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Today, the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Brewers announced the annual Brewers Team Awards for the 2011 season. The awards were voted on by the Milwaukee Chapter of the BBWAA. Eight ballots were returned with three names in each category, with points awarded on a 3-2-1 basis. The first-place votes are listed in parentheses. I’m giving the readers a chance to vote along to see how your votes stack up to the experts.
Most Valuable Player
Receiving all eight possible first-place votes, Ryan Braun was named Brewers team MVP for the first time in his career. Braun led the National League in Slugging Percentage (.596) and extra-base hits (77) and missed the NL batting title by just .005 points, finishing the season with a .332 average. He was one of just three players in the NL with at least 100 runs and 100 RBI this season (Matt Kemp and Joey Votto were the other two) and became the first Brewer in team history to put up those numbers. Braun’s had one of the best seasons in franchise history and his numbers are worthy of a NL MVP award (to be be announced on November 22).
MILWAUKEE BBWWA BREWERS MVP VOTING
- Ryan Braun (8) 24 points
- Prince Fielder 15
- John Axford 6
- Yovani Gallardo 1
- Corey Hart 1
- Nyjer Morgan 1
Most Valuable Pitcher
In his first full season as a Major League closer, John Axford was named the Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as he finished the season 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA and 46 saves in 48 opportunities. Axford broke the Brewers single-season franchise saves record held by Francisco Cordero (44 in 2007). He finished the season converting 43 consecutive save opportunities and pitched 11 consecutive scoreless innings to close the regular season.
MILWAUKEE BBWWA BREWERS MOST VALUABLE PITCHER VOTING
- John Axford (7) 23 points
- Yovani Gallardo (1) 15
- Zack Greinke 8
- Francisco Rodriguez 1
- Shaun Marcum 1
Every team has an Unsung Hero and every team needs an Unsung Hero. Jonathan Lucroy bounced back from a Spring Training injury to have an outstanding season as the Brewers starting catcher. He finished the year hitting .265 with 12 HR and 59 RBI. Some of the stats that don’t show up are the runs that he saved blocking pitches behind the plate.
MILWAUKEE BBWWA BREWERS UNSUNG HERO VOTING
- Jonathan Lucroy (4) 15
- Mark Kotsay (1) 9
- Jerry Hairston Jr. (1) 6
- Marco Estrada (1) 4
- Francisco Rodriguez 4
- Randy Wolf (1) 3
- Takashi Saito 3
- Rickie Weeks 2
- George Kottaras 1
- LaTroy Hawkins 1
Acquired at the end of Spring Training via trade, Nyjer Morgan won the hearts of Brewers fans with his efforts on the field and his personality off the field. Morgan hit .304 with 4 HR and 37 RBI for the Brewers this season, coming up with a number of clutch hits (who will ever forget his walkoff hit in NLDS Game 5?) and some fantastic defensive plays. His alter-egos, “Tony Plush,” “Tony Clutch,” “Tony Tombstone,” “Tony Hush” helped make him a fan favorite. Morgan hustled on every play, gave it his all on the field and had the best season of his career.
MILWAUKEE BBWWA BREWERS TOP NEWCOMER VOTING
- Nyjer Morgan (7) 22
- Zack Greinke (1) 15
- Shaun Marcum 5
- Jerry Hairston Jr. 4
- Francisco Rodriguez 2
Good Guy Award
Being around the team everyday during the season, it would be hard for me to pick a single “Good Guy” because I really believed this team was full of them. Pitcher LaTroy Hawkins edged out Casey McGehee to pick up the award this year. A leader in the clubhouse with veteran experience, Hawkins was there to face the media during the highs and the lows of the 2011 season.
Hawkins also picked up the 2011 Michael J. Harrison Award for Community Service. He contributed $50,000 this season to Brewers Community Foundation in support of activities and programs targeted to youth recreation, scholarships and education throughout Wisconsin. Hawkins also supported Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s Fatherhood Initiative and provided financial support for the Brewers Team Smile dental clinic at Miller Park. Hawkins is truly a leader in the community and in the Brewers clubhouse.
MILWAUKEE BBWWA BREWERS GOOD GUY VOTING
- LaTroy Hawkins (4) 13
- Casey McGehee (1) 10
- John Axford 9
- Jerry Hairston Jr. (1) 7
- Craig Counsell (2) 6
- Corey Hart 1
- Prince Fielder 1
- Randy Wolf 1
Congratulations to the Brewers Award winners from this memorable Brewers season. I look forward to seeing how our readers vote for these awards!
As I said earlier, the National League MVP Award will be announced on Tuesday, November 22, so Brewers fans should keep that date circled on their calendar. With Braun and Fielder in contention for that award, it will be interesting to see the results. Another award that Braun is in contention for, the Gold Glove, will be announced tomorrow. Braun committed only one error in left field this season.
The Brewers annual fan fest, Brewers On Deck, will take place this Sunday, January 31, but today, John and Cait have a sneak preview of all the fun that is in store for you! We are going to throw a lot at you in this preview and this map will help you plan your afternoon at the event.
First of all, this year’s Brewers On Deck is bigger and better than ever. The event has taken many forms since it first began at Brookfield Square Mall in 2004. Each year, we learn a little more and try to grow the event to make it bigger and better than even before. Brewers Senior Director of Entertainment and Broadcasting, Aleta Mercer has again been in charge of organizing this event that has really turned into something no Brewers fan will want to miss.
Last year was the first year that the event was held at the Midwest Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. This year, we’re returning to the same location, but we have two times the space to work with and more attractions to entertain fans once they get in the door.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. There will be autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, interactive games and clinics for kids in the Associated Bank Kids Zone, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, the latest Brewers merchandise (including 40th Anniversary items), and much, much, more.
