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Sunday, June 29: Scooter Gennett Bobblehead Day at Miller Park

Today, we announced a change to the 2014 promotional schedule: a Scooter Gennett Bobblehead will be distributed to all fans on Sunday, June 29.  This collectible replaces the previously scheduled bobblehead of Norichika Aoki, who was traded to the Kansas City Royals.

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Eight All-Fan Bobblehead Dates, plus 6 All-Fan T-Shirt dates, are scheduled at Miller Park this season, completing the #Brewers14in14 All-Fan Giveaway schedule.  The bobbles slated for 2014 are as follows:

Sunday, April 27 Carlos Gomez Bobblehead

Sunday, May 11 Kyle Lohse Bobblehead

Sunday, June 15 Vintage Brewer Bobblehead

Sunday, June 29 Scooter Gennett Bobblehead

Sunday, July 27 Fan Vote Bobblehead (details to come!)

Sunday, August 10 Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Chorizo Bobble

Sunday, August 24 Jean Segura Bobblehead

Sunday, September 14 Robin Yount Bobblehead

For additional information regarding this year’s Milwaukee Brewers All-Fan Giveaways, click here.

A complete promotional schedule for the 2014 season will be announced at a later date.

 -John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Sunday, August 10: Chorizo Bobble Day

This week, we’re unveiling the #Brewers14in14… 14 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2014 season!

The sixth bobblehead of the 2014 season will come on  Sunday, August 10, as the Brewers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The bobble will feature the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Chorizo!

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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, the Chorizo bobble is included in the following ticket packages which are on sale now:

Be sure to check back in the coming months as we also unveil the image of the actual bobblehead when we get it!

Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil more of the #Brewers14in14!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Sunday, June 29: Norichika Aoki Bobblehead Day

This week, we’re unveiling the #Brewers14in14… 14 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2014 season!

The fourth bobblehead of the 2014 season will come on the last home game in June,  Sunday, June 29, as the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies. The bobble will feature Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki!

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This will be the second Brewers bobblehead for Norichika Aoki and this one will feature him in a Japanese Brewers uniform (that is, a uniform with the word “Brewers” written in Japanese.)

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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, the Aoki bobblehead is included in the following ticket packages which are on sale now:

Be sure to check back in the coming months as we also unveil the image of the actual bobblehead when we get it!

Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil more of the #Brewers14in14!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Milwaukee BBWAA Chapter Announces Brewers 2013 Award Winners

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their postseason award winners as voted by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). A total of eight ballots were cast for each award, assigning five points for first place, three for second and one for third.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez was voted Brewers Most Valuable Player as he received all eight first-place votes (40 points).  Shortstop Jean Segura finished second with 18 points.

Gomez, a first-time All-Star selection this season, batted .284 with 24 HR, 73 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 147 games. He was among the National League leaders in triples (T2nd, 10), stolen bases (4th), slugging percentage (7th, .506) and extra-base hits (T8th, 61). Gomez became the first player in franchise history to produce 20+ home runs and 40+ stolen bases in a season. He was the only player in the Major Leagues to accomplish that feat in 2013. The Gold Glove Award candidate also recorded 12 assists in center field, which ranked second in the Major Leagues from that position.

Kyle Lohse was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as he received all eight first-place votes (40 points). Jim Henderson (24 points), Brandon Kintzler (7) and Yovani Gallardo (1) also received consideration. Lohse, who signed with the Brewers as a free agent on March 25, went 11-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 32 starts during his first season in Milwaukee. He led the team in ERA, innings pitched (198.2) and quality starts (20). He ranked fifth in the National League in fewest walks per nine innings (1.6). Lohse went 10-4 with a 2.91 ERA over his last 22 starts, posting 16 quality starts (139ip, 45er).

Lohse (38 points) was also voted Brewers Top Newcomer, receiving seven first-place votes and one second-place vote. He was followed by second baseman Scooter Gennett (26 points – one first-place vote). Outfielder Khris Davis (7 points) and pitcher Tyler Thornburg (1) were also listed on ballots.

Right fielder Norichika Aoki (34 points) received five first-place votes and three second-place votes to edge pitcher Brandon Kintzler (27 points – three first place-votes, four second-place votes) and earn Brewers Unsung Hero honors. A total of eight players were listed on ballots for this award.

