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Brewers Statement on the Passing of Mike Hegan

The Milwaukee Brewers organization today issued the following statements on the passing of former Brewers player and broadcaster Mike Hegan:

“We are very saddened to hear the news of Mike’s passing,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Mike was not only a dedicated player and broadcaster for the organization; he was a great friend to many and much-loved in the community. On behalf of everyone here at the Brewers, I want to pass along our deepest condolences to Mike’s family during this difficult time.”

Hegan was a member of the organization from the outset of the franchise, playing for the Pilots in Seattle and the coming to Milwaukee with the franchise move. He continued his career Oakland in 1971 but returned to the Brewers for the 1974 season. Hegan remained with the team through his retirement as a player in 1977.

Following his retirement, Hegan spent 12 seasons with the Brewers as a television and radio broadcaster.

Bob Uecker added the following: “Mike was a friend for a long time as a player and also as a broadcaster. My condolences to (wife) Nancy and the rest of the Hegan family.”

I am too young to remember Hegan as a player, but do remember him as a Brewers broadcaster.  Many who are my same age and grew up in the Milwaukee area probably also spent some time at his batting cages for either a birthday party or for some winter practice.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce Plans for Installation of “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced plans for the creation of the “Brewers Wall of Honor” in 2014 at Miller Park.  The Wall of Honor will commemorate Milwaukee Brewers players, coaches and executives who meet a set criteria based on service to the club and/or career accomplishments.

The Wall of Honor will be a permanent exhibit on an exterior Miller Park wall next to the Hot Corner entrance.  Honorees will be recognized with a bronze plaque affixed to the wall, with their image and a brief synopsis of their Milwaukee baseball career etched onto the marker.

The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.  I have seen some renderings of the plaques and they look amazing.  This will be a great addition to Miller Park and will give a nostalgic look at some of our favorite players in team history.

“The Wall of Honor is designed to honor the many individuals who either spent a significant portion of their career with the Brewers, or have a significant legacy with the organization through various achievements,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It’s designed as a complement to our Miller Park Walk of Fame, as well as our statues.”

Individuals who meet any of the following criteria during their time with the Milwaukee Brewers organization will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:

  •  2,000 or more plate appearances
  • 1,000 or more innings pitched
  • 250 appearances as a pitcher
  • Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
  • Manager of a pennant-winning team
  • Individuals memorialized with statues on the Miller Park Plaza
  • Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who played for or managed the Brewers

Currently, there are 58 persons who meet the above criteria. This group of 58 will be recognized on the Brewers Wall of Honor during the 2014 season with an induction ceremony at Miller Park, scheduled for Friday, June 13. Honorees and their guests (as well as representatives of those who are deceased) will be invited to attend the unveiling ceremonies, as well as recognized during a program on the field prior to the game.

In addition to the 58 members of the inaugural class, there are seven active players in Major League Baseball that meet the criteria.  Upon retirement, players who meet the criteria will be added annually to the Wall of Honor.

The complete list of players who will grace the Brewers Wall of Honor at the unveiling ceremony in June of 2014 is as follows:

  • Hank Aaron
  • Jerry Augustine
  • Sal Bando
  • Chris Bosio
  • Johnny Briggs
  • Jeromy Burnitz
  • Mike Caldwell
  • Bill Castro
  • Jeff Cirillo
  • Jim Colborn
  • Cecil Cooper
  • Craig Counsell
  • Chuck Crim
  • Rob Deer
  • Cal Eldred
  • Mike Fetters
  • Rollie Fingers
  • Jim Gantner
  • Moose Haas
  • Bill Hall
  • Darryl Hamilton
  • Teddy Higuera
  • John Jaha
  • Geoff Jenkins
  • Harvey Kuenn
  • Sixto Lezcano
  • Pat Listach
  • Mark Loretta
  • Davey May
  • Bob McClure
  • Paul Molitor
  • Don Money
  • Charlie Moore
  • Jaime Navarro
  • Dave Nilsson
  • Ben Oglivie
  • Dan Plesac
  • Darrell Porter
  • Ken Sanders
  • George Scott
  • Kevin Seitzer
  • Bud Selig
  • Richie Sexson
  • Ben Sheets
  • Ted Simmons
  • Jim Slaton
  • B.J. Surhoff
  • Don Sutton
  • Gorman Thomas
  • Bill Travers
  • Bob Uecker
  • Jose Valentin
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Fernando Vina
  • Pete Vukovich
  • Bill Wegman
  • Bob Wickman
  • Robin Yount

John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks are the seven active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement.  Active players closing in on the thresholds include Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.

