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If you are around my age, chances are you grew up playing baseball video games like “RBI Baseball,” “Baseball Simulator 1.000″ or maybe just plain old “MLB” for Nintendo. Video games have come a very long way since then and the producers of “MLB 13: The Show” for Sony Playstation 3 and PS Vista are asking you to get involved with the creation of the latest edition of the game by helping chose the cover. Our own Ryan Braun is one of seven finalists for the cover.
For the first time, fans are invited to take part in a vote that begins today at MLB.com/covervote. Votes for Braun will also be counted on Twitter when the hashtag #MLB13Braun is tweeted or retweeted.
I spoke with Braun this morning and he is pretty excited about the possibility of seeing the Brewers uniform on the cover of the most popular baseball video game on the market.
“It’s an honor to be among the finalists to be on the cover of a video game and it would be exciting to have a Brewer on the cover of this game,” Braun said. “Our fan base has always been extremely supportive and they have shown tremendous enthusiasm in voting for the entire team in All-Star balloting each year. I’ve always been appreciative of that, so let’s do our thing Brewers fans and get a Brewer on the cover of this game!”
Braun followed up his MVP campaign of 2011 with 41 home runs, 112 RBI and 30 stolen bases while hitting .319 last season. He is no stranger to success in fan votes as Braun has been voted in to four MLB All-Star Games by the fans. Brewers fans also know how to get the vote out as well. Remember the ESPN.com Battle of the Ballparks last summer!? Brewers fans definitely showed their hometown pride there as Miller Park came out on top.
Voting begins today and will end on Friday at 7 p.m. CST. Produced by Sony and is exclusively available on Sony Playstation 3 and PS Vista, “MLB 13: The Show” is expected to be released on March 5, 2013, The game captures every detail and mechanic of baseball and is the number-one selling and rated Major League Baseball video game franchise.
In case you missed it, earlier today, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer surprised fans by treating them to a free Brewers themed donut and small cup of coffee at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Miller Park Way.
Well, today is certainly a day of dozens, as thanks to Jennifer Brilowski, a woman from Stevens Point, the State of Wisconsin has chosen today (12/12/12) as Aaron Rodgers Day.
Jennifer began the Aaron Rodgers Day movement with a Facebook page and today, a number of people and businesses are are participating in events across the state.
The day includes people donning jerseys, parties at local watering holes, stores and even offices, and also a charitable angle: there’s a call for fans to donate $12 to the MACC Fund today, Rodgers’ charity of choice.
Here at the Brewers, we’re happy for Aaron. He’s certainly deserving and today, we’re celebrating by reflecting on our 2012 TV campaign, featuring the Green Bay MVP and our own MVP, Ryan Braun. Thanks again to Aaron for participating and helping make this an award-winning campaign; he was great to work with and funny to boot!
You can view all of the spots here at brewers.com/2012TV, or watch them below:
*Note: Thanks to Aaron, this spot took home the gold award for Best Use of Humor at the Sports Media Marketing Awards.
We had a great time on set with Aaron, who’s a class act, and we wish him and the Packers success down the stretch!
My boss, Kathy Schwab, Senior Director of Marketing, and I are taking a whirlwind tour of New York City this week—we’re here for two different award ceremonies (I’ll post about that tomorrow, after the second event), fitting in meetings with colleagues, and finding time to promote our Brewers Holiday 4-Packs along the way.
With two prestigious events bookending our trip, we decided to make the most of it and headed to Secaucus, NJ on Wednesday to visit Mary Beck, Senior VP-Marketing & Promotion and her team at MLB Network. Neither Kathy nor I had ever made it to these offices and we were so excited to take a tour of the studios. It was neat to see them filming some of the segments for their shows and to learn what goes on behind the scenes. We also had a little fun, as you can see here.
Speaking of MLB Network, make sure you tune in tonight at 5p.m.when the winner of the 2012 National League MVP is to announced. We’re hoping Ryan Braun will be selected for the second year in a row!
More to come from New York-stay tuned!
Elections may have been last week, but the Award season continues and your opportunity to “Vote” lives on! The nominees for the 2012 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs) have been announced. Players from both Leagues are featured as nominees in 21 categories recognizing the best in baseball from the regular season through the Postseason; we’ve got nominees in four of these categories, so here’s where you come in!
Voters for the GIBBY Awards fall into five groups, each of which determines 20% of the overall Vote:
1. Fans at MLB.com <—–That’s YOU!
3. Front-Office Personnel
4. MLB Alumni
5. The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
More than 40 million fan votes have been cast over the past four years, and this year’s winners will be recognized during an MLB.com extravaganza during the Baseball Winter Meetings on December 4.
Voting ends December 2, 2012. So, over the next couple of weeks, make sure you VOTE BREWERS in the following categories!
- VOTE BRAUN for MLB MVP .319 AVG, 41 HR, 112 RBIs, 108 R, 30 SB, .987 OPS. Ryan Braun’s stats speak for himself; Braun excelled both at-bat and on the bases, becoming just the second player since the turn of the 21st century with at least 40 homers and 30 steals in a single season.
