The addition of Marco Estrada on Wednesday had me thinking back to some of the Brewers’ notable waiver wire additions, from GM Doug Melvin’s first-ever acquisition (Scott Podsednik) in 2002 to a Cubs castoff-turned-Brewers starter (Casey McGehee) in 2008.
The Milwaukee Brewers will begin to sell group ticket packages to the general public for all Brewers home dates (except Opening Day), beginning this Saturday at 9 a.m. Group orders of 25 or more tickets have prices starting as low as $7.50 per person and can be ordered by calling the new group sales phone number 414-902-GRPS (4777).Groups at Miller Park enjoy the advantage of locking in their seating locations before individual tickets go on sale to the general public in late February (exact date TBA) while saving on service charges that often apply to individual ticket purchases. The 2010 schedule highlights 32 bonus dates which include significant savings up to 50% off regular ticket prices for groups of 50 or more guests.Additional benefits for group outings at Miller Park include name recognition on the Miller Park scoreboard, block seating in a preferred location, the option to utilize the party areas for pre-game tailgate parties and two tickets to a future game for the group leader.New for 2010, the Brewers have identified five game dates as Group Cap Days. With the purchase of Field Outfield Box, Loge Outfield Box or Club Infield group tickets (25 or more), fans will receive a unique Brewers adjustable cap. These dates include May 28, June 11, July 9, August 20 and September 24.Returning for 2010 are the popular Miller Park all-inclusive areas including the AirTran Airways Landing Zone, located just beyond the right field fence, Gehl Club which offers an upscale entertainment experience, the Dew Deck in the Right Field corner, the Harley-Davidson Deck in left field and the Toyota Tundra Territory. Prices for all-inclusive areas range from $42 – $105 per person.Also available are the unique 1957 Braves, 1982 Brewers and 2008 Brewers Party Suites which offer open-air seating, a private lounge that features a wet bar and in-house television monitors as well as complete food and beverage service from Well Bread Catering.Key large group days for 2010 are Weather Day (April 28 vs. Pittsburgh), Little League Night (June 22 vs. Minnesota), Girl Scout Night (June 25 vs. Seattle), Scout Night (July 26 vs. Cincinnati), American Legion Day (August 8 vs. Houston) and Stitch N’ Pitch Night (August 11 vs. Arizona).Reservations for all group areas at Miller Park will be accepted by calling the Brewers Group Sales Department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting brewers.com, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, February 6.
Based on a strong recommendation from their new Triple-A pitching coach, the Brewers on Wednesday claimed right-hander Marco Estrada off waivers from the Washington Nationals.
Reliever Chris Smith accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville this morning and will report to the Brewers’ Major League camp later this month as a nonroster invitee.
Smith was designated for assignment last week after the Brewers claimed
utility man Joe Inglett off waivers and needed a spot for him on the full 40-man roster. Smith cleared waivers on Monday and was outrighted to Nashville, but because it was his second such assignment, he owned the right of refusal.
Instead, Smith accepted and will remain in Milwaukee’s Minor League system. In 35 appearances for the Brewers
last season, mostly in mop-up situations, Smith posted a respectable
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The Marlins have not announced it yet, but word is getting out today that Seth McClung finalized his Minor League contract with Florida this morning and will vie for a spot in that team’s bullpen. McClung would earn a $600,000 base salary if he makes the team, with $50,000 more available in incentives.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez wrote a preview of the Caribbean Series, which kicks off today on Margarita Island off the coast of Venezuela. Four teams from four countries are represented — the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Last week the Marlins reeled in Derrick Turnbow, and now it appears another former Brewer is about to join Florida on a Minor League deal.