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The Milwaukee Brewers announced the donation of over 20,000 plastic bat & ball sets to every student, grades K-5 through the 2nd Grade, in the Milwaukee Public School system. The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference at the Brown Street Academy by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Members of the team’s front office including Manager of Youth Outreach Larry Hisle, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Dr. Darienne Driver, Brown Street Academy staff, local officials, Chevrolet (sponsor) representatives as well as players Chris Capuano, Chris Carter and Alex Presley were on hand for the announcement and ensuing mini-clinics.
Each child will receive a brand new “Play Ball” bat and ball set, delivered to each Milwaukee Public Elementary School, courtesy of the Brewers and Chevrolet. In addition, the team announced that 125 schools all over the city will receive a set of baseball-related books. The effort is part of “Play Ball Weekend,” a Major League Baseball initiative, which is taking place today through Sunday.
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball launched “Play Ball” as the sport’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities. The goal of the program is to give kids the opportunity to enjoy the game in a fun environment by highlighting the many ways baseball can be played and introduce kids to the sport who otherwise may not have the chance to experience it. Additionally, the program offers a healthy and active lifestyle option where many of those opportunities are offered less frequently.
“The goal of this program is to get kids engaged with the game by giving them the tools to play and the resources to learn about the sport,” said Schlesinger. “It doesn’t take nine kids to play the game, and it doesn’t require expensive or elaborate equipment. Major League Baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers are committed to connecting with area children through the ‘Play Ball’ program, and we look forward to what we know will be a fun and successful long-term initiative.”
Following the press conference, the players engaged with the children and put on a mini-clinic. The players demonstrated basic skills and taught useful lessons about the game.
In addition to today’s press conference, the team will continue to celebrate “Play Ball Weekend” with an on-field ceremony prior to tomorrow’s contest against the San Diego Padres. Nine players from the local Milwaukee RBI program will join Brewers players as they go to their respective positions on the field. The players will then present the kids with one of their very own Brewers caps.
5/14/16 Update: Play Ball Weekend continued today at Miller Park as Brewers players sported Play Ball t-shirts during batting practice, the Play Ball logo was painted in the grass, there’s a special patch on the jersey and the special pregame ceremony took place. Here are some more photos from this evening:
For more information about Play Ball Weekend, the RBI Program or the Brewers involvement in the community, please visit Brewers.com.
Today we announced that the Club will host an event to recognize the efforts of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and The United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs to train and hire military veterans for full-time employment.
The event will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 12-3 p.m. at Helfaer Field at Miller Park, and will include a fun-filled pregame tailgate party featuring games of catch on the field and other activities for veterans and their families, as well as VA and United Association executives. The exciting day will culminate inside Miller Park as the Brewers host all of the participants for the game against the division-rival Cincinnati Reds that afternoon. In addition, there will be networking opportunities for veterans who have been placed in full-time positions through one of these programs.
In addition to the party, the Brewers are making a financial donation to the VA’s Compensated Work Therapy Program/Veterans Industries, which offers vocational rehabilitation services to veterans. The program includes several subsets that offer services such as evidenced-based, supported employment services to veterans with a chronic mental illness, assistance with resume writing, interviews and applications, work as a therapy to veterans with a vocational obstacle, pre-vocational programs in selected work sites on the VA grounds and training for employment at the VA and in the community.
United Association offers several vocational opportunities for military veterans, including their “Veterans in Piping” program, which provides high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. The program consists of 18 weeks of highly specialized, intensive training in highly marketable skills such as welding, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) and sprinklerfitting. United Association also provides participants with additional skill training opportunities after they complete this program by connecting them to their established apprenticeship training programs. In addition, these individuals can earn college credit through these opportunities that can be applied toward a college degree. Since 2008, they have trained over 700 veterans and placed 100 percent of their program graduates in quality jobs with good pay and healthcare and retirement benefits. This allows them the opportunity to provide for their families after their service to our country has been completed. The program has been praised by members of Congress, the Administration, current and former secretaries of labor, military leadership and the media.
“We are proud to support numerous initiatives related to active military members, veterans and their families, and along those lines we want to recognize the United Association and the Zablocki VA Medical Center for their efforts to build these critical programs,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We look forward to hosting may of the individuals who have organized and executed these efforts, as well as those who have benefited directly from the initiatives.”