Further details about the ceremony on June 13, 2014 will be announced at a later date.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Ryan Braun, Michael Blazek and Marcus Hanel at Today’s Hunger Task Force Food Drive

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It was a very busy and cold morning at Helfaer Field today.  As the Thanksgiving week continued, Brewers Community Foundation teamed up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 for a drive-thru food drive in the parking lot.  Since I am finally thawing out from three hours in the sub-20 degree temperatures this morning, I thought I would post some photos from the activities this morning.

Ryan Braun, Michael Blazek and Marcus Hanel were on hand along with a number of Brewers employees collecting food and handing out bobbleheads to donors.

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The food drive itself lasts until 6 p.m. tonight, so you can still donate throughout the day.  It was a wonderful event and I was happy to be a part of it.  The generosity I saw throughout the activities this week was awesome.  This community should be proud of the way it gives back.

Don’t forget, you can also help the Hunger Task Force through the online “turkey hands” auction.  The framed, original designs from Brandon Kintzler, Tyler Thornburg, Jonathan Lucroy and Jim Henderson are up for auction now on Brewers.com thru Sunday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

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–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Think Spring With The Brewers Road Crew!


It’s still November and the winter chill is just beginning to bite us, but it is never ever too early to think about Spring Training with the Brewers.  The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Enterprises have announced plans for the Fifth Annual Brewers Road Crew Spring Training Trip.  This one-of-a-kind opportunity will again be offered to fans looking to join the Brewers at Spring Training as they prepare for the season in Phoenix.  Nearly every facet of the March 12 – 16 trip will be handled for guests as Brewers Enterprises will arrange all details of the stay.

If you have always wanted to visit Spring Training, but never made the trip to Arizona, this is a perfect opportunity.  Spring Training is a great time of the year and there is no better way to make the experience special than the Brewers Road Crew Trip.

As part of the experience, fans will enjoy two games at the Brewers Spring Training home, Maryvale Baseball Park, and one Brewers “road” game against the San Diego Padres at Peoria.  The trip will bring travelers face-to-face with members of the Brewers broadcast team, members of the Baseball Operations staff, and even former Brewers players and coaches through special receptions and tailgate parties.

Guests will stay four nights at the Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore) which features an outdoor, heated swimming pool, whirlpool, exercise room, on-site restaurant and complimentary shuttle service to Biltmore area attractions.  Guest rooms are two-room suites with a wet bar, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and two flat-screen televisions.  Complimentary made-to-order breakfasts and late-afternoon cocktail and hors d’oeuvre receptions are offered daily at the hotel.

As an added bonus, fans on the trip will receive a ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park on Monday, March 31, 2014 as the Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves.

Space is limited to eighty (80) guests and the travel packages are on sale now.  The price for a single traveler is $2,495 and the price for a couple (double occupancy) is $4,295.  Each additional guest per room is $2,150.  For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 414-902-4174 or visit brewers.com/roadcrew.  The full list of package inclusions follows:

- Non-Stop Round Trip Airfare from Milwaukee to Phoenix 

- Hotel Accommodations for four nights at Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore)

- Transportation to and from the airport, hotel and Spring Training complexes

- Tickets for three (3) Spring Training games

-          March 13, 2014 vs. San Diego Padres (Peoria)

-          March 14, 2014 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Maryvale)

-          March 15, 2014 vs. Cincinnati Reds (Maryvale)

- Made-to-order breakfast each morning

- Cocktail & Hors d ‘Oeuvres Reception hosted each night by the hotel

- Private Welcome Reception

- Tailgate Party before a game with visits from Brewers alumni, minor league prospects and staff

