February 2012

Agent says Veras has no hard feelings

The Brewers on Tuesday won their arbitration case against reliever Jose Veras, whose first pitch for his new team came in a hearing room instead of on a baseball field.

Veras, acquired in a December trade with the Pirates, will earn $2 million in 2012 instead of the $2.35 million he’d sought. Agent Bryce Dixon downplayed the awkward beginning by pointing to another player who faced a Monday hearing in St. Petersburg. Fla. Veras traveled from his home in the Dominican Republic on the same flight as Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who wound up avoiding arbitration with a last-minute, $14.575 million compromise.

“If the Red Sox were almost willing to take ‘Big Papi’ to arbitration, [Veras] understands this is part of the business,” Dixon said. “You just have to roll with it. With relievers, there are just a ton of variables you can nit-pick on, and you never know what the arbitrators are going to hang their hat on.

“We’re surprised by the outcome, but Jose is fine with it. Jose is looking forward to being a Brewer, and he’s hoping that the Brewers have the same type of success this year as they did [in 2011].”

The Brewers improved to 3-4 in arbitration hearings since 1974 and 1-1 under the club’s current regime. You’ll be able to read more about the factors that went into the Veras case over at Brewers.com.


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Brewers beat Veras in arbitration

Agent Bryce Dixon has confirmed that the Brewers won their arbitration case with reliever Jose Veras, meaning Veras will earn an even $2 million in 2012 instead of the $2.375 million he’d requested.

Veras will probably prove the Brewers’ last major expense of a winter that saw the club’s payroll push above $100 million for the first time ever. Look to Brewers.com later today for more on the Veras case and the team’s record spending.


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Veras, Brewers go to arbitration hearing

The Brewers took their arbitration case against Jose Veras all the way to the hearing room, according to the Associated Press.

Veras, acquired from Pittsburgh in December for third baseman Casey McGehee, wanted $2,375 million, and the Brewers offers $2 million. He made $1.35 million last season with the Pirates.

Brewers chief negotiator Teddy Werner had said in recent weeks that the team and Veras’ agent, Bryce Dixson, had made little progress toward a settlement despite the relatively small $375,000 gap between filing figures.

Veras is only the second Brewers player to take the Brewers to an arbitration hearing in the last 14 years. Outfielder Corey Hart won his case against the team in 2010.

According to the AP, arbitrators  Dan Brent, Marlene Gold and John Sands will render their ruling on Tuesday. They must choose either Veras’ salary request or the Brewers’ offer, with no middle ground.

Veras is the Brewers’ only remaining arbitration-eligible player who is unsigned.


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Single-game tix on sale Feb. 25

The Brewers will host the sixth annual “Arctic Tailgate” on Saturday, Feb. 25, an event that marks the beginning of single-game ticket sales for 2012 home games.

Those sales will begin at 9 a.m. CT online at Brewers.com, at the Miller Park box office and via telephone.

Only a limited number of Opening Day tickets will be available on that date, and those tickets will only be available in person at Miller Park, where the Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni players will greet fans. The first 2,000 fans in line will receive a hot dog and soda, plus an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt.

For the very hardy, the Brewers released a set of rules for those who camp out at Miller Park in advance of the on-sale date. Participants will not be permitted to set camp prior to noon CT on Thursday, Feb. 23, and no hand-made or hand-built shelters are permitted. No shelters made of cardboard or wood will be permitted. Shelters with a footprint greater than 100 sq. ft. are not permitted unless otherwise approved by the Brewers.

Miller Park power sources are not available for public use and gas generators are not permitted on the property. Only state-approved gas or propane heating/grilling units with fuel-valve turn-offs and self-contained charcoal or wood units are permitted, provided that they are a minimum distance of 25 feet from the building or shelters. The Brewers reserve the right to remove any shelter, items, or individuals from the property.

Each fan will be limited to a maximum of four tickets for Opening Day.

Meanwhile, fans can visit Brewers.com through Feb. 14 to register for an Opening Day ticket lottery, for an opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day and up to eight tickets to “gold” and “marquee” games. The new designations were unveiled by the club  back in October.

Beginning Feb. 25, fans will also be able to purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park, including Opening Day.  Prices range from $9 for advance general parking to $50 for day-of-game bus parking.

For ticketing details and to contact the Brewers, visit the tickets section of Brewers.com.


