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Brewers Announce BBWAA Awards

Today we announced the Brewers postseason award winners as voted by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

A total of seven ballots were cast for each award, assigning five points for first place, three for second and one for third.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy earned Brewers Most Valuable Player Jwith all seven first-place votes (35 points). Lucroy was followed by center fielder Carlos Gomez, who received all of the second-place votes (21 points). Also receiving consideration was pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (3 points), pitcher Wily Peralta (2 points), right fielder Ryan Braun (1 point) and third baseman Aramis Ramirez (1 point).

Lucroy, a first-time All-Star selection this season, batted .301 with 13 HR and 69 RBI in 153 games. He led the team in games played (153), at-bats (585), batting average (.301), hits (176), extra-base hits (68), doubles (53), walks (66), on-base percentage (.373) and OPS (.837). With his franchise-record-tying 53 doubles, he became the first primary catcher to lead his league in that category. His 46 doubles as a catcher set a Major League record.

Jonathan Lucroy (28 points) also earned the Good Guy Award for the second straight season. He received five first-place votes. The other first-place votes went to pitcher Kyle Lohse (13 points). A total of seven players received votes.

Wily Peralta was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as he received six first-place votes (33 points). He was followed by Francisco Rodriguez (17 points). The other first-place vote went to Mike Fiers (5 points). Also receiving votes were Kyle Lohse (7 points), Will Smith (2 points) and Zach Duke (1 point).

Peralta went 17-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 32 starts. He led the team in wins (17), innings pitched (198.2), quality starts (22) and strikeouts (154). His 17 wins tied for fifth in the National League. Peralta had a pair of career-high five-game winning streaks this season, coming from June 5-26 and July 13 to August 7.

Pitcher Zach Duke (17 points) earned Brewers Top Newcomer ahead of Francisco Rodriguez (15 points). Duke received just one first-place vote, but was named on every ballot. Rodriguez received three first-place votes. The remaining first-place votes went to pitchers Matt Garza (14 points), Will Smith (9 points) and Jeremy Jeffress (6 points).

Duke went 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 74 relief appearances. He recorded 74 strikeouts in just 58.2 innings pitched. Duke was the only non-roster pitcher to make the Opening Day roster. From April 12 to May 10, he made 14 consecutive scoreless appearances (13.1ip). From June 22 to July 30, he had 16 consecutive scoreless appearances (14.2ip).

Zach Duke also earned Brewers Unsung Hero honors with four first-place votes (25 points). Also receiving firstplace votes were pitchers Mike Fiers (17 points) and Will Smith (11 points) and second baseman Scooter Gennett (6 points). Also named on ballots were pitchers Jeremy Jeffress (3 points) and Yovani Gallardo (1 point).

 

Chase Rice Visits Miller Park

In town for a show tonight, country music star Chase Rice paid a visit to Miller Park this afternoon where he took a tour of the ballpark and had the chance to take a little batting practice from assistant coach Joe Crawford.

He is best known for his song “Ready Set Roll” and also co-wrote the number one single performed by Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise.”

Chase  told me that he’s had the opportunity to stop at quite a few ballparks and stadiums on his tour.A college football player during his time at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he’s a very athletic guy and had some fun in the cage.

We have a lot of country music fans on the Brewers roster this season and a few of them had the chance to hang out with him for a bit, including Will Smith, Zach Duke and fellow former Tar Heel, Rob Wooten:

Chase Rice

 

Thanks to Chase and his crew for swinging by. We hope you enjoyed your time with us–have a great show tonight!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Brewers Players & Coaches Attend Military Luncheon

Several Brewers players and coaches joined military families for a private tailgate lunch at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center this afternoon.  Each branch of the military was represented.

Here are some photos from this special event:

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As part of the organization’s community initiative known as “Beyond the Diamond,” Brewers players and coaches participate in a series of community outreach events throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel working hands-on in the community.  The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Braun and Duke named Brewers Players of the Month for July

Ryan Braun was named Brewers Player of the Month for July and Zach Duke was selected as Brewers Pitcher of the Month for July.

Braun batted .277 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 15 RBI for the month.

In 13 relief appearances, Duke did not allow a run over 11.2 innings and struck out 17 batters.  He held opponents to a .105 batting average.

Both players were presented their awards prior to tonight’s game:

BRAUN AND DUKE

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Social Media Night Set for September 8; Fans Can Elect #BrewersMVT to Appear at Event

This just in: Social Media Night is set for Monday, September 8 when the Crew takes on the Miami Marlins at Miller Park!

Being the Director of New Media, Social Media Night is something that is near and dear to my heart and something I greatly look forward to. I take great pride in this event and that’s why I really hope that you like the new spin we’ve put on it for 2014.

This is the third year of the event and this year, since we have so many players who are active on Twitter, the evening will revolve around that platform with fans having the opportunity to elect their favorite Brewers player on Twitter as the “2014 #BrewersMVT” (Most Valuable Tweeter). The player with the most votes will make an exclusive appearance at the event.

A special $25 ticket package is available for the game on Monday, September 8 against the Miami Marlins. The package includes a Loge Level ticket, access to a pregame “Tweet-Up” event at Helfaer Field featuring an appearance by the #BrewersMVT, an exclusive Brewers Twitter t-shirt designed with input from the winning player, and the opportunity to win prizes.

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From now through Sunday, August 24, fans can vote for their favorite follow on Twitter using designated hashtags. The player with the most votes will be selected as the #BrewersMVT (Most Valuable Tweeter), appear at the pre-game “Tweet Up” with fans, and help design the special Twitter t-shirt that fans purchasing the package will receive on September 8.

