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PLAY Campaign Visits Miller Park

It was a busy morning at Miller Park today as the annual “PLAY Campaign” visited Miller Park giving some local Little Leaguers a memory of a lifetime.  Sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the Taylor Hooten Foundation, the goal of the clinic was to educate local youth about how important it is to live healthy and active lives.

Michael Blazek, members of the Brewers Athletic Training staff, Don Hooton, Jr., and over 100 kids from local Little Leagues spent the morning at Miller Park taking part in drills, learning about the proper nutrition needed to compete and the dangers of performance enhancing drugs.  The kids were also given positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

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Milwaukee is a yearly stop on the “PLAY” tour and event organizers love coming here because of the enthusiasm of the kids and the organization’s cooperation.  Brewers Director – Medical Operations Roger Caplinger and Head Athletic Trainer Dan Wright have consistently played a big part in making sure the kids have a memorable experience with the campaign.  “PLAY” was formed in 2004 to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States.  The Taylor Hooton Foundation joined PLAY in 2008 to merge its anti-steroid education message and generate awareness about one of the fastest growing drugs in America.

A special thanks to Caplinger, Wright, Brewers Strength and Conditioning Coach Josh Seligman; Brewers Assistant Athletic Trainers Dave Yaeger & Kevan Creighton of the Brewers Athletic Training Staff, Don Hooten, Jr. of the Taylor Hooten Foundation, and Joey Vandever of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, and Erika Bowring of the Brewers Community Relations Department and the parents of the kids who participated in today’s event for making this day so special for the kids involved.

-Cait

@CMOYER

About the PLAY Campaign

Created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) campaign was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted more than 200 events inside all 30 Major-League ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle. The PLAY campaign is made possible by the generous support and participation of Major League Baseball Charities, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

PLAY is a national public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with MLB Charities, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. The PLAY campaign, which will host events in all 30 Major-League ballparks in 2016, educates America’s young people about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. PLAY events run approximately two hours in length with participants divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations. These stations touch on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning and education about the dangers of illegal performance and appearance-enhancing drugs.

Joe Adcock Inducted Into Miller Park “Walk of Fame”

The Milwaukee Brewers honored former Milwaukee Braves first basemen, the late Joe Adcock, with an induction into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this afternoon.

Joe's wife, Joan, stands near his spot on the Walk of Fame.

Joe’s wife, Joan, stands near his spot on the Walk of Fame.

After his family visited his spot on the Walk of Fame, Joe’s son, Jay, spoke to the media at a special press conference. There, Jay relayed the story of how his father and mother met, when Joe was injured and Joan was his nurse, as well as a funny anecdote about his mother’s first time coming to a game to watch his father play.

Following the press conference, there was an on-field ceremony, emceed by Bill Schroeder.

Jay Adcock speaks during the pregame ceremony at Miller Park.

Jay Adcock speaks during the pregame ceremony at Miller Park.

Afterwards, Adcock’s grandson, Joseph, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Joe Adcock's grandson, Joe, threw out the first pitch tonight at Miller Park

Joe Adcock’s grandson, Joe, threw out the first pitch tonight at Miller Park

Adcock received 23 of 34 votes (67.61%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election. Adcock fell one vote shy of election in 2015.

Adcock 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.

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).

Past inductees to the Walk of Fame include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor and 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.  The Adcock plaque, which will be located on the outdoor plaza terrace along the left field side of the ballpark, will be available for photo opportunities as well.

7-Year-Old Liamani Segura Wows Crowd with Rendition of National Anthem

Last year, young Liamani Segura wowed the crowd with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem at just 6 years old.

Tonight, the now 7-year-old Liamani blew the crowd away once again before a crowd of 44,000 plus, so we just had to share the video here with you.

She received a big ovation from the crowd and rave reviews among the players and coaches as well, as they gathered to congratulate her on her performance on her way off the field:

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Liamani is of no relation to the former Brewers shortstop. To learn more about the little girl with the big voice, you can check out her website at LiamaniSegura.com.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Will Smith & Jeremy Jeffress Trade Places With Southwest Airlines

Today at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, relievers Will Smith & Jeremy Jeffress took on some unusual jobs as they traded places with a crew from Southwest Airlines, the Club’s official airline.