Aoki batted .286 with 8 HR, 37 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 155 games. He ranked among the National League leaders in multi-hit games (T7th, 50) and hits (T10th, 171). He led the team in games, at-bats (597), on-base percentage (.356) and walks (55) while tying Carlos Gomez for the team lead in runs (80). Aoki struck out just 40 times in 674 plate appearances this season, the best ratio in the Major Leagues (16.9).

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy (33 points) earned the Good Guy Award, receiving six first-place votes and one second place vote. The other first-place votes went to center fielder Carlos Gomez, who finished second with 18 points, and shortstop Jean Segura. A total of nine players were listed on ballots for this honor, the most of any award this season.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Players & Broadcasters Wish Bernie a Happy Birthday

As we kick off Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s presented by Southwest Airlines, the birthday greetings continue to pour in.

Today, many of the Brewers players and a couple of the broadcasters had messages they wanted to send:

Follow us on Instagram for more fun all weekend (and year!) long!

And don’t forget–you can ‘Stache Yourself and share your own messages for Bernie on Twitter and/or Instagram using #LuvBernie. We’ll compile the best!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Get Your Brewers Specialty Player Tees!

Expand your collection of Brewers player tees by purchasing any of our new 2013 specialty designs, exclusive to Miller Park!

Choose from styles featuring Ryan Braun:

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Aramis Ramirez:

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 Jonathan Lucroy:

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Plus, two Nori Aoki designs:

Aoki Player Tee

The Braun, Ramirez, Lucroy tees and the Aoki Japanese Koi Fish design (white) are available in adult sizes while the Aoki retro tee (yellow) is available in both adult and youth sizes.

Both regular and specialty player tees retail for $30 each at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, but on Wednesdays (that’s today!), fans can receive $5 as part of our Majestic Athletic Walk-Off Wednesdays promotion.

If you’re not familiar with this promotion, it’s something fun that we’ve been doing for several years now: Every Wednesday home game throughout the season, when you stop in any retail location at Miller Park before the 5th inning and purchase a player name and number tee, you’ll save $5 and if your player has a walk-off hit in that game, you’ll get a FREE replica jersey of that same player, plus tickets! If the Brewers don’t hit a walk off that Wednesday one lucky fan will still win a jersey.

So, if you’re headed to the Brewers vs. Reds game this afternoon, it’s a great excuse to pop into the store and pick up one of our new designs.

Plus, you can double-dip on another promotion we have going on for a limited time: With our Players Autograph Promotion, you will score a free autographed baseball when you purchase $150 worth of official Players Choice product in the Brewers Team Stores. Choose from 8x10s, t-shirts, jerseys and more and when you spend $150, we’ll throw in a free autographed baseball (randomly selected) while supplies last.

Can’t make it out to Miller Park anytime soon? Never fear–there’s also a large selection of player tees available on brewers.com. (Note: Product purchased online does not qualify for Walk-Off Wednesdays or the Players Autograph Promo.)

Happy shopping!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Vote Brewers 2013!

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Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last six All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

And while it may still be April, it’s time to ramp up and Vote Brewers!  Sure it is early, but why can’t we use that time to get ahead in the voting? The Brewers are currently enjoying a nice win streak and this is the time to beat the early rush on voting.

This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York City (great All-Star logo again this year by the way, MLB has been knocking it out of the park in recent years with great All-Star logos). Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2013 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program presented by Firestone and the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot presented by freecreditscore.com.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Corey Hart, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Norichika Aoki.

Beginning today, fans are able to vote online at Brewers.com and beginning Monday, April 29, fans will be able to vote through in-park balloting at Miller Park.

At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the 2011 National League MVP. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address, but new for 2013, fans can cast 10 extra votes by logging in with or registering for an MLB.com account. More information and rules may be found at brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield, Club Outfield and Terrace Box seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park begins on Monday, April 29 and continues through Friday, June 21, comprising 25 home dates.  The Vote Brewers! campaign will feature event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FS Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.

With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 21 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

Fans can also show their support for the Crew during this time by downloading cover photos of their favorite players here.

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Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes.  Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.

In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004).  He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury).  Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011.  In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars.  In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote.  In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988.  A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 277 of the 2013 Brewers media guide.

The 2013 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7 on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS.  Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at brewers.com through Thursday, July 4 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

 

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Opening Day and Homestand #1 Notes

That big day is almost here Brewers fans.  The excitement around the city has built all winter long and, although there is still snow on the ground, Brewers baseball is back.  There is a lot of activity swirling around Miller Park for Opening Day, but I wanted to highlight some important information for fans about Monday’s game.

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Tickets: Monday’s game is sold out.  There are, however, tickets available for the remaining five games of the first homestand for the 2013 season and $10 tickets are available for exhibition games tonight and tomorrow at 1 p.m. vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Parking Lots: The Miller Park parking lots will open at 10 a.m. on Opening Day.  Parking lots will open three hours before every game this season.

New Gate Times for 2013: Please make note of new gate times for the 2013 season at Miller Park.  The gates to Miller Park will open at 11 a.m.  Gates will open 90 minutes before first pitch for all games this season except for Opening Day and all Saturday games in June, July and August.  For those games, gates will open two hours before first pitch.  This is good news because fans coming extra early will be able to catch more of Brewers batting practice.

Monday’s Ceremonial First Pitch: James Beckum, founder of the Beckum-Stapleton Little League and former Negro Leagues player, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Beckum started the Beckum-Stapleton Little League on Milwaukee’s near north side in 1964 and has been a fixture in the community and in the league ever since.  Beckum will be joined on the field for the first pitch by two players from the Beckum-Stapleton Little League and the RBI Program in Milwaukee.  Titus Brown, 12, and Paniya Stewart, 11, both from Milwaukee, will join Stapleton on the field for the first pitch.

National Anthem: This should come as no surprise!  Joseph Attanasio, father of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, will sing the national anthem before Monday’s Opening Day.  This has become a Milwaukee Opening Day tradition since Mark Attanasio took over the team in 2005.

Social Media: Use the hashtag #BrewersOpener when Tweeting and Instagramming Opening Day.

Caterpillar Global Mining Brewers Magnetic Schedule Day: What Brewers fans refrigerator doesn’t have a Brewers schedule magnet!?  These are always a hot giveaway and all fans in attendance will receive a Brewers 2013 magnetic schedule, compliments of Caterpillar Global Mining.  All fans will also receive a Brewers rally towel.

The 11th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race: Prior to first pitch on Opening Day, the Famous Racing Sausages will take part in the 11th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Klement’s plant on Chase Ave. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ will deliver the “First Brat” all the way to Miller Park (weather permitting).

I-94 Construction:  It seems like every year there is always a new construction project on the freeways around town.  When I came back from Spring Training and saw some work on I-94 WB just east of Miller Park, I quickly found an alternate route and planned ahead.  Take a few minutes to make sure you are aware of any construction projects or lane closures.  Fans are encouraged to stay up to date on traffic information by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website at www.511wi.gov for up to the minute lane closures, alternate routes and other traffic information. For more information tailored specifically to arriving and departing Miller Park, visit the Miller Park tab at Brewers.com.

Parking Information/Shuttle: The Brewers are urging fans to plan when considering parking options for all games at Miller Park, but in particular for Opening Day.  Fans may buy parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park through the Miller Park Box Office, Brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000. Please note, a limited number of parking passes are available for Opening Day.

Consistent with recent years, the Brewers have arranged for overflow parking at Wisconsin State Fair Park for Opening Day. In the likely event that Miller Park lots reach capacity, fans may take the 84th street exit from I-94 and enter through gate #7. From there, they will see signage and staff directing them to the parking area. A $15 fee will cover vehicle parking and shuttle services are free. Buses, provided by Riteway Bus, will be staged near the U.S. Cellular® Gate at State Fair Park and will offer service to and from Miller Park before and after the game. Shuttle services are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and will run until about 1.5 hours after the game. Buses will pick up in the drop-off location which will be located on VA grounds. Fans should follow the path marked “Stadium” which will lead them to the Right Field Gate.

So you can’t make Opening Day?  Don’t worry. The Brewers first homestand of 2013 features five more games and a number of special events and opportunities  to put a ceremonial end to a long Milwaukee winter.  Tickets are available at Brewers.com, the Miller Park ticket office or by calling (414) 902-4000.

Tuesday, April 2 vs. Colorado Rockies 7:10 p.m.

· Singles Night, hosted by It’s Just Lunch®: For just $48, fans will receive a Dew Deck Ticket for the Brewers vs. Rockies game, which includes a pre-game buffet and two drinks per person, plus the opportunity to mix and mingle with area singles.  For details, visit brewers.com/specialevents.

Wednesday, April 3 vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:10 p.m.

