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2013 GIBBYs Nominees Announced; Time to VOTE BREWERS!

The nominees for the 2013 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs) have been announced. Players from both Leagues are featured as nominees in 22 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)

Millions of fan votes have been cast over the past five years, and this year’s winners will be recognized during an MLB.com extravaganza during  the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Voting ends December 1, 2013. So, over the next couple of weeks, make sure you VOTE BREWERS in the following categories!

  • VOTE Gomez for Defensive Player  .988 FLD PCT, 391 putouts, 12 assists. Gomez displayed a great glove in center field all season, pacing big league outfielders (min: 110 games started) with a 2.78 Range Factor while ranking among the leaders in assists.
  • VOTE Segura for Hitting Performance  6-for-7, 2 R, RBI, May 28 vs. MIN. Jean Segura went 5-for-5 in regulation against the Twins — including a tying RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning — before tacking on another base knock in the 14th to match a franchise mark that had not been touched in 20 years.
  • VOTE Schafer for Walk-Off  Sept. 17 vs. CHC. In one of the most unique ways to earn a walk-off win, Logan Schafer stepped up to the plate as a pinch-hitter and laid down a game-ending suicide squeeze that sent the Brewers onto the field in celebratory fashion
  • VOTE Betancourt for Cut 4 Topic Little is nondescript about Brandon Phillips who, after a sacrifice bunt, initially opted to walk away from first base in lieu of being retired by Yuniesky Betancourt. But when neither man moved, Phillips turned around and jogged back to Betancourt, slapping his glove hand for a hilarious “high-five” putout.

Thanks for your support and GO BREWERS!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Gomez and Segura Named to MLB All-Star Team

The day the All-Star Teams are selected is always an exciting day around the ballpark.  There is always a buzz knowing at least one player from your team will receive the honor of representing their team in the Midsummer Classic.

Today was no different at Miller Park as two Milwaukee Brewers were named to their very first MLB All-Star Team.  Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura will represent the Brewers at Citi Field in New York on July 16 in the MLB All-Star Game.  They were named reserves on the National League squad during the selection special on FOX.

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Gomez is hitting .319 (7th in NL) with 13 home runs and 41 RBI this season.  He also has 18 stolen bases (T5th in NL), 20 doubles and a National League-leading nine triples.  He is also third in the National League in both slugging percentage (.572) and extra-base hits (42).  He has picked up National League Player of the Week for the week of April 15 – 21 after batting .500 (9-for-18) with five runs, two home runs and three RBI in six games.

Not only have the offensive numbers of Gomez been impressive, but how about his defense?! Last night, he robbed a home run as he scaled the wall. Those plays have been routine for Gomez.

Segura is hitting .322 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI this season.  Although he is not considered a rookie, it is Segura’s first full season in the Major Leagues and he was named to his first Opening Day roster out of Spring Training.  A key piece in last year’s Zack Greinke trade with Los Angeles of Anaheim, Segura leads the Brewers with 26 stolen bases (2nd in the NL) and is the only player in the Major Leagues this season with ten or more home runs and 25 or more stolen bases.

Segura’s eight triples are tied for second in the National League and his 31 multi-hit games rank fourth in the NL.  He also enjoyed two double-digit hitting streaks during the month of June (10g and 12g).

Like Gomez, Segura’s defense has also been impressive all season as he has been very solid at shortstop.

Between the two of them, they have combined for 206 hits this season (Segura 109, tops in the National League, Gomez 97).  That ranks second among National League teammates, trailing only Yadier Molina (106) and Matt Carpenter (105) of St. Louis (211).

This is the first time since 2011 that the Brewers had more than one All-Star.  Last year was the first year the Brewers were represented with only one player since 2005.  This is also the first year since 2006 that the Brewers do not have a starter in the game.  Segura is the first Brewers shortstop selected to an All-Star team since J.J. Hardy was selected in 2007.

Make sure to support Gomez and Segura by tuning in to the game on Tuesday, July 16 on FOX.  It is always a great event and is a great showcase for the game.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Vote Brewers Campaign Hits the Homestretch

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There are just about two weeks left in the VOTE Brewers campaign.  While the last day to vote at Miller Park is Friday, you still have until July 4 to vote online.

The most recent voting returns announced on Sunday had four Brewers among the leaders.  Ryan Braun, Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy are all within striking distance and all in need of Brewers fans help.

Baseball is a game of numbers, so lets talk numbers why these guys should be All-Stars.  All four players have some pretty incredible numbers.

- Gomez (12 hr/13 sb) and Segura (10 hr/20sb)  are two of seven players in MLB that have double figures in both home runs and stolen bases this season.

- Gomez also is one of six players in MLB that have double figures in home runs, stolen bases and doubles (17).

- Gomez and Segura are on pace to possibly record 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season.  This is something that has only been accomplished seven times in MLB history! Willie Mays in 1957, Jim Bottomley in 1928, Jimmy Rollins in 2007, Jeff Heath in 1941, George Brett in 1979, Curtis Granderson in 2007 and good ole’ Wildfire Schulte in 1911 all have accomplished that feat.  This will be exciting to watch in the second half of 2013.