- A ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park (March 31, 2014 vs. the Atlanta Braves)

- A Brewers gift bag

 Additional opportunities available for guests to win on the trip:

-          Run the Sausage Race or hold the finish line at a Spring Training game (Maryvale)

-          Throw out a 1st pitch for a Spring Training game (Maryvale)

-          Pairs of Brewers 2014 regular season game tickets

-          Watch the game from the broadcast booth (Maryvale)

-          Autographed memorabilia

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Pick Up Off-Field Awards

A little pat on the back for the Brewers front office as the club recently picked up a four awards as a result of advertising and marketing campaigns.

For the second consecutive year, the Milwaukee Brewers picked up two awards at the 2013 PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards in New York City on Tuesday.

The Brewers were awarded the “Gold” in the “Best Print, Poster or Outdoor” category for the Milwaukee Brewers Countdown to Opening Day (#SEEUAPRIL1) advertising campaign.  This particular marketing effort featured an ongoing countdown to the 2013 Brewers Opening Day at Miller Park on April 1.  The campaign was capped off with an ad seen here.

The team received the “Silver” in the same category for the Brewers Community Foundation What Is Good? campaign. This campaign, created by 2-Story, highlighted the non-profit organizations that Brewers players, fans and others support through contributions to Brewers Community Foundation. An example of one of the What Is Good? ad can be seen here.

Both Brewers awards came in the “Teams” category.

“We are honored to be recognized for a second consecutive year, and we’re proud of the creative efforts of our marketing team that went into completing these campaigns,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer.

Last year, the Brewers picked up two awards for their 2012 television advertising campaign.  The overall campaign picked up the “Silver” award in the “Television/Video: Best TV/Video Campaign” and the Glare spot received the “Gold” award in the “Television/Video: Best Use of Humor” category.

The 2013 PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards recognizes the best and brightest in sports media marketing, promotion and design.  More information can be found at www.promaxbda.org.

In addition, Captivate Digital Cinema, the filmmakers of the 2013 Brewers commercial campaign, won two Emmy Awards at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ceremony for the Chicago/Midwest chapter, which was held recently in Chicago. The awards were for the Brewers 2013 television spots.

The 2013 Brewers commercial campaign won “Best Commercial Campaign” and the Game Day Experience film won for “Outstanding Achievement in Sports Program Feature/Segment.”  Producer Amy Johnson accepted the awards for Captivate Digital Cinema.

“On behalf of the Brewers, I congratulate Captivate Digital Cinema for being recognized with the Emmy Awards for its extraordinary work on our Brewers commercials,” said Schlesinger.  “While working in conjunction with our marketing efforts, the commercials provide a unique behind-the-scenes view of the team and capture the excitement that our fans bring to Miller Park on a regular basis.  We look forward to working with Captivate Digital Cinema again in 2014 to integrate the excitement of Miller Park and Brewers Baseball into our multi-platform marketing programs.”

The Miller Park Experience film can be viewed here: http://wapc.mlb.com/mil/play/?content_id=25724855.  For more information about Captivate Digital Cinema, visit http://captivatedigitalcinema.com.

– JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Holiday 4-Packs On Sale Friday

Be honest.  How many of you have started holiday shopping?  Anyone?  Chances are you have not, but I am sure some of you are incredibly organized and are on a roll already.  Whatever the case is with the holiday shopping, the Brewers are inviting you to give the gift of “our season” this holiday season. A perfect way to start is the always popular Milwaukee Brewers Holiday 4-Packs that will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

Fans will be able to choose from five appealing 4-Pack options, including a new Fan’s Choice Plan.  If holiday shoppers order by Thursday, December 19, their 4-Packs will be delivered in time for Christmas in special holiday carriers, ready for giving.

