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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.
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.)
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’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’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 sports his trusty chest protector, also bearing the new Ball & Glove logo, as well his moniker – LUUUUC!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.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.
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!
2016 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Anderson – “Til the day I die” by TobyMac
Braun – “Back on Road” by Gucci Mane ft. Drake
Broxton – “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj
Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne
Davies-“Machinehead” by Bush
Elmore – “Still Fly” by Drake and Page
Flores –“Salida” by Ramon Jr.
Razor Theme Song from WWE
Gennett – “Tear it down” by KBn
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
Middlebrooks– “Father Stretch my Hands” by Kayne West
Nieuwenhuis – “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder
Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo
Perez – “Pepe” by Tito el Bambino
Presley – “Epic” by Faith No More
Santana – “Sigo Arriba” by Jay the Prince ft. Jose Reyes
Villar – “Alerta Roja” by Daddy Yankee
“Tu No Te Emboracha” by Hega the Way
2016 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC
Anderson – “Neverland” by Andy Mineo
Davies– “Machinehead” by Bush
Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac
Jeffress – “Jersey” by Future
Knebel – “Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles
Nelson – “What are you waiting for” by Disturbed
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?
Right-handed pitcher Hiram Burgos stays extra-busy during Spring Training with a special talent that takes place off of the mound. He moonlights as the team barber.
It’s a skill that he says he picked up back home in Puerto Rico when a neighbor was taking classes to become a barber and started practicing on Burgos. In turn, Burgos became interested in the craft as well, but didn’t have much of a chance to practice on anyone until he went to college.
“There we had like 13 Latin guys on the team and we liked to have haircuts every two weeks, to stay looking good and looking fresh, so that’s where I started, in college, since 2005,” Burgos says.
After that, he says he kept progressing and when he made it to the Minor Leagues, he started cutting hair there, too.
“Actually when I was in the Minor Leagues, I came over here (to the Major League Camp) and cut a couple of the Big Leaguers hair and it just kept growing,” Burgos laughs.
Literally. Burgos sees a lot of repeat business in the Clubhouse and word-of-mouth travels quickly.
He’s open for appointments on the days when he’s done with his workouts and when he’s not scheduled to pitch.
Burgos has many longtime clients and is picking up new ones everyday.
Fellow pitcher Jimmy Nelson is one of Burgos’ oldest clients.
“I played with Burgos since rookie ball and he’s been doing it since way back then. He’s just one of the best. He pays attention to detail, you know?” Nelson said. “In the offseason, there’s a little place close next to my apartment, but it’s not the quality of Burgos’ Barbershop.”
Burgos counts many of his teammates as current customers. The other day he gave Jonathan Lucroy a mohawk and he’s cut Ryan Braun‘s hair, too.
Yesterday alone, Burgos cut four of his fellow teammates’ hair, including Wily Peralta, Jorge Lopez, Ariel Pena and Andy Wilkins.
“A lot of the guys, they are clubhouse clients. Some of them take me to go eat, or some tip on the side, but I don’t charge. I don’t put a price on it,” Burgos says.
“It went pretty good. He cuts his hair a lot, especially in Spring Training every year,” Peralta said. “I usually get the same haircut. I think everybody knows he’s pretty good.”
First baseman Andy Wilkins was a first-time client yesterday.
“He had his little briefcase of stuff and I was like ‘Hey you got time?’ and I was kind of joking around, but he was like, ‘No, I’ve got time.’ so we cut it yesterday before the game. This is my first Burgos haircut. I am a very satisfied client. I will be a repeat customer,” Wilkins said.
“It was our first time, so we had to get to know each other a little bit. I asked for a certain style: one fade on the sides, a little but off the top, the hard part on the side. I found out a lot about him. He’s from Puerto Rico, went to Bethune-Cookman College, unbelievable guy.”
“It’s something that I enjoy doing and I like it. I do a lot of styles to my own hair, but just when I’m in the States. When I go back home, I have my own barber over there. Actually, when I go back home, I don’t cut anyone’s hair. A lot of people don’t know that I cut a lot of hair here in the United States,” Burgos said.
Burgos says he keeps up with different styles by looking around at different haircuts. just keep up with different styles. I’m always looking around at different haircuts. ‘I could do better than that.’ There are a lot of guys that like it and I get good feedback about it, so that’s good.”
“Some guys like to try different styles and do different things with their hair. If I haven’t done it before, I take my time,” he says.
Would he cut my hair?
“I don’t do women’s hair,” he says with a laugh.
Over 50 Milwaukee Brewers players, alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 31 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. On the day event, cash is the only accepted form of payment for admittance. 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 through January 29.
