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Vote Brewers 2013!

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Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last six All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

And while it may still be April, it’s time to ramp up and Vote Brewers!  Sure it is early, but why can’t we use that time to get ahead in the voting? The Brewers are currently enjoying a nice win streak and this is the time to beat the early rush on voting.

This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York City (great All-Star logo again this year by the way, MLB has been knocking it out of the park in recent years with great All-Star logos). Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2013 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program presented by Firestone and the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot presented by freecreditscore.com.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Corey Hart, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Norichika Aoki.

Beginning today, fans are able to vote online at Brewers.com and beginning Monday, April 29, fans will be able to vote through in-park balloting at Miller Park.

At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the 2011 National League MVP. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address, but new for 2013, fans can cast 10 extra votes by logging in with or registering for an MLB.com account. More information and rules may be found at brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield, Club Outfield and Terrace Box seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park begins on Monday, April 29 and continues through Friday, June 21, comprising 25 home dates.  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 FS Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.

With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 21 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

Fans can also show their support for the Crew during this time by downloading cover photos of their favorite players here.

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Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes.  Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.

In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004).  He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury).  Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011.  In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars.  In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote.  In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988.  A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 277 of the 2013 Brewers media guide.

The 2013 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7 on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS.  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, July 4 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

 

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Gifs, Pics and Pies from this Homestand

How does that song go? Baseball, hot dogs, shaving cream pie…. hmm… I’m not sure that’s it, but this week, the Crew sure has had some fun in the dugout after their victories, celebrating with post-game antics.

With the Crew going for 7 in a row today, they sure have made the game look as easy as, well… pie this week!

Take a look at the gifs and an amazing photo from this homestand.

Blake Lalli gets a celebratory pie in the face from Jonathan Lucroy after producing Wednesday's walk-off hit vs. the San Francisco Giants.

Blake Lalli gets a celebratory pie in the face from Jonathan Lucroy after producing Wednesday’s walk-off hit vs. the San Francisco Giants.

Juuuussst a bit outside! Ryan Braun tries to congratulate Carlos Gomez after Wednesday's victory, but Gomez is quick as always!

Juuuussst a bit outside! Ryan Braun tries to congratulate Carlos Gomez after Wednesday’s victory, but Gomez is quick as always!

A pie meant for Ryan Braun after Thursday's victory over the Giants misses and hits FSWisconsin's Mark Concannon.

Carlos Gomez looks to retaliate and a pie meant for Ryan Braun after Thursday’s victory over the Giants misses and hits FSWisconsin’s Mark Concannon instead.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Season Seat Holder Event Held at Miller Park This Morning

After last night’s exciting win over the Cubs, Yovani Gallardo, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Dave Nelson, my colleagues and I were all on hand early this morning for a special Brewers Season Seat Holder event for those who paid for their 2013 season tickets in full by the November 15 early renewal deadline.

Here are some photos from this fun event.

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It’s always a pleasure to get to meet so many of our most loyal fans; we hope you had a wonderful time!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Tim’s Tips: Busting One of Baseball’s Biggest Myths

Last month, I introduced to you Tim Rappé, Executive Director of our new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

Along with signing up for the camps and getting excellent baseball instruction there, every so often, Tim will provide some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. See below for his insight on the batting stance!

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

SWING DOWN OF THE BALL!?

BUSTING ONE OF BASEBALL’S BIGGEST MYTHS

I confess. Years ago I preached the importance of swinging down on the ball. It sure made sense when you consider that the hands start at shoulder height and have to hit a ball that is obviously lower than that. So swinging down seemed to make a ton of sense and we sure didn’t want to encourage the dreaded uppercut.

But even as I taught the “swing down” concept, there was something gnawing at me that kept whispering that this just didn’t make the most sense. But I trusted my eyes and the advice that had been passed along to me. Isn’t it true that much of what we teach is because that’s how we were taught? The really good news is that most of that which is passed along remains true. Swinging down on the ball is not one of them. Here’s why:

The top of the pitching rubber is set at 10 inches above the ground. Most baseball pitchers throw the ball from an overhead position. The instant the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand, gravity begins to do its thing and a 90 mph pitch decelerates at about 1 mph every seven feet. When the ball crosses the plate it’s traveling diagonally down at about -10 degrees.

So, Coach Tim, what’s your point?

My point is that because the ball is traveling downward when it crosses the plate does it really make sense to swing down to make solid contact? The ANSWER: It doesn’t make sense at all. And thanks to high-speed video we can confirm that, at the point of contact, the ideal swing should be 7 to 10 degrees tilted upward. In other words…an uppercut. Getting the bat head on the same plane as the ball is undeniably the best way to “square up” a pitch. Video confirms that our major league hitters swing up at contact. Braun uppercut

If you are hearing this for the first time, I realize that it may challenge what you were previously “sure” of. New video technology has rocked many of our traditional beliefs. But here’s why you don’t necessarily have to change a thing about how you coach, even armed with this new information. If you are teaching the correct starting position, correct hand path and proper finish, the likely result is a slight uppercut at contact. Mission accomplished.

