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The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the recipients of the 2013 Robin Yount Performance Awards, which recognizes the Brewers Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year. Right-handed pitcher Johnny Hellweg was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year and first baseman Jason Rogers was named Minor League Player of the Year.
“We congratulate Johnny and Jason on their great seasons and well-deserved recognition,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin. “In his first season at the Triple-A level, Johnny showed why he was chosen as the top pitcher in the Pacific Coast League and we’re excited to see him contribute at the Major League level. Jason had a great finish to the season in the Southern League as the league’s top run producer while playing nearly every game this season. This is also a reflection of our player development and scouting staffs as they work hard to provide young players the opportunity to play in Milwaukee.”
Hellweg, 24, spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Nashville and was named the 2013 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, going 12-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 starts (125.2ip, 44er). He led the PCL in winning percentage (.706) and opponent batting average (.228) and was among the leaders in ERA (2nd) and wins (T2nd, 12). The 6’9” right-hander won 11 of his last 12 decisions with Nashville and was named to the 2013 All-PCL team.
Hellweg made his Major League debut with the Brewers on June 28 at Pittsburgh. He has made four appearances (three starts) with Milwaukee and is currently in his second stint with the Brewers. Additionally, he made one start at Class-A Wisconsin on July 15 and picked up the win in a 6-2 Timber Rattlers victory vs. Lake County. Hellweg was selected as the Brewers Pitcher of the Month for July (4gs, 4-0, 0.75era, 24ip, 2er). The Missouri resident is in his second season as a member of the Brewers organization after being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last July in the Zack Greinke trade.
Rogers, 25, played the entire season at Double-A Huntsville, where he batted .270 with 22 HR and 87 RBI in 133 games. He led the Southern League in RBI and ranked among the leaders in HR (T2nd), total bases (3rd, 225) and extra-base hits (T4th, 49). Rogers was selected as an All-Star for the second straight season (Midwest League All-Star in 2012).
Rogers earned Brewers Player of the Month honors in July (.338, 24-71, 7hr, 20rbi) and August (.333, 34-102, 5hr, 15rbi). He was drafted by the Brewers in the 32nd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Columbus State University. This marks the second straight season that a Huntsville first baseman has been named Brewers Player of the Year (Hunter Morris, 2012).
Former winners of the award who are currently on the Brewers include Logan Schafer (2009) and Yovani Gallardo (2006). Other Brewers who have one the award but are not currently on the active roster include Taylor Green (2011), Mat Gamel (2008) and Ryan Braun (2006). Hiram Burgos (2012) and Mike Fiers (2011), who have both spent time on the Brewers roster this season, also each have won the award.
Hellweg and Rogers will be honored prior to the Brewers game on Saturday, September 21 when the Brewers take on St. Louis at Miller Park. In addition to Hellweg and Rogers, Helena Brewers OF Michael Ratterree will also be recognized that night for his 2013 Pioneer League Most Valuable Player Award he recently received.
If you have been to a Brewers game in the last four years, surely you have seen the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle Ticket sellers working the crowd in their bright orange t-shirts. Today, at a press conference to announce the 50/50 Raffle has reached the $5 million mark in sales, the results of one program that BCF and the 50/50 Raffle have benefited was showcased.
The “Miracle League” field is a custom-designed field that features a special cushioned, rubberized playing surface that allows access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs. The league allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Joe Block hosted today’s press conference at the Miracle League field on 91st and Brown Deer on Milwaukee’s Northwest side.
“The Miracle League is a stellar example of our commitment to identify quality non-profit organizations that are making a difference,” said Executive Director of BCF, Cecelia Gore.
Following today’s press conference, Milwaukee Miracle League players joined Brewers players Marco Estrada, Brandon Kintzler and Jonathan Lucroy on the field for a little exhibition game.
