.jpgJohn Axford waves and he speeds away.  He said he was going to throw mostly fastballs when throwing t-shirts to the fans, but hoped to sneak in a curveball or maybe a cutter.  I don’t know how that turned out for him, but regardless, I’m sure the fans were happy to see John and the t-shirts.

 

zackgamelkara.jpgZach Braddock, Mat Gamel and Kara Kabitzke of the Brewers front office get ready to depart.

 

group1.jpgA very energetic group of Brewers tailgaters enjoyed the visit from Brewers players.  This group encouraged our cart to stay for some brats and burgers, but we had more fans to visit.  It was pretty hard to resist the offer, the smell of the grill at a Miller Park tailgate party is something that I haven’t experienced in a long time!

 

inglettandyoungster.jpgJoe Inglett slaps a high five with a young Brewers fan.  The look on the faces of the fans as we drove through was great.  They were very surprised, but when they figured out what was going on, the cheers kept getting louder.

 

counsell.jpgCraig Counsell gets his picture taken from all different angles.

 

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Joe Inglett called Craig Counsell, a Whitefish Bay native, “The Mayor” as we drove through the lots.  He was shaking everybody’s hand to say thanks this afternoon.  Throughout the ride, fans yelled Counsell’s name and asked for “One more year.”  Truly a fan favorite, Counsell was enjoying himself as we rode around and talked to fans.

 

kamloe.jpgKameron Loe gets his picture taken by a couple of fans.  Loe said he had a great time driving through the parking lots and didn’t know the tailgating atmosphere at Miller Park was this much fun.

 

band.jpgThe Oconomowoc High School Marching Band received a special surprise as we pulled back into Miller Park.  Not only were they cheering loudly as we drove by, but I also heard the deep base of a tuba, smooth sound of a saxaphone and beat of some drums.   It was a great way to end the ride.

 

I hope this becomes a tradition at Miller Park.  I could see on the faces of all involved that everyone enjoyed themselves. 

With one more game left at Miller Park tomorrow afternoon, this was a great way for fans to show their support for the Brewers and the players to say “Thank you” to the great fans of Milwaukee. 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Doug Davis: Throwing Strikes On and Off the Mound


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On Sunday, August 8, Brewers pitcher Doug Davis will host a Bowl-a-Thon at Pinstrikes Bowling Center at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Wisconsin.  Davis will be joined by Brewers teammates and coaches at the event, where proceeds will benefit the Miracle League of Milwaukee through the Doug Davis Foundation and the Brewers Community Foundation.

The Doug Davis Foundation, whose motto is, “Helping better the lives of children,” started in 2008 with a golf tournament while Davis was playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He established the Foundation to help assist children with various medical, social and family needs. Over the next couple of years, Davis has held more events such as poker tournaments, meet and greets, and special behind-the scenes ballpark tours in addition to what has now become his annual Celebrity/Charity Golf Invitational. The proceeds from some of those events have gone to the Miracle League of Arizona, helping to build a baseball stadium designed for use by children with special needs.

The Miracle League of Milwaukee is a project that the Club has been supporting in various ways this season, including through the Pepsi Refresh Project. Fifteen teams across Major League Baseball are asking fans to join them in making a difference in America’s communities; each Club has presented a proposed community project for support and here in Milwaukee, the Club has chosen the Miracle League, campaigning for fan votes and an ultimate $200,000 grant to fulfill the project. (Click here to cast your vote up to ten times a day until Tuesday, August 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.)

Because of Davis’ work with the Miracle League of Arizona, the Miracle League is also something that Davis strongly supports and he will donate the proceeds from the Bowl-a-Thon to the Miracle League of Milwaukee.

“Children, you know, like the song says, they are our future. The Miracle League in particular is very special to me because without it, those kids don’t get to play. They want to be just like the big leaguers they see on TV, with the field and the amenities. To know that you’re sharing your love for the game with them and that you’re helping them, it makes you feel really good inside. And when you see them play and realize the sense of achievement that they get out of it, it is very humbling,” Davis said.

There are a number of different ways to participate in the Bowl-a-Thon, which takes place from 6-9 p.m., following the Brewers vs. Houston Astros game.

Lane sponsorship is $1000 and includes bowling for five people plus a Brewers player, five tickets to a Brewers game, free food and drinks at the event, goodie bags including an autographed baseball, additional autograph and photograph opportunities, plus raffle prizes. The high bowler in each lane will also receive an autographed custom bowling pin. Individual spots are available for $200. 

While the Doug Davis Foundation has held poker and golf events, Davis has never held his own bowling event, though he has participated in them in the past.

While it is Davis’ first time hosting a Bowl-a-Thon, this is not the first time for the Brewers. Most recently, former Brewers outfielder, Mike Cameron, hosted the Brewers Bowl-a-Thon in 2009.


I did a little homework before our interview. Over the past 6 seasons (2004-2009), Davis has been in the top 25 National League pitchers in strikeouts for five of those seasons, including finishing tied for third in 2005, his personal best. In addition, Doug’s current average strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9) is 7.98 in 2010.

“Doug, your average strikeouts per nine innings pitched is nearly at 8 for this season. How are you as a bowler? Can we expect to come out and see you throw just as many strikes per 10 frames?” I inquired, being the hard-hitting blog reporter that I am.                                                                                                                       

It’s okay, though. Davis has an excuse. He will be bowling right-handed in the event to protect his pitching arm, especially as he treats his tendinitis.

So, if Davis isn’t overly confident in his own bowling abilities…who is the best bowler on the team?

Players currently scheduled to appear at the event along with Davis are: John Axford, Zach Braddock, Ryan Braun, Chris Capuano, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Joe Inglett, Kameron Loe, Casey McGehee, Chris Narveson, Manny Parra, Randy Wolf, and more.

“So, are you picking Ryan Braun to win it all then?” I pressed.

While Davis has made his prediction, it still sounds like it’s anyone’s ballgame. However, one thing is for certain: On Sunday, August 8, the Miracle League of Milwaukee will be the true winner as the team and fans come out to have a fun time and raise money for this worthy cause.  We hope to see you there!



 
 -CAIT

To participate in the event or for more information, visit brewers.com/community, or contact Greg Harris with the Doug Davis Foundation at (847) 924-6140 or via e-mail at gharris@dougdavisfoundation.org.  For more information on the Miracle League of Milwaukee, please visit www.miracleleaguemilwaukee.org.

  

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