- VOTE BRAUN for Best Hitter After winning the 2011 NL MVP, Braun in 2012 became the first hitter outside of Colorado to hit .319 or better with at least 40 home runs and 30 steals since Hank Aaron in 1963.
- VOTE AOKI for Top Rookie In his first United States season following a successful career in Japan, Aoki paced NL rookies in steals and on-base percentage while finishing second in batting, runs and two-base hits. His impressive stats: .288 AVG, 10 HR, 37 2B, 50 RBIs, 81 R, 30 SB, .787 OPS
- VOTE GONZALEZ for Must C Play Back on April 29 against the St. Louis Cardinals, after John Axford fanned Yadier Molina for the second out of the ninth, shortstop Alex Gonzalez sealed the win with a heads-up throw home during a rundown.
Thanks for your support and GO BREWERS!
-John and Cait
Last week, we announced that one of our 2013 bobbleheads is a Ryan Braun 40-30 bobble and this week, we’re following up on that with a bobblehead of the only other 40-30 player in our history—Hank Aaron.
In 1963, as a member of the Milwaukee Braves, Hank became the first MLB player to hit over 40 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season. He finished that year with 44 home runs and 31 stolen bases.
We’ll be featuring Hank in a Milwaukee Braves uniform for this special 40-30 bobblehead and you’ll want to be in attendance on Sunday, July 7 when the Crew takes on the New York Mets to score yours.
For those keeping score at home, this will be the third Hank Aaron bobblehead that we’ve given away at Miller Park. The first was in 2002 and then in 2010, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Brewers Baseball with bobbleheads from various decades and Hank was our honoree from the 1970s. Don’t miss out on the chance to add this one to your collection!
The Hank Aaron bobblehead is also included in the following ticket packages:
-John and Cait
You’ll definitely want to make plans to come out to Miller Park on Sunday, May 26 as the Crew takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates for Ryan Braun bobblehead day presented by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board!
This is the third Brewers bobblehead for Ryan Braun. Previously, we gave away a regular bobblehead (2008) and one honoring Ryan’s home run that helped us clinch the Wild Card in 2008 (2009). The 2012 Ryan Braun bobblehead will honor Ryan Braun’s 40/30 season in 2013.
This past season, Ryan followed up his 2011 MVP season by hitting 41 home runs and stealing 30 bases to become just the 9th member of MLB’s 40/30 club.
Ryan has also been honored with bobbleheads from the Helena Brewers (2008), the Huntsville Stars (2008) and the Nashville Sounds (2009).
Individual tickets will go on sale in February, but if you want to secure your tickets to this game early, the Ryan Braun 40/30 bobblehead is included in the following ticket packages:
2/15/13 Update: This just in! A photo of the Ryan Braun Bobblehead! What do you think?
The second bobblehead of the 2013 season will come on Sunday, April 21 as the Crew takes on the Chicago Cubs. The bobblehead will feature Brewers alum & All-Star, George Scott.
The former first baseman played for the Brewers from 1972-1976 and won the Gold Glove Award all five years in a row during his time in Milwaukee. George also won the award in 1967, 1968 and 1971 during his time with the Boston Red Sox.
Hence, his bobblehead will feature George in a Brewers uniform with his five Gold Gloves.
Over his 14-season career, George, who was known as “Boomer,” played in the American League for the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees. He posted a .268 batting average with 271 home runs (which he called “taters,” coining the term), and 1051 RBI in 2034 games.
Speaking of Gold Gloves, two Brewers players were yesterday named finalists for the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Left fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez were one of three finalists for the Gold Glove at their respective positions. The awards will be announced tonight on a special edition of ESPN Baseball Tonight at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Tune in tonight to see if Braun and Ramirez will join Scott to make Brewers Gold Glove history.
Individual tickets will go on sale in February, but if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the George Scott bobble is included in the following ticket packages:
Double Bobble Holiday 4-Pack [Holiday 4-Packs go on sale on Tuesday, November 13! Call (414) 902-HITS (4487) for details!]
1/23/13 Update: This just in! A photo of the George Scott Bobblehead! What do you think?
-John and Cait
Major League Baseball today announced the finalists for the Hank Aaron Award that recognizes the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in each league. Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was named a finalist and Brewers fans can help him win the award through voting at MLB.com.
Before we vote, let’s quickly recap Braun’s season with some numbers:
- Braun led the National League with 41 home runs, 356 total bases, 108 runs, a .987 OPS and was tied for the league lead in extra-base hits (80). He was also among the league leaders in RBI (2nd, 112), hits (2nd, 191), slugging percentage (2nd, .595), batting average (3rd, .319), OBP (3rd, .391) and stolen bases (T9th, 30).
- He recorded his second career 30/30 season and just the eleventh 40/30 season in Major League history.
- He became the only Major Leaguer with 100+ runs and 100+ RBI in each of the last four seasons.
Those are some fantastic numbers–numbers that certainly make him worth of winning this award. Beginning today and continuing through October 16th, fans can vote for who they think is the winner. Each Major League team has a finalist and finalists were selected by a panel that included Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Robin Yount. Fans are invited to vote on MLB.com up to ten times a day.
Prince Fielder is the only other Brewers player to win the award, winning in 2007.