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):
|Orlando Arcia||Ramon Flores||Shane Peterson||Craig Counsell||Don August|
|Jacob Barnes||Matt Garza||Brett Phillips||COACHES||Jerry Augustine|
|Yhonathan Barrios||David Goforth||Michael Reed||Darnell Coles||Jeff Cirillo|
|Michael Blazek||Junior Guerra||Domingo Santana||Joe Crawford||Rollie Fingers|
|Ryan Braun||Josh Hader||Will Smith||Derek Johnson||Jim Gantner|
|Keon Broxton||Adrian Houser||Tyler Thornburg||Marcus Hanel||Larry Hisle|
|Chris Carter||Jeremy Jeffress||Jonathan Villar||Jason Lane||Ken Sanders|
|Garin Cecchini||Taylor Jungmann||Tyler Wagner||Pat Murphy||Gorman Thomas|
|Trent Clark||Corey Knebel||Colin Walsh||Ed Sedar||Greg Vaughn|
|Clint Coulter||Jorge Lopez||Carlos Subero||Paul Wagner|
|Tyler Cravy||Martin Maldonado||Lee Tunnell|
|Zach Davies||Jimmy Nelson||Matt Erickson||Bob Uecker|
1/20/16 Update: We’ve had some additions to our lineup! New attendees noted in RED. For those asking, yes, Bob Uecker will be attendance as well!
1/22/16 Update: Sorry, fans! We regret to inform you that Robin Yount is no longer able to attend the event.
1/22/16 Update: Sorry, fans! We regret to inform you that Scooter Gennett is no longer able to attend the event.
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 Klement’s Main Stage 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.
During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun. It tells the story of two children who share their differing experiences of Milwaukee and are attempting to figure out how they fit in. It also features informational sections that weave together iconic Milwaukee institutions and neighborhood-based landmarks with important themes in common.
SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enhances future life success by energizing urban children and 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.
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. 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 $25 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 at a later date. 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 activities will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!
I hope you didn’t blow your holiday shopping budget on Black Friday and Cyber Monday because the Brewers Clubhouse Sale is coming up this weekend and they’ve got some great deals for every fan on your list.
The popular shopping event is held in the Visitors Clubhouse and will be open to the public Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. New this year, the sale will also be open on Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Today, I got a sneak peek and I’m going to share my finds with you. Think of me like your advance scout for the sale.
Two things you’ll want to take note of right off the bat:
- This year, the sale is organized primarily by SIZE, making it easier than ever before to scour the racks for the best bargains.
- There is also a new pricing system in place at the sale. Instead of items being marked with special sale stickers, instead you will see a color code on the item. These colors indicate the new discounted price. Don’t worry, it will be easy to figure out, as the color codes will be posted all around the space. The best part? This pricing starts at just $.99 for some novelty items. Yep, that’s right. There are some really great bargains this year!
Okay, let’s get to the fun stuff.
One thing you won’t be able to miss when you walk through the Visitors Clubhouse is the big table full of Player Name + Number tees (or “shirseys” as folks sometimes like to call them).
We’ve had a few roster moves over the last couple of months and the Team Store is looking to move the extra inventory. Tees featuring former players, like Carlos Gomez pictured below, are just $4.99.
But it’s not just former Brewers players tees that are discounted–you’ll also save on older style tees of current players, meaning you can score a Ryan Braun or Jean Segura tee for just $9.99.
Similarly, Sausage Name + Number tees are just $9.99 as well.
If real jerseys are more your style, then you’re also in luck!
We’ve got blank replica jerseys starting at $39.99, blank authentic jerseys starting at $75 and game-used player jerseys starting at $100. You’ll find a mix of styles, including specialty jerseys such as those worn on St. Patrick’s Day, Cerveceros Day and our Negro Leagues Tribute Game.
One cool offering at the sale this year is the ability to purchase a game-used baseball for just $15. Fans can go online and type in the authentication number and find out the story behind the baseball. I’m told that mixed in among foul balls are balls that were hit by guys like Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy.
Speaking of authentic, game-used items, the Authentics section is always one of the most popular spots at the Clubhouse Sale. They’ve got everything from balls, plaques and bats to locker nameplates, bases and hats. These items are extremely limited, so I recommend getting there as early as possible to get the best selection on these items.
Perhaps you have a fan cave at home and want to dress it up with some unique decor? We’ve got signs that have been used in the Team Store and around the ballpark available starting at $5.
There truly is something for everyone at the Brewers Clubhouse Sale, from infants to adults.
Guys: You’re going to be overwhelmed by the selection this year–they’ve got everything from t-shirts and hoodies to golf shirts and sweaters.
And don’t worry, ladies, you’re certainly not left out! Hoodies, t-shirts, tanks and more await you.
Here are a couple of things that caught my eye:
In terms of head wear, there are a plethora of Brewers caps available, starting at $9.99
ANNNNDDDD…. While you’re shopping for merchandise, you can also pick up other Brewers-themed gifts for the fans on your list, including the 2016 Brewers Kids Club Kit.
And don’t forget about Brewers Holiday 4-Packs (which come with a FREE Barrelman ornament!). Members of our Ticket Sales team will also be on hand at the event.
A few more housekeeping details:
Coupons of 10%, 20% and 30% off will be offered to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for those spending $100, $200 and $300, respectively, at the Clubhouse Sale. These coupons may be redeemed only on the same day of purchase.
