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Opening Day Ceremonies at Miller Park

Greetings from Miller Park on every Brewers fan’s favorite day of the year: Opening Day!

The festivities began early this morning with media availability at the ballpark beginning at 5am.

After that, the Brewers Front Office met on the field for the annual staff photo. Afterwards, we split up into departments and took additional pics, like this one with the marketing team:

Then, while hardy Brewers fans tailgated in 30-degree weather,

….it was time for the Crew to take batting practice.

Time for a little BP before the #BrewersOpener! #Brewers #MILvsSF

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Boy was it good to see these guys on the field again! They were excited, too:

It was good to see Will Smith, who is currently on the DL with a knee injury, in good spirits. He even told a special Opening Day edition of #MomJokeMonday on Snapchat:

Then it was time to get ready for the game.

The lineups were announced:

And so it begins! #BrewersOpener #Brewers #ItsGoodOutHere

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and the national anthem was sung:

and the ceremonial first pitch was tossed:

Now all that’s left to do is….

PLAY BALL!

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

UPDATED 4/29/16: 2016 Brewers Walk-Up & Entrance Music

For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?

If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

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2016 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Anderson – “You Can’t Stop Me” by Andy Mineo

Braun – “Summer Sixteen” by Drake

Broxton – “What a Year” by Big Sean

“Rambo” by Bryson Tiller

Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne

Flores – Razor Theme Song from WWE

Gennett – “Church Clap” by KB

Hill – “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix

Jungmann – “Y.M.C.A” by the Village People

Lucroy – “Tear it Down” by We Came as Romans

Maldonado –“Shaky Shaky” by Daddy Yankee

“Plante Bandera” by Pusho

Nieuwenhuis – “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder

Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo

Peralta – “Panda (Remix)”

Presley – “Epic” by Faith No More

Rivera– “Callejero” by Don Omar

“Quien No Se Siente Patriota” by Andy Montanez

Santana – “Sigo Arriba” by Jay the Prince ft. Jose Reyes

Villar –“Alerta Roja” by Daddy Yankee

“Yo Soy Tu Papa” by Jay the Prince

Walsh – “PYT” by Michael Jackson

“Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia

2016 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

Anderson – “The Way” by Jeremy Camp

Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac

Jeffress – “Jersey” by Future

Jungmann – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kayne West

Knebel – “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits

Nelson – “Wings of Icarus” by Celldweller

Peralta – “De Papa a Papa” by Secreto and El Famoso and Lapiz Conciente

Smith –“Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory

[Please note that these songs can change almost daily; I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!]

The song played after wins this season is “Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammer.

And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.

So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?

-CAIT

@CMoyer

What’s New at Miller Park? Let’s Take a Look

Opening Day is just two weeks away!

Today we invited members of the media out for a special preview of what’s new at Miller Park this season. Here’s the scoop on what you can look forward to this year, starting in just 14 days!

New Concession Items
We had the chance to sample several new food items created by Miller Park’s concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice. Such items include the Wisconsin dog (featuring a Miller Park hot dog topped with house made beer jam, glazed sauerkraut and chopped bacon), banh mi brat, jalapeno popper dog, buffalo chicken fries, and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages chili baked potato topper. These items will be located in various concession stands throughout the Miller Park this season.

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In addition, the Miller Park locations of Milwaukee favorites AJ Bombers, Smoke Shack and Holey Moley will also be featuring new items this season, including the award-winning Brisket Sloppy Joe at Smoke Shack and the Baby Spice Doughnut + Custard Sandwich.

Executive Suite
Located on the PNC Club Level, the Executive Suite is the newest luxury meeting facility at Miller Park. The Executive Suite features meeting space for up to 30 guests and includes premier audio/visual equipment and a spectacular view of the playing field. On game days, the Executive Suite quickly converts from a board room to a premium suite with seating, amenities, and food and beverages. Monday through Thursday rentals include five hours of pre-game meeting space, as well as an exclusive VIP viewing of The Selig Experience between the meeting and start of the game. Rental of the Executive Suite also includes a choice between two food and beverage packages as well as four preferred parking passes. Please call the Brewers Suite Sales Office at (414) 902-4029 to reserve the Executive Suite for a game.  For information on hosting a non-game day private event in the Executive Suite, please call Brewers Special Events at (414) 902-4452.

