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Upon further review, still a double

Prince Fielder thought he had his second home run of the season. The umpires ruled otherwise, even after a second look. 
Crew chief John Hirschbeck gathered his crew Friday for a video review of Fielder’s first-inning fly ball to center field, which struck the top of the wall and bounced back into play. The baseball appeared to disappear for a moment, but after reviewing the video the original call stood: Double. 
Casey McGehee followed with an inning-ending groundout that stranded Fielder at second base and Ryan Braun at third. The Cubs headed into the second inning with a 2-0 lead.  
It marked the sixth time that Major League Baseball’s replay review system was utilized in a game involving the Brewers and the first time that the original call stood. It was the fourth use of instant replay at Miller Park, and the first since a home run by the Astros’ Geoff Blum was changed to a foul ball last Aug. 16.  
Date               Batter                    Original call    Ruling
May 13, 2009   Ross Gload, FLA    home run          foul ball
July 29, 2009    Ryan Braun, MIL     home run         triple
Aug. 16, 2009   Geoff Blum, HOU    home run         foul ball
April 23, 2010   Prince Fielder, MIL  double             double
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What's new at Miller Park?

Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus sent along some shots from today’s event at Miller Park, where the club debuted some ballpark improvements, new concession items and television promos. Those TV spots are pretty funny, and you can watch them all over at the main site. I’ll give the Gallardo ad my vote. 

On to the ballpark, where improvements include the clubhouses on the service level, the Braves Honor Roll on the field level and the team store up on the terrace level. 
Here’s executive vice president Rick Schlesinger in front of the new Braves Honor Roll. Nice to see the Brewers honor their Major League predecessors:
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Visitors also sampled some new concessions offerings. The club unveiled four new “Concession Concepts:”
Grab and Go (2 Locations):  New Items include Chicken Caesar, Greek and Chef Salad, Italian Sub, Turkey Club and Beef and Cheddar Sandwich, Hummus/Pretzel Cup, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Cup and Fresh Cheese Curds.
Burrito Carts (2):  A choice of chicken, beef or shredded pork burritos made to order with black beans, rice, shredded cheese and pico.
Pasta Cart (1):   Cavatappi Pasta w/choice of Chicken, Italian Sausage or Fresh Vegetables with Marinara Sauce, Alfredo Sauce or Pesto.
Plaza Pavilion Grill: New outdoor smoking area and Grill. New items include 1/2lb Burgers, 1/3lb Brat Patties, Tenderloin Steak Sandwich and a Chicken Shish-ka-bob served on Naan Bread w/Tzatziki Sauce.
Plus, some new Concession Stand items: Toasted Ravioli, Beer Battered Mozzarella Sticks, Wisconsin Steak and Cheese Sandwich, Shrimp Basket and Cheesy Grillwurst (Club Level)
New items featured in the suites in 2010 include:  Souvenir M & M’s Dispensers, a Mediterranean Tapas Bar Appetizer and a Tuscan Roasted Turkey entrée. The Brewers will also feature two new menu packages. The first is the “Slider Pitch,” which includes Turkey BLT, Chicken and Burger Sliders, Kettle Chips, Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad and Three Wings Combo. The other is “The Great Bambino,” which includes Baked Mostaccolli with Italian Salsiccia, Tuscan Tortellini and Chicken, Caesar Salad, Antipasto Platter, Fried Ravioli and Tiramisu.
Anything involving a pretzel roll looks delicious to me:
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Updates to the terrace-level team store were designed to expand the space and improve flow. Here’s a look:
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For a more extensive description on some of the new features at Miller Park for 2010, check out the team’s news release
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Online-only 4-Packs on sale Thursday

