Here is the schedule for Sunday’s Brewers On Deck event!
Reminder: Admission is free this year!
I’ll be there, and would have been regardless, so I hope to see you out!
Originally posted on John & Cait...Plus Nine:
It’s almost here! Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable is set to take place on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center. Doors to the facility open at 7 a.m. and the exhibit hall is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This blog is full of everything you need for your day at Brewers On Deck.
Admission to this year’s Brewers On Deck is free of charge. Tickets are not required for the event. You can just show up at the Wisconsin Center on Sunday and you will be admitted to the event. Food donations will be accepted through the Hunger Task Force (in particular, peanut butter is requested by the Hunger Task Force). Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced their entire Minor League coaching staffs for 2014 (note – the staffs at Triple-A Nashville and Class-A Wisconsin were announced earlier).
Rick Sweet begins his first season in the Brewers organization as manager at Nashville. In 24 seasons as a manager in the Minor Leagues, Sweet has compiled a 1,588-1,520 career record (.511). Coach Bob Skube, pitching coach Fred Dabney, athletic trainer Aaron Hoback, and strength and conditioning specialist Andrew Emmick all return to Nashville.
The Double-A Huntsville Stars will also be led by a new manager in 2014 with Carlos Subero at the helm. Subero owns a 794-851 record (.483) over 13 seasons as a manager in the minors. He spent the past five seasons as a manager in the Dodgers organization, including last season as manager at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga as he led the Quakes to the California League playoffs. Subero managed at Class-A Inland Empire in 2009 and Double-A Chattanooga from 2010-12.
Prior to joining the Dodgers organization, Subero served as manager at Double-A Birmingham in the White Sox organization in 2008. He also spent nine seasons in the Texas Rangers organization, including two seasons as hitting coach with the Gulf Coast League Rangers (1999-2000) and seven seasons as manager with the GCL Rangers (2001-02), Class-A Clinton (2003-05) and Class-A Bakersfield (2006-07).
Pitching coach Chris Hook returns for his third consecutive season with the Stars. Sandy Guerrero also returns to Huntsville as a coach following the past two seasons as hitting coordinator. Guerrero previously coached at Huntsville from 2003-08. Athletic trainer Steve Patera enters his second season at Huntsville and Nate Dine joins the organization as strength and conditioning specialist.
Joe Ayrault begins his third season as manager at Class-A Brevard County. New to the Manatees’ staff is pitching coach Dave Chavarria, who spent the previous two seasons in the same role at Class-A Wisconsin, and coach Reggie Williams, who served as roving outfield and baserunning coordinator the past four seasons. Coach Ned Yost IV (third season), athletic trainer Tommy Craig (eighth season) and strength and conditioning specialist Jonah Mergen (fourth season) all return in 2014.
Matt Erickson, an Appleton, Wis. native, is back for his fourth season as manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He will be joined by new pitching coach Elvin Nina and new coaches Chuckie Caufield and Kenny Dominguez. Nina and Caufield coached at Helena in 2013 and Dominguez coached at Huntsville last season. Jeff Paxson returns for his fifth season as athletic trainer at Wisconsin and his 21st season in the organization. Mike Hoffman is in his first season as strength and conditioning specialist.
Tony Diggs, the 2013 Pioneer League Manager of the Year, returns as manager at Helena. Last season, Helena finished a win away from winning the Pioneer League title. The team’s new pitching coach is Rolando Valles, a former Minor League pitcher who spent six seasons as Latin liaison. Former Major League outfielder Jason Dubois joins the staff as a coach following a season in the same position with the Rookie Arizona Brewers. Luke Greene enters his first season as athletic trainer and Tim Gifford joins Helena’s staff as strength and conditioning coordinator, marking his fourth season in the Brewers organization.
Nestor Corredor returns for his second season as manager of the Rookie Arizona Brewers. Steve Cline returns for his 34th season as a pitching coach in the minors, including his 19th season as a member of the Brewers farm system. Al LeBoeuf joins the staff as a coach and Greg Barajas returns as athletic trainer.
The entire staff of the rookie Dominican Summer League Brewers returns in 2014, led by manager Jose Pena. He is joined by pitching coach Jose Nunez, assistant pitching coach Geraldo Obispo and coaches Luis De Los Santos, Victor Estevez and Joan Abreu. Athletic trainer Adrian Ramon and strength and conditioning coordinator Russell McCarthy also return.
