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Earlier today, Brewers pitchers Corey Knebel and David Goforth, coaches Ed Sedar and Mike Guerrero and broadcaster Bill Schroeder visited The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for a meet & greet and Q&A with veterans, facilitated by Bill.
The event was part of several programs of the Milwaukee Brewers to reach out to the servicemen and women in our community.
Tonight, following the Brewers-Nationals game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Milwaukee County Zoo to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised close to $70,000 in the process.
Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 11 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 a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles–all for just $20.
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.
“Some of our Koos for Kids kids who are terminally get to attend the event. Last year, one of the kids, Colton, got to come on stage and meet the guys. He just recently passed away. So when you look back at the reason why you do things, that’s it. This is why we’re doing this. Just seeing kids being with their favorite Brewers, seeing them light up,” Marcus told me.
Here are some photos from tonight’s event:
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 learn how you can help, click here.
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.
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):
|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.
The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that the team will not be offering 2015 contracts to hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base/infield coach Garth Iorg. Manager Ron Roenicke, whose 2015 club option was exercised this past Spring Training, and the rest of the coaching staff will return next season. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“Over the course of the last few weeks, we have evaluated the work of Ron and his coaches and believe that this is the best course of action to take,” said Melvin. “We appreciate the work that Johnny and Garth did for us through the years, and moves like this are never easy to make. We have already started reviewing our player personnel and will continue to address the factors that led to our disappointing finish to the season.”
Narron served three seasons as hitting coach. He was named to his position on November 28, 2011, replacing Dale Sveum, who was named manager of the Chicago Cubs. Iorg served four seasons as first base coach. He was named to his position on November 15, 2010.
Returning to the coaching staff for the 2015 season will be coach Mike Guerrero (2nd season), pitching coach Rick Kranitz (5th season), bench coach Jerry Narron (5th season), third base coach Ed Sedar (9th season, 5th as 3B coach), outfield coach John Shelby (5th season) and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell (4th season).
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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.
“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.
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!