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Renovated Home Plate Team Store & New Merchandise!
The Home Plate Team Store was renovated during the off-season. As part of the remodeling, a new hat wall was added and additional points of sale were added to allow fans to shop more efficiently. We also snagged a sneak peek at some of the new merchandise for the 2016 season.

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U.S. Cellular Power Playground Kids’ Area
Debuting in 2008, the U.S. Cellular Power Playground, which is located on the Field Level along the right-field line, includes over 8,000 square feet of interactive games and photo opportunities. Three new interactive attractions have been added to the space. “Batter Up,” “Mow ‘Em Down” and “Strike Zone” will be games emphasizing throwing and hitting skills. A fourth attraction is a photo opportunity, allowing fans to get their picture taken in a replica Brewers dugout.  Through technology provided by U.S. Cellular, fans can have Brewers players and mascots virtually added to their pictures.

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Brewers Ice Cream “Treat Truck” sponsored by Meijer
The Meijer-sponsored Brewers Treat Truck will visit Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, special events, Brewers tailgate parties and youth clubs throughout the summer. Set to make its public debut early in the season, ice cream from Meijer will be distributed by the drivers free of charge. Wrapped in Brewers retro colors, the summer stops will include guest appearances by Brewers players throughout the season. This is an authentic, old-school ice cream truck, complete with a loudspeaker (to play baseball-themed music) to announce its arrival on your home street, just like the trucks that have spent years traveling through Milwaukee neighborhoods to provide refreshments on hot summer days.

Brewers Treat Truck

Baseball returns to Miller Park on Monday, April 4 when the Brew Crew takes on the San Francisco Giants at 1:10 p.m. Additionally, fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media, and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines, by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril4. For additional information, please visit brewers.com/countdown.

Eric Young, Jr. Following in Best Friend’s Footsteps

This year in Spring Training, Eric Young, Jr. is rooming with his best friend–his dad, Eric Young, Sr.

Young Jr., 30, is trying to make the club this spring as a non-roster player in camp. In doing so, he looks to join his father as the third father/son pair to play for the Brewers.

If Eric Young, Jr. makes the team, the Youngs would join the tandems of Tito (1970) and Terry (1989-90) Francona and Davey (1970-74, ‘78) and Derrick (1995) May.

If Eric Young, Jr. makes the team, the Youngs would join the tandems of Tito (1970) and Terry (1989-90) Francona and Davey (1970-74, ‘78) and Derrick (1995) May.

Eric Young Sr. played second base for the Brewers from 2002-03 and is now the first base coach for the Colorado Rockies.

“That’s my best friend. We’ve been like that since I was little and I say that if people didn’t know that we were father and son, by the way we interact with each other you would think we were brothers,” Young, Jr. said.

Young, Jr. was in high school when his dad played in Milwaukee and was participating in summer ball, so he didn’t stay in the city as long as he liked, but he says he knows enjoyed his time there.

He also really enjoys Miller Park from his previous visits as a member of the Rockies and also, the Mets.

“I always enjoyed coming to Miller Park. One of the best stadiums in the league. I just think a few years back when I was a Rockie actually, Opening Day against the Brewers, one of my teammates captured a picture of me kind of out on the field by myself I guess lost in my thoughts and had the background of Miller Park and here we are a few years later,” Young, Jr. recalls.

Is it ironic that the day I decided I wanted to be a pro baseball player, I went and watch my dad play for the Milwaukee Brewers against the NY Mets at Shea stadium? Is it ironic that my favorite player,other than my dad, @therealkengriffeyjr is inducted into the hall of fame this year? (Congrats my dude)That's the reason I wore #24 growing up! Now all I see is Jr.24 (rightfully so)…I wonder what number I'll wear this season. I believe in signs everywhere, if you open your eyes to them. This picture was taken by @adamottavino few years back. He caught me in a moment. I had no clue he was there. I wonder what I was thinking about. That's Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers for those who didn't know. Is this all ironic? I personally don't think so. I think everything happens for a reason. So I'll continue to have faith and Continue to believe. 🙌🏾 I'm excited about this opportunity with the @brewers 💪🏾Be Encouraged! #r2bi

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Young, Jr. says that his dad gives him advice when he needs it, but also lets him do his own thing.

