Results tagged ‘ Ryan Braun ’

Braun and Lucroy among Leaders in NL All-Star Balloting

Jonathan Lucroy remains in fifth place among National League catchers and Ryan Braun remains fifth among NL outfielders in the fifth All-Star balloting update, which was announced today.  Lucroy (70g, .299, 10hr, 36rbi, 3sb) is first among NL catchers in triples (3) and ranks among NL catching leaders in batting average (2nd, .316), on-base percentage (2nd, .369), slugging percentage (2nd, .531), hits (2nd, 72), home runs (2nd, 10) and doubles (T4th, 13). Additionally, Lucroy has thrown out the most baserunners attempting to steal among all catchers this season (22-for-61; 36.1%).  Braun, a six-time-All, Star, is batting .324 with 14 doubles, 12 HR, 38 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 62 games.  Defensively, his 8 outfield assists rank tied for first among NL outfielders.

First baseman Chris Carter ranks among the National League leaders in HR (T3rd, 19). Shortstop Jonathan Villar (72g, .298, 6hr, 30rbi, 26sb) leads the Major Leagues in stolen bases (26) and is ninth in walks (37). He has reached base safely in 62 of his 72 games this season.
Vote Brewers now through Thursday, June 30th at 10:59 p.m. CT at brewers.com/allstar.
The complete All-Star balloting update release is available here.

Ryan Braun Kicks Off SHARP Literacy Summer Learning Gain Initiative With Rally at Neighborhood House Garden Park

Today Ryan Braun kicked off SHARP Literacy’s eight-week summer educational program, which will reach approximately 350 students at nine locations throughout the city of Milwaukee including:  Neighborhood House, Journey House, Our Next Generation, COA-Riverwest, Milwaukee Christian Center, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Neu-Life at Gwen T. Jackson, St. Joan Antida High School, and Milwaukee Summer Reading Project.

SHARP Literacy has partnered with Ryan Braun and Brewers Community Foundation to promote the Summer Learning Gain Initiative, a SHARP educational program that uses summer break to support academic success by helping urban school students catch up on previous learning loss and make strides toward exceeding academic expectations the following year.

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At the kick-off, Braun addressed approximately 120 students from three of the above-mentioned community centers, learning centers and schools about the SHARP Literacy summer program, literacy, and the importance of reading throughout the summer.  Kids then participated in a variety of baseball-themed activities, enjoyed ice cream from the Brewers Treat Truck, and met the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages.

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SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Milwaukee nonprofit educational program whose sole mission is to enhance future life success by energizing urban children, motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands-on interaction and visual arts.  The primary goal of SHARP Literacy is to provide elementary school students with an imaginative learning experience that builds confidence, self-esteem, and a greater awareness of the world. In the coming year SHARP Literacy Inc. will impart foundational literacy skills to over 7,000 elementary school students in 28 of Milwaukee’s most at-risk schools.

 

Brewers Players Host Habitat Build at Miller Park

Today, as part of the Brewers Beyond the Diamond community outreach initiative, we hosted a Milwaukee Habitat garage build at Miller Park.

Ryan Braun, Chase Anderson, Alex Presley and Michael Blazek joined some of the Brewers Wives and staff members to frame the garage that will accompany the Habitat home that Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring on North 39th street. The garage will be framed in the parking lot near Helfaer field and will be on display for tonight’s game against the New York Mets. The framed walls will then be transported to the Washington Park neighborhood, on Milwaukee’s near west side, where they will be erected at the home.

Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring one of 10 new construction homes Milwaukee Habitat will begin work on in 2016. The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. In addition to new construction, Milwaukee Habitat will be rehabbing 12 homes and completing 60 repair projects throughout the year; all part of their neighborhood revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS TO MAKE THREE SELECTIONS ON DAY 1 OF 2016 MLB DRAFT

The Milwaukee Brewers will make three selections on Day One of the First-Year Player Draft, which begins Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CT. The team owns the fifth overall selection. The Brewers will also make selections at #46 (Second Round) and #75 (Competitive Balance Round B).

The First-Year Player Draft spans three days of activity from Thursday through Saturday and will take place at the MLB Network Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.  Draft coverage will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT Thursday. The Brewers’ first selection (#5) will take place at approximately 6:27 p.m. CT, pick #46 will take place at approximately 9:28 p.m. CT and pick #75 will take place at approximately 10:15 p.m.

Representing the Brewers at the MLB Network Studio will be former Brewers All-Star Ben Sheets and Vice President of Baseball Projects – Gord Ash. Sheets was selected by the Brewers in the 1st Round of the 1999 Draft (10th overall) and spent eight seasons with the team, from 2001-08, compiling an 86-83 record with a 3.72 ERA.

The Brewers have selected the fifth overall pick four times in team history: Rick O’Keefe in 1975, Ken Henderson in 1991, Mark Rogers in 2004 and most recently Ryan Braun in 2005.