The Great Pumpkin is fake. Paul is dead, Elvis lives, and man never walked on the moon. Sometimes myths and conspiracies have no end, no hard proof to end the debate.
But not today.
Through the wonders of advanced technology and modern medicine, baseball and dog lovers around the world can now rest easy. There is only one Hank, The Ballpark Pup.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine William S. Rice of Lakeside Animal Hospital, who has cared for Hank since his arrival in Milwaukee in the spring of 2014, confirmed the identity of Hank in an examination yesterday. Dr. Rice compared original and current dental records, which were a match. In addition, a microchip implanted in Hank when he moved from Arizona was scanned yesterday, and identification number matched Hank’s registration in the database.
For a second opinion, another scan was performed this morning by Dr. Nancy Weiss, Wisconsin Humane Society Veterinary Director, which reconfirmed that Hank is…Hank.
“Every day at the Wisconsin Humane Society, we see animals transform from scraggly strays to healthier, stunning pets simply because of excellent care and good grooming,” said Anne Reed, President and CEO of The Wisconsin Humane Society. “In Hank’s case, it’s evident that his transformation is solely due to the loving care he receives from his family. In addition, Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology not only helps to reunite lost animals with their families, but in Hanks’s case, verifies that he is indeed the true Hank.”
The conspiracy stemmed from a post on BrewCrewBall.com that alleged that Hank was an impostor after comparing photos from the spring of 2014 to more recent images.
“We couldn’t ignore the dissimilarities, and while we all had a good laugh at the theory, we wanted to take the steps to reassure everyone through absolute proof that there was no Hank double,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “Hank is part of the Brewers family, and if anything, the interest in today’s story shows how one stray dog can capture the hearts of a community. Along those lines, we knew that this would be a great opportunity to work with our friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society to deliver important messages about animal care, tracking and adoption.”
Hank’s story dates to February of 2014 when he wandered into the Brewers Spring Training complex in Maryvale, Arizona. Hank quickly became a fixture at Brewers camp, participating in workouts and becoming a media star on an international level. He moved to Milwaukee later that spring and was adopted by the family of Brewers Vice President and General Counsel Marti Wronski.
His rise to fame included being named “Dog of the Year” at the nationally televised World Dog Awards in 2015. And just last week, he appeared on stage at the request of Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer.”
Today we announced plans for several new additions at and around Miller Park this season. Among the additions, the Brewers will unveil an old-school “Brewers Treat Truck” sponsored by Meijer – an authentic ice cream truck which will visit local neighborhoods and Brewers tailgaters to provide free ice cream from Meijer all summer long.
“We have had a great partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers the past two seasons, and are very excited to watch it grow by sponsoring the Treat Truck, and supplying it with ice cream from Meijer,” said Cathy Cooper, senior director of community partnerships and giving for Meijer. “This is another fun way to connect with the Milwaukee community.”
Also, at every Sunday home game at Miller Park, all kids (14 and under) will eat free! Each child will receive a voucher for a free meal that consists of a hot dog, apple slices and a bottle of water.
More improvements at Miller Park will include an enhanced U.S. Cellular Power Playground kids’ area, a renovated Home Plate Team Store and a new Executive Suite for hosting meetings and entertaining at games.
“Miller Park has frequently been at the top of media and fan polls for the best ballpark experience, but we know that we have to remain ahead of the curve to retain that standing,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This year, we have several fun and innovative initiatives that will enhance Miller Park’s standing as not only a great place for a ballgame, but also the best place to enjoy a summer outing with family and friends.”
Details about the new additions and projects include the following:
Brewers Ice Cream “Treat Truck” sponsored by Meijer
- The Meijer-sponsored Brewers Treat Truck will visit Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, special events, Brewers tailgate parties and youth clubs throughout the summer. Set to make its public debut early in the season, ice cream from Meijer will be distributed by the drivers free of charge. Wrapped in Brewers retro colors, the summer stops will include guest appearances by Brewers players throughout the season. This is an authentic, old-school ice cream truck, complete with a loudspeaker (to play baseball-themed music) to announce its arrival on your home street, just like the trucks that have spent years traveling through Milwaukee neighborhoods to provide refreshments on hot summer days.