- Segura is the only player in MLB to have 10 hr and 20 stolen bases this season.

- Lucroy has been on a tear over the last few weeks, as he is tied for third in MLB in RBI since 5/31 with 17 and hitting .389 over those previous 15 games with 3 hr.  Since the beginning of 2012, only Posey (.919) and Yadier Molina (.885) have a higher OPS than Lucroy (.822) among N.L. catchers.

- While Braun is on the Disabled List, he too has been one of the best hitters in baseball, posting the highest OPS among all MLB outfielders at .963 since the beginning of last season.

- WAR.  What is it good for, you ask?  It is a pretty popular stat these days that stands for “Wins Above Replacement.”  It is used to measure the overall value of a player’s contribution to their team.  FanGraphs’ WAR has Gomez leading the National League and second in MLB and Segura ranked ninth in the N.L.

Braun trails the third and final outfield spot by just over 300,000 votes.  Gomez is 11th among N.L. outfielders, just over 900,000 votes shy of jumping into the top three.  Segura is just over 1.2 million votes behind Troy Tulowitzki and Lucroy is nearly 2 million votes shy of Buster Posey at catcher.  Now you might think I’m nuts because of those numbers and the amount of time.

But hang with me and take a look at some simple math here.  This blog post will be sent via social media to Brewers Facebook fans and Twitter followers which we can estimate is just over 750,000 possible people. Now, for argument sake, say our Twitter followers also are Facebook fans, so let’s bring that estimate to 500,000 Brewers social media gurus who follow the team.  If each of you votes the maximum of 35 times on Brewers.com, that will total 17.5 million votes.  Certainly enough to get those four voted in (and the rest of the Brewers!).

Don’t forget to campaign for your favorite Brewers players on social media:

  • #VOTEBREWERS
  • #LOCKINLUC
  • #IHARTNY
  • #PICKRICKIE
  • #VOTEARAMIS
  • #SENDSEGURA
  • #VOTEBRAUN
  • #GOFORGOMEZ
  • #ADDAOKI

The 2013 MLB All-Star Game will take place at CitiField in New York on Tuesday, July 16.  Tune in to the game on FOX.

Brewers fans, show why we are among the best and proudest fans in baseball.  Let’s pass the word around and finish strong in the 2013 MLB All-Star voting campaign! Vote Brewers!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

ESPN’s #UNIBATTLE: Vote Brewers!

Remember Brewers fans about a year ago when you voted Miller Park the Best Ballpark in MLB on ESPN.com’s poll?  You came out in record numbers and upset the rest of the field as Miller Park was named the best ballpark in MLB thanks to the passionate Brewers fanbase.  Some didn’t really like that decision, but it showed how much pride Brewers fans have in their team and ballpark. Well, it looks like the Brewers could use your help again in ESPN.com’s “Battle of the Uniforms.”

This is great because it includes two of my favorite things: uniforms and bracket style tournaments.  This topic always sparks interesting discussions and debates.

A bracket-style online vote has been set up to decide what MLB team has the best uniforms in all of Baseball.  The Brewers are opening up the underdogs as an 11 seed facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the “tournament.”  Although the Brewers have a number of alternate uniforms, the voting is based only on the official home “whites” and road “grays.”

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Voting is open now on ESPN.com and the first round ends tomorrow morning.  In addition, fans can tweet their thoughts on the bracket using the #UNIBATTLE hashtag.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Vote Brewers! Balloting Party Scheduled for Thursday at UW-Milwaukee

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With the Vote Brewers! campaign underway and voting for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in full-swing, the Brewers and UW-Milwaukee have planned a Vote Brewers! party on the UWM campus this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The party will take place at the UWM Union (2200 East Kenwood Boulevard).

Fans will have an opportunity to cast their votes online balloting via the laptop computers in the UWM Union All-Star Polling District. In addition, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages will be in attendance at the balloting party.

Eight 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.  Players on this year’s All-Star ballot include 1B Corey Hart, 2B Rickie Weeks, SS Jean Segura, 3B Aramis Ramirez, C Jonathan Lucroy, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Norichika Aoki.  Write-in votes are also possible.

In-park balloting at Miller Park is underway and will continue through Friday, June 21, comprising 25 home dates.  With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District at Miller Park, 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 vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com a maximum of 35 times per email address through Thursday, July 4 at 10:59 CT.  All fans voting 21 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 young Brewers slugger.  Fans voting online will also receive a buy-one, get-one offer for select Brewers home games.  More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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

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

Vote Brewers Arrives at Miller Park Tonight

Online voting for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game has been underway for about two weeks and now fans at Miller Park can join in the fun as in-stadium balloting begins tonight.  Paper ballots will be available at Miller Park for tonight’s game and for 22 games after tonight, ending Tuesday, June 19.  Fans filling out and turning in ballots to the All-Star Polling District will be eligible for some great Brewers prizes.

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 every All-Star Game since 2007, including three elected starters last season, 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.  The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and will air on FOX.

Ryan Braun at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ryan Braun at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.

As announced in mid-April, Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mat Gamel, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Ryan Braun, OF Nyjer Morgan and OF Corey Hart.