The selection rotation is determined by the clubs’ reverse order of finish at the close of the previous season.  The Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue on Friday at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at 11:00 a.m. CT and will continue through its conclusion.

 

Ryan Braun Kicks Off Milwaukee Habitat Build Season

Today Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun helped Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity kick off their build season in the Washington Park Neighborhood.

Braun spoke in front of a large crowd of volunteers who were on site to help completely frame two homes on the 2100 block of North 39th street during Milwaukee Habitat’s week-long May Blitz Build (5/16-5/20). Braun and the Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring one of 10 new construction homes Milwaukee Habitat will begin work on in 2016. In addition to new construction, Milwaukee Habitat will be rehabbing 12 homes and completing 60 repair projects throughout the year; all part of their neighborhood revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood – block by block – not just for one family at a time, but for an entire community.

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The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. In addition to Ryan Braun kicking off their build season, the team will hold a garage build at Miller Park on June 10. On that day, Brewers players will be joined by their wives and Brewers employees to frame the garage that will accompany the home they are sponsoring on North 39th Street. The garage will be framed in the parking lot near Helfaer Field and will be on display for the Brewers night game against the New York Mets. The framed walls will then be transported to Washington Park, where they will be erected at the home.

“Ryan and Brewers Community Foundation have been great supporters of our work in revitalizing neighborhoods and improving the lives of the families we serve,” says Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director Brian Sonderman, “With over one hundred volunteers building that week, Ryan is sure to boost the energy of what’s shaping up to be a very exciting May Blitz build.”

Fun Times Had at the “Koos for Kids” Event at Hitters Baseball Academy

Tonight, following the Brewers-Padres game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Hitters Baseball Academy in Racine to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised over $55,000 in the process.

Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 12 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Fans attending tonight’s event received dinner, autographs from Brewers players, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event went to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community. 

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

Hanel was also excited to announce that Koos for Kids is offering a scholarship program: “ We’ll be giving $2500 each for college to two kids of need in Racine. They will get an opportunity to advance and go to school. It’s a pretty cool thing so we’re excited to implement that.”

Here are some photos from tonight’s event:

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Koos for Kids has also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

To learn more about Koos for Kids, keep informed of upcoming events and find out how you can help, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

THE 2016 “VOTE BREWERS!” CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY!

The Milwaukee Brewers will need your help to fill the ballot boxes with All-Star votes to represent the Cream City in San Diego. Milwaukee fans year-in and year-out demonstrate that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they have voted for their favorite Brewers in impressive numbers.

It’s once again time to ramp up and Vote Brewers! This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 87th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 12 at Petco Ballpark in San Diego, California. This year Brewers fans will have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the exclusive, online-only Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Chris Carter, 2B Scooter Gennett, SS Jonathan Villar, 3B Aaron Hill, LF Ryan Braun, CF Ramon Flores and RF Domingo Santana.

At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes: four Field Box tickets to a mutually-agreed-upon game and a meet-and-greet with six-time All-Star Ryan Braun.  There is a maximum of 35 votes per email address, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period .

More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com.

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via an online ballot station at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games in the right-field corner of the Field Level concourse (by the U.S. Cellular® Power Playground). In-park balloting at Miller Park has begun and continues through Thursday, June 30. Fans who vote at the online-stations at Miller Park will be eligible to win daily prizes.

The Vote Brewers! campaign will feature event staff decked out at home games in promotional T-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing SausagesTM will help distribute voting information around the city.

Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, June 30 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

 

Wear Your Player Gear to Miller Park and Save!

You probably were already planning on it, but you’ll want to be sure to wear your Brewers player apparel to Miller Park now through May 4!

When you wear your player gear (past or present) at the Brewers Team Store, you will receive a coupon for an immediate $5 discount off of your purchase of player product, including player name and number t-shirts, player fashion tees, bobbles, pennants, jerseys, photos, etc. (Sorry– game-used memorabilia and sale items are not included.)

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Your savings will be valid that day only at the following Miller Park locations: any of the four Brewers Team Store locations, Hank’s Hangout and Bernie’s Chalet.

In case you haven’t already seen some of the new player fashion tees for 2016, I’ve got a look at some of them here for you.

Craig Counsell

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Craig Counsell’s shirt calls to his Wisconsin roots growing up in Whitefish Bay and later, his time spent as a Brewers player, including the Club’s most recent trips to the Postseason.

Taylor Jungmann

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Taylor Jungmann’s player tee features the new Ball & Glove logo scattered inside his letters and numbers, a nod to the fans’ overwhelming support for the new alternate logo.

Jonathan Lucroy

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Jonathan Lucroy sports his trusty chest protector, also bearing the new Ball & Glove logo, as well his moniker – LUUUUC!