Kids Eat Free during Sunday Home Games
- What’s better than a Klement’s hot dog on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Miller Park? How about a FREE Klement’s hot dog? At every Sunday home game this season, all kids (14 and under) will receive a voucher for a free meal, which includes a hot dog, apple slices and a bottle of water.
U.S. Cellular Power Playground Kids’ Area
- Debuting in 2008, the U.S. Cellular Power Playground, which is located on the Field Level along the right-field line, includes over 8,000 square feet of interactive games and photo opportunities. In 2016, this kids’ area will undergo the largest renovation project since its inception. The project calls for the addition of three new interactive attractions to the space. “Throw ’Em Out”, “Strike Zone” and “Hit ’Em Where They Ain’t” will be games emphasizing throwing and hitting skills. A fourth attraction will be a photo opportunity, allowing fans to get their picture taken in a replica Brewers dugout. Through technology provided by U.S. Cellular, fans can have Brewers players and mascots virtually added to their pictures.
- Located on the PNC Club Level, the Executive Suite is the newest luxury meeting facility at Miller Park. The Executive Suite features meeting space for up to 30 guests including premier audio/visual equipment and a spectacular view of the playing field. On game days the Executive Suite quickly converts from a board room to a premium suite with seating, amenities, and food and beverages. Monday through Thursday rentals include five hours of pre-game meeting space, as well as an exclusive VIP viewing of The Selig Experience between the meeting and start of the game. Rental of the Executive Suite also includes a choice between two food and beverage packages as well as four preferred parking passes. Please call the Brewers Suite Sales Office at (414) 902-4029 to reserve the Executive Suite for a game. For information on hosting a non-game day private event in the Executive Suite, please call Brewers Special Events at (414) 902-4452.
Renovated Home Plate Team Store
- The Home Plate Team Store will undergo a renovation project prior to the start of the season. As part of the remodeling, a new hat wall will be added and additional points of sale to allow fans to shop more efficiently.
All of these new initiatives will be ready for action at a Media Preview event to be held in late March at Miller Park.
Today we announced that former Milwaukee Braves first baseman, the late Joe Adcock, will be honored as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame in 2016.
A total of 34 votes were cast through media and panel voting, with Adcock receiving 23 votes (67.6%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election. Adcock fell just one vote shy of election last year.
Adock spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 10 with the Braves. His tenure in Milwaukee spanned from 1953 to 1962, as he batted .285 with 239 HR and 760 RBI in 1207 games. Adcock notched a number of memorable feats while playing for the Braves. On April 14, 1953, he recorded the first base hit and scored the first run in County Stadium history. The following year, on July 31, 1954, he belted four home runs with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, setting a single-game record of 18 total bases, which lasted 48 years.
“Joe always said that there was nowhere better to be a Major League ballplayer than the city of Milwaukee, and he had great ties to the area and even better memories of his time there,” said Joan Adcock, a Wisconsin native who met and married Joe while he was playing for the Braves. “This is a tremendous honor, and I know Joe would be humbled and thrilled to be remembered in this way.”
Adcock was also a member of the Braves 1957 World Championship team. He drove in the lone run in a 1-0 Game 5 World Series win vs. the New York Yankees. The Braves went on to defeat the Yankees, four games to three. On May 26, 1959, Adcock broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium. Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1206), home runs, RBI and total bases (2164).
“Joe Adcock was a key contributor to the great success enjoyed by the Braves during their storied tenure in Milwaukee, and we are very pleased to secure his legacy with a place on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Joe’s contributions to the Braves were numerous, and he was responsible for some of the most memorable moments in Milwaukee baseball history. We look forward to remembering Joe with a ceremony this summer and a permanent marker at Miller Park.”
The induction of Adcock, who passed away in 1999, will take place prior to a game at Miller Park this summer, with the specific date to be determined later. Family members including his widow, Joan, are expected to participate.
There were a total of 23 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballot included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons. All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5% of the ballots will remain eligible in 2017.
Past inductees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); Lew Burdette in 2010, Johnny Logan in 2013, and Teddy Higuera in 2015.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.
It’s been almost a year into his retirement but Commissioner Emeritus Selig is still hard at work advocating the game of baseball and curating its history.
This semester, he’s teaching a class at UW-Madison called “Baseball and Society Since World War II,” which culminated today in a visit to Miller Park.