The uppercut that we see from our young hitters that ends up in a pop up, a top-spin grounder or a whiff is the result of a severe 15-30 degree uppercut that does not match up with the downward angle of the pitch. At the Brewers Baseball Academy we don’t teach kids to uppercut. We teach the correct positioning of the body and the proper swing sequence. The resulting path of the bat head is where it should be…traveling about 10 degrees upward at contact.

The irony is that we want a slight uppercut but we don’t teach kids to uppercut because you will not like the result. Teach proper swing mechanics and the result will be more balls hit on the “screws.” Whether or not you decide to continue to shout out “SWING LEVEL!” to your hitters is up to you. But now you know the truth.

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Tim’s Tips: Pop and Glide, See the Ball Before You Stride

Last month, I introduced to you Tim Rappé, Executive Director of our new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

Along with signing up for the camps and getting excellent baseball instruction there, every so often, Tim will provide some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. See below for his insight on the batting stance!

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

POP AND GLIDE, SEE THE BALL BEFORE YOU STRIDE

In a previous post, I discussed how important it is to have excellent timing and control of the bat if you ever expect to be a good hitter. Now I’m going to discuss a very specific component of timing that is often misunderstood and unfortunately often taught incorrectly.

If you’ve been around coaching for a while you may have heard the expression, “When the pitcher shows you his pocket, you show yours.” That’s a pretty good visual meant to describe the timing of the pitcher lifting his stride leg and the hitter assuming the load-stride phase of the swing. In general, that’s solid advice but I think it’s flawed. Let me explain.

I’ve spent a great deal of time watching video over the years and made it a point at a recent Spring Training game between the Brewers and the Angels to confirm or disprove this critical teaching point. What I saw was exactly as expected. The hitter’s stride foot does not plant until the ball is in flight.  If we step too early, the “kinetic chain” is broken and power will be lost…a bad thing. If the stride heel plants a fraction of a second before the swing is launched, there is a maximum transfer of power…a good thing. What makes this especially difficult to achieve is that a  90 mph only takes .44 seconds to reach the hitter. Talk about a small window in which to get “on time.”

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So, here’s my problem with the “pocket-showing” strategy.  It doesn’t take into account that (a) not every pitcher’s delivery is the same. Some guys are slower to the plate than others and (b) not every pitch is delivered at the same speed. Clearly, if the first guy you face is throwing 60 mph and the second guy is throwing 80 mph, using the back pocket as the timing trigger will almost certainly cause a break in that kinetic chain…a bad thing.

It is better to be early than late but our goal should be to get the front side down on time. If anyone questions that, just ask any pitcher what he’s trying to do to the hitter. His answer: Mess with the hitter’s timing. If that front foot heel comes down too early or too late, advantage pitcher.

So, what is the hitter’s strategy to stay on time? That’s what the on-deck circle is for. Take a look at pro hitters and see them trying to get their timing down before they step in the box. And make sure that when the heel plants you are balanced. Don’t lean back. Don’t get out over your front side. Take another look at Ryan Braun’s picture for a textbook shot of what a hitter should look like prior to the swing. If you were expecting gas (fastball) and got Uncle Charley (off speed) as long as you are balanced with good posture and your hands haven’t leaked forward, you can still drive the ball.

Hitting is about constant adjustment and nothing is more critical and ever changing than proper timing. “Pop and glide, pop and glide. See the ball before you stride” is an old timers’ verse to remind hitters that the foot comes down as the ball is in flight. Still good advice.

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Braun to Be Recognized Saturday

Prior to this Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a special on-field, pre-game ceremony will take place at Miller Park to present Ryan Braun with his 2012 Silver Slugger AwardFans are encouraged to be inside Miller Park for the ceremony, which will begin at approximately 6 p.m. CT. Brewers President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin will present the award.

In addition, Braun will also be presented the “2012 Josh Gibson Legacy Award” by Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. The award is given annually to the home run leaders of both the National League and American League.  Braun led the NL with 41 home runs last season.

UPDATE:

Here are photos from tonight’s ceremony…

Braun with the Josh Gibson Award.

Braun with the Josh Gibson Award.

Braun and Melvin with the Silver Slugger Award.

Braun and Melvin with the Silver Slugger Award.

Heavy hardware!

Heavy hardware!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

From the Diary of Bernie Brewer: Spring Training Home Opener

Dear Diary,

Today, I went to my very first Spring Training game in many, many years! It was so very exciting!

Baseball is Back!

I got to go down on the field before the game and even sit in the dugout!

I met all kinds of very cool Brewers fans and saw a lot of familiar faces, too.

When Ryan Braun hit that home run early in the game, I was so excited–but there’s no slide at Maryvale so I improvised: I slid down the big grassy hill on the berm instead (and I’ve got the grass stains to prove it)!

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Of course, I was also so happy when we won!

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After the game, I got in a little Spring Training of my own:

Can’t wait to return again tomorrow!

GO BREWERS!