“As a Brewers player, I’m really pleased and honored to be here to represent the team and players today,” Lucroy said. ”It’s important for me individually and my teammates here to contribute to these causes and help others who need it. It gives me a lot of pleasure to do that for others. My teammates talk very highly of the city and the people here. The support we have from the fans and the organization itself is awesome, we love playing here. It is a generous community and we , too, like to give back like so many fans have given back through the raffle.”
The BCF 50/50 Raffle is currently in its fourth season. The raffle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the 2013 season on July 7—the earliest date that milestone has been reached since the inception of the raffle in 2010.
Now in its fourth season, tickets for the BCF 50/50 Raffle are sold for just $2 throughout Miller Park from the time gates open during every Brewers home game. For each game, half of the net proceeds are given to a lucky fan and the other half benefits Brewers Community Foundation. Some of the non-profit programs previously supported by the Foundation include Arts at Large, Beckum Stapleton Little League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth and Family Services, Felix Mantilla Little League, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Susan G. Komen of Southeast Wisconsin, UPAF, United Way, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, and YWCA.
“We’ve raised $1.4 so far this year to date, which is about $75,000 more than this time last year,” Gore added. ”I would say this has been a grand success. We have the nicest raffle sellers I could ask for and they know that their efforts assist BCF with our ability to provide grants to more than 200 non-profit organizations.”
The press conference also featured a former 50/50 Raffle winner. Theresa Porter, won the 50/50 Raffle on Opening Day in 2012 and took home over $20,000. She took her family on a trip and continues to buy tickets at every game she attends. That, in turn, convinces her entire row to buy tickets because she tells the story of winning the raffle at every game she attends. Also, she is a breast cancer survivor herself and knows the importance the 50/50 Raffle to the Milwaukee community.
“After seeing the Miracle League Field here, it shows how this raffle really helps,” Porter said. ”As a breast cancer survivor, I feel that I too have benefited from what the raffle does on both ends.”
Through BCF, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to have the Milwaukee Brewers serve as leaders in the community. The BCF 50/50 raffle provides one of many opportunities to make a difference. Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. is the official charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Tomorrow the Brewers will celebrate the traditional end of summer with a celebration of summer’s favorite treat: the hot dog. Hot dogs will be just $1 tomorrow at Miller Park as the Brewers take on the Pirates at 1:10 p.m. at Miller Park.
Our friends at FS Wisconsin will celebrate with a hot dog eating challenge throughout the game. Craig Coshun, Jerry Augustine and Sophia Minnaert will eat as many hot dogs as they can during the game tomorrow to benefit the Brewers Community Foundation.
They will be at the FS Wisconsin desk in right field throughout the game. Brewers television announcer Bill Schroeder will buy the hot dogs they eat and Schroeder, Brian Anderson and FS Wisconsin producer Michael Vettor will all give $10 to the Brewers Community Foundation for each hot dog eaten by Coshun, Augustine and Minnaert.
If you are here at Miller Park you can enjoy $1 hot dogs and Brewers baseball. If you can’t make it to Miller Park, tune in to the Brewers on FS Wisconsin to follow the progress of the hot dog eating challenge on television! Enjoy the holiday!
Before today’s Brewers game, the reunion took place of a special relationship that began at Miller Park just about a month ago.
You might remember the story of “The Miller Park Mystery Man.” Sarah Kooiman wrote about a simple, kind gesture Chad McLaughlin carried out at Miller Park on Sunday, August 4. Chad and his friends sat next to the Kooiman family and struck up a conversation Isaiah Kooiman, Sarah’s son. Chad promised Isaiah a baseball by the end of the game and came through with that promise.
McLaughlin and the Kooiman’s went their separate ways after the game and Sarah felt she wasn’t able to say a proper thank you. She penned a blog to “The Miller Park Mystery Man” that got a lot of attention and the story took off from there.
Cait and I caught wind of the story and wrote about it on the blog and were able to connect with both Kooiman and McLaughlin. The Brewers invited them to today’s game for a little reunion so a proper thank you could be said.