“It depends. Usually if I come to him, it’s definitely more so life advice and obviously since he played he knows what I’m going through now– the good and the bad and the business side of the game as well.”

While it’s been good to have the family support as Young, Jr. goes through the spring, Young, Jr. is also internally motivated. If you follow him on Twitter and Instagram, you’ll see him using the hashtag, #R2BI, which is one that he created and stands for “Refuse to be ignored.”

“I started that about five or six years ago when I was in Colorado. It’s mostly kind of inspiring myself to let my talent show. You know, refuse to be ignored. So, it’s caught on and been going strong since.”

Keep your eyes on Young, Jr. this spring. As he competes for a spot on the roster, you can be assured he’ll #R2BI.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Sportservice to Hold Job Fair at Miller Park

Delaware North Sportservice, the exclusive food, beverage and retail provider for Miller Park, will hold two job fairs next week at the home of the Brewers.

Sportservice is looking to hire several hundred staff members for the 2016 season, starting Opening Day, April 4.

Over 30 positions are expected to be filled, including stand attendants, servers, bartenders, runners, bussers, retail store cashiers and more.

The first job fair will take place at Miller Park on Thursday, March 10 from 5-7pm CT. The second will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 10am-1pm CT.

Candidates are asked to enter the ballpark through the Hot Corner entrance (near Friday’s Front Row).

Join the Fun on Theme Nights at Miller Park

Come join the fun at Miller Park this season as several exciting theme nights are headed to the ballpark in 2016. Beginning tomorrow, Friday, February 19 at 10 a.m., fans can buy special ticket packages to Superhero, Star Wars™, Ghostbusters, ‘90s and Country Nights.  Special ticket packages for each theme night are limited and include entry to the game and a special themed promotional item.

Calling all caped crusaders and masked crime fighters – find the nearest phone booth, squeeze into your tights and fly to the Fortress of Miller Park for Superhero Night, presented by Kwik Trip.  On Saturday, April 30, join the fight as the Brewers look to defeat their arch-enemy, the nefarious Miami Marlins. Included in this special Superhero Night ticket package is a limited-edition Jonathan Lucroy Superhero Bobblehead, featuring the Brewers catcher as his alter ego, “The Protector.” Tickets for the showdown are $24 for Terrace Reserved, $34 for Loge Outfield or $44 for Field Outfield Box.

Superhero Night

The Force awakens at Miller Park on Saturday, June 11 as the Brewers join The Resistance to battle the newly-minted members of The First Order, the New York Mets. The ballpark will be transformed into a galaxy far, far away with special in-game features and appearances by a number of Star Wars™ characters. Plus, fans who purchase this special Star Wars™ Day ticket package will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper Bobblehead. Tickets range from $25 to $49 for the battle of the galaxy.

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If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Obviously, the Brewers. To celebrate the release of the new Ghostbusters movie, the Brewers will host Ghostbusters Day at Miller Park on Saturday, July 9 as the Brew Crew looks to exterminate the St. Louis Cardinals. Fans who purchase this special Ghostbusters ticket package will receive a limited-edition Brewers quad-bobble featuring four Brewers as Ghostbusters. Sorry, but Slimer will not be included. Tickets are just $46 for Loge Outfield Box seats or $23 for Terrace Reserved.

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Break out the neon, overalls and flannel, throw on your Walkman, and head to Miller Park as it transforms into County Stadium for ‘90s Night. On Saturday, July 30, it’s time to party like it’s 1999 as the Brewers will wear their throwback home white uniforms with the blue and green crossed bats logo when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Miller Park will feature a number of tributes throughout the evening, including music from the era, special in-game features and more. Fans who purchase this special ‘90s Night ticket package will also receive a limited-edition ‘90s-themed Will Smith player T-shirt. Tickets for the event are $19 for Terrace Reserved or $39 for Loge Outfield Box, not including inflation!

