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The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the hiring of Matt Arnold as vice president and assistant general manager. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.
“I am thrilled to bring Matt on board,” said Stearns. “Matt has touched nearly every aspect of baseball operations during his impressive career. He has the ability to impact our organization across the entire baseball operations spectrum and will be an integral part of our operation.”
Arnold, 36, had served as director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Rays prior to joining the Brewers. During his time with the Rays (2007-15), Arnold assisted President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman in player acquisitions, contract negotiation and internal farm system evaluation. His responsibilities also included foreign and domestic special assignments and coordinating advance scouting coverage for the postseason. In addition, Arnold oversaw the integration of science, biomechanics and human movement analysis within baseball operations at all levels.
During his nine-season tenure in Tampa Bay, the Rays posted the fourth-best winning percentage in the American League (773-686, .530) and qualified for the postseason four times (2008, 2010-11 and 2013), including the franchise’s first World Series appearance in 2008.
Arnold has 15 seasons of professional baseball experience. Along with his time with the Rays, he has worked in the baseball operations departments of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000), Texas Rangers (2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2003-06).
While with the Reds, Arnold served as assistant director of professional scouting with his duties including player analysis, financial planning and arbitration, as well as involvement in advance, amateur and professional scouting. He joined the Rays following the 2006 season as a professional scout and was promoted to director of professional scouting in November 2009. In that role, he supervised the organization’s Major League and professional scouting departments. He was promoted to his most recent position with the Rays this past June.
“While leaving an incredible organization in Tampa Bay, I am excited and eternally grateful for the opportunity join the Brewers family,” said Arnold. “I am delighted at the prospect of building upon a dynamic environment and facing the challenges ahead together with Mark (Attanasio), David (Stearns), Doug (Melvin), Craig (Counsell) and the baseball operations department. Through hard work, curiosity, and creativity, I intend to work tirelessly with our talented group to bring a championship to Milwaukee.”
Originally from California, Arnold attended the University of California-Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in economics. While there, he met his wife, Jodi. The couple has a daughter, Julianne, and a son, Tyler.
Many of you will remember that back in January, we launched the second year of our Fan-tastic Forty promotion. All fans that purchased or renewed ticket packages of 20 games or more had the opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days.
Prizes included a tour of the Miller Park roof, a game of catch with a Brewers reliever, getting your photo on a Brewers 2012 Season Ticket and much more, ending with the final prize of signing a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform and one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.
A Brewers Season Seat Holder since 1975, Jack Kalman of Franklin won the prize and a press conference was held to formally welcome him to the team today, with many of Jack’s family and friends in attendance, including his wife, Vicki, and Audrey Kuenn, wife of the late former Brewers manager, Harvey Kuenn.
“We appreciate your loyalty as a fan,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin, when presenting Jack with his contract. “It’s exciting to know that we have fans like you who have followed the organization for many years, through the ups and downs.”
Jack is a retired kitchen cabinet manufacturer who owned and operated Style-Line Manufacturing in West Allis for 34 years.
He started going to baseball games at Milwaukee County Stadium at age 12 and he attended the World Series games in 1957 when the Milwaukee Braves became World Champions. Jack has never missed an Opening Day game of the Milwaukee Braves or Milwaukee Brewers. In 1982, he went to all 81 regular season games and all seven World Series games. A close personal friend of the late Harvey Kuenn, Jack regaled the crowd at his press conference with stories and even reminisced about staying in the same hotel suite for Game 1 of the World Series with the then-Brewers manager and his wife and going out after the game with Harvey to celebrate the Brewers 10-0 victory over the Cardinals.
It was because of Harvey that Jack chose to wear #32 on his uniform.
“I thank everybody and this is really awesome, a lot more than I expected. Thank you.” Jack said.
In addition to the salary and uniform, Jack was also able to park in our VIP Lot and will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays
Many of you will remember that back in January, we launched a unique plan to award prizes to fans who purchased Season Seat packages for the 2011 season: The Milwaukee Brewers Fan-Tastic 40. All fans that purchased or renewed ticket packages of 20 games or more had the opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days.
Prizes included Klement’s Sausage for a Year, getting your photo on a Brewers 2011 Season Ticket and much more, ending with the final prize of signing a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform and one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.
A Brewers Season Seat Holder at Miller Park since 2001, Larry Schaefer of Fond du Lac won the prize and a press conference was held to formally welcome him to the team today, with many of Larry’s family and friends in attendance.
“When it came down to it, Larry is passionate about baseball and the Brewers and that was very important to us. We’re so happy to have Larry here,” said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin, when presenting Larry with his contract.
“This is a once in a lifetime chance and I’d like to thank the Brewers. This was a novel idea, to come up with something like this,” he said.
Larry has been President of Fond du Lac Youth Baseball and was the President of Fond du Lac Baseball Inc. for 20 years. He played and managed in the Rock River League where he was once named Most Valuable Player. Larry attended Oakfield High School and played first base.
In addition to the salary and uniform, Schaefer was also able to park in our VIP Lot and will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I feel great, a real part of the Milwaukee Brewers,” Larry said. “But I do have one question: When we win the World Series, do I get a ring?”