First of all, everybody loves autographs and the chance to rub elbows with players and coaches from the 2010 team.
With 30 players scheduled to sign at the event, you’ll have lots of choices. Welcome back some of your favorites, like Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun. Get a jumpstart on the 40th Anniversary Season by purchasing some of the new merchandise that will be available at the event and getting it signed by Brewers great and Hall of Famer Robin Yount. Or, take the opportunity to add new Brewers like Randy Wolf, Gregg Zaun, LaTroy Hawkins or Carlos Gomez to your autograph collection.
Autograph sessions will be staggered during the event, and autograph tickets–ranging from free to $25 each–will be available on the day of the event only. There will be 250 autograph coupons available for each player at the event, and coupons will be distributed one hour prior to each autograph session, so make sure you get there early!
Dave Bush signs autographs for fans at Brewers On Deck 2009.
The doors to the Midwest Airlines Center open at 10 a.m. and the first autograph sessions begin at 11 a.m. A good tip would be to buy your On Deck tickets in advance if you want to get in an autograph line early. Brewers coaches will be signing free autographs following their Q&A session with fans and select Brewers alumni will also sign free following clinics in the Little League diamond.
It is important to note that cash will be the only form of payment accepted at the pay stations in the autograph area, so make sure you hit up an ATM on your way downtown (there will also be ATMs inside the Midwest Airlines Center). Proceeds from the autographs will go to Brewers Charities and other charitable causes. A full autograph schedule can be found here.
The photo sessions made available to fans are also a great way to capture a great memory with your favorite Brewer. A group of 33 Brewers players, alumni and coaches will appear at three photo stations scattered throughout the afternoon in half hour segments. The photos are free of charge. We would recommend bringing your own camera to take pictures. The first session will start at 11 a.m. and the last session will start at 3:30 p.m.
Mitch Stetter poses with fans at Brewers On Deck 2009 in the Photo Area.
Three stages will be set up throughout the convention hall, featuring programming and other activities for fans throughout the day.
The Brewers Main Stage will feature various question and answer sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, a pair of game shows featuring players and alumni (“Who Wants to Be A Brewer?” and “Brewers vs. Alumni Feud”), a fashion show showcasing the latest Brewers gear and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis. The game shows were definitely hits at last year’s “Bob Uecker’s Winter Warm Up” and there are some new surprises in store for 2010.
Fans and local media will be introduced to Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and reintroduced to newly acquired lefty Doug Davis at a press conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature the Brewers Anthem Challenge with fans vying for an opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Miller Park, so start practicing hitting those high notes! Also scheduled for the Brewers Interactive Stage is a Q&A session with the Brewers Player Development and Scouting staff as well as a live web chat on brewers.com with Gregg Zaun, Manny Parra and Carlos Villanueva.
The Newsradio 620 WTMJ stage will broadcast live from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature interviews with Brewers players and coaches. If you are a Brewers fan who cannot make Sunday’s event, the web chat and radio broadcast are two fantastic ways to interact and participate from home.
All proceeds from the event benefit Brewers Charities and other charitable causes, so make sure you stop by the Brewers Charities area at On Deck. This year, they’re hosting a Treasure Hunt, which will feature some hard to find Brewers items for sale. Additionally, Brewers Charities will be collecting food to be donated to the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. Collection barrels will be set up at the Brewers Charities area in the Midwest Airlines Center, so don’t forget to bring your non-perishable food items with you to On Deck.
Fans will also be able to take part in the Brewers On Deck Scavenger Hunt. If you can locate the four player photos placed strategically around the venue at different attractions, you will uncover a special promotional code that will allow you to purchase tickets online for select Brewers games at a special 50% savings.
To help celebrate the 40th Anniversary season in 2010, fans can visit the Brewers Museum at On Deck to relive some Brewers moments of the past. Watch some of the best plays in team history, check out every team photo in team history, read newspapers from some of the most historic moments in team history and check out some pretty neat artifacts from 1970 through today.
In addition to all of these activities, kids will also have a great time at the batting cages or speed pitch and will be able to stay active in the Home Run Fitness area. Fans can also visit with Brewers sponsors, check out sports memorabilia from collectors in the memorabilia area, purchase a Brewers Kids Club Membership Kit ($25), and pick up Season and Group Ticket information.
There will be so much to do on Sunday, it is hard to list everything. Some other interesting attractions that we want you to check out are displays from four of the Brewers minor league affiliates and the FS Wisconsin stage where fans are offered a chance to be a sports announcer at the FS Wisconsin Sports Desk.
We’re excited that the event is coming up so soon, not only because a great time will be had by all, but also because it means that the start of the baseball season is that much closer. Something comforting to think about on a cold, January day. If you cannot make the event, we will have a full review here and on brewers.com.
-John and Cait
Brewers On Deck will take place on Sunday, January 31 from 10am to 5pm at the Midwest Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. Advance tickets are just $15 for adults and $9 for kids.
Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the event will be $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted on the day of the event.
Autograph sessions will be staggered throughout the day with autograph tickets ranging from free to $25 (available only at the event).Please note that cash will be the only form of payment accepted at the pay stations in the autograph area. Proceeds from the autographs will go to Brewers Charities and other charitable causes.
There are a variety of parking structures and street lots surrounding the Midwest Airlines Center. For more parking information, please visit www.parkmilwaukee.com.
For an up-to-date schedule of events, or to purchase tickets, click here.
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.
It’s been a busy week here at Miller Park. This afternoon, we will host another press conference where General Manager Doug Melvin will officially announce the signing of RHP LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins will give the team some added depth in the bullpen with his veteran arm. I will post additional pictures from the press conference when it is complete.