Beginning Thursday on and continuing through Feb. 25, the Brewers will sell their popular “4-Packs” of season tickets, including a new package aimed at families. 
There are six different plans available, all of which include an all-fan giveaway date and give fans the opportunity to guarantee seat locations before the team starts selling individual tickets on Feb. 27. The 4-Packs are available online only, beginning at 10 a.m. CT on Thursday. 
The family plan is a new addition, and it’s the only 4-Pack that includes a coupon for one free soda and one free hot dog for each game. Other plans feature different geography — as in the West Coast Plan, East Coast Plus Plan and Central Plus Plan — or timing — as in the Weekend Plus Plan and the Matinee Plan.  
The 4-Packs range in price from $60-$160 and are available in the Field Outfield Box, Loge Infield Box, Club Outfield Box, Terrace Box, Loge Bleachers and Terrace Reserved seat locations.  All tickets are subject to availability, while supplies last.  Pricing is as follows and includes one ticket to four games:
Field Outfield Box $160
Loge Infield Box $152
Club Outfield Box $144
Terrace Box $84
Loge Bleachers $80
Terrace Reserved $60
NEW Family 4-Pack:
Sunday,* May 16 at 7:05 – Philadelphia
Monday, June 28 at 7:10 – Houston
Friday, August 27 at 7:10 – Pittsburgh
Monday, September 6 at 1:10 – St. Louis 
East Coast Plus Plan:
Saturday, May 29 at 6:10 – New York-NL 
Sunday,* July 25 at 1:10 – Washington 
Wednesday, August 11 at 7:10 – Arizona 
Thursday, September 23 at 7:10 – Florida
Central Plus Plan:         
Saturday, May 15 at 3:10 – Philadelphia  
Friday, June 11 at 7:10 – Texas  
Sunday,* August 8 at 1:10 – Houston  
Monday, September 20 at 7:10 – Cincinnati
West Coast Plan:           
Tuesday, April 6 at 7:10 – Colorado  
Sunday,* June 27 at 1:10 – Seattle  
Monday, July 5 at 3:10 – San Francisco    
Sunday, August 22 at 1:10 – San Diego
Weekend Plus Plan:
Wednesday, May 26 at 7:10 – Houston
Saturday, June 26 at 3:10 – Seattle
Sunday,* August 29 at 1:10 – Pittsburgh
Saturday, September 25 at 6:10 – Florida

Matinee Plan:
Sunday,* April 11 at 7:05 – St. Louis
Thursday, May 27 at 12:10 – Houston
Thursday, June 24 at 1:10 – Minnesota
Thursday, August 26 at 1:10 – Los Angeles

*All Fan Giveaway
All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaways:
April 11 – Bernie Brewer
May 16 – Hank Aaron
June 27 – Cecil Cooper
July 25 – Robin Yount 
August 8 – Klement’s Italian Racing Sausage Bobble
August 29 – CC Sabathia
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Brewers scale back Autograph Friday

“Autograph Fridays” will be a kids-only affair in 2010, the Brewers announced today. 
The team scaled back its promotion from every Friday home game to one Friday per month for the coming season, and said that autographs would be limited to kids 14 and under only. The dates are April 9, May 14, June 25, July 23 and August 27. 
“With the popularity of these sessions, our priority is to ensure that children have opportunities to obtain autographs from the players and coaches,” Brewers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger said. “Other events, such as Brewers Block Parties and Brewers On Deck, will present opportunities for fans of all ages to obtain autographs.”
Approximately six to eight Brewers players, coaches and alumni will participate in the autograph sessions. 
Four of the Kids Autograph Fridays — May 14, June 25, July 23 and August 27 — will occur on 40th Anniversary weekends and will feature alumni participants.  Players will sign from 5:45-6:05 p.m. CT and kids and their parents can enter Miller Park through any gate and continue towards the Field Level concourse autograph stations located on the warning track from dugout to dugout.  Parents/guardians may line up with their child but will not receive an autograph.  
In another change from past seasons, the Brewers will not release the list of players and coaches for each Friday event in advance. A list of participants and their specific signing locations will be posted on the Miller Park video board when the gates open.
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Moving day at Miller Park

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While southeastern Wisconsin dug out from under a foot of snow Wednesday morning, the Brewers served up a sure sign that spring is right around the corner.  
The famous Racing Sausages were put to work loading a moving truck bound for the Brewers’ Spring Training hub in Phoenix, where pitchers and catchers are set to formally report for duty on Feb. 20. Once the boxes were loaded, the sausages themselves piled in for the four-day trek west.  
“There might be a foot of snow outside,” said Brewers staffer John Steinmiller, “but we’re ready for Spring Training.”  
Wednesday’s moving day was the second of two for Matt Smith and Alