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Lost in the Opening Day craziness of yesterday was a press release MLB sent out about foreign-born players on Opening Day rosters. I thought it was really interesting because the Brewers have the most foreign-born players (14) of any MLB team representing the most countries (seven). Not to mention we have a Canadian GM in Doug Melvin! Certainly makes for a fun and diverse clubhouse!
Can you name all 14 internationally born Brewers? Can you name the seven countries besides the USA? Answers below the release that I have pasted here…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2013
OPENING DAY ROSTERS FEATURE 241 PLAYERS BORN OUTSIDE THE U.S.
28.2 Percent of Players Born Outside the U.S., Spanning 15 Countries and Territories
Two-hundred forty-one players on 2013 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 United States, Major League Baseball announced today. This year’s percentage of 28.2 marks the fourth highest of all-time.
The 241 players born outside the U.S. come from the pool of 856 players (750 active 25-man roster players and 106 disabled or restricted Major League players) on March 31st rosters and represent 15 countries and territories outside the U.S. This year’s 241 foreign-born players rank as the fourth-most in history. The 28.2 percent trails only 2005, when 29.2 percent (242/829) of Opening Day players were born outside the U.S.; 2007, when 29.0 percent (246 players) were foreign-born; and last season, when 28.4 percent were born outside the U.S. On 2012 Opening Day, 243 out of 856 players were born outside the U.S.
As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with 89 players born outside the U.S, the fourth-most the nation has ever produced on Opening Day rosters (highs: 99 in 2007, 91 in 2005 and 95 in 2012). Venezuela ranks second with 63 players, its second-highest total ever on Opening Day rosters (high: 66 in 2012). Canada ranks third with 17 players, its second-highest Opening Day figure ever (behind only its 19 in 2007). Cuba is fourth overall with 15 players, surpassing its 11 in 2002 and 2011-2012 for its highest total since at least 1995. Rounding out the totals are Mexico (14); Puerto Rico (13); Japan (11); Colombia and Panama (4 each); Curaçao (3); Australia, Nicaragua and South Korea (2 each); and the Netherlands and Taiwan (1 each). Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is currently on the disabled list, is just the third Opening Day player since 1995 to have been born in the Netherlands, joining infielder Robert Eenhoorn (1996 and 1998) and pitcher Rick VandenHurk (2008-2009).
The Milwaukee Brewers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 14 on a roster that spans a Major League-high seven different countries and territories – Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The Texas Rangers have the next highest total at 13. Three Clubs – the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants – each have 12 foreign-born players. The Toronto Blue Jays have the most players from one nation outside the U.S. with seven Dominican players. The Chicago Cubs and the Rangers have six Dominican players apiece, while the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers and the Giants each have six Venezuelan players.
BREWERS FOREIGN BORN PLAYERS
the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
There are quite the collection of Passports in the Brewers clubhouse! Which country would you most like to visit among those that are home to current Brewers players? I think Japan would be a pretty cool place to visit. Share your answers with me in the comments section below.
Ever since January 1, we’ve had fun counting down to Opening Day through images. As we look forward to tomorrow, there was no question what number one would be. It’s you– the #1 fans in all of baseball. Go Brewers! #SEEUAPRIL1
Oh and in case you missed it, here’s a link to the ad we ran in today’s baseball preview section in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers 2013 Kickoff Ad!
In today’s edition, you’ll also find our special pullout insert and poster.
The roster includes 13 pitchers and eight players making their first career Opening Day roster. Five players will begin the season on the disabled list.
Enjoy the 2013 season!
Starting on Opening Day, for every “whiff” (strikeout) across MLB during the 2013 regular season, Head & Shoulders with Old Spice will make a $1 donation to the MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI ) program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourages academic success and achievement, and teaches important life lessons and values.
MLB fans can take part in the “Season of the #Whiff” on Twitter all season long and help their team & community–the MLB Club with the most tweets each month will earn $10,000 for their local RBI Leagues!
Here’s how YOU can help the cause in Wisconsin:
Celebrate strikeouts by Brewers pitchers by incorporating #WHIFF + @Brewers into your tweets. You’ll see us doing this all season long on our accounts, so we hope you’ll follow along!
Track our progress by following @HSforMen on Twitter or visiting the Head & Shoulders “Season of the #Whiff” page on Mlb.com.
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.
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.
· 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.
As you are probably well aware, we’ve been counting down to Opening Day since January 1 (90 days out) across all of our social platforms in various ways and earlier this month, we put out a call to fans asking for photos showing us the answer to this question: How do you countdown to #Brewers Opening Day?
