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Craig Counsell Named Brewers Manager; Signs a Three-Year Contract Through 2017 Season

The Milwaukee Brewers have named Craig Counsell the 19th manager in franchise history, signing him to a three-year contract through the 2017 season. Counsell replaces Ron Roenicke, who was relieved of his duties last night. The announcement was made by President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Craig has many years of Major League playing experience, and his three-plus years of learning all aspects of baseball operations helps prepare him for this managerial position,” said Melvin. “There will be challenges, but Craig has never shied away from leadership responsibilities on the field as a player or in his most recent role. I believe his on-field success as a player and his awareness for preparation should resonate in the clubhouse. Growing up in Milwaukee, it is very important for him to bring a winning culture and team success to Brewers fans.”

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Counsell, 44, joined the front office on January 17, 2012 as special assistant to the general manager. The former infielder enjoyed a 16-year Major League playing career, batting .255 with 42 HR, 390 RBI and 103 stolen bases in 1,624 games with Colorado (1995, ‘97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona(2000-03, 2005-06) and Milwaukee (2004, 2007-11). He was a member of World Series championship teams with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001), and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series.

“I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office,” said Counsell. “In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee. This has been a difficult time for the Brewers, and we all share the responsibility. I understand the work ahead to be the team our fans deserve. We have challenges ahead of us and I look forward to working tirelessly to achieve our goals.”

Counsell, a 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, resides in Whitefish Bay with his wife, Michelle, their sons, Brady and Jack, and daughters, Finley and Rowan. His father, John, worked in the Brewers front office as director of the speakers bureau (1979-85) and director of community relations (1986-87).

A press conference will be held this morning at Miller Park.  Click here to watch it live. FOX Sports Wisconsin is also televising today’s press conference starting at 10:30 a.m.

11:20am CT Update: Here is a link to this morning’s press conference.

"He has a lot of passion, great energy and an edge for preparation." - Doug Melvin on Craig Counsell, the new Brewers Manager  (Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers)

“He has a lot of passion, great energy and an edge for preparation.” – Doug Melvin on Craig Counsell, the new Brewers Manager
(Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers)

ALL-TIME BREWERS MANAGERS (* Seattle Pilots)

Manager Years W-L PCT

Joe Schultz* 1969 64-98-1 .395

Dave Bristol 1970-72 144-209-1 .408

Roy McMillan 1972 1-1 .500

Del Crandall 1972-75 271-338 .445

Alex Grammas 1976-77 133-190 .412

George Bamberger 1978-80, ‘85-86 377-351 .518

Buck Rodgers 1980-82 124-102 .549

Harvey Kuenn 1975, 1982-83 160-118-1 .576

Rene Lachemann 1984 67-94 .416

Tom Trebelhorn 1986-91 422-397 .515

Phil Garner 1992-99 563-617 .477

Jim Lefebvre 1999 22-27 .449

Davey Lopes 2000-02 144-195-1 .426

Jerry Royster 2002 53-94 .361

Ned Yost 2003-08 457-502 .477

Dale Sveum 2008 7-5 .583

Ken Macha 2009-10 157-167 .485

Ron Roenicke 2011-15 342-331 .508

Craig Counsell 2015 – –

Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic a Swingin’ Success

Ah, the rare off-day during Spring Training. Yesterday was one of just two offdays for the Crew this spring and many of the players marked the occasion  by heading out to the golf course for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic, which was held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

A number of the Brewers players and coaches, along with several other celebrities participated in the event, which benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Prior to the tournament, Bob addressed the crowd, as did Bailey, a 14-year-old whose Wish was granted in April of 2012. Bailey chose to go fishing in Hawaii and spoke eloquently about what that experience mean to him and his family in terms of raising their spirits.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

And, here’s a slideshow:

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While no Brewers were in the winning groups, everyone had a blast; and, most importantly, the tournament raised over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish.

-Cait

@CMoyer

“Brewers On Deck 2015″ to Debut on Fox Sports Wisconsin Tonight

Brewers fans will want to tune in to  Fox Sports Wisconsin tonight for the debut of “Brewers On Deck 2015,” a half-hour special with interviews and coverage of the event, which took place on January 25.

Here is a preview clip featuring Manager Ron Roenicke:

http://youtu.be/MWIPtV6T6Vw

I’m told that other interviews to watch for include: Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, Will Smith, Scooter Gennett and more–just another thing to help us bridge the gap between now and April 6!

The show will debut tonight at 10pm CT or immediately following Bucks Live postgame.

For more highlights from Brewers On Deck, check out our recap, here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

 

BREWERS ON DECK TO INCLUDE OVER 50 PLAYERS, COACHES, BROADCASTERS & ALUMNI

Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.

This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the event. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.