-BERNIE

Sneak Peek of Brewers 2013 Media Guide Cover

This is a new tradition we started last year in the Media Relations Department, giving fans a sneak peek at the cover of the media guide before the guide is actually released.  Senior Director – Media Relations, Mike Vassallo, Coordinator – Media Relations, Ken Spindler and I have worked very hard on the guide since last October and now see the light at the end of the tunnel with the project.  The guide is officially in the hands of Mario Ziino from Delzer Lithograph in hopes of getting it back in time for the first Spring Training game in a few weeks.

The 2013 Brewers Media Guide cover was created by Brewers Senior Graphic Designer, Jeff Harding.  Last year, the Brewers had one of the most powerful offenses in Major League Baseball–leading the National League in runs scored (776), home runs (202) and stolen bases (158).  It was the fifth time in franchise history that the team hit 200 home runs in a season.  We focused on the offense as an inspiration and Harding and his crew in the Consumer Marketing Department really captured what we were looking for on the cover.

2013 Milwaukee Brewers Media Guide cover.

2013 Milwaukee Brewers Media Guide cover.

The 2013 Brewers Media Guide will sell for $15 in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park by mid-March.  We will also have copies available at the Brewers Team Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix at Spring Training.  The guide will also be available in .PDF form sometime in the next ten days.  When that happens, I will certainly offer a link for everyone.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

World Baseball Classic Rosters Include 14 Brewers Players

Brewers fans will have plenty of reason to watch the World Baseball Classic as 14 players from the Brewers organization are scheduled to take part.  The full rosters were announced today.  Here is a list of Brewers players on WBC rosters:

 

 

 

 

Ryan Braun

Jonathan Lucroy

 

 

 

 

Hiram Burgos

Martin Maldonado

 

 

 

 

Marco Estrada

Yovani Gallardo

 

 

 

 

John Axford

Taylor Green

Jim Henderson

Rene Tosoni

 

 

 

 

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Mike Walker

 

 

 

 

Carlos Gomez

 

 

 

 

Jeff Bianchi

The Brewers will even be represented behind the scenes during the World Baseball Classic.  In addition to the players on the field, Brewers Visiting Clubhouse Manager Phil Rozewicz will serve as clubhouse manager for the Dominican Republic team and Brewers Vice President – Communications Tyler Barnes will serve as a media liaison for games played at Marlins Park in Miami.

KEY DATES IN THE WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC FOR BREWERS FANS

Tuesday, March 5; Brewers vs. Team Canada – Maryvale Baseball Park, 1:05 p.m. (Arizona Time); 2:05 p.m. (Milwaukee Time)

In an exhibition game during the exhibition season, the Brewers squad will take on the Canadian team at Maryvale Baseball Park.  There are a lot of Canadian connections in the Brewers organization.  Doug Melvin and Gord Ash are both natives along with a number of players on the Brewers roster.  Personally, I’m a fan of “Oh Canada” and can’t wait to hear that prior to the game.  It will also be interesting to see John Axford, Taylor Green and Jim Henderson suit up in the visiting clubhouse in Team Canada uniforms against their Brewers teammates  (I wonder if they will pop in and say hi!?).  Rene Tosoni, a name that might not be familiar with most Brewers fans, was signed to a minor league contract by the Brewers recently.  The outfielder played with the Minnesota Twins last season.

Friday, March 8; Spain at Puerto Rico – Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan Puerto Rico, 4:30 p.m. (Milwaukee Time)

Hiram Burgos and Martin Maldonado make their WBC debut for Puerto Rico in their native country.

Friday, March 8, Mexico at United States – Chase Field, Phoenix Arizona, 7:00 p.m. (Arizona Time); 8:00 p.m. (Milwaukee Time)

For Brewers fans in Arizona for Spring Training, this is going to be a great day.  Catch the Brewers and Rangers at 1 p.m. in Maryvale and then head downtown to Chase Field to see Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Team USA take on Marco Estrada, Yovani Gallardo and Team Mexico.

If you are heading to Arizona for Spring Training to see the Brewers, I would highly recommend fitting in a WBC game into your itinerary.  It is a fun atmosphere and a chance to see some players you might not normally see.  In addition to Chase Field, games will also be held at Salt River Field at Talking Stick.

For full information on the World Baseball Classic including ticket information, schedules and rosters, click here.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Final Push On to Help Ryan Braun Make the Cover of “MLB 13: The Show”

Brewers fans have never been afraid of a social media battle when showing their support for the team and its players.  Fans helped Miller Park win ESPN.com’s “Battle of the Ballpark” last summer and are always ready to “Vote Brewers” come All-Star balloting time.

The campaign to get Ryan Braun on the cover of “MLB 13: The Show” is no different.  Braun needs your help.  Remember that every tweet including the hashtag “#MLB13BRAUN” counts as a vote as well as votes at MLB.com/covervote.

To promote the contest and Braun, a series of videos have been released since Monday on various forms of social media.  I have gathered all three videos below.  Watch them, share them and enjoy them.  I think they are pretty creative.  My favorite is “Braunies,” released today.

So remember, you have until 7 p.m. CT tomorrow to vote.  Let’s give Ryan a last big push–I know Brewers fans are up for the challenge!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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