Southwest Airlines invited Will and JJ, along with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, to surprise some unsuspecting customers as they did everything that Southwest employees do on a daily basis.  Unloading and boarding a flight, marshalling in an aircraft, and meeting their fans who were traveling through the airport–it was all a part of the special event.

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In addition, for the first time ever, Southwest Airlines Employees traded places with the Brewers on their home field. Employees had a rare opportunity to come out to Miller Park for a behind the scenes tour, sliding down Bernie’s slide, play catch on the field, and a chance to run the bases.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Singles Night at Miller Park is Tuesday, April 5!

One week from tonight, the 2016 Brewers season will officially be underway. We’ll be into our second game of the year, against the San Francisco Giants, a 7:10pm start.

It also happens to be Singles Night, hosted by It’s Just Lunch!
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For just $39, you’ll get your ticket to the game in the Miller Lite Deck a full buffet, two drinks per person and the chance to mix and mingle with other single Brewers fans. When you think about it, Miller Park is the perfect place to meet someone–you’ll already have your mutual love of the Crew in common… and who knows? You just might meet someone with whom you can spend the rest of the season coming to games…and if everything continues to go well, you can always have your wedding at the place where you met!

But I’m getting waayyyy ahead of things here.  Even if you don’t meet the person of your dreams, you’re guaranteed to have fun, so for a good time, call (414) 902-GRPS (4777) or purchase your ticket at brewers.com/specialevents.

Cheers!
-Cait

@CMoyer

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.

Brewers Sign Free Agent First Baseman Chris Carter

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed free agent first baseman Chris Carter to a one-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated catcher Josmil Pinto for assignment. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“We are pleased to be able to add Chris to our organization,” said Stearns. “Over the past three seasons, Chris has proven to be one of the most consistent power threats in the game. We believe that his skills and experiences will complement our team well and provide additional production to our lineup.”

Carter, 29, has hit 90 home runs over the last three seasons (29, 37, 24), which ranks eighth in Major League Baseball. He started 112 games for the Astros this past season (105g at 1B, 7g at DH) and led the team in walks (57).

Carter was a key component in the Astros capturing an American League Wild Card spot in 2015 as he batted .353 (12-for-34) with 6 HR and 10 RBI over the team’s final 15 games, beginning September 18. Of anyone with at least 35 plate appearances during this stretch, Carter led the Major Leagues in OPS (1.376) and slugging percentage (.971) as the Astros edged the Angels by one game to earn a postseason berth.

Carter continued his hot hitting into the playoffs as he batted .294 (5-for-17, 3bb) with 1 HR and 1 RBI. He started at first base in all six of Houston’s postseason games and fell a triple shy of the cycle in Game 3 of the American League Division Series vs. Kansas City (3-for-3, 2r, 1rbi).

Originally selected by the White Sox in the 15th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Carter is a career .217 hitter in the Major Leagues with 109 HR and 280 RBI in 528 games with Oakland (2010-12) and Houston (2013-15).

Win a Copy of the 2015 Brewers Yearbook Signed by Bob Uecker

Similar to yearbooks in years past, this season’s Milwaukee Brewers yearbook is chock-full of over 150 full-color pages of beautiful Brewers photos, fun facts and historical information.

However, the 2015 Milwaukee Brewers Yearbook is highlighted by a feature on Bob Uecker, who is celebrating 60 years in professional baseball this year.

The article is written by Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy.

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Featuring a wide range of photos, player biographies and statistics, the Brewers Official Team Yearbook is the only publication that includes photos of every player in the organization – from rookie ball to the majors. A collector’s item that is ideal for autographs, the Brewers yearbook is now available for just $10 (an absolute steal!) and also makes a great gift idea for the Brewers fan who has everything.

Brewers Senior Manager – Media Relations, Ken Spindler heads up the yearbook project and has really outdone himself this year. Pick up your souvenir copy at the Team Store by Majestic inside Miller Park or online here.