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Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

PLAYERS COACHES ALUMNI
Michael Blazek Hector Gomez Gerardo Parra Darnell Coles Jerry Augustine
Ryan Braun Brooks Hall Wily Peralta Joe Crawford Cecil Cooper
Juan Centeno Jim Henderson Shane Peterson Matt Erickson Craig Counsell
Matt Clark Jeremy Jeffress Jason Rogers Mike Guerrero Rob Deer
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Logan Schafer Marcus Hanel Jim Gantner
Khris Davis Brandon Kintzler Will Smith Rick Kranitz Larry Hisle
Mike Fiers Kyle Lohse Michael Strong Jerry Narron
Yovani Gallardo Adam Lind Tyler Thornburg Ron Roenicke
Scooter Gennett Jonathan Lucroy Rob Wooten Ed Sedar
David Goforth Hunter Morris John Shelby
Carlos Gomez Jimmy Nelson Lee Tunnell

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events will be released next week.

Major Leaguers Set to Promote Baseball Around the Globe; Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke Heading to New Zealand

Following another successful tour of Japan, Major League Baseball (MLB) players and coaches will travel this offseason to share their passions for the game with fans and young players from developing baseball countries on three other continents. As part of this initiative, Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke is slated to head to New Zealand shortly after Brewers On Deck, from January 28 through February 2.

Currently, Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays is in South Africa as part of the MLB South Africa Elite Camp staff, which also includes the hitting coach for the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Hensley Meulens, and will participate in youth baseball clinics.

Gift Ngoepe, a native South African and professional player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and Tim Leiper, the first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, are also serving as instructors at the Elite Camp.

Later this month, Archer’s Rays teammate, Australian Grant Balfour, will make a number of appearances in his home country where MLB opened the 2014 Championship Season.

In January, relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins will serve as a pitching instructor at the MLB Brazil Elite Camp. The staff will include Hall of Famer Barry Larkin along with former Major Leaguer Steve Finley. Brazilians Andre Rienzo, Chicago White Sox pitcher, and Paulo Orlando from the Kansas City Royals organization will train with the Elite Camp participants. Rienzo will also make a series of appearances at various youth initiatives across his home country throughout January.

“Major League Baseball is dedicated to the continued growth and development of our game around the world through our Ambassador Programs and Elite Camps,” said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations, Major League Baseball. “The players and coaches who have dedicated their time and effort during the offseason to help bring their knowledge of baseball to different parts of the world is a testament to our commitment to the future growth of baseball globally.”

Archer, Meulens, Leiper and Ngoepe are serving as instructors at the MLB African Elite Camp in Johannesburg, South Africa for 37 of Africa’s top young baseball players. Fifteen coaches from the participating nations – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda – are on hand to learn from the experienced MLB staff. In addition, MLB staff has also hosted clinics for 70 aspiring baseball coaches from across Africa to improve their knowledge of the game. A youth clinic was conducted for promising young baseball players in the Alexandra Township, one of the most disadvantaged urban areas in the country. The MLB African Elite Camp started in 2011, and has reached 116 players and 50 coaches from seven African nations. Three players from the Elite Camp have signed with MLB clubs, including 2013 camper Rowan Ebersohn (South Africa) with the Minnesota Twins.

Balfour will return to his native Australia, December 12-21, to participate in a number of community baseball events around the country. The trip will include appearances at various Australian Baseball League (ABL) games and clinics with local junior players. He will also attend the ABL All-Star Game where he will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The ABL is a six-member league started in 2010 that features homegrown talent as well as many players who hail from outside of Australia playing a 48-game season running November through February.

Roenicke will travel to New Zealand to train and work with top players on the New Zealand National Team, many of whom represented the country in the Qualifiers for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, along with many of the nation’s top 18U, 15U and 12U national development players. In addition, he will conduct clinics for youth baseball players and coaches in three cities – Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington – and run baseball sessions in schools across Auckland, the nation’s largest city.

Hawkins, Larkin and Finley will serve as instructors for the MLB Brazil Elite Camp from January 26 – February 4. Rienzo, Orlando and members of the Brazilian National Team who competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic will train alongside the camp attendees. This Elite Camp, which has taken place each year since 2011, will bring together 50 of the best players, ages 14-17, from Brazil and Argentina to participate in morning instructional workouts, afternoon games and nightly seminars led by MLB field staff. Players will receive Major League instruction from top professional coaches and showcase their talents for Major League Scouts.

Throughout January, Rienzo will participate in a number of community baseball events around the country. His activities will include attending Brazilian national baseball tournaments and taking part in a youth clinic in Recife, Brazil, and visiting the Nautico Baseball Team, a professional soccer club that has adopted baseball into its programming through a partnership with Major League Baseball International.

In addition to these efforts, MLB is working with a leading Brazilian institution for physical education and the arts, SESC (Serviço Social do Comércio) to implement several development initiatives including an after-school baseball program, appearances by current and former Major Leaguers and clinics featuring Brazilian National Team players.
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Brewers Make Coaching Staff Announcements

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that the team will not be offering 2015 contracts to hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base/infield coach Garth Iorg.  Manager Ron Roenicke, whose 2015 club option was exercised this past Spring Training, and the rest of the coaching staff will return next season.  The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Over the course of the last few weeks, we have evaluated the work of Ron and his coaches and believe that this is the best course of action to take,” said Melvin.  “We appreciate the work that Johnny and Garth did for us through the years, and moves like this are never easy to make.  We have already started reviewing our player personnel and will continue to address the factors that led to our disappointing finish to the season.”