We received many great submissions to our #SEEUAPRIL1 Twitter & Instagram contest and today, we’re excited to announce the winner– Jay Stoll of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Here’s Jay’s submission, below:
For his effort and creativity, Jay has won a pair of Terrace Box tickets to the home opener on Monday, April 1, 2013 as the Crew takes on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10pm!
Congratulations, Jay–we’ll #SEEUAPRIL1!
Although a lot of the news made by the Brewers recently has been in Arizona at Spring Training, let’s not forget that Opening Day in Milwaukee is now less than two weeks away. Sure, it’s absolutely freezing in Milwaukee, but with every passing day, we know we are closer to baseball. Three improvement projects at Miller Park that were recently completed during the off-season were officially unveiled today. We had a firsthand look and are here to show them to you.
DEW DECK RENOVATIONS
The Dew Deck, a seating area above the right field bleachers that dates to Miller Park’s opening year, was renovated during the off-season. The signature addition to the area is a 26-foot high rock climbing wall, designed in the shape of a can of Mountain Dew. The Famous Racing Sausages were the first to go up the wall today.
The wall will be open for about three hours every game day, and is designed to accommodate up to three climbers at a time. I also went up the wall today and snapped some photos from the top. It was pretty fun and would be a great addition to any group outing. I think it will be a popular feature at the park.
Other improvements to the area will include new lighting, new ceilings, installation of flat panel televisions, repainting, and new signage. The Dew Deck accommodates groups of 25 to 260 people (no individual ticket purchases are available). The area features stadium seating, a private bar, and private restrooms. Tickets to this affordable party space include an all-you-can eat pregame tailgate buffet that begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after the first pitch. Individuals interested in hosting events at the new Dew Deck may call 414-902-GRPS for more information.
Following the addition of a new Brewers Team Store retail site on the Club Level last year, the SKYY Lounge (formerly Home Plate Lounge) was enhanced this winter. The SKYY Lounge is located on the concourse of the Club Level behind home plate and is open to Club Level Suiteholders and all fans who have Club Level seating.
The project included the removal of an existing concessions stand, storage area and restroom, allowing for the creation of a new fixed “Chef’s Table” counter. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you know of our love for the “Chef’s Table.” We were able to sample some of the food items this afternoon (fuel for my climb up the rock wall) and they were delicious. We will be back with the regular “What John and Cait Ate” features for the 2013 season, so I don’t want to give too much away about the food. Chef John did, however, let us know that he hired a new pastry chef this year meaning there will likely be some fabulous new sweet treats available at the ballpark.
Featured upgrades include a new Concierge counter, new carpeting, and new furniture (modular seats, ottomans, barstools, dining chairs, and tables). In addition, there will be new lighting throughout the space. The area is much more open, modern and social.
MILLER LITE PARTY DECK
The latest in unique, All-Inclusive vantage points to take in a game was also unveiled today in the new Miller Lite Party Deck. The Party Deck has a capacity of 70 and is situated above the Miller Park right field Loge Bleachers. The view from up there was fascinating. You can see the entire field and it is almost like you are hovering above the field. People were asking today, “What was here before?” Well, there was nothing there before, it is a completely new space that was added on this off season. Once you see it, you will think it has been there since the ballpark opened, it really fits in.
It features 1,400 square feet of entertaining space and includes a new fixed bar, buffet counter, flat panel televisions and two levels of seating. The area is available for groups for select Brewers home games, offering an all-inclusive food and beverage experience as well as a private setting and a spectacular vantage point for viewing the game and Miller Park surroundings. Groups may reserve their space in the Miller Lite Party Deck and all group entertaining areas now. More information is available by calling the Brewers Group Sales office at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or at Brewers.com/allin.
There is a lot going on at Miller Park these days. We are in the homestretch of the off-season and ready for April 1. Stay tuned to the blog as we will have updates and other news leading up to Opening Day!
We all know that Opening Day is a practically a holiday in Milwaukee—and a hot ticket. Looking forward to it helps Brewers fans get through the long, cold winter and counting down to Opening Day helps add to Brewers fans’ anticipation about the 2013 season.
And at this point, with just 31 days to go until April 1, the only way you can really secure your seats for the game against the Colorado Rockies is by purchasing a Brewers 10-pack. Starting at just $180, there are five exciting 10-Pack plans to choose from, all featuring 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of your choice for FREE (while supplies last). The Brewers 10-Packs also offer several benefits, including savings on parking, regular pricing for Gold and Marquee Games and a guaranteed seat location for the 10 games in each plan (exact seating is not guaranteed for Opening Day).
There is also just one other way for one lucky fan to get tickets: Our #SEEUAPRIL1 Instagram and Twitter contest.