So…. Which Brewers player is your favorite follow? Whose tweets give you the most information or make you laugh hardest? Tweet using the designated hashtags  below now through Sunday, August 24 to vote for your #BrewersMVT.

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The players and their special hashtags are as follows:

 

PLAYERS                            TWITTER HANDLE            HASHTAG

Zach Duke                          (@Zach_Duke)                      #DukeMVT

Carlos Gomez                  (@C_Gomez27)                     #GomezMVT

Tom Gorzelanny          (@TGorz)                                    #GorzMVT

Jeremy Jeffress              (@JMontana41)                     #JeffressMVT

Kyle Lohse                          (@KyleLohse26)                   #LohseMVT

Jonathan Lucroy           (@JLucroy20)                        #Lucroy MVT

Martin Maldonado        (@Machete1224)                    #MaldyMVT

Jimmy Nelson                   (@Jimmy_J_Nelson)        #NelsonMVT

Will Smith                             (@White_Willy31)                #SmithMVT

 

Tickets are on sale now at brewers.com/socialmedianight. For group outings of 25 or more, tickets may be purchased by calling 414- 902-4523. Packages are limited, so fans are fans are encouraged to act quickly.

See you there and in the mean time, see you on Twitter!

-Cait

@CMOYER

-JohnandCait@brewers.com

Now This is a Story All About How…Will Smith Ended Up with a Fresh Prince of Bel Air Jersey

I’ve said it before. When your name is Will Smith, you have to have a good sense of humor….to put up with people like me who think they are so funny and original:

Will Smith Belair

But earlier this season, when I stumbled across this promotion that the State College Spikes were hosting, even Will himself couldn’t help but get excited:

Fresh Prince NIght

Yes, to commemorate “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” the timeless ’90s sitcom that really put the “other” Will Smith on the map, on June 29, the Spikes, a Class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, located in Pennsylvania, wore funky, graffiti-inspired jerseys and hosted Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton, Will’s cousin on the show.

I reached out to Ben Love, producer of in-game entertainment for the Spikes and explained our special situation. A month later, this happened:

Will Smith Brewers Jersey (4)

Will, chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool.

A special thanks to Ben and the SC Spikes for sending us a special #13 jersey for Will. It was very kind of you (especially since you are an affiliate of one of our biggest rivals!) and it made his day.

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You may also recall that back in June, the entire bullpen was “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” in NYC at the MLB Fan Cave:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Bullpen Gets Jiggy Wit It at the MLB Fan Cave; Produces Rap Video Featuring Will Smith, Inspired by Will Smith

Earlier this month when the Crew visited NYC to take on the Mets, many members of the Brewers bullpen paid a visit to the MLB Fan Cave where they filmed a special video.

We teased it for you a bit on social media at the time….

…but now we’re excited to share the special video–starring Will Smith, Zach Duke, Mike Fiers, Wei-Chung Wang, and Rob Wooten– with you here:

When your name is Will Smith, you have to have a good sense of humor. And, since the Brewers bullpen seems to be the most music video-friendly group in Major League Baseball right now, the Crew took this opportunity to  channel the 1990s rap scene with a montage/parody of some songs inspired by the “other” Will Smith:

“Here Come The Men in Blue”

“The Wild Midwest”

“The Fresh Prince of Brew City”

“Welcome to Milwaukee”

It was a great day hanging out at the Cave and in addition to the video, I also got a lot of fantastic behind-the-scenes photos to share with you here. Enjoy!

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A huge thank you to the folks at MLB Fan Cave for putting this together; it turned out fantastic! Also, thank you to the guys for taking the time to do this; I know I had fun and I think they may have had a little, too. ;)

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

A Wish Come True at Miller Park for Zachary Sprader

We have a special guest with us at today’s game.  Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, today is  Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park.

Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Nationals game, Zachary took a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches. He also had the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.

Here are a just a few photos from Zach’s special day:

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In addition to Zach’s special Day, we’ll be hosting folks from Make-A-Wish Wisconsin again on Sunday, July 13 when the organization celebrates its 30th birthday with an unforgettable tailgate party, chaired by Brewers pitcher, Kyle Lohse. Wish families, volunteers and medical referral sources from all across the state will gather for a party recognizing 30 years of making wishes come true for Wisconsin children with life-threatening medical conditions.

We’re in the fourth inning as I write this and the Crew leads 4-2. Here’s hoping we’ll pull out a win today. Zach said we always win when he comes to games, so I’m feeling pretty good about this one.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday is Back! #WCWW

Good morning and happy “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday” (#WCWW)!

After a brief hiatus, the Brewers bullpen is back with a new Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday video.

This one involves…a trip to the zoo? Well, a cage anyway. They must have been inspired by Sunday’s Koos for Kids event.

The WCWW trend started back in Ape-ril.

These guys are simply bananas.

They love to have fun off the field, but once they’re on the field, they stop monkeying around and it’s all business.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Team Tristan Attends Brewers Game

Today, Tristan Brahmer is attending the game with his family and fifth-grade classmates from Owen-Withee Elementary school in Owen, Wisconsin. They are all wearing “Team Tristan” t-shirts because Tristan is fighting a courageous battle against Alexander Disease, an extremely rare and usually progressive neurological disorder.

Tristan Brahmer

Brewers pitchers Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza pose with Tristan and his family before Thursday’s Brewers vs. Pirates game at Miller Park.

Tristan is a huge Brewers fan and was very excited to meet pitchers Zach Duke, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse before the game. In addition, he received signed batting gloves and a signed baseball from Ryan Braun.

We are happy to have Tristan and his team out here at Miller Park today. We hope they enjoy the game and we wish him all the best in his fight against the disease.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

 Tristan

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