Narron served three seasons as hitting coach.  He was named to his position on November 28, 2011, replacing Dale Sveum, who was named manager of the Chicago Cubs.  Iorg served four seasons as first base coach.  He was named to his position on November 15, 2010.

Returning to the coaching staff for the 2015 season will be coach Mike Guerrero (2nd season), pitching coach Rick Kranitz (5th season), bench coach Jerry Narron (5th season), third base coach Ed Sedar (9th season, 5th as 3B coach), outfield coach John Shelby (5th season) and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell (4th season).

 

JONATHAN LUCROY NAMED “WE ENERGIES HIGH-ENERGY PLAYER OF THE YEAR”

Prior to tonight’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, Jonathan Lucroy was named the 2014 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award honored Lucroy 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.

Bert Garvin, We Energies Senior Vice President of External Affairs, presented Lucroy the award in a ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Cubs.  The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager Ron Roenicke, President of Baseball Operations/General Manager Doug Melvin and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Debbie Krahn, winner of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Grand Slam Prize” was also present.

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The Brewers catcher received 43.42% of the total vote after a spectacular season. The five year veteran recorded career-highs in games played, hits, runs, doubles and walks. He appeared in his first All-Star Game, becoming just the second Brewer in franchise history to start behind the plate in the game. Lucroy went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles in the Midsummer Classic. In addition, Lucroy currently leads the league with 52 doubles and looks to become the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead his league in doubles. Lucroy joined Lyle Overbay (53 in 2004) and Aramis Ramirez (50 in 2012) as the only Brewers with 50-double seasons.

Last year’s “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year,” Carlos Gomez came in a close second, recording 40.76% of the total vote. Other past winners include Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).

 

 

The Brewers Wives Complete the “Ice Bucket Challenge;” YOU Are On Deck!

Today, another  “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS, was completed at Miller Park–this time by the Brewers Wives.

Earlier this week, Jonathan Lucroy’s wife, Sarah, completed the challenge and, in turn, passed it along to the Brewers Wives.

The Brewers Wives and Debbie Attanasio are all making personal donations to the cause and, today, a group of the Wives (along with Mark Reynolds, whose wife already did the challenge and nominated him) also completed the challenge, some with help from their husbands:

They have now passed the baton to the Pittsburgh Pirates Wives (the Brewers kick-off a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at Miller Park), and… you! That’s right, they’ve issued the challenge to ALL BREWERS FANS. So, now it is in your hands…complete the ice bucket challenge and/or donate online at ALSA.org.

Here are some stills:

Brewers Wives Ice Bucket BEFORE

 

Brewers Wives Ice Bucket  DURING

 

Brewers Wives Ice Bucket AFTER

And a GIF:

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The list of people from the Brewers organization who have completed the challenge is growing. Take a look at some of the previous videos:

Ryan Braun

Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse & Carlos Gomez

Ron Roenicke

Mike Vassallo & Me

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

Along with members of the organization getting cold and wet for a cause, Brewers Community Foundation has also made a donation of $5,000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Club and the Ice Bucket Challenge participants. Click here to join us in our support.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Ice Bucket Challenge Continues; Join Us to Help Strike Out ALS

As you know, the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS, has been sweeping the globe and has passed through the Brewers Clubhouse along the way.

Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos GomezPadres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon and Ron completed the challenge yesterday.

And it continues to spread, not only in the Clubhouse, but throughout the organization.

Last week, we announced that Brewers Community Foundation donated $5000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Brewers and today, both  Brewers Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo, and I completed challenges issued to us personally and issued challenges of our own:

But the biggest challenge we can issue is to simply join us in fighting ALS, whether you get wet or not.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease.

According to The Wall Street Journal, as of Thursday, the ALS Association had raised $7.6 million in donations in two weeks, compared with $1.4 million raised during the same two-week period last year. In addition, over 145,900 new donors have stepped up to the plate to help strike out ALS.

Visit ALSA.org to do your part.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Ron Roenicke Completes “Ice Bucket Challenge” Issued by Padres Manager Bud Black

On the off-chance you’ve missed all the excitement over the past two weeks, people have been dumping buckets of ice water over their heads all across the country as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS.

The challenge has been hitting celebrities, pro athletes and everyday folks alike and the Brewers have been no exception.

Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez.

And the players aren’t the only ones helping out this worthy cause. Managers are getting in on the fun and showing their support, too.

Yesterday, on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, Padres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon.

And today, Ron good-naturedly accepted and completed the challenge, with a little help from Coaches  Garth Iorg and Ed Sedar:

Here are some stills:

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ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

Along with the team getting cold and wet for a cause, Brewers Community Foundation has also made a donation of $5,000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Club and the Ice Bucket Challenge participants. Click here to join us in our support.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

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