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.
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.
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.
Club Signs Each of Their First Five Draft Selections
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signings of their first five draft selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Today’s signings include the following:
Round / Player / Position / School / Minor League Assignment
2. Devin Williams / RHP / Hazelwood West (MO) High School /Arizona
CBB Tucker Neuhaus / SS / Wharton (FL) High School /Arizona
3. Barrett Astin / RHP / University of Arkansas /Helena
4. Taylor Williams / RHP / Kent State University /Helena
5. Josh Uhen / RHP / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee /Arizona
Devin Williams, 18, went 6-1 with a 1.02 ERA and one save in nine games as a senior at Hazelwood West (MO) High School. He struck out 93 batters and allowed just 17 hits over 48 innings pitched in 2013, limiting opponents to a .102 batting average. Williams, who was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason First-Team All America selection, had a scholarship offer from the University of Missouri.
Neuhaus, who turns 18 years old tomorrow, missed the majority of the season due to injuries. He was drafted by the Brewers in the Competitive Balance Round B and had a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville.
Astin, 21, went 4-4 with a 1.79 ERA and one save in 18 games (14 starts) at the University of Arkansas this past season. In 90.2 innings, he struck out 74 batters and allowed 85 hits, including just one home run. Astin spent the 2012 season as the Razorbacks closer (11 saves in 2012).
Taylor Williams, 21, was a First Team All-MAC selection in his junior campaign at Kent State University this season. He led the Golden Flashes with a 10-1 record and a 2.47 ERA in 15 starts, including three complete games. Williams struck out 110 batters in 105.2 innings pitched this season.
Uhen, 21, is an Oshkosh, Wis. native. He played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he made 21 appearances out of the bullpen for the Panthers in his redshirt sophomore season this year. Uhen compiled a 1-0 record with a 3.80 ERA in 21.1 innings with 19 strikeouts in 2013.
The advanced rookie-level Helena Brewers begin their season this Thursday at the Missoula Osprey, the rookie affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The rookie-level Arizona Brewers begin their season on Thursday at the Arizona Dodgers
The Brewers are expected to announce additional draft signings later this week.
Braun Falls To Fourth Among National League Outfielders; Segura, Gomez and Lucroy Also Among Leaders
The second update of National League voting totals for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game announced last night by Major League Baseball shows Ryan Braun currently fourth among National League outfielders, trailing the third spot by less than 300,000 votes.
Braun is fourth among National League outfielders with 1,283,103 votes and trails Carlos Beltran of St. Louis who has 1,550,844 votes. Justin Upton of Atlanta (1,666,026) and Bryce Harper of Washington (1,616,784) hold the top two spots. Carlos Gomez also ranks 12th among N.L. outfielders with 704,106 votes. The top three outfielders with the most votes are all elected to start.
Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is having a breakout season and remains third among N.L. shortstops with 835,329 votes. Rounding out the top three N.L. shortstops are Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado (1,691,262) and Brandon Crawford of San Francisco (1,015,633).
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is fifth amonth N.L. catchers with 423,115 votes. Buster Posey of San Francisco leads all national league vote-getters with 1,961,861 votes.
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.
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 CitiField in New York City. 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 and the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.
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.
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 Club Outfield 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 continues through Friday, June 21, comprising 25 home dates. The Vote Brewers! campaign features 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 are promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There have also been voting parties staged during the balloting period.
With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans receive one raffle ticket that enters 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 are available at the Polling District.
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.
The Brewers top two picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, RHP Devin Williams and INF Tucker Neuhaus, joined local media in a brief conference call today. Both draftees had interesting stories to tell (spoiler alert: Neuhaus is a Packers fan) and seem eager to join the organization. Audio of the call is below:
RHP Devin Williams (54th overall)