The 22 students who, over the course of the semester, had the unique experience to learn the history of the game from a man who was instrumental in shaping it, took a bus to the ballpark this afternoon.
The first thing they did was visit the Selig Experience.
I tagged along with the group and it was almost surreal to see the history unfolding through the story in the exhibit while sitting in such close proximity to Selig himself.
Not unlike watching a DVD of a movie with the actor’s commentary piped in, Selig interjected his own remarks here and there while the students watched the show. For instance, near the beginning, he pointed at an old black and white photo that appeared on screen and explained, “That’s my mother.”
Following the Selig Experience, the group made its way to the Media Interview Room, where they heard from two special guest speakers: Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger and General Manager David Stearns.
Schlesinger gave the students some background on the business side of the Club, covering topics like market size, television revenue and how we connect with our fans, while Stearns discussed his philosophy and approach to the baseball side of the business, touching on items like statistics and the MLB Draft.
In particular, Stearns noted that it was a statistics course that he took from Professor Carl Morris at Harvard that helped to stoke his interest in the analytics side of the game and emphasized how lucky the students are to have Selig as their professor.
“I imagine you’ve had an incredible semester,” Stearns said to the students. “It’s a pretty unique experience and it must be extremely illuminating.”
When asked to give advice to the class, Schlesinger stressed communications skills and relationships.
“Be an incredible writer. Writing is still the most important tool on the business side that we use,” he said.
“Once you get your first job it’s important to make connections. This is really a people business. Connections will help you in furthering your career and also in attracting talent to come to your organization– build relationships. The three biggest things are communications skills, perseverance and connections,” he emphasized.
Echoing that, Stearns noted, “I would also add persistence. A lot has been made that I’m 30, but it took me three internships to get my first full-time job. You can’t get down on yourself if it doesn’t work out. You just need to look for the next opportunity.”
Following the Q&A, the group received a tour of the Brewers Clubhouse and got to visit the dugout and field.
As it was the last day of class, many students seized the opportunity to pose for photos with their professor and some even had him autograph baseballs.
Selig, who is also a part of Marquette University’s Sports Law program, said his favorite part about teaching is just being with the kids.
“This is a great group of kids. They’re smart. I hope my next group starting in January is just as good.”
Tonight, local families visited Meijer, the shopping supercenter in Wauwatosa, for a memorable shopping experience with Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett.
The event was part of a Meijer holiday tradition in which they host “Shop with a Hero” events, pairing underprivileged children with local sport heroes or law enforcement agencies to pick out holiday gifts for themselves and their families.
“This program has been a longstanding Meijer tradition and we’re excited to bring this fun holiday event to Wisconsin,” Meijer Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “Every child deserves the opportunity to celebrate around the holidays and we’re happy to help make that possible for many local children and families.”
Locally, participating families were identified by USO Wisconsin, Tosa Cares and Sussex Outreach Services. After enjoying dinner, the kids and families took part in a meet and greet with Scooter and his wife, Kelsey, along with Brewers broadcasters Bill Schroeder and Jeff Levering and the Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer.
The kids were then paired with representatives from the Brewers to shop, armed with $100 Meijer gift cards to spend on anything they wanted this holiday season. In addition, in the spirit of paying it forward, they also received a $20 gift card to buy a toy for a child at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Scooter was paired with a young boy named Brandon and the duo had a blast combing the aisles together:
“We appreciate partnering with Meijer on this great initiative to bring a little more cheer to the holidays for these children,” Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said. “This is a great complement to the many youth-oriented outreach efforts that we already have in place, and something we hope will become a holiday tradition for our organization.”
It was nice to catch up with Scooter who says he hasn’t had much of an offseason. “I’ve been working out a lot; I’ve been hitting quite a bit, I started about a month a go….It’s tough for me to put down the ball, but I’ve been working out hard and I got a little break to come up here to Milwaukee, see some familiar faces and also, come and do a cool event like this,” he said.
“It was just an awesome event. Obviously this time of year, it’s about giving and doing cool stuff for kids and they definitely knocked it out of the park tonight.”
Following tonight’s event, Scooter says he’s celebrating the holidays by heading to Ohio to see family and then it’s back to Florida.