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 beginning tonight and continuing through Tuesday, June 19. The Vote Brewers! campaign will feature event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts as well as signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate.

In addition, media partners FOX Sports 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 including one tomorrow on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Corey Hart at the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, California.

Corey Hart at the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, California.

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 19 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

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. More information and rules may be found at brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Terrace Reserved seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at brewers.com).

Rickie Weeks was the National League starting second baseman at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rickie Weeks was the National League starting second baseman at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.

Last season, Ryan 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 283 of the 2012 Brewers media guide.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1 on the 2012 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/allstar through Thursday, June 28 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Two Brewers Who Deserve Your Vote

The first returns for All-Star balloting will be announced next week.  Voting has been going on for about a month and while some say voting might start too early, there are certainly some Brewers who are worthy of a selection.  Today, I will focus the attention on two Brewers players who have been “swinging a hot bat,” as Brian Anderson would like to say.  Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee have been very strong and consistent all season for the Brewers. 

Entering Friday’s game, Braun is among the League leaders in pretty much all offensive statistical categories.  Among National League outfielders Braun leads the league in Hits (52) and is second in runs scored (34), batting average (.333), multi-hit games (16) and on base percentage (.413).  Not to mention, he is averaging 8.52 plate appearances per strikeout, third most among NL outfielders. 

Braun has used his speed to advance on the base paths this season.  His nine stolen bases are 4th among NL outfielders and he is one of two NL outfielders without a caught stealing this season (teammate Carlos Gomez is the other one).  Braun also ranks 4th among NL outfielders in total bases (86) and RBI (4th). 

Among third basemen this season, McGehee is first in batting average (.325), hits (49), RBI (37), On-Base Percentage (.395) and OPS (.965).  He is second in both home runs (9) and slugging percentage (.570).  Overall in the National League, McGehee ranks high in two clutch hitting stats, RBI after the 7th inning (1st, 18) and go-ahead RBI (T6th, 8).

Together, Braun and McGehee enter tonight’s game leading the Major Leagues in combined RBI (67) this season.  There are three other duos in MLB with 65, but none can match Braun and McGehee’s 67.

Braun has been an All-Star each of the last two seasons and is putting up All-Star numbers again this season.  McGehee–a waiver claim by the Brewers–has also proved to the National League that he can put up All-Star numbers.  Continue to get out the vote and send this duo to the All-Star game!  Click here to vote.

Also, please continue to submit your favorite Brewers license plates you have seen driving around the state!  We have seen a couple of submissions so far and I have seen a couple of creative ones on the road, keep them coming in!

 

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Vote Brewers! 2010 Campaign is Officially Underway

It might seem a little early to start thinking about the All-Star Game with only two weeks of the season behind us, but sure enough, balloting for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game begins online today and at Miller Park on Saturday.

Over the past three seasons, Brewers fans filled the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for their favorite Milwaukee Brewers players.

Last year, Ryan Braun was the top vote-getter among outfielders with 4,138,599 votes making him a starter in the Midsummer Classic for the second consecutive season.  The first reader to e-mail me with the last Brewers player to start in consecutive All-Star Games prior to Braun will receive a Vote Brewers! T-shirt.

In 2008, the impact of the “Vote Brewers!” campaign was heard and seen throughout Major League Baseball.  Braun was voted to the game with the third-highest vote total of anyone in Major League Baseball with 3,835,890 votes.  He also became the first Brewers outfielder to be selected by fan balloting.  Additionally, Corey Hart was named to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote.  Remember the “I Hart NY” campaign?  That was a fun couple of days trying to do everything we could to get Corey into the game.

In 2007, Prince 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.

Not only was it a reflection of the way the Brewers have been performing on the field–all three players deserved their spots on the All-Star team–but it also showed the loyalty Brewers fans have for their players.  It’s always great to see the Brewers represented in that way on a national stage like the All-Star Game.

This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held on Tuesday, July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.  Joining Braun and Fielder on this year’s ballot are: 2B Rickie Weeks, SS Alcides Escobar, 3B Casey McGehee, C Gregg Zaun, OF Jim Edmonds and OF Carlos Gomez

Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping to decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2010 MLB In-Stadium Firestone All-Star Balloting Program and the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint

The online ballot is now available at brewers.com and beginning Saturday, fans will be able to vote through in-park balloting at Miller Park.  Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at brewers.com through Thursday, July 1 at 10:59 CT.  In-park balloting at Miller Park will continue through Sunday, June 13, comprising 25 home dates.  In-stadium balloting for every Major League team will consist of 25 home games.

At brewers.com, all fans voting 25 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 young Brewers slugger. More details and rules may be found at brewers.com.  Additionally, 25 online votes will unlock a special code that will be good for discounted tickets to select games at Miller Park. 

You can use those tickets to come out to the ballpark and fill out paper ballots with a chance to win some pretty great prizes at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. 

With every ten 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 13 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

The 2010 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be announced on Sunday, July 4th on the 2010 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.

Follow the John and Cait blog as we will have special features on all eight Brewers All-Star candidates throughout the Vote Brewers! 2010 Campaign.

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com
 

 

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