Friday, April 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m

· Time Warner Cable Student Night: College and high school students can buy $9 Terrace Reserved and $11.50 Loge Bleacher tickets (Excluding Miller Lite Beerpen) courtesy of Time Warner Cable.  The first 250 students to buy tickets in the Time Warner Cable Student Nights Section (Section 233) will receive a free t-shirt.  For more information, visit brewers.com/students.

· $15 Fair Fridays: The State Fair is one of my favorite summer events.  For $15, fans can buy a Fair Friday package that includes one Terrace Reserved ticket and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S Cellular.  It’s a great deal and everyone wins.  For more information, visit brewers.com/statefair.

· Miller Lite Beerpen: All fans 21 and older can be a part of the Miller Lite Beerpen in the Right Field Loge Bleachers.  Tickets are $23 and include a Brewers t-shirt and special entertainment in the Miller Lite Beerpen.  For more information, visit brewers.com/beerpen.

Saturday, April 6 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:10 p.m.

· Potawatomi Bingo Casino Brewers Pen Schedule: This is probably one of my favorite promotional items of the year.  It is extremely useful.  All fans will receive a 2013 Brewers Pen Schedule presented by Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

Sunday, April 7 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:10 p.m.

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· Norichika Aoki Bobblehead presented by Robert Haack Diamonds: The first of many bobblehead days for the 2013 season.  All fans will receive a Bobblehead featuring Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki, presented by Robert Haack Diamonds.

· Blue Bunny Ice Cream Sunday: The first 2,000 fans 12 and under will receive a voucher redeemable for a free Blue Bunny Ice Cream treat upon entering Miller Park.  The vouchers are redeemable from the time gates open through the end of the first inning of the game. 

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

2012 GIBBYs Nominees Announced; Time to VOTE BREWERS!

Elections may have been last week, but the Award season continues and your opportunity to “Vote” lives on!  The nominees for the 2012 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs) have been announced. Players from both Leagues are featured as nominees in 21 categories recognizing the best in baseball from the regular season through the Postseason; we’ve got nominees in four of these categories, so here’s where you come in!

Voters for the GIBBY Awards fall into five groups, each of which determines 20% of the overall Vote:

1. Fans at MLB.com <—–That’s YOU!

2. Media

3. Front-Office Personnel

4. MLB Alumni

5. The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)

More than 40 million fan votes have been cast over the past four years, and this year’s winners will be recognized during an MLB.com extravaganza during  the Baseball Winter Meetings on December 4.

Voting ends December 2, 2012. So, over the next couple of weeks, make sure you VOTE BREWERS in the following categories!

  • VOTE BRAUN for MLB MVP  .319 AVG, 41 HR, 112 RBIs, 108 R, 30 SB, .987 OPS. Ryan Braun’s stats speak for himself; Braun excelled both at-bat and on the bases, becoming just the second player since the turn of the 21st century with at least 40 homers and 30 steals in a single season.
  • VOTE BRAUN for Best Hitter After winning the 2011 NL MVP, Braun in 2012 became the first hitter outside of Colorado to hit .319 or better with at least 40 home runs and 30 steals since Hank Aaron in 1963.
  • VOTE AOKI for Top Rookie In his first United States season following a successful career in Japan, Aoki paced NL rookies in steals and on-base percentage while finishing second in batting, runs and two-base hits. His impressive stats: .288 AVG, 10 HR, 37 2B, 50 RBIs, 81 R, 30 SB, .787 OPS
  • VOTE GONZALEZ for Must C Play Back on April 29 against the St. Louis Cardinals, after John Axford fanned Yadier Molina for the second out of the ninth, shortstop Alex Gonzalez sealed the win with a heads-up throw home during a rundown.

Thanks for your support and GO BREWERS!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Sunday, April 7: Norichika Aoki Bobblehead Day, presented by Robert Haack Diamonds

The first bobblehead of the 2013 season will come at the end of the Brewers first homestand, on Sunday April 7 as the Brewers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. The bobble will feature Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki!

This will be the first Brewers bobblehead for Nori, who, in his rookie season with the Crew, batted .288 with 10 home runs, 50 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Prior to his time with the Brewers, Aoki spent eight seasons with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Central League in Japan. He was a seven-time All-Star in Japan. Aoki’s name translated in Japanese is “blue tree.”

Individual tickets will go on sale in February, but if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the Aoki bobblehead is included in the following ticket packages:

20-Game Sunday Plus Plan 

10-Pack Weekend Plan

1/16/13 Update: This just in!  A photo of the Norichika Aoki Bobblehead! What do you think?

AOKI BOBBLE

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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