In addition, former outfielder Jeremy Reed has been named hitting coordinator. He spent parts of eight seasons in the majors with Seattle (2004-08), New York-NL (2009), Toronto (2010) and Milwaukee (2011). Mark Dewey will serve as assistant pitching coordinator in 2014. He spent the past two seasons as pitching coach at Brevard County.
The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below:
NASHVILLE SOUNDS (AAA)
Strength & Conditioning Specialist
HUNTSVILLE STARS (AA)
Strength & Conditioning Specialist
BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)
Ned Yost IV
Strength & Conditioning Specialist
WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)
Strength & Conditioning Specialist
HELENA BREWERS (R)
Strength & Conditioning Specialist
ARIZONA BREWERS (R)
DSL BREWERS (R)
Asst. Pitching Coach
Luis De Los Santos
Strength & Conditioning Specialist
If you have a Twitter account, today’s the day to nominate a current Milwaukee Brewers player as the “face” of the franchise.
MLB Network has brought back it’s bracket-style competition which crowned Joey Votto as the “Face of MLB” last off-season.
To vote: Simply tweet the player’s name of your choice (preferred in hashtag format so #CarlosGomez for example) along with a mandatory #FaceofBrewers hashtag.
Get tweeting! Then pay attention for when the actual competition portion starts and let’s take the Brewers nominee to the top!
The Milwaukee Brewers announced that all members of the 2013 Major League coaching staff will return for the 2014 season under fourth-year manager Ron Roenicke.
The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “While this season has not been what we had hoped, I believe the continuity with Ron Roenicke’s coaching staff is important,” said Melvin.
“With the Club having 12 rookies and the arrival of a new group of Brewer farmhands, our coaches have worked hard to blend our young players’ development with our experienced players as we work toward getting back to the postseason.”
Ed Sedar, the longest-tenured coach on the staff, will return for his eighth season overall and fourth as third base coach. Returning for their fourth seasons on the staff are Garth Iorg (fi rst base coach), Rick Kranitz (pitching coach) and Jerry Narron (bench coach). Johnny Narron (hitting coach) returns for his third season and Lee Tunnell (bullpen coach) returns for his second. Outfield coach John Shelby returns to the staff but will no longer be in the dugout during games. Shelby will continue to assist hitting coach Johnny Narron.
Triple-A Nashville Sounds manager Mike Guerrero has been added to the Major League staff as a coach. He will assist Garth Iorg with infield instruction and be assigned other responsibilities by manager Ron Roenicke. “Mike Guerrero is being rewarded for the loyalty and hard work that he has provided the Brewers’ minor-league organization for many years,” said Melvin. “With the majority of his baseball career spent with the Brewers, Mike has touched and assisted in the development of a large number of past and present players.”
Guerrero joined the organization in 1996 as manager of the Rookie Dominican League Brewers (1996-2002). He has also served as manager at Rookie Arizona Brewers (2004-05), Class-A West Virginia (2006-07), Class-A Brevard County (2008-09), Double-A Huntsville (2010-11) and Triple-A Nashville (2012-13). He spent one season (2003) as the hitting coach at Class-A Beloit. As a player, the former minor-league infi elder spent nine seasons with the Milwaukee (1987-92, ‘94-95) and Kansas City (1993) organizations.
Fall Instructs Roster, courtesy of Adam McCalvy…
Originally posted on Brew Beat:
Add the fall instructional league to Brewers prospect Jason Rogers’ busy schedule.
Rogers and top 2013 Draft picks Devin Williams and Tucker Neuhaus highlight the list of players reporting Sunday to Maryvale Baseball Park for an instructional program that gets underway Monday morning. Rogers, who manned first base at Double-A Huntsville this season, will work a bit at third base before primarily playing left field in the Arizona Fall League as the Brewers increase his versatility for 2014.