Before the game today, McLaughlin, along with his guests and the Kooiman family met in the Brewers dugout. They all enjoyed Brewers batting practice together and shared stories about how they both found out their simple story of kindness became ‘the’ story in Milwaukee for a few days.
“I was just folding my laundry after work and I heard on the news ‘We are looking for Chad McLaughlin, the Miller Park mystery man.’ I thought it was kind of strange especially for something I didn’t think twice about,” McLaughlin said.
Sarah Kooiman did a number of interviews for various media and was happy for the opportunity today to say “Thank You” to McLaughlin.
Baseball is a great game and with it comes stories like these that make you love the game even more. Kindness like this is infectious and hopefully, we hear more stories like this day in and day out. I was very happy to be a part of this reunion today and hope it is a memory everyone can share for year’s to come.
Enjoy some pictures from today’s meeting below:
The Brewers are back home and open a three-game weekend series with the Angels tonight at Miller Park.
The featured menu item at the Double Clutch beginning tonight is Teriyaki Marinated Chicken. A roasted chicken marinated with teriyaki served with a delicious edamame slaw and sesame ginger dipping sauce.
Bring a fork, because you will definitely need it to enjoy this dish! The chicken dinner is $10.
A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce. That is $9.
The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).
The lunch hour at Miller Park today wasn’t your normal lunch hour. While we do work at Miller Park and it is pretty common to see different events on the field throughout the day, today’s lunch event on the field was a little out of the ordinary. OK, throw in the Famous Racing Sausages lifting a 575 pound tire and scaling a wall, it was definitely out of the ordinary.
In order to stir up some excitement for the upcoming Reebok Spartan Race on Saturday, November 2 at Miller Park, race organizers set up a number of obstacles for media and front office staff to experience before the big race. It will be the first Spartan Race in the state of Wisconsin and the just the fourth inside an MLB ballpark. These extreme races have been increasingly popular over the last few years and we are happy to host one at Miller Park.
The obstacles previewed today are versions of what are traditional to Spartan Races. You will never see a course map (the Miller Park race is a 3-mile “Sprint”) or layout of what the obstacles are on the course. It is their way of telling participants you never know what will be thrown at you and to always be ready.
The Miller Park race will differ from traditional Spartan Races in that it won’t include any mud, fire or water, but will allow participants the race through obstacles through the concourse. It is more of a “cross fit” style race. This is a very unique opportunity for fans to experience Miller Park like never before.
Reebok Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. With 350,000 participants in 2012 and 60 events planned for 2013, Reebok Spartan Race is making this one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The entire event will take place inside Miller Park allowing participants to compete in the same stadium as the Brewers.
“Based on the huge success of our Fenway Park and Citi Field events in Boston and New York respectively, we recognized the appeal of the more intimate stadium setting,” said Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena. “Fans will get to experience Miller Park in a rare, up-close-and-personal way as the course winds throughout the entire stadium – including stands and concourses – and ends on the field.”
“Spartan Race’s mission is to rip people off their couches and do what we as human beings were made to do: run, jump, sweat and climb,” DeSena asserted. “Our stadium races will offer a unique setting to do that.”
The Reebok Spartan 2013 calendar will include several Sprint Races at some of the nation’s favorite professional sports stadiums. Other confirmed sites included Citi Field, in Flushing, N.Y., April 13 that brought 12,000 competitors, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Penn., September 28 and a return to Fenway Park, in Boston, Mass. Saturday, November 16.
For more information about Spartan Sprint at Miller Park, including entry fees and deadlines, spectator tickets, parking and children’s activities (yes there is a division for kids), or to register visit: http://www.spartanrace.com/miller-park-obstacle-racing-spartan-sprint-2013.html. There you can enter this special discount code that will give you 15% off: SRMKE.
Also, to prepare for the race, Bernie Brewer will host a Spartan Workout at Helfaer Field on Saturday, October 5 from 8 – 10 a.m. Fans can visit www.spartanraceworkout.com for information on how to register.
