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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.
After another incredible season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be honored on the field prior to the Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game on Monday, May 4 at Miller Park. Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan will lead many of the team’s players and staff on the field for pregame recognition and a ceremonial first pitch. The on-field ceremonies will begin at approximately 5:55 p.m., so fans will want to arrive and be in their seats early (game time is 6:20 p.m.).
“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. “We are looking forward to joining with our fans as we celebrate their accomplishments at Miller Park.”
In addition to the team being honored, Bucky Badger and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band will be present. The band will play for fans near the Home Plate Gate before the game and will perform the Star-Spangled Banner.
To help celebrate, the Brewers and the University of Wisconsin have teamed up for a special ticket offer to that night’s game against the Dodgers. Fans can log on to Brewers.com/vip and use the password “Bucky” to received $15 Field Outfield tickets. For further information, fans can also visit the Miller Park Box Office or call (414) 902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.
Milwaukee Brewers and Associated Bank Expand Partnership; Includes Newly Renovated “Check Deck” Seating Area
Today we announced an extension of our partnership with Associated Bank. The extension includes a newly-renovated seating option for fans, The Associated Bank Check Deck, formerly known as the Harley-Davidson Deck.
“We’re excited about Associated’s enhanced partnership with the Brewers organization as well as our increased prominence at Miller Park,” said Christopher Piotrowski, EVP and chief marketing officer at Associated Bank. “We have been a business banking partner and official sponsor of the Brewers since 2006, the year we launched our unique Brewer-themed checking. We are expanding our partnership for the community, the love of baseball and to support the Brewers in building an even better fan experience”.
Piotrowski explained that Associated is in the final stages of coordinating unique fan engagement activities for Brewer home games. Other plans include a charitable extension of the Associated/Brewers partnership, special events for Associated customers, additional Miller Park ATM machines, and a Matt Garza gnome giveaway during the August 2 game. Fans can follow Associated Bank on Facebook for a future giveaway opportunity.
“Associated Bank has been a valued partner of the Brewers for a decade, and today’s announcement is another example of their committed support of the team and community,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This is a partnership on many levels, and offers benefits to fans and the community through hospitality, entertainment, promotional and philanthropic elements.”
The Associated Bank Check Deck can accommodate up to 42 fans and is available for group outings throughout the season. One of the premier features of the Check Deck is the “all-you-can-eat” buffet which begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after first pitch. The buffet features a range of delicious items including Klement’s bratwursts and hot dogs, pulled pork, grilled chicken breasts, baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, cookies and unlimited soft drinks. In addition, each ticket to the Check Deck comes with two complimentary draft beers per adult, a private bar, flat screen high definition TVs, and general admission seating.
The expanded partnership with Associated Bank comes with benefits to the all of the bank’s customers. Fans who bank with the institution and display a valid credit or debit card will have access to the Associated Bank “Check In” gate located in left-centerfield. It will provide bank customers easy and convenient access to the ballpark, especially for fans coming from the east parking lots. Brewers Checking customers also receive 2-for-1 ticket discounts on select games, a 10% discount at the Brewers Team Store, as well as Brewers checks and debit card.
Tickets for the Check Deck start at just $47 per person. To learn more information about the Associated Bank Check Deck or to purchase group tickets, fans can contact the Brewers group sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting Brewers.com/groups.
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One of the many benefits for fans purchasing a Brewers 10-Pack is the addition of Opening Day as a free 11th game. Due to high demand for the packages, however, the inventory for adding Opening Day as the bonus game is no longer available.
“Sales of our Season Seat plans this year have been very strong, and with that we have exhausted all of our 10-Pack inventory for Opening Day,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Fans are still able to purchase 10-Packs, and they can select any game other than Opening Day as their free bonus game. Or, they can secure a ticket for Opening Day by purchasing a plan of at least 20 games for the 2015 season.”
Fans can still choose from one of six 10-Pack options, including the popular Fan’s Choice Plan which returns for 2015. All six plans feature 10 home games, plus another game of the fan’s choice as their FREE 11th game.
Each of the six plans offer a unique experience. The Weekend Plan features four giveaways, including the Mother’s Day “BobbleHank” on May 10, June 14’s Carlos Gomez All-Star Bobblehead, a Bobblehead of National League All-Star Jonathan Lucroy on August 16 and an All Fan Giveaway item to be decided by fan vote and distributed on the final day of the regular season, Sunday, October 4. The Premier Plan includes contests against all four division rivals as well as a matchup against NL West Division powers the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Friday Plan includes a string of five “T-Shirt Friday” giveaways starting with the June 12 game against the Washington Nationals and ending on August 14 when the Brewers host the Philadelphia Phillies. To top it off, the Friday Plan includes access to the first ever Brewers Postgame Concert Series when country artist Joe Nichols rocks Miller Park after the May 29 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The popular Fan’s Choice Plan returns for the 2015 season and provides the ultimate flexibility for fans to select 10 games that fit their schedule from a list of 49 Brewers regular season home games. The plan can include several Interleague matchups, a variety of weekday and weekend games, All-Fan Bobblehead dates, T-Shirt Fridays, and more.
