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Brewers Announce Surprise September Call-Up; Comedic Relief Pitcher Tim Dillard to Join Brewers Social Media Team Tomorrow

Today we announced a late addition call-up to the team’s roster of talent. In an unprecedented move, relief pitcher and semi-amateur comedian Tim Dillard will join the organization tomorrow as a member of the Brewers social media team. The announcement was made by Brewers General Manager David Stearns.

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“Everyone in my position looks for the five-tool player, but on rare occasions you find a guy who brings something just a little different to the table,” Stearns said. “There’s no doubt that Tim has a skill set that you won’t find anywhere else. He has been part of the Brewers family for many years, and has kept everyone laughing since day one.”

Dillard will join the Crew just in time for the team’s final six home games of the season. The right-handed pitcher has spent parts of 14 seasons with the organization, including over 70 appearances with the Major League club from 2008 to 2012. He spent the 2016 season with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate, Colorado Springs. In between relief outings with the Sky Sox, Dillard has become the organization’s comedic relief specialist. He created unique content such as his Dubsmash videos – short-films involving his teammates lip-syncing everything from pop songs to movies to notorious commercials. Over the last few months, Dillard developed a new show – mIlb Network, where he interviewed teammates about everything from rain delays to their pre-game rituals.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join the Brewers social media team,” said Dillard. “I worked hard and pitched well in relief all season. And, while this might not be the exact opportunity I was seeking, it still allows me to throw a few ‘curveballs’ in September. I’m a pitcher first, but there’s nothing wrong with having a little clubhouse fun. I never thought my antics would catch the attention of a media scout.”

In his temporary, non-pitching role, Dillard will use the skills he has honed in the minor leagues to help the big league club’s social media team. The right-handed pitcher will create content featuring players, coaches and fans. He will span all forms of social media including, but not limited to, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram Takeovers; Facebook Live Videos, and even a Reddit AMA.

Fans can follow along with the fun using the hashtag #BrewersLastCallUp and by checking out Dillard’s social media pages (@DimTillard on Twitter and Instagram) along with the Brewers official social media handles (@Brewers on Twitter and Instagram, Brewers on Snapchat, and Facebook.com/Brewers).

-Cait

@CMoyer

Closer John Axford to Open Film Festival Tonight

Brewers fans, are you looking for something to do on your off day?

Tonight is the Opening Night for the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs through October 2.

If you check out the event, held at Landmark Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee’s Eastside, you just might spot some familiar faces in the crowd.  This year, Brewers closer John Axford has been involved with the festival through Brewers Community Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors.

If you remember my interview with John back in Spring Training when we were busy shooting our TV commercials, you’ll recall that John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Film in 2005 and is quite the movie buff.

Through his involvement, John has been featured on billboards promoting the event and he also plans to attend the Opening Night party at Discovery World. Make sure to follow John on Twitter @JohnAxford for updates and also check out the Film Festival website, as rumor has it, there will be an interview with John posted shortly.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitchers Randy Wolf and Tim Dillard, are also planning to attend opening night festivities.

As part of their support, Brewers Community Foundation is sponsoring Take One: Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival, presented by PNC. Take One is also sponsored by Marcus Theatres.

“The film festival is so great for the community. The quality of film and exposure to other cultures is a tremendous asset that I think people should take advantage of. In particular, the Children’s Film Festival fits well Brewers Community Foundation’s focused interest in education,” said Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, Cecelia Gore.

The Children’s Film Festival is co-directed by Julia Magnasco, Education Director at First Stage Children’s Theater, and Brian Gallagher, the former Executive Coordinator of the Wisconsin International Children’s Film Festival; it features quality children’s cinema from around the world. Each screening includes discussions with filmmakers or educators, hands-on activities and take-home guides.

Take One films will screen on the weekends during the film festival, September 24 and 25 at the Oriental Theatre and the Marcus Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and also on October 1 and 2 at both the Oriental and the Marcus North Shore Cinema in Mequon.

For those of you attending the festival, you might also recognize another name in the program: MLB Commissioner Allan H.(Bud) Selig and his wife, Suzanne, are also major supporters of the film festival and have been since its inception in 2008. In recognition of their support, the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award is given each year to the overall audience favorite film in the feature and short film categories.

For a complete schedule of all Film Festival events, click here: http://www.milwaukee-film.org.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

P.S. In speaking with Cecelia, I also discovered that a limited number of passes for Take One will be available at the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 raffle tables during tomorrow night’s Brewers vs. Marlins game beginning at 7:10pm. Stop by, purchase your raffle tickets and you just might get to go to the festival on us!

Full Workout For Pitchers and Catchers on Day Two

The weather cooperated today as the rain stopped and made way for clear skies and dry conditions today in Phoenix.  It was a bit on the cool side and the wind made it feel at times quite brisk, but the Brewers Pitchers and Catchers were able to get in a full workout today. 

The workout included conditioning, bunting, and the always popular “PFP,” short for Pitchers Fielding Practice.  Pitchers also had some throwing work today as a group through bullpen sessions.  The early reporting position players worked out on the “backfields” at Maryvale Baseball Park, taking batting practice and running through light fielding drills.

I took a couple photos today to show you all what was going on in camp. 

 

P1000352.JPGIn this conditioning exercise, players are seen balancing on a foam square on one leg while “juggling” two balls.  One ball was a regular baseball and the other was a slightly larger and heavier training ball.  Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Joyner stressed the importance of players using their core strength to maintain their balance.

 

P1000495.JPGPitching Coach Rick Peterson addresses a group of pitchers prior to a PFP drill.

P1000449.JPGTim Dillard covers first in a PFP drill.  Pitchers simulated the motion of delivering a pitch and then ran to cover first as if the hitter hit the ball to the first baseman.  PFP drills are quite common in Spring Training as players not only get used to their mechanics on the mound, but also get into a groove with their general fielding.

P1000507.JPGCatcher Matt Treanor works with Third Base Coach Brad Fischer on catching drills.  The catchers today worked on throwing runners out on the bases.  Catchers, just like pitchers, have to get their arm strength built up during the first workouts of Spring Training.

P1000525.JPGOne of the more popular drills early on in Spring Training is the bunting station.  Players work on getting bunts down to certain locations–especially down the line.  Point values are awarded for laying down bunts in specific locations.  Players normally take ten pitches each round and aim five down the left field line and five down the right field line in hopes to score the most points.

P1000523.JPGThe bunting station always draws one of the bigger crowds of fans during workout days.  Players always get into it especially when it is made a competition.  Just the pitchers are participating this week, but when the full squad reports next week, they too will participate.

 

P1000480.JPGPitcher Chris Capuano squares in for a bunt earlier today.

That is all from today at Maryvale Baseball Park.  We will have more action for you from Brewers Spring Training tomorrow.  Again, if you have any questions about Spring Training or any comments, please feel free to e-mail us!

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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