Brewers Holiday 4-Packs include many of the most anticipated games of the 2014 season and are built to fit any schedule–weekends, matinees, weeknights–whichever you prefer.  Three of the five plans – the Matinee Plan, the Rivals Plan and the Weekend Plan – include one All-Fan Giveaway Date, while the Double Bobble Plan includes two All-Fan Giveaway Dates (listed below). The Fan’s Choice Plan allows fans to select four games of their choice from an assortment of 34 games.

In addition, the Brewers are offering a free Bernie Brewer ornament gift-with-purchase to fans with every pair of 4-Packs they buy.

Who wouldn't want Bernie hanging from their Christmas Tree!?

Who wouldn’t want Bernie hanging from their Christmas Tree!?

Holiday 4-Packs range in price from $72 – $168 and are available in the Field Outfield Box, Loge Infield Box, Club Outfield Box, Terrace Box, Loge Bleachers and Terrace Reserved seat locations.  All tickets are subject to availability while supplies last.  Pricing is as follows and includes one ticket to four games:

Location 4-Pack Price
Field Outfield Box $168
Loge Infield Box $160
Club Outfield Box $160
Terrace Box $96
Loge Bleachers $92
Terrace Reserved $72

Standard shipping and handling fees apply.  Advance parking packages are also available.  To make a purchase, visit Brewers.com/4packs or call (414) 902-HITS (4487).  For information on all other ticket plans, call (414) 902-4090.  The schedule for the 2014 Holiday 4-Packs is listed below.

2014 Holiday 4-Packs
Double Bobble Plan
Date Opponent Time Bobblehead Giveaway
Sunday, April 27* Chicago Cubs 1:10 p.m. Carlos Gomez Gold Glove Bobblehead
Sunday, June 29* Colorado Rockies 1:10 p.m. Norichika Aoki Bobblehead
Tuesday, July 22 Cincinnati Reds 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 Chicago Cubs TBD
Matinee Plan      
Date Opponent Time Bobblehead Giveaway
Monday, May 26 Baltimore Orioles (I) 1:10 p.m.
Wednesday, June 25 Washington Nationals 1:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 10 Philadelphia Phillies 1:10 p.m.
Sunday, August 24* Pittsburgh Pirates 1:10 p.m. Jean Segura Bobblehead
Rivals Plan:
Date Opponent Time Bobblehead Giveaway:
Saturday, April 26 Chicago Cubs 6:10 p.m.
Sunday, June 15* Cincinnati Reds 1:10 p.m. Vintage Brewers Bobblehead
Monday, July 7 Philadelphia Phillies 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, September 4 St. Louis Cardinals 7:10 p.m.
Weekend Plan      
Date Opponent Time Bobblehead Giveaway
Friday, May 30 Chicago Cubs 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, June 28 Colorado Rockies TBD
Sunday, July 27* New York Mets 1:10 p.m. Fans vote on bobblehead at Brewers.com
Saturday, September 6 St. Louis Cardinals TBD
Fan’s Choice Plan (34 Games)    
Date Opponent Time
Wednesday, April 2 Atlanta Braves 12:10 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:10 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15 St. Louis Cardinals 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16 St. Louis Cardinals 12:10 p.m.
Monday, April 21 San Diego Padres 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22 San Diego Padres 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23 San Diego Padres 7:10 p.m.
Monday, May 5 Arizona Diamondbacks 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6 Arizona Diamondbacks 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7 Arizona Diamondbacks 12:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13 Pittsburgh Pirates 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14 Pittsburgh Pirates 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, May 15 Pittsburgh Pirates 12:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27 Baltimore Orioles (I) 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28 Baltimore Orioles (I) 7:10 p.m.
Monday, June 2 Minnesota Twins (I) 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 3 Minnesota Twins (I) 7:10 p.m.
Monday, June 23 Washington Nationals 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, June 26 Colorado Rockies 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8 Philadelphia Phillies 7:10 p.m.
Monday, July 21 Cincinnati Reds 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23 Cincinnati Reds 1:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 New York Mets 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 5 San Francisco Giants 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 6 San Francisco Giants 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, August 7 San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19 Toronto Blue Jays (I) 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 20 Toronto Blue Jays (I) 1:10 p.m.
Monday, September 8 Miami Marlins 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, September 9 Miami Marlins 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, September 10 Miami Marlins 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, September 11 Miami Marlins 7:10 p.m.
Friday, September 12 Cincinnati Reds 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 Chicago Cubs 1:10 p.m.
* Bobblehead Date      
(I) = Interleague Game