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There’s somethin’ ’bout a trucker hat. Join the Brewers for Country Night at Miller Park on Saturday, August 27 as the Brewers take on the Pirates, then stick around after the game as Platinum-selling country artist Kip Moore takes the stage to perform a free full-length postgame concert. Don’t worry about bringing your own hat as any fan who purchases this special Country Night ticket package will receive a limited-edition Brewers trucker hat. Get your ticket today starting at $24 for a Terrance Reserved seat or $42 for a spot in the Loge Outfield Box.

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Tickets are limited and only those who purchase the special theme night ticket package are eligible to receive that night’s promotional item. All theme night tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained by calling the Brewers Group Sales Department at 414-902-4777 or by visiting Brewers.com/specialevents. Beginning Saturday, February 27 theme night packages will be subject to demand-based pricing.

For more information about all special events, including Singles Night (April 5 vs. San Francisco), Autism Awareness Day (April 10 vs. Houston), Stitch N’ Pitch Night (June 9 vs. New York-NL) and Zubazpalooza (June 24 vs. Washington), please visit brewers.com/specialevents.

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Brewers Postgame Concerts Return for 2016; Andy Grammer & Kip Moore to Rock Miller Park

Thanks to the success of last season’s inaugural series, the Brewers are proud to announce two Postgame Concerts in 2016. On Saturday, May 14, the Brewers will welcome one of the music industry’s hottest stars to Miller Park as multi-Platinum pop artist Andy Grammer will perform a full-length, free postgame concert, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save, following the Crew’s matchup with the San Diego Padres. Then on Saturday, August 27, country music star Kip Moore will take the stage following the Brewers vs. Pirates, presented by 94.5 KTI Country.

Both shows are FREE to all fans with a valid ticket for that night’s contest and will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

Beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m., fans can guarantee their spot through a special Postgame Concert presale at brewers.com/concerts. For $89, fans can purchase a special VIP Ticket Package that includes a Club Outfield Box seat for the game and a Field Pass for the postgame concert. On-field passes are extremely limited, and the only way to guarantee field access is through this special VIP Package. An option to purchase a $49 ticket in Loge Infield Box is also available.

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This special presale will remain open through next Friday, February 12 at 11:59 p.m. CT. However, quantities are limited, so fans are asked to act quickly to guarantee their spot.

Andy Grammer
From hustling street performer to Platinum-selling recording artist, Andy Grammer’s ascent to stardom has been nothing short of remarkable. The 32-year-old singer/songwriter has gone from relative unknown to industry icon performing alongside Taylor Swift, Train and Colbie Caillat in just a few years’ time. With his 2011 self-titled debut album, Grammer became the first male pop star in a decade to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me,” certified Platinum and Gold respectively.  Grammer would reach even greater heights with the release of his second album, Magazines or Novels, which featured the #1 smash-hit, “Honey, I’m Good.” One of the best-selling songs of 2015, “Honey I’m Good” achieved Triple-Platinum status and soared into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Grammer would continue his success with the release of his chart-topping song, “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah),” the second single off his deluxe edition of Magazines or Novels.

After a busy 2015 that included joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars as well as live performances on Good Morning America, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Game 1 of the World Series, Grammer is looking forward to continuing his emergence as one of the music industry’s hottest stars with an even bigger 2016. 

Kip Moore
Singer/songwriter Kip Moore quickly established himself as one of country music’s premier rising stars when he shot out of the gate with his debut album Up All Night spawning three number one smash hits including “Beer Money,” the Platinum certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and Moore’s Double Platinum breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.”

A relentless road warrior, multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore recently kicked off the second leg of his Wild Ones Tour that will include a string of headlining dates in the UK and Ireland as well as shows scheduled in Australia for the first time.  Moore’s new single “Running For You” was heralded by Billboard as “a career song from the album” and was the most added song in country radio in its debut week.  The single is taken from Moore’s critically-acclaimed second album Wild Ones – declared by Huffington Post as “one heck of an album… set to produce hit after hit after hit” while Entertainment Weekly proclaims it “reaches for the stadium’s nosebleeds.”

