Brewers pitchers and catchers officially report to Spring Training camp one week from today, but you need not wait that long for your baseball fix. Brewers television broadcaster Brian Anderson is hosting an event at Miller Park on Thursday to get the season started.
Anderson, with broadcast partner Bill Schroeder and Cubs TV man Len Kasper, is hosting a fundraiser that night for the Miracle League of Milwaukee, a terrific organization that brings the thrill of baseball to special needs kids. The organization has built a custom-designed field at 9050 N. Swan Rd. in Milwaukee that features a cushioned, rubberized, completely flat surface to allow access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs. They had a successful “soft open” last year, and now are working to spread the word.
That’s what Thursday’s “Point Event” in Miller Park’s NYCE Stadium Club is all about.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. CT for a brief reception, and the program begins at 7 p.m. Former Brewers beat writer-turned-radio star Drew Olson will host a baseball roundtable with Anderson, Schroeder and Kasper. Mike Mangione & The Union will provide musical entertainment.
A limited supply of $40 tickets are available through the Miracle League’s website.
“The Point” is non-profit foundation founded by Anderson and Greg Marshall that was created, as Anderson puts it, “to be an assist-maker. First, by helping non-profits define who they are and why they exist. And, second, stamping that purpose by creating a short promotional video that allows them to tell their story in a compelling way.”
To that end, The Point produced a short film for the Miracle League at no charge, using funds from past Point events and donations. Anderson will debut that video at Thursday’s event, and having just watched it, I can assure it will make you smile.
For more on the Miracle League of Milwaukee, including photos of their stadium, visit the organization’s website.
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One week after undergoing surgery to repair an injured right knee, Corey Hart told a reporter that he was already in rehab mode and was aiming to beat the projection for his return by as much as a month.
Hart had surgery Jan. 25 to repair a small cartilage tear and to debride the joint surface, a process in which the surgeon shaved away an imperfection and induced bleeding to begin the healing process. The Brewers projected that Hart would miss four months, pegging his return for somewhere around May 25.
But Hart, who has a history of suffering spring injuries and then beating those projections, told the Associated Press on Friday that he is aiming for April.
“If it takes a little longer then mid to end of May, but I feel good about end of April,” Hart said in a text message, according to AP. “So basically like 2011, when I came back and hit 26 homers in five months.”
That year, Hart strained a rib-cage muscle at the start of Spring Training, did not play for the Brewers until April 26 and wound up batting .285 with 26 homers and 63 RBIs, plus two more home runs and five more RBIs in the postseason. Last year, Hart had surgery for two more significant meniscal tears but was ready by Opening Day, and batted .270 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs.
“Corey just doesn’t like Spring Training,” left fielder Ryan Braun joked. “This is all part of his plan.”
But missing any part of the 2013 season was not part of Hart’s plan. The longest-tenured Brewer will be a free agent for the first time at season’s end.
Hart told the AP he has an MRI scheduled in three weeks, the result of which will offer a clearer timetable for his return.
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