Brewers, Rattlers extend relationship
News from the Brewers:
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced a four-year player development contract extension with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League through the 2016 season. The announcement was made jointly by Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin and Timber Rattlers President and General Manager Rob Zerjav.
“We have always viewed our partnership with the Timber Rattlers as a long-term relationship and we are pleased to extend our affiliation with them,” said Melvin. “This is a natural fit for both organizations and the affiliation has allowed us to send players on rehab assignments just a short distance away along with additional opportunities such as hosting a minor league game at Miller Park tonight. It’s a win-win partnership that has also played an important role for our fan base throughout Wisconsin.”
The Brewers partnership with the Timber Rattlers officially began on October 1, 2008. The Timber Rattlers, who play their home games at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis., are currently in their third season of affiliation with the Brewers. The current contract will extend through September 30, 2016.
“This was an easy decision,” said Zerjav. “One of the goals when we first started this relationship was to build a long term partnership with the Brewers to allow baseball fans in Wisconsin to see the future stars as they moved up the ladder in the organization. This extension allows fans to continue to see Milwaukee’s prospects right here in Northeastern Wisconsin.”
Tonight, the Timber Rattlers will play at Miller Park in the “Border Battle” against the Peoria Chiefs (the Chicago Cubs’ Class-A affiliate). Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
This marks the fifth time in team history that the Timber Rattlers will play a game at Miller Park. On August 14, 2003, the Timber Rattlers and the Beloit Snappers met in a Midwest League battle, with the Snappers prevailing 4-2. At the time, the Snappers were the Brewers’ Class-A affiliate, and the game featured future Brewers players such as Prince Fielder, Tony Gwynn Jr., Manny Parra, and Rickie Weeks. The two teams met on August 12, 2004 at Miller Park in a game that the Snappers won by a 5-0 score. On April 24, 2009, the Timber Rattlers played at Miller Park as a Brewers affiliate for the first time and defeated the Chiefs, 5-3. Last year, the Timber Rattlers played the Cedar Rapids Kernels on May 7 and the Kernels defeated the Rattlers, 6-1.
The concessions will feature $1 Klement’s hot dogs and $1 small Pepsi products throughout the game. All tickets for the “Border Battle” at Miller Park are just $10 and all seats are reserved. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at brewers.com, or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.
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