Fifty-three players in all are listed on the Brewers’ instructional league roster — 42 on the regular roster and 11 more on an advanced roster. They include 20 of the team’s 2013 First Year Player Draft picks, and eight players from MLB.com’s list of the top 20 Brewers prospects: outfielder Tyrone Taylor (No. 4), shortstop Orlando Arcia (No. 6), outfielder Victor Roache (No. 8), right-hander Williams (No. 9), catcher Clint Coulter (No. 11), infielder Neuhaus (No. 13), and right-handers Drew Gagnon (No. 15) and Damien Magnifico (No. 19).
The 1993 season marked the final campaign in the Hall-of-Fame career of Robin Yount, and the Milwaukee Brewers will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of his retirement as a player tonight at Miller Park.
Yount will participate in a pre-game ceremony on the field before the Brewers face the Washington Nationals. He will be joined by former teammate and fellow Hall-of-Famer, Rollie Fingers.
Yount’s 20-year Major League career was spent entirely in Milwaukee and he retired following the conclusion of the 1993 season. His number 19 was retired in a ceremony on May 29, 1994 at Milwaukee County Stadium.
The celebration will include a presentation of an original painting commissioned to remember the occasion. The first 30,000 fans through the gates for the Brewers vs. Nationals game tonight will receive a poster of the painting that will be presented to Yount during the ceremony. Yount will also toss the ceremonial first pitch.
In addition, Brewers Community Foundation will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Yount to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).
“Robin’s contributions to the Brewers are far too numerous to list, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back for this special occasion,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “His time in Milwaukee was marked by great personal and team success, and it’s an era that will forever be remembered as a magical time for baseball in Wisconsin.”
Yount finished his career with 3,142 career hits and was the first player to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Brewer after being inducted on July 25, 1999. Yount broke into the big leagues at age 18. He won the American League Most Valuable Player awards in 1982 (shortstop) and 1989 (outfield), becoming the third player in Major League history to win that award at two different positions.
$10 VOUCHERS FOR FOOD, BEVERAGE, MERCHANDISE AND GAME TICKETS FOR ALL FANS
Fans should plan to bring their appetite for baseball, food and drinks to upcoming games at Miller Park because for the month of August, the Brewers are treating.
Milwaukee Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio today announced what could be a first in all of Major League sports – all fans attending any of the 12 Brewers home games in August will receive a $10 voucher for free concessions, merchandise and game tickets at Miller Park.
“This has been a challenging season for all of us, but the one thing that has never wavered has been the tremendous support we have received from fans who love the Brewers,” Attanasio said today. “We wanted to do something meaningful to show our appreciation, and we will strive to provide the best fan experience possible.”
Here are the details: Every ticketed fan coming through the turnstiles in August will receive a voucher good for $10 that can be used for food, beverage, merchandise and tickets sold at nearly every outlet (only excluding Friday’s Front Row, portable merchandise stands, Miller Park Suites, the Johnson Controls Stadium Club and All-Inclusive entertaining areas). Vouchers may be combined (meaning that fans attending with friends and family members, or those attending multiple games, can combine the vouchers for larger purchases) and used at any remaining 2013 home game. The vouchers can also be used toward the purchase of game tickets this season.
With attendance expected to average over 30,000 per game in August, the Brewers expect to distribute more than $3.6 million worth of vouchers.
This is the first in a series of special fan appreciation initiatives that the Brewers will unveil during the final two months of the season under an umbrella program known as “Fans First.” Additional details of “Fans First” events will be announced throughout August and September.
Suspended Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made a brief comment to the media today via a team spokesperson.
“When I am able to, I will speak. I know it was difficult for everybody, but I was not, and still am not, legally allowed to say anything yet.”
As Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio stated yesterday, Braun confirmed that he is currently unable to speak about the details and circumstances surrounding MLB’s investigation into and subsequent suspending because of Braun’s connection to the Biogenesis clinic.
Like I said in my column yesterday evening, Braun certainly sounds like he’s going to take Attanasio’s advice and comment at some point.
When exactly that will be remains unclear.
George Altman and Lonnie Harris to be Honored;
Brewers and Marlins to wear Throwback Uniforms
The Milwaukee Brewers will host the franchise’s eighth annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park this Saturday, July 20 vs. the Miami Marlins at 6:10 p.m.