“I’ve got quite a big family–20 first cousins and they’re all in the Midwest, so we’re going to try to see some of them before we go back down to Florida. Hopefully just relax at the house and have a nice big family dinner.”
Among his holiday traditions are watching the movie Christmas Vacation, stockings and enjoying his mom’s ham.
When asked if there was anything special on his wish list this year, Scooter replied, “I just want the season to get started. I wish I had a time machine. But honestly, I have everything I’ve ever wanted. I don’t really need much, just quality time with our family and our puppy Leo.”
Thanks to Scooter, Kelsey, all of our volunteers and Meijer for their time and generosity in making tonight’s event possible. They put a lot of smiles on faces tonight and made the holiday season brighter for these kids and families.
Prior to tonight’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, Ryan Braun was named the 2015 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award honored Braun who was voted as the Brewers player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game as voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.
Barry McNulty, We Energies Director of Corporate Communications, presented Braun the award in an on-field ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Cubs. The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager and 2009 We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Craig Counsell and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Zach Stevens, winner of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” Grand Slam Prize, was also present.
The Brewers outfielder received 56.8 percent of the total vote, whereas the other finalist, first baseman Adam Lind, received 42.3 percent. Braun was named to his sixth All-Star game and hit for a .285 average, .356 on base percentage and a .356 slugging percentage in 140 games in 2015. The eight-year veteran hit 25 home runs, giving him a total of 255 career home runs and making him the all-time franchise leader in the category, passing former leader, Robin Yount. Braun recorded his fourth career 20 stolen bases and 20 home run season, previously accomplishing the feat in 2009 (32/20), 2011 (33/33) and 2012 (41/30). He was also one of two players in the Major Leagues in 2015 with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, joining only Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This is Braun’s third We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year award, as he previously won the award in 2008 and 2012. Other past winners include Jonathan Lucroy (2014), Carlos Gomez (2013), Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).
Today, prior to and during the Brewers vs. Nationals game, we are hosting a special “Brewed For Her” event in the Gehl Club at Miller Park, an event geared toward women showcasing multiple products that are sold in the Brewers Team Stores, along with fashion tips, and interactive beauty stations highlighting new Brewers hair and nail accessories.
The event began at noon today, 1.5 hours before gates opened to the general public. This allowed attendees to time to shop the stores, visit vendor booths, and take part in additional activities before the game began. Over 30 vendors participated in this event and attendees received a special 20% savings on merchandise purchased during the event.
The event kicked off with a Fashion Show in the Gehl Club emceed by Rick Schlesinger and Sophia Minnaert from FOX Sport Wisconsin.
Gone are the days of wearing men’s t-shirts to games and ill-fitting tank tops. The Brewers Team Store is chock-full of a variety of gear to suit any woman’s taste and almost any occasion such as attending a game, working out, or just being a weekend warrior. Plus, lots of other items for around the home and tailgating.
Here are a just a few photos of some of the offerings on display at Brewed for Her:
Hank the Ballpark Pup was also on hand for a special meet and greet with the fans.
In addition, attendees could enjoy a beer and wine tasting and beauticians were on hand during the event to offer advice and give demonstrations–the station to have your nails painted and/or hair styled with purchased Brewers accessories was very popular.
Attendees also received a Brewers vs. Nationals game ticket in the upscale Gehl Club at Miller Park, which included Hors d’oeuvres, an all-you-can-eat buffet and two complimentary beverages.
Each attendee also left with a special reusable Brewed for Her swag bag containing a variety of items; items varied in each bag, but here’s a sample:
Attendees also could stick around for the O.A.R. postgame concert–what a fun, full day!
Kudos to Jill Aronoff and all of the staff that helped bring this event together. This was the third year of the event and they really set the bar high for any events like this in the future!
Tonight the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was honored on the field prior to the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game at Miller Park.
Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan led many of the team’s players and staff on the field for pregame recognition. Ryan, along with seniors Josh Gasser and Duje Dukan and sophomore Nigel Hayes tossed first pitches.
In addition to the team being honored, Bucky Badger and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band were present. The band entertained fans near the Home Plate entrance to Miller Park before heading inside to perform the national anthem.
Here are some scenes from tonight’s pregame festivities:
“On behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers, I would like to congratulate Coach Bo Ryan and the Badgers men’s basketball team for another fantastic season and an exciting trip to the national championship game,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.