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Spring Training broadcast schedule set

The Brewers will broadcast 30 Spring Training games  on a combination of Brewers.com, WTMJ-AM 620 and the statewide Brewers Radio Network, and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Here’s the breakdown:

— Hall of Fame Radio announcer Bob Uecker along with new radio play-by-play announcer Joe Block will call 16 of the spring games on the statewide Brewers Radio Network.

— Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the three games to be carried by FS Wisconsin: March 6 vs. the A’s, March 20 at the Dodgers and April 4 against the D-backs at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. Three additional games — March 17 at the Angels, March 30 at the Dodgers and March 31 at the Padres — will be produced by other Fox Sports regions and simulcast on FS Wisconsin.

— Anderson, Schroeder and Block will also team up for 14 Brewers.com webcasts throughout the spring.

The Brewers also announced two changes to the original Spring Training schedule. The March 5 game against San Francisco at Scottsdale Stadium will now start at 7:35 p.m. Arizona Time/8:35 p.m. CT, and the game against San Diego on March 31 will now start at 12:05 p.m. Arizona Time/2:05 p.m. CT.

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games are on sale at brewers.com now, and sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park box office will begin on Monday. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($22), Infield Reserved ($16), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8).For information about Spring Training season tickets, call the Brewers at (414) 902-4000.


Milwaukee Brewers 2012 Spring Training Schedule
Games and times are subject to change.

Date / Time (local) (CT) / Opponent / Place / Broadcast

Sunday, March 4 1:05 pm 2:05 pm San Francisco Giants Maryvale WTMJ

Monday, March 5 7:35 pm 8:35 pm at San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Brewers.com

Tuesday, March 6 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Oakland Athletics Maryvale WTMJ/FSW

Wednesday, March 7 1:05 pm 2:05 pm at Chicago White Sox Glendale Brewers.com

Thursday, March 8 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Cincinnati Reds Maryvale Brewers.com

Friday, March 9 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Cleveland Indians Maryvale Brewers.com

Saturday, March 10 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Chicago Cubs Maryvale WTMJ

1:05 pm 2:05 pm at San Francisco Giants Scottsdale


Sunday, March 11 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Colorado Rockies Maryvale Brewers.com

Monday, March 12 OFF DAY

Tuesday, March 13 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Seattle Mariners Maryvale WTMJ

1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Oakland Athletics Phoenix

Wednesday, March 14 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Chicago Cubs Mesa WTMJ

Thursday, March 15 1:05 pm 3:05 pm San Diego Padres Maryvale Brewers.com

Friday, March 16 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Kansas City Royals Surprise Brewers.com

Saturday, March 17 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at LA Angels of Anaheim Tempe WTMJ/FSW

Sunday, March 18 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Texas Rangers Maryvale WTMJ

Monday, March 19 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Texas Rangers Surprise Brewers.com

Tuesday, March 20 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale FSW/Brewers.com

Wednesday, March 21 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Arizona Diamondbacks Talking Stick WTMJ

Thursday, March 22 OFF DAY

Friday, March 23 1:05 pm 3:05 pm LA Angels of Anaheim Maryvale Brewers.com

Saturday, March 24 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Chicago White Sox Maryvale WTMJ

Sunday, March 25 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Los Angeles Dodgers Maryvale WTMJ

1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Kansas City Royals Surprise

Monday, March 26 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Cleveland Indians Goodyear Brewers.com

Tuesday, March 27 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Kansas City Royals Maryvale Brewers.com

Wednesday, March 28 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Arizona Diamondbacks Maryvale WTMJ

Thursday, March 29 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Cincinnati Reds Maryvale WTMJ

Friday, March 30 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale FSW/Brewers.com

Saturday, March 31 12:05 pm 2:05 pm at San Diego Padres Peoria WTMJ/FSW

Sunday, April 1 1:05 pm 3:05 pm San Francisco Giants Maryvale WTMJ

Monday, April 2 12:05 pm 2:05 pm at Chicago White Sox Glendale Brewers.com

Tuesday, April 3 12:00 pm 2:00 pm at Chicago Cubs Mesa

6:40 pm 8:40 pm at Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field WTMJ

Wednesday, April 4 12:40 pm 2:40 pm at Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field WTMJ/FSW

• Note: Daylight-Savings Time begins on March 11

• All Games/Times subject to change


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No progress with Veras

By reaching a last minute deal with Shaun Marcum today, the Brewers continued their streak of going right to the wire with an arbitration case. Last year, they settled with Marcum deep into the night before a hearing. The year before that, they went all the way to a hearing against Corey Hart (who won his case), and in 2009 they settled with Hart the night before.

