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2012 GIBBYs Nominees Announced; Time to VOTE BREWERS!

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!

2. Media

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

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Sunday, July 7: Hank Aaron Bobblehead Day presented by U.S. Cellular

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:

20-Game Sunday Plus Plan

10-Pack Premier Plan  

3/22/13 Update: This just in!  A photo of the Hank Aaron bobblehead! What do you think?Aaron Bobblehead-Silo

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Sunday, May 26: Ryan Braun Bobblehead Day Presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

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:

20-Game Sunday Plus Plan

2/15/13 Update: This just in! A photo of the Ryan Braun Bobblehead! What do you think?

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-JohnandCait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Sunday, April 21: George Scott Bobblehead Day

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:

20-Game Sunday Plus Plan

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?

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-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Ryan Braun Named Finalist for 2012 Hank Aaron Award

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.

Ryan Braun is a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award. (Getty Images)

Ryan Braun is a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award. (Getty Images)

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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Thank You, Fans!

This pretty much says it all!

On a personal note, we also want to thank you for reading the blog all season long; stay tuned for more news and fun in the offseason. Cheers!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Ryan Braun for MVP!

Brewers fans have been fortunate enough to be able to watch Ryan Braun on a daily basis.  The reigning National League MVP has had another tremendous season and is putting up incredible numbers–especially down the stretch to help the Brewers jump back in the postseason race.  Voting for league MVP will take place soon by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America and we want to make sure all the voters know how special of a season Braun is having.

Brewers Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo put together this “résumé” for Braun as the MVP voters get ready to cast their ballot.  It was sent to voters this afternoon.  I’m guessing most of you don’t get a vote, but it is still great to get the word out for Ryan!

To download a .PDF of the résumé, click here: Braun MVP Resume.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Braun Records Second Career 30/30 Season

Ryan Braun stole his 30th base of the season tonight at Miller Park and became the first Brewer in team history to record two 30/30 seasons.  He currently has 41 home runs.  During his MVP season of 2011, Braun hit 33 home runs and stole 33 bases.

Ryan Braun recorded his second career 30/30 season in 2012.

Ryan Braun recorded his second career 30/30 season in 2012.

– JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Check Out the Bleacher Creatures at Miller Park

If you’ve been following the blog, you know that this season we’ve been highlighting some new and cool items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

Well, this week, I wanted to feature some new plush items in the store.

No, not that kind of plush! I’m talking the soft toy kind of plush.

On the heels of the wildly popular Bernie’s Chalet Figurine, I thought it would be fun to highlight another Bernie Brewer item and also, a Ryan Braun doll–yes, you read that right. See below!

Bernie Brewer Hand Puppet

$30

This Bernie Brewer Hand Puppet, made by Bleacher Creatures, is an adorable addition to any fan’s collection. Bleacher Creatures is an innovative sports licensing manufacturer  that produces a variety of children’s toys and collectibles for young sports fans – and those fans who are young-at-heart.
Ryan Braun Doll
$30
That Ryan Braun sure is a doll….literally! This Ryan Braun plush doll, also by Bleacher Creatures, is another fun addition to your collection.
I encourage you to check out these items the next time you find yourself at Miller Park. Don’t forget that the Brewers Team Store by Majestic is open on non-gamedays, too! Stop in sometime this week, or when you’re here for the Brewers Mini on Saturday!
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com
[For specific retail questions, including current store hours, please call the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at (414) 902-4750. Remember that the mlb.com shop also carries a great selection of cool Brewers gear, so you can shop online 24/7.]

Let’s Get a Picture…

In honor of team photo day at Miller Park, we thought we’d share this pretty funny video we came across, featuring Ryan Braun:

 

John will be back with some updates on our team photo shoot later today!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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