All fans who purchase tickets to either game will automatically have access to that night’s free postgame concert. Single-game tickets will be priced according to the Brewers’ demand-based pricing model, and will be available when 2016 single-game tickets go on sale.

To access the presale, fans can go to brewers.com/concerts beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Season ticket packages including both postgame concerts, Opening Day and All-Fan Giveaways are on sale now. For additional tickets and other info, fans can call (414) 902-4000 or visit Brewers.com.

Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk Entry Form Available Today

Brewers Community Foundation’s 18th Annual 5K Famous Racing SausagesTMRun/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 30, starting at 8 a.m., rain or shine. Registration is now available online at brewers.com/5krunwalk.

Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing Sausages 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 18, 2015 around and through Miller Park in Milwaukee. Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing Sausages 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 18, 2015 around and through Miller Park in Milwaukee. Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

This 2016 event features an all-new route that will once again make its way around the warning track of Miller Park. In addition, participants will get to test their skills against the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, as they also run the course.

All participants must pre-register and the event is expected to sell out quickly. It is recommended that those interested register early. The cost is $30 for registrants until April 30, and $35 for those registering between May 1 and the close of registration on July 28 (or upon sell-out). As part of the registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative T-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher and much more.

When registering to participate, fans are encouraged to set up a fundraising page to support Fisher House Wisconsin. Anyone who contributes $25 or more will receive a Brewers bobblehead and will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a Brewers autographed baseball. Those who raise at least $1,500 will qualify to win the Grand Prize, which includes a Club Level Suite and an opportunity to throw out a first pitch at a 2016 Brewers game. Please note that the Run/Walk registration fee cannot be applied toward personal fundraising levels.

Fisher House 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. Veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital are eligible to stay for free at the Fisher House if they need to overnight. The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and ensures that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. The future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in April of 2016. Brewers Community Foundation has donated over $270,000 in the past four years to benefit this worthy organization.

Complete race details can all be found at brewers.com/5krunwalk. Any questions regarding the 5K Famous Racing SausagesTM Run/Walk or the fundraising component can be directed to Tim Brever at tim.brever@brewers.com.

 

JOE ADCOCK TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILLER PARK WALK OF FAME

Today we announced that former Milwaukee Braves first baseman, the late Joe Adcock, will be honored as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame in 2016.

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer. Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer.
Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

A total of 34 votes were cast through media and panel voting, with Adcock receiving 23 votes (67.6%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election.  Adcock fell just one vote shy of election last year.

Adock spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 10 with the Braves.  His tenure in Milwaukee spanned from 1953 to 1962, as he batted .285 with 239 HR and 760 RBI in 1207 games.  Adcock notched a number of memorable feats while playing for the Braves.  On April 14, 1953, he recorded the first base hit and scored the first run in County Stadium history.  The following year, on July 31, 1954, he belted four home runs with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, setting a single-game record of 18 total bases, which lasted 48 years.

“Joe always said that there was nowhere better to be a Major League ballplayer than the city of Milwaukee, and he had great ties to the area and even better memories of his time there,” said Joan Adcock, a Wisconsin native who met and married Joe while he was playing for the Braves. “This is a tremendous honor, and I know Joe would be humbled and thrilled to be remembered in this way.”

Adcock was also a member of the Braves 1957 World Championship team.  He drove in the lone run in a 1-0 Game 5 World Series win vs. the New York Yankees.  The Braves went on to defeat the Yankees, four games to three. On May 26, 1959, Adcock broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium. Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1206), home runs, RBI and total bases (2164).

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“Joe Adcock was a key contributor to the great success enjoyed by the Braves during their storied tenure in Milwaukee, and we are very pleased to secure his legacy with a place on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Joe’s contributions to the Braves were numerous, and he was responsible for some of the most memorable moments in Milwaukee baseball history. We look forward to remembering Joe with a ceremony this summer and a permanent marker at Miller Park.”