“It’s part of the process, and you can’t read into the timing in a lot of these deals,” club negotiator Teddy Werner said. “Sometimes, you have to come down and meet face to face.”

Werner expects that to be the case again with the club’s lone remaining arbitration-eligible player, reliever Jose Veras. Despite a relatively small gap — Veras is seeking $2.375 million in arbitration and the Brewers offered $2 million — Werner said there had been little progress toward a settlement with agent Bryce Dixon on a deal.

Werner could not reveal the date of Veras’ hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla., but said he was scheduled to return home to Milwaukee on Friday night. That’s a sign the hearing is later in the month but before pitchers and catchers report to Maryvale Baseball Park on Feb. 18.

“At the very least, I expect a return trip down there [to St. Petersburg],” Werner said.


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Marcum deal went down to wire before settlement

It turns out that Shaun Marcum’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT today in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the parties were minutes away from presenting their cases when they agreed to settle at the midpoint of each sides’ salary request. That means Marcum will earn $7.725 million in 2012.

More to come over at Brewers.com. With Marcum’s deal done, only right-hander Jose Veras remains eligible for arbitration.


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Brewers group sales start Saturday

News from the Brewers:

The Milwaukee Brewers will begin to sell group ticket packages to the general public for all home dates (except Opening Day) beginning this Saturday at 9 a.m. CT. Group orders of 25 or more tickets have prices starting as low as $9 per person.

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. 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 areas for pre-game tailgate parties and two tickets to a future game for the group leader.

The 2012 schedule highlights 39 home dates which groups can book outings at significant savings. For select games, these savings range up to 79 percent off the regular ticket prices. In addition, ticket prices start as low as $5 per person for groups of 50 or more. Plus, groups can catch some of the hottest games of the season against the rival Cubs and Twins at non-Marquee prices, exclusively for groups, with savings of more than 25 percent off individual ticket prices for select games.

Prices for All-Inclusive Areas range from $45-$112 per person. These areas include the ATI Club, located just beyond the right field fence (formerly known as the AirTran Airways Landing Zone); Gehl Club, which offers an upscale entertainment experience; the Dew Deck in the right field corner; the Harley-Davidson Deck, located above the home bullpen in left field; and the Toyota Territory in right-center field.

Also available are the unique 1957 Braves, 1982 Brewers and the newly-renovated 2011 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 DNC Sportservice.

Key large group days for 2012 are Weather Day (April 19 vs. Los Angeles), Girl Scout Night (June 1 vs. Pittsburgh), Little League Night (June 18 vs. Toronto), Stitch N’ Pitch Night (June 19 vs. Toronto), Boy Scout Night (July 30 vs. Houston) and American Legion Day (August 19 vs. Philadelphia).

For reservations and more information about all group areas at Miller Park, visit www.brewers.com/grouptickets.


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Brewers, Admirals team up

Since we’re all about hockey this week (did you see Plushcapades?) here is some news from Gord Ash’s Milwaukee Admirals, including a ticket deal that gets you into the Bradley Center and Miller Park:

The Admirals return from the All-Star break this Friday night as they battle the Peoria Rivermen at the Bradley Center at 7:00 pm. CT. Friday is a Brewers themed night with many exciting things in store for the fans.

At the game, the Admirals will be wearing specialty Brewers themed jerseys that will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting the Admirals Power Play Foundation! Fans can bid on these jerseys and see a complete list of rules at the Admirals’ website or in the West atrium during Friday’s game.

Also this Friday is the second chance for fans to go on the 2-Man Advantage! With the 2-Man ticket package fans can get one Admirals Bow ticket for Friday’s game (or for the March 30 game) as well as one Terrace Reserved ticket to a Brewers home game at Miller Park during the 2012 season. This $32 value can be had for just $16! To go on the 2-Man Advantage, fans should visit brewers.com/admirals.

To complete the Admirals and Brewer themed night, the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Brewers/Admirals drawstring bag courtesy of the Milwaukee Brewers.

In addition, local Milwaukee band, Orpheus will be performing before the game in the East atrium.


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