As part of the Negro Leagues Tribute, the Brewers will wear reproductions of uniforms worn by the Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League. The team played only one season before disbanding but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill. The Miami Marlins will join in by donning uniforms of the Minor League Miami Marlins, who were a Triple-A franchise in the International League from 1956-1960. Hall-of-fame pitcher Satchel Paige was a member of the Marlins towards the end of his playing career from 1956-58.
On Saturday, the Brewers will honor former Negro League players George Altman and Lonnie Harris in a pre-game ceremony. An autograph session with the two honorees will take place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.
Altman, 80, was an outfielder for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1955. Nicknamed “Jo-Jo,” he played three months in the Negro Leagues before signing with the Chicago Cubs. He played for the Cubs (1959-62, ’65-67), St. Louis Cardinals (1963) and New York Mets (1964). Altman was a National League All-Star in 1961 and 1962. In addition, he spent seven seasons playing in Japan, where he finished his baseball career in 1975.
Harris, 83, played eight seasons in the Negro Leagues (1953-1960) as an outfielder with the Birmingham Black Barons and Memphis Red Sox. Nicknamed “Showboat,” he earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1953 and played in the East-West All-Star Games in 1953 and 1955. While serving in the U.S. Army, Harris won a batting title. In addition to his accomplished baseball career, he earned three bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from the University of Memphis. After graduating, he taught special education and worked with the Board of Education for 20 years.
The activities continue on Sunday, July 21 beginning at 1:45 p.m. when Altman and Harris will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC). The Brewers are once again partnering with the MKDC and the church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.
In previous years, the Brewers recognized pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012), pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame. During the Brewers initial Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.
The Brewers will auction the game-worn Milwaukee Bears uniforms worn by Brewers players and coaches at Brewers.com, starting at 9 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 23 and continuing through Monday, July 29 at 5 p.m. CT. The proceeds from the auction will go to Brewers Community Foundation to benefit the Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. For additional information or ticket info, fans can visit Brewers.com.
On Thursday, June 27, the Brewers will celebrate one of the most memorable days in franchise history—the debut of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages 20 years before. On that date in 1993, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages came to life, transforming from animations on the Milwaukee County Stadium Scoreboard to live racers.
The celebration starts at 6 a.m. at NorthPoint Custard, 2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, along the Lake Michigan shores. The first 250 fans will receive a free sausage breakfast sandwich (of course), a coffee, and best of all, an exclusive 20th Anniversary Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Commemorative T-Shirt. Fewer than 500 of the shirts will be made, and the event will be first come, first served. The Klement’s Racing Sausages will also be on hand.
The celebration will continue at Miller Park that afternoon as the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs at 1 p.m. A pregame ceremony will honor the Famous Racing Sausages and the race itself will feature the “Original Three Sausages”—The Bratwurst, The Italian and The Polish—with The Hot Dog and The Chorizo holding the finish line.
The Klement’s Famous Sausage Race began as a scoreboard animation in the early 1990s with just three characters—The Bratwurst, The Polish and The Italian—running toward Milwaukee County Stadium against a backdrop of the city of Milwaukee.
In the fall of 1992, Milwaukee graphic designer Michael Dillon of McDill Design presented an idea to Gabe Paul who was the Vice President of Operations for the Brewers, to transform the race from the scoreboard to live action.
On June 27, 1993, as the Sausages approached Milwaukee County Stadium on the scoreboard video, the left field doors swung open and—much to the surprise of players and fans–out came the larger-than-life mascots. The three made their way to home plate with The Bratwurst (worn by Dillon) winning the first-ever live race.
For the remainder of the 1993 season, the Sausages raced live only at those games with particularly high attendance. In 1994, the live Sausage race resumed on Sunday, May 29—the day the Brewers retired Robin Yount’s number 19 jersey—and became a fixture at every home game since—with Klement’s as the official sponsor.
Later in the 90s, The Hot Dog joined the race. In 2007, after a one-race tryout the previous year, The Chorizo rounded out the group of five Sausages fans see today. So far in 2013, The Italian has the most wins with 10.
The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages are celebrities wherever they go. The icons have traveled to Major League Baseball All-Star Games, were featured in the popular ESPN “SportsCenter” commercials, have gone missing, and survived assaults and kidnappings. A total of 15 MLB teams were inspired by the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages and now have live races of their own. For more information, please visit Brewers.com/sausages20.