The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will feature a variety of activities during each day of the Clubhouse Sale. Fans can register to win one of four prize drawings that will be held at the Team Store each day. Prizes will include shopping sprees and special Authentic Collection packages. For those with cameras, fans can take photos with the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM on December 4 from 10-11 a.m. and with Santa on December 5 from noon – 2 p.m. at the Team Store.
All shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.
During the offseason, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.
Today, Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 to help feed Milwaukee-area families in need by hosting the “Thanksgiving Drive Thru Food Drive” at Miller Park.
The drive has been in full swing since 4:30 a.m. this morning with lots of donations pouring in.
And, those who showed up not too long ago got a little surprise:
Ryan Braun came in last night from his offseason home in California to be here this morning to assist with the food collection and greet those fans making a donation.
“It’s a special time to give back a little to the community. I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the community here. Anytime you get around the holiday season, it’s just special to have a positive impact on other people. Something I’ve definitely enjoyed doing the last few years,” he said.
This is the third year in a row that Ryan has been back to Milwaukee for this event.
“It’s fun. Hunger Task Force does some amazing things in the community. Brewers Community Foundation does such a great job, just being involved and giving back and having a positive impact. Just being a part of that is something that I’ve always enjoyed and continue to have fun doing,” Ryan said.
The slugger, who also met with media this morning, says he feels good and is recovering well from the back procedure he had after this season ended.
“Just doing my rehab and physical therapy four days a week and definitely feel pretty good right now,” he said, saying that he doesn’t expect it to have much of an impact on his typical offseason training program.
Other than that, Ryan said he’s enjoyed spending time with his family, including his 14-month-old daughter Celine Elysse.
“It’s a little chaotic. My daughter is now mobile, so just chasing her around most of the time….It’s amazing. Anyone who is a parent has seen the transition, I’m sure,” he said. “Every day right now it’s a new word, it’s a new phrase, a new expression. She’s very social. We’ve got our hands full. It’s a lot of fun.”
Following today’s event, Ryan said he will travel to Utah to spend Thanksgiving with his in-laws.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, over on Snapchat, Ryan had this special message for Brewers fans today:
Food can be dropped off at Helfaer Field at Miller Park tonight until 6 p.m.
Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last.
It’s that time of year again–time to begin unveiling next season’s All-Fan Giveaway schedule!
With a lineup that features plenty of fan favorites, a handful of new faces and even a couple unexpected twists, we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2016.
This morning, we unveiled that the first giveaway of the year will be a 1980s Vintage Brewer bobblehead and now we’re revealing the second giveaway in our 2016 lineup.
The second All-Fan Giveaway of 2016 features the Brewers franchise leader in home runs, Ryan Braun! All fans in attendance on Sunday, May 1 as the Brewers take on the Miami Marlins will take home this collectible bobblehead commemorating the milestone achieved by Ryan Braun during the 2015 season.
On Wednesday, August 19, as the Brewers played the Marlins at Miller Park, Braun took former teammate Chris Narveson deep in the sixth inning for his 252nd career homer, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Robin Yount.
Make sure to follow us on our website at brewers.com/allfans and across all of our social media platforms this week–including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram– to be the first to see our 2016 All-Fan Giveaway schedule, plus have a chance to win tickets to those games.
If you don’t win, don’t worry. Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the Ryan Braun bobblehead is included in select season ticket packages which are on sale now.
Be sure to check back in the coming months as we also unveil the image of the actual bobblehead when we get it!
Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil more of our schedule!
Online fan voting at for the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards, an expanded awards program that recognizes Major League players, baseball fans and memorable moments in unique categories, is underway and we’re up for awards in two categories:
Best Player-Fan Interaction: Ryan Braun Bails Out a Young Fan
On July 5, Ryan Braun had to try, try again to provide a young Reds fan with a souvenir in Cincinnati. The Milwaukee right fielder gave the child a ball after recording the final out of an inning, but the youth immediately returned it to the field of play. Luckily, Braun tossed the ball back once more — and this time, the boy’s father made sure to secure it safely.
Best Call-Radio: Bob Uecker on Martin Maldonado’s Marathon Winner
On May 31, catching the entirety of an extra-innings marathon vs. the D-backs, Martin Maldonado took it upon himself to end things when he batted in the bottom of the 17th. The backstop drilled a one-out, walk-off homer that elicited one of the most ecstatic “Get up, get outta here — GONE!” calls that legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker would deliver all season long.
The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards represents a comprehensive award-balloting process based on nearly two months of voting, encompassing the entire awards season. The five different groups of voters – fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members – each count for 20% of the winner selection.
Winners in each category will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball).
The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards are officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and voting will culminate with a first-of-its-kind multi-platform special, The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards Show, airing Friday, November 20 at 6p.m. CT exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com.
When fans vote for the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards, they have the opportunity to enter the national sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes. The grand prize winner will receive a pair of 2016 season tickets to their favorite baseball team and a trip to the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville on December. 8. Winners will be announced shortly after the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards voting closes.
Earlier this season, Esurance partnered with MLB to become the exclusive auto insurance partner for Major League Baseball as well as the title sponsor of the first-ever all-digital Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot and the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, each of which set all-time records for fan voting.