Ryan Braun

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Ryan Braun’s tee is a play off of the popular home run call – “Going, going, gone!” – something Brewers fans hear often when the slugging outfielder steps to the plate.

Happy Shopping!

Cait

@CMoyer

It’s National Look-alike Day: Let’s Look at Brewers Doppelgängers

April 20 is National Look-alike Day, so it’s fitting that we’re playing the Twins tonight.

In honor of this “holiday,”I also surveyed some of the Brewers to find out if they ever get told that they look like someone else, or if they think another teammate looks like someone else. Here’s what I uncovered.

I started by approaching the Brewers bullpen as a whole. “Question for you guys. ‘Look-alike Day’ is next week, so I was just curious if any of you ever get told you look like anoth….” I barely got the question out when everyone began pointing at Michael Blazek, who they think bears a striking resemblance to Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.

Michael Blazek Bryce Harper

Blazek said he has also been told he reminds some people of Kevin Bacon; I also mentioned that to me he looks a bit like Michael C. Hall as “Dexter.”

Corey Knebel Colt McCoy

Turns out Blazek wasn’t the only one in the bullpen who has been told he has a double. Corey Knebel looks a bit like the QB for the Washington Redskins (and fellow University of Texas alum) Colt McCoy, whereas Jeremy Jeffress gets likened to Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers.

I next approached Scooter Gennett who told me, “No one. I’m one of a kind!” Yes. Yes, he certainly is:

Pitcher Taylor Jungmann has said he’s been asked to sign a Tyler Thornburg card once or twice.  “I’m like ‘Look at the height on the card!'” said Jungmann, who at 6’6″ tall has a good 7″ on Thornburg.

Domingo Santana Tracy McGrady

While Kirk Nieuwenhuis said that he doesn’t think he himself looks like anyone, he does think Domingo Santana looks a bit like retired NBA player Tracy McGrady.

And in talking to Chase Anderson, he told me that’s gotten compared to Will Ferrell in the past. I never would’ve thought that until he mentioned it, but now that he’s said it, I can see the resemblance in his smile and eyes.

Matt Garza Count

Of course most Brewers fans are already aware of the more than striking resemblance pitcher Matt Garza bears to the Count from Sesame Street… so much so that it spawned the Count Garza Gnome Giveaway last season.

“I get ‘the guy from the All-State commercials,'” first baseman Chris Carter responded when I surveyed him. That “guy” is Dennis Haysbert, who also played Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League for those of you scoring at home.

And last but not least, ever since the Club introduced David Stearns as our new GM last fall, fans have been quick to point out that he looks quite similar to a certain 6x Brewers All-Star.

“I got Andy Pettitte a lot when I was in New York and now it’s been Ryan Braun since I’ve been here,” Stearns said with a chuckle.

GM David Stearns and OF Ryan Braun were kind enough to pose for this photo, giving fans the side by side they've been craving.

GM David Stearns and OF Ryan Braun were kind enough to pose for this photo, so fans can compare them side by side.

So, there you have it. Some Brewers doppelgängers in honor of National Look-alike Day. Do you agree with these assessments? Think there’s one we missed? Do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity or athlete (or at least compared to one)? Let me know in the comments below!

As for me, I’ve been told that I look a bit like Renee Zellweger or Leann Rimes. Not sure I really see either one, but they are both lovely ladies, so I’ll take it as a compliment.

Cheers!
-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

UPDATED 6/10/16: 2016 Brewers Walk-Up & Entrance Music

For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?

If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

Ballpark App Music

2016 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Anderson –“When the Lights Come On” by Jason Aldean

Braun – “Summer Sixteen” by Drake

Broxton – “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj

Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne

Davies-“Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine

Flores –“Salida” by Ramon Jr.

Razor Theme Song from WWE

Gennett – “Sail” by Awolnation

Hill – “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix

Jungmann – “Y.M.C.A” by the Village People

Lucroy –“Blasphemy” by Bring Me the Horizon

Maldonado –“Shaky Shaky” by Daddy Yankee

“Plante Bandera” by Pusho

Nieuwenhuis – “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder

Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo

Peralta – “Panda (Remix)”

Presley – “Epic” by Faith No More

 

Santana – “Sigo Arriba” by Jay the Prince ft. Jose Reyes

Villar –“Alerta Roja” by Daddy Yankee

“Yo Soy Tu Papa” by Jay the Prince

 

2016 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

Anderson – “Neverland” by Andy Mineo

Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac

Jeffress – “Jersey” by Future

Knebel – “Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles

Nelson – “Wings of Icarus” by Celldweller

Peralta – “De Papa a Papa” by Secreto and El Famoso and Lapiz Conciente

Smith –“Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

[Please note that these songs can change almost daily; I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!]

The song played after wins this season is “Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammer.

And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.

So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?

-CAIT

@CMoyer

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