Ever since January 1, we’ve been counting down the days until Opening Day in various ways across many different media from our outdoor billboards to our social media platforms and now we want to hear (or rather, SEE) how you’re passing the days.
Show us the creative way(s) you count down to Opening Day and you could be chosen to be in the crowd on Monday, April 1, 2013 as the Crew takes on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10pm and kicks of the 2013 season!
Create an original photo showing how you count down to the Brewers Home Opener. Tag it on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SEEUAPRIL1 for a chance to win a pair of Terrace Box tickets (a $50 value) to Opening Day! For complete details and official rules, visit brewers.com/seeuapril1.
See below for a gallery of some of our postings so far!
And don’t forget–there is just one winner in this contest, so if you want to GUARANTEE your place in the crowd on Opening Day, purchase your Brewers 10-Pack and get in for FREE–while you still can!
Good luck in the contest and I’ll #SEEUAPRIL1!
It’s thinking about the return of baseball that gets us through the coldest winter days (like today) in Wisconsin.
So, it was only fitting that with 70 days to go until Opening Day, we announced specifics of an Opening Day Opportunity that will allow fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day at Miller Park and other Gold and Marquee Games prior to the sale of individual tickets.
Beginning tomorrow, January 22 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 11, fans can go to Brewers.com and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, April 1 against the Colorado Rockies. Due to limited availability, the Opening Day Opportunity includes single seats, standing room only and some obstructed view seats. In addition, fans can register for a maximum of eight tickets to Gold and Marquee Games at Miller Park.
This year’s Marquee Game schedule includes Opening Day – April 1 vs. the Rockies, April 19-21 vs. the Cubs, June 25-27 vs. the Cubs and September 16-19 vs. the Cubs. Gold Games include the following 16 games: May 4-5 vs. the Cardinals, June 8-9 vs. the Phillies, June 22-23 vs. the Braves, July 6-7 vs. the Mets, July 20-21 vs. the Marlins, August 3-4 vs. the Nationals, August 17-18 vs. the Reds and August 31- September 1 vs. the Angels.
Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. The winners will be notified on Friday, February 15.
There is no charge to register. This will be the only opportunity for fans to purchase single game tickets for Opening Day, other than a very small number set aside for fans lining up at the Box Office on the first day of individual game sales at Miller Park. Single game ticket sales will begin in late February (exact date TBD).
Meanwhile, there are still options available for fans to guarantee their place at Miller Park for Opening Day and Marquee Games all season long with plans starting as low as the 10-Pack. Each 10-Pack includes 10 Brewers home games, plus a bonus of Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice absolutely FREE. Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com for more information.
Good Luck…Hope to #SEEUAPRIL1 !
The countdown to Opening Day is on – with just 88 days to go – and fans can secure their seat to the Home Opener on Monday, April 1 vs. the Colorado Rockies as Brewers 10-Packs go on sale tomorrow (Friday, January 4) at 10 a.m. There are five exciting plans to choose from, all featuring 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice for FREE (while supplies last).
Each 10-Pack includes an Interleague Game and at least one Marquee Game against the Chicago Cubs at the reduced rated of regular game (Blue Game) prices. The Weekend Plan and Premier Plan feature a pair of All-Fan Bobblehead dates, as well as a variety of Gold Games at the regular rate. The Rivals Plus Plan includes one All-Fan Bobblehead date, an Interleague matchup vs. the Minnesota Twins, two Marquee Games against the division rival Cubs and three Gold Games. The Hot Summer Nights Plan also includes two Marquee Games against the Cubs, while the Friday Plan includes an Interleague Game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 30. [For a list of 2013 All-Fan Bobbleheads, click here.]
Packages start at $180 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($18 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $240 ($24 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $400 ($40 per game, no wait service), the Loge Infield Box for $400 ($40 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $480 ($48 per game).
The Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including savings on parking, regular pricing for Gold and Marquee Games and a guaranteed seat location for the 10 games in each plan (exact seating is not guaranteed for Opening Day).
Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/10packs for more information.
Fans can also join in sharing the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day on Facebook at facebook.com/brewers or on Twitter by following @Brewers, @Bernie_Brewer and/or using the hashtag #SEEUAPRIL1.
Fans looking forward to even more Brewers Baseball in 2013 can take advantage of exclusive benefits in 20-Game Plans, which offer more seating options, additional per-ticket savings and the opportunity to purchase tickets to postseason games played at Miller Park. Fans can choose one of four pre-selected plans with guaranteed seat locations: Opening Day, Business, Saturday Plus or Sunday Plus. Plus, with the purchase of a 20-Game Plan, fans will be eligible for the Brewers “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion, which offers 40 fantastic prizes given away over 40 days!