Celebrate Gomez’ Golden Glove With A New GoGo T-Shirt

As a reward for his spectacular defensive season, Carlos Gomez picked up his first career Rawlings Gold Glove last month.  Brewers fans can celebrate the award with a new “GoGo Golden” T-shirt available now at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.  The shirt, in Brewers gold, features a graphic of Gomez playing defense.

Made by Majestic, the shirts are available now for $30 and are in adult sizes S – XXL.

–JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Friday, August 22: T-Shirt Friday #6

If you’ve been following along, you know that all week long, we’ve been unveiling the #Brewers14in14… 14 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2014 season!

So far, we’ve announced eight bobbleheads for 2014 and today, we’ve announced a new All-Fan Giveaway promotion that we’ll be launching for six dates next season: T-Shirt Fridays. 

Yes, for six Friday home games during the 2014 season, all fans will receive a Brewers t-shirt.

There will be more details on the T-Shirt Fridays promotion to come, but for now, we can tell you that there will be a unique design for each game.

For the final T-Shirt Friday on Friday, August 22 when the Brewers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, here’s the t-shirt design you’ll receive:

MB-14 All Fan Reveal-Tshirt-6

And, when you follow us on Twitter (@Brewers and @Bernie_Brewer) and Facebook, you’ll have the chance to win tickets to this game — before you can buy ‘em! 

If you don’t win, don’t worry.  Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, this t-shirt is included in the following ticket packages which are on sale now:

And that’s it, there you have it! The #Brewers14in14.

Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels as we’ll have more information on each of these promotions as it comes!

johnandcait@brewers.com

Friday, August 8: T-Shirt Friday #5

If you’ve been following along, you know that all week long, we’ve been unveiling the #Brewers14in14… 14 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2014 season!

So far, we’ve announced eight bobbleheads for 2014 and today, we’ve announced a new All-Fan Giveaway promotion that we’ll be launching for six dates next season: T-Shirt Fridays. 

Yes, for six Friday home games during the 2014 season, all fans will receive a Brewers t-shirt.

There will be more details on the T-Shirt Fridays promotion to come, but for now, we can tell you that there will be a unique design for each game.

For the fifth T-Shirt Friday on Friday, August 8 when the Brewers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, here’s the t-shirt design you’ll receive:

MB-14 All Fan Reveal-Tshirt-5

And, when you follow us on Twitter (@Brewers and @Bernie_Brewer) and Facebook, you’ll have the chance to win tickets to this game — before you can buy ‘em! 

If you don’t win, don’t worry.  Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, this t-shirt is included in the following ticket packages which are on sale now:

Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil the final t-shirt designs and wrap up the #Brewers14in14!

johnandcait@brewers.com

Friday, July 25: T-Shirt Friday #4

If you’ve been following along, you know that all week long, we’ve been unveiling the #Brewers14in14… 14 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2014 season!

So far, we’ve announced eight bobbleheads for 2014 and today, we’ve announced a new All-Fan Giveaway promotion that we’ll be launching for six dates next season: T-Shirt Fridays. 

Yes, for six Friday home games during the 2014 season, all fans will receive a Brewers t-shirt.

There will be more details on the T-Shirt Fridays promotion to come, but for now, we can tell you that there will be a unique design for each game.

For the fourth T-Shirt Friday on Friday, July 25 when the Brewers take on the New York Mets, here’s the t-shirt design you’ll receive:

MB-14 All Fan Reveal-Tshirt-4

And, when you follow us on Twitter (@Brewers and @Bernie_Brewer) and Facebook, you’ll have the chance to win tickets to this game — before you can buy ‘em! 

If you don’t win, don’t worry.  Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, this t-shirt is included in the following ticket packages which are on sale now:

Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil the remaining two t-shirt designs and wrap up the #Brewers14in14 today!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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