Packages start at $160 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($16 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $250 ($25 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game, no wait staff), the Loge Infield Box for $420 ($42 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $500 ($50 per game).
Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including a free bonus ticket to any home game on the 2015 schedule (excluding Opening Day), guaranteed seat location, a personal account representative and priority access to Postseason tickets. In addition, 10-Pack Ticket Plans offer great savings on ticket prices. Last season, 10-Pack holders saved up to 35% off the demand-based individual game price. Each 10-Pack account will also receive three (3) exchange vouchers that can be used to exchange tickets you cannot or did not use for tickets to another game.
Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.
Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” will return to his old grounds in Phoenix, Arizona, this Saturday to make an appearance at Maryvale Baseball Park. The appearance will be tied to an “adopt-a-pet” event and fundraiser for the Arizona Humane Society.
“Brewers fans and dog lovers in Arizona made it clear that they wanted to have a chance to see Hank again, and we are happy to make this a reality,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are very grateful to our friends at Southwest Airlines for giving Hank an opportunity to visit his old hometown and look forward to raising funds and awareness for the Arizona Humane Society.”
Hank will appear at the adopt-a-pet event at Saturday’s game, and will be available for photos for approximately 30 minutes on the right field concourse immediately following the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race in the middle of the sixth inning. Fans will have an opportunity to take a photo of Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Arizona Humane Society. (NOTE: Because of the heat and concern for Hank’s well-being, only a limited number of fans will be able to be accommodated).
Hank’s story started when he first appeared at camp on February 17, 2014, the day of the first workout for Brewers pitchers and catchers. That morning, he wandered up to staff at the Brewers Maryvale facility after clearly being a homeless stray for an extended period of time. Hank’s story quickly went viral, and his connection to the team became official when he found a permanent home in Milwaukee. His arrival in Milwaukee via a Southwest Airlines flight on March 16 was a celebrated event, with hundreds of fans waiting outside of security to meet Milwaukee’s most famous four-legger.
The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day when Hank arrived, and their collective staff members have provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings. Hank’s circle of caregivers in Phoenix also worked tirelessly to ensure that he had the best care possible until his “forever home” was determined.
Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with him in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Arizona Humane Society. It wasn’t long before a line of “Hank gear” (which now numbers over 30 items, from t-shirts to Bobbleheads to books) was produced and made available through Brewers retail stores. It was all for a good cause as 20% of the gross sales are donated to the “Hank Fund,” a charitable resource developed by the Wisconsin Humane Society.
In addition, Hank has appeared at photo opportunities, book signings, and numerous charitable events to also help raise money for the Fund.
Hank’s year culminated in Los Angeles as he was named “Dog of the Year” at the nationally-televised World Dog Awards.
Today’s single-digit temperatures were ignored by the Brewers faithful today as thoughts of summer days at Miller Park filled the air. Fans queued up early at Miller Park to be the first to get single-game tickets, and combined with online purchases, the Brewers had one of the best days of single-game ticket sales in team history.
As of 3 pm, 101,000 tickets had been sold, tied for the second-highest sold in a single day in team history. The total of 101,000 is 10,000 more than last year on the first day of sales for individual games. (NOTE: the franchise record for tickets sold in a single day is 104,000, achieved on the first day of sales in 2009.)
In addition, the Club announced that Opening Day, April 6 versus the Rockies, is sold out, except for a limited number of tickets that remain as part of Season Seat packages (see below). Several additional games have limited inventory remaining.
“Once again, Brewers fans proved that spring and summer come early when it comes to being ready for baseball, and we appreciate their incredible support,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance, not only because several games have limited inventory remaining, but also because the best deals with demand-based pricing are typically for tickets purchased early.”
Fans still have the opportunity to obtain tickets to Opening Day and all of the high demand games with the purchase of a partial or full Season Seat plan. Information on Season Seat plans is available by calling 414-902-HITS.
Games that have been the most popular with fans purchasing tickets today include Sunday, May 10 against the Cubs (Hank The Ballpark Pup Bobblehead, presented by Pick ‘n Save), Saturday, May 30 against the Diamondbacks (Star Wars Night), Saturday, June 13 against the Nationals (Brewers Postgame Concert Series featuring O.A.R., presented by Miller Lite) and Sunday, June 28 versus the Twins (Paul Molitor Bobblehead, presented by Klement’s).