The Brewers are off today, so with no action on the field at the Major League level, we look to the Brewers minor leagues for some good news. Nashville Sounds RHP Johnny Hellweg was today named to the 2013 All-Pacific Coast League Team. The team consists of three pitchers–a right-handed starter, a left-handed starter and a reliever.
The 24-year-old is 11-5 with a 3.16 ERA (42er/119.2ip) in 22 starts for the Sounds this season. He ranks 2nd in the PCL in ERA and is tied for 2nd in wins, while leading the circuit in winning percentage (.688) and opponents average (.226).
Hellweg has gone 10-1 in his last 15 starts for the Sounds after opening the campaign by recording only one victory in his first seven outings.
The fireballer also struck out 84 batters on the year while leading the league with 79 walks issued and 13 hit batters. The Missouri native — who was acquired by the Brewers along with Brewers All-Star shortstop Jean Segura in last season’s Zack Greinke trade with the Los Angeles Angels — has posted a team-best 11 quality starts, including eight victories in a row from May 31 through July 30, and worked 24.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run during a four-start stretch in June and July.
Hellweg made his Major League debut for Milwaukee during a four-game stint in late June and early July (0-3, 10.97) and was named the Brewers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month in July. The All-PCL squad is selected annually through voting by the league’s managers and media representatives.
Hellweg is the first Sound to be recognized on the All-PCL team since 2011, when third baseman Taylor Green was elected, and the first Nashville hurler chosen since R.A. Dickey and Adam Pettyjohn were both honored in 2007.
Brewers Community Foundation Week officially kicked off today with a great community outreach event on Milwaukee’s North Side. A group of Brewers front office staff, players and their wives, volunteers from the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and other local volunteers came together today to build a new playground at the Northside YMCA.
The design of the playground was based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in May. The Brewers had a tough game in Texas last night and an early morning arrival back to Milwaukee today. That didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Tom Gorzelanny, Jim Henderson and Rob Wooten from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Brewers photographer Scott Paulus captured some great photos from earlier today.
Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than previous generations in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.
The new playground will give more than 1,200 children in the community with a safe place to play. Currently, the young children have a tot lot available, but the older children are in need of a great place to play and this will definitely help the neighborhood.
The playground is the first built in a collaborative effort by KaBOOM! and the Brewers. Additionally, the playground is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2013 to fulfill its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
Beyond the Diamond is a series of community outreach events that will take place during the season from May-August. These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
The Brewers are back from a long road trip and that means Brewers Community Foundation Week kicks off at Miller Park tonight!
The Brewers are set to face the Reds tonight to start a four-game set and fans will have the opportunity to take a photograph with various Brewers alumni starting when the gates open until 7:45 pm. Photos will be available for $10 per person, per session (for example you can take photos with all eight alumni in the four separate sessions for $40), at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Fans will need to provide their own camera for their photos. The schedule of alumni is as follows (subject to change):
5:45 – 6:15 p.m.
Paul Wagner and Ken Sanders
6:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Craig Counsell and Larry Hisle
6:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Gorman Thomas and Jim Gantner
7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Jerry Augustine and Dave Nelson
Don’t forget, the Ultimate Auction is open for bidding all week. Check it out for some wonderful, one-of-a-kind opportunities!
It is with a heavy heart that I pass along this statement from the Milwaukee Brewers on the passing of “our buddy,” Johnny Logan.
“Johnny Logan was a longtime friend to Milwaukee baseball. His connection to both the Brewers and the Braves and the Milwaukee community was very strong. Virtually every person associated with the Milwaukee Brewers has been touched by Johnny through his many visits to the ballpark and terrific stories about his time in the game. We will miss Johnny deeply and will never forget his colorful character and personality.”
The Brewers inducted Logan into the Miller Park walk of Fame in June. For those who saw the ceremony or the press conference, you saw Logan at his best.
I loved seeing Johnny around the ballpark. He was such a character and had a great personality. His stories, his wit, and his wisdom made him a Milwaukee treasure. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Logan will understand. We will miss you Johnny! Rest in Peace.