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Hank House to debut at Miller Park tomorrow

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Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” is getting a home at Miller Park.  The “Hank House,” a roomy, one bedroom Cape Cod-style dwelling, will debut tomorrow as the Brewers open a six-game homestand against the San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m.

The “Hank House” will be positioned at “The Point” in centerfield for the first game and as a mobile home, it will move around the ballpark throughout the season.  When Hank is at Miller Park, it will be his home and used for photo opportunities and appearances.

Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society.

The “Ballpark Pup” arrived in Milwaukee on March 16 on a Southwest Airlines charter flight and made his Miller Park debut in late March as merchandise bearing his image was released at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.  Twenty-percent of sales of Hank merchandise will be donated back to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund.”

The Brewers also announced a “BobbleHank” game at Miller Park on Saturday, September 13 where all fans will receive a bobblehead featuring Hank. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for the game will also go to the “Hank Fund.”


UPDATE:
Here are images of Hank’s House, just released by the Brewers:

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Milwaukee Brewers 2014 Player Salaries

Here is a listing of the MLB salaries of the 26* men earning MLB-level pay from the Milwaukee Brewers as of Opening Day.

Quick math: The figures below total $101,219,338.00

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Aramis Ramirez $15,137,803

Matt Garza $12,209,424

Rickie Weeks $12,000,000

Yovani Gallardo $11,500,000

Ryan Braun $11,111,111

Kyle Lohse $11,000,000

Carlos Gomez $7,000,000

Marco Estrada $3,325,000

Francisco Rodriguez $3,250,000

Tom Gorzelanny* $3,150,000

Jonathan Lucroy $2,100,000

Mark Reynolds $2,000,000

Lyle Overbay $1,500,000

Zach Duke $850,000

Jean Segura $534,000

Wily Peralta $515,000

Jim Henderson $512,000

Brandon Kintzler $507,000

Logan Schafer $505,000

Tyler Thornburg $505,000

Scooter Gennett $504,000

Khris Davis $503,000

Jeff Bianchi $ 502,000

Martin Maldonado $ 502,000

Will Smith $502,000

Wei-Chung Wang $500,000


*Tom Gorzelanny is on the 15-day Disabled List to begin the season

Source: USA Today

Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers ’14 – #3 Elian Herrera

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And then there were three.

Just three days (or sleeps, depending on your preferred vernacular) remain until Opening Day at Miller Park on March 31. As such, today we profile the member of the Brewers organization who has been wearing #3 on his back throughout Cactus League play…

Elian Herrera.

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Elian Herrera is a 5’10″ switch-hitting utility player who hails from the Dominican Republic. He turned 29 years old just before Spring Training got underway this year. The Brewers claimed him off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and were awarded his rights on November 4, 2013.

The Brewers are only Herrera’s second organization. He was originally signed into professional baseball as an 18-year-old amateur by the Dodgers back in 2003.

Herrera made his big league debut in 2012 for Los Angeles, piling up 214 plate appearances over 67 games. He hit just .251/.340/.332 with very little power, but proved his value in the field as he logged time at all three outfield spots as well as second and third base, and even a pittance at shortstop.

His cup of coffee in 2013 was just four games, only two of which saw him line up defensively at all.

Throughout his minor league career he’s easily played the most second base but has had enough experience in all other spots (except right field) listed above. He’s capable defensively at many spots which makes him versatile and, especially in a league of double-switches and on a team with limited bench roles, particularly valuable.

He did impress the Brewers coaches in camp, however with limited space, Herrera didn’t make the 25-man roster out of spring training. He was added to the group of minor leaguers who traveled with the team to Milwaukee for the pair of exhibition games against the Kansas City Royals this weekend, however. There’s also still a chance that Herrera’s name will be announced during roster introductions on Monday, albeit one the Brewers are hoping to avoid.

If the shoulder of starting All-Star shortstop Jean Segura continues to ail him, there’s still a very real possibility that the Brewers would have to place Segura on the 15-day disabled list to begin the year. That would shift Jeff Bianchi into the starting lineup (most likely) and as the only other player on the 40-man roster who can handle shortstop defensively, Herrera would likely get the call.

Regardless of how that plays out, the Brewers have already used Herrera’s final option year. He can go up and down all year to and from Class-AAA Nashville. He’ll certainly be the guy who gets called up first if injury befalls any one of the infielders.

Milwaukee likes his switch-hitting, loves his versatility, and is happy with the player who they acquired for practically nothing from the west coast.

If only all acquisitions were that simple.

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Brewers On Deck Schedule Posted

Brewer Nation:

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:

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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…

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Brewers Announce Minor League Coaching Staffs

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)

Manager
Rick Sweet

Pitching Coach
Fred Dabney

Coach
Bob Skube

Athletic Trainer
Aaron Hoback

Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Andrew Emmick

   
HUNTSVILLE STARS (AA)

Manager
Carlos Subero

Pitching Coach
Chris Hook

Coach
Sandy Guerrero

Athletic Trainer
Steve Patera

Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Nate Dine

   
BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)

Manager
Joe Ayrault

Pitching Coach
David Chavarria

Coach
Ned Yost IV

Coach
Reggie Williams

Athletic Trainer
Tommy Craig

Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Jonah Mergen

   
WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)

Manager
Matt Erickson

Pitching Coach
Elvin Nina

Coach
Chuckie Caufield

Coach
Kenny Dominguez

Athletic Trainer
Jeff Paxson

Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Mike Hoffman

   
HELENA BREWERS (R)

 
Manager
Tony Diggs

Pitching Coach
Rolando Valles

Coach
Jason Dubois

Athletic Trainer
Luke Greene

Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Tim Gifford

   
ARIZONA BREWERS (R)

 
Manager
Nestor Corredor

Pitching Coach
Steve Cline

Coach
Al LeBoeuf

Athletic Trainer
Greg Barajas

   
DSL BREWERS (R)

 
Manager
Jose Pena

Pitching Coach
Jose Nunez

Asst. Pitching Coach
Geraldo Obispo

Coach
Luis De Los Santos

Coach
Victor Estevez

Coach
Joan Abreu

Athletic Trainer
Adrian Ramon

Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Russell McCarthy

On Twitter? Vote in MLB Network’s “Face of Brewers” Poll Today!

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.

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Get tweeting! Then pay attention for when the actual competition portion starts and let’s take the Brewers nominee to the top!

Brewers Announce Coaching Staff to Return, Guerrero Promoted

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.

Brewers fall instructional league underway

Brewer Nation:

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…

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Brewers To Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Robin Yount’s Playing Career Retirement

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.

The Way to (Remain In) a Fan’s Heart is Through Their Stomach

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$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.

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