As part of today’s Arctic Tailgate activities, the first 2,000 fans at the Box Office received a free Arctic Tailgate t-shirt, a Klement’s hot dog and a Pepsi, with donuts provided by Grebe’s Bakery.
Tickets remain on sale at the Miller Park Box Office, through brewers.com, by phone (414-902-4000) and at all tickets.com outlets.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.
In his new role, Levering will handle three innings of play-by-play as he fills in on games missed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Uecker. For days when he is not on the air, Levering will provide video, photo, audio and written content for Brewers.com and various other Brewers social media platforms.
Levering’s first official day with the Brewers will be this Sunday as he will be welcomed on the Main Stage at Brewers On Deck (10 am-5 pm at the Wisconsin Center).
“Jeff will be a great addition to the organization, and this is an opportunity for him to contribute both in the radio booth and in our new media efforts,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “By creating this role, we have a consistent voice filling in when Bob elects to stay home on occasional road trips, and we add resources to our expanding social media outreach. We welcome Jeff to the organization and look forward to introducing him to Brewers fans at Brewers On Deck.”
Levering spent the past two seasons as the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the reigning International League champion Pawtucket Red Sox. In addition to his game-day broadcasting duties, he hosted the pre- and post-game shows, “PawSox” Insider, a weekly, one-hour radio magazine show; provided video content for the team website and wrote a blog, “45 Miles from Fenway,” which ranked in the Top-15 nationally among Minor League writers.
“I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team as well as their talented front office,” Levering said. “Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Calling games in the Major Leagues has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and to have a chance to realize it is truly amazing. I can’t thank the Brewers enough for their faith in me and allowing me the opportunity to work in such a terrific organization. My family is excited to immerse ourselves in Milwaukee and be diehard Brewers fans.”
Levering received his degree in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California where he also played baseball all four years and was the starting designated hitter on the 2003 D-III National Championship baseball team in Appleton, WI. He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Brock, who was born in October of 2014.
“We’re excited to integrate Jeff into the Brewers radio broadcast with Bob and Joe,” said Carl Moll, Director of Network Operations for Journal Broadcast Group. “His work in the minor leagues has been impressive and he’s ready to move to the Major League level.”
Today we announced that former player and current TV analyst Bill Schroeder will be enshrined on the “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park in 2015. The “Wall of Honor,” which was unveiled in 2014, commemorates Milwaukee Brewers players and broadcasters that meet a set criteria based on service to the Club.
The “Wall of Honor” is a permanent display outside of Miller Park on the North side of the stadium adjacent to the Hot Corner entrance. Honorees on the wall each have a plaque with their photo and a brief synopsis of their career. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.
A pre-game ceremony to honor Schroeder will be held on Friday, July 17 when the Brewers face the Pirates at Miller Park.
“I’d like to thank the Brewers organization for recognizing me for the work I have done on and off the field,” Schroeder said. “It has truly been a labor of love. I have experienced many great moments with the team over the years and being added to the Wall of Honor tops the list.”
In 2015, Schroeder will return for his 21st season in the Brewers broadcast booth. He began his career behind the mic as the Brewers’ color man after a distinguished playing career. Schroeder spent eight seasons in the big leagues with the Brewers and California Angels, posting a career-best .332 batting average in 1987. He caught Juan Nieves’ no-hitter on April 15, 1987 at Baltimore in the midst of the team’s Major League record-tying 13-0 start. In addition, he clubbed a career-high 14 home runs and had 42 RBI that season.
“Bill Schroeder is such an important and integral part of Brewers baseball, both past and present, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor him in this way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “As a former player and longtime broadcaster, Bill’s loyalty and commitment to the Brewers run very deep, and his place on the Wall of Honor is much deserved.”
Members who meet any of the following criteria while wearing a Brewers uniform will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:
- 2,000 or more plate appearances
- 1,000 or more innings pitched
- 250 appearances as a pitcher
- Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
- Manager of a pennant-winner
- Individuals memorialized as a statue on the Miller Park plaza
- Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers
In addition, the above criteria has been updated to allow the team to honor longtime broadcasters who played for the team. Any alum who donned a Brewers uniform for any length of time and served as a primary broadcaster for at least 20 seasons with the team will be eligible for the “Wall of Honor.”
Last year’s inaugural class included 58 members enshrined on the Brewers Wall of Honor. John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks are the nine active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement.
Further details regarding the ceremony will be announced at a later date.