We’ve also got your chance to win a copy of the yearbook signed by Mr. Baseball himself. Follow @Brewers on Twitter for details!

–Cait 

@CMoyer

 

Fans Search High and Low for Scooter Gennett Gnomes During the #ScooterGnome Hunt

Today, the Brewers marketing staff was all over the city hiding Scooter Gennett Gnomes as part of the #ScooterGnome Hunt, a fun social media scavenger hunt.

Last night, we teased the promotion, giving away very little by way of clues, other than the gnomes would not be at Miller Park until we hit our first spot at 7:30am this morning.

Since this was designed to be a social media scavenger hunt, clues were then given via Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat throughout the morning… with a big surprise at the end. Read on!

7:30am Humboldt Park in Bay View

We arrived early in Humboldt Park and placed five signed gnomes over a large area. They were hidden in places such as the band shell, a horseshoe pit, and a tree stump.

Fans who found the gnomes were instructed to meet us at the baseball field where we took their photographs and gave them tickets to the Scooter Gnome All-Fan Giveaway Day on Sunday, September 20.

For those who showed up just a little too late, we also had some items on hand as consolation prizes, as well as fun #ScooterGnome cutout photo op.

9:30am Kletzsch Park in the Glendale area

From there, we headed over to the north side of town and had some fun hiding the gnomes around Kletzsch Park. I think we really threw a lot of fans for a loop with this one as it took them the longest to find all five signed gnomes at this park. They were hidden near interesting areas of the park such as a waterfall, a Disc Golf range, and a volleyball court.

 

 

 

Again, we set up shop at the baseball field to hand out tickets to the lucky winners and other Brewers swag to those who didn’t find a gnome.

Three of the five gnomes have been found. Two left to go! #Brewers #ScooterGnome

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Then, it was time for our final stop.

11:30am Elm Grove Village Park

At this park, instead of tweeting clues to the precise locations of any hidden gnomes, we had much more general clues…

That’s because when fans arrived, they received a big surprise–Scooter himself showed up on the baseball field dressed like his gnome, complete with gnome hat. The first 10 people who arrived at the park received a signed gnome and had their photos taken with Scooter. Scooter then stuck around for a bit, taking more photos and handing out extra Brewers goodies.

The photo-op at the final location looks pretty realistic, no? #ScooterGnome #Brewers

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Did you come out and participate in the #ScooterGnome Hunt today? Maybe I took your photo. Check out the gallery below!

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We had a fun time hiding the gnomes and interacting with the fans today; we hope you had a fun time playing along. And hey, if you didn’t locate a Scooter Gnome today, don’t sweat it. All fans in attendance at the Brewers vs. Reds game on Sunday, September 20 will get to take home their very own Scooter Gnome:

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-Cait

@CMoyer

Fan Appreciation Weekend Scheduled at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers will host Fan Appreciation Weekend at Miller Park, Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20 as the Crew takes on the Cincinnati Reds. Fans will enjoy a variety of giveaways and prizes all weekend long. In addition, all fans in attendance at Miller Park that weekend will receive a 2016 Brewers magnetic schedule.

Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet will take place on Saturday, September 19. Numerous prizes will be given away, and one lucky fan will win the grand prize, a 2015 Chevy Trax.

All fans in attendance on Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet will receive a 2015 Brewers team photo. Additionally, all fans will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win fabulous prizes, including autographed memorabilia, gift certificates to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and many additional prizes from team corporate sponsors (prizes subject to change).

On Friday, all fans will receive a scratch-off card containing prizes such as free 2016 tickets, $10 food and beverage vouchers, autographed baseballs, game-used jerseys, a $250 Brewers Team Store by Majestic shopping spree and a Club Level Suite to a 2016 game. Every fan is guaranteed to win a prize.

Lastly, on Sunday, all-fans in attendance of the 1:10 p.m. game will receive a Scooter Gennett Gnome, courtesy of WaterStone Bank.

Tickets for Fan Appreciation Weekend are available at the Miller Park ticket office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.

 

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