The induction of Adcock, who passed away in 1999, will take place prior to a game at Miller Park this summer, with the specific date to be determined later. Family members including his widow, Joan, are expected to participate.

There were a total of 23 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballot included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons.  All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5% of the ballots will remain eligible in 2017.

Past inductees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); Lew Burdette in 2010, Johnny Logan in 2013, and Teddy Higuera in 2015.

 

Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.

Gary Vanden Berg Selected to MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame

The Major League Baseball groundskeepers are set to host their annual meeting in Los Angeles this weekend.  Prior to the meetings, the late Gary Vanden Berg was selected as the latest inductee into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.  He will join previous inductees Emil Bossard (Indians), George Toma (Royals), Joe Mooney (Red Sox), Dick Ericson (Twins), Harry Gill (Brewers), Pete Flynn (Mets) and Pat Santarone (Orioles). Vanden Berg will be inducted this Sunday, January 24, at the DoubleTree in downtown Los Angeles.

Vanden Berg was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization for more than 30 years.  Following a year-long battle with cancer, he passed away on October 10, 2011.  Gary was well respected for the work he did, but more importantly for the person that he was.  It was unanimous that, among his peers, the trophy for the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame was named in his honor upon its inception in 2011.

The late Gary Vanden Berg has been elected into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame. Photo by Tom Lynn

The late Gary Vanden Berg has been elected into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.
Photo by Tom Lynn

“Gary set a standard that we all admire to this day, not just in his profession but in his personal relationships, and we are thrilled to hear that he is receiving such a high honor from his peers,” said Bob Quinn, Brewers Executive Vice President – Finance and Administration. “His care for the grounds at County Stadium and Miller Park in often challenging conditions was always at the top of the class. He was also a great friend to everyone in the organization, and a mentor to many who have now become established in the industry.”

Vanden Berg began his career in sports turf management when he joined the Milwaukee Brewers Grounds Department in 1981 as an assistant to the legendary Harry Gill, who is recognized as one of the founders and driving force behind the formation of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). Vanden Berg served as Gill’s assistant until his passing in the fall of 1990, setting in motion his 21 years as the head groundskeeper for the Brewers.  Prior to his work in Milwaukee, Vanden Berg got his start in the turf grass industry by working on golf courses where he grew up in Oakfield, Wisconsin.

In his time as an assistant and head groundskeeper at County Stadium, Vanden Berg not only had to produce a quality field for the game of baseball, but also for football.  The Green Bay Packers played select home games at County Stadium through 1994.  In addition to Brewers and Packers games, the field endured other events including concerts, measurable snowfall during the season, and tractor pulls, to name a few.

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Vanden Berg at County Stadium with Harry Gill.

When the Brewers moved from County Stadium to Miller Park, Vanden Berg made the move with the team, tackling the challenge of managing grass in a retractable roof stadium and its imposing shade patterns.  Vanden Berg prepared the Miller Park field for numerous events, most notably the 2002 All-Star Game and the Brewers’ playoff appearances in 2008.

Vanden Berg will forever be remembered for the internship program that he established in Milwaukee for college students aspiring to become sports turf managers.  Students from all over the nation sent their resumes in, hoping to get a spot on the Brewers Grounds Staff every year due to the great experience they were able to receive under Vanden Berg.  The national STMA recognized the importance of his internship program, and established the Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant for students seeking internships that may not have otherwise been able to afford it.

To be considered for induction to the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, a person must have ceased employment in the profession for at least five years, and have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and/or the sports turf industry at the Major League level. An individual’s impact on the community is also considered.  Nominees are submitted to the MLB Groundskeepers Association for a vote. Each team has one vote; a nominee must receive must receive 75% of the vote of all active association members.

Gary Vanden Berg (center) with Michael Boettcher (right) in 2010.

Gary Vanden Berg (center) with Michael Boettcher (right) in 2010.

Current Brewers Director of Grounds Michael Boettcher, along with David Mellor, Head Groundskeeper of the Boston Red Sox, recently took part in a Diamond Davincis podcast, a podcast dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management, where they spoke about Vanden Berg’s induction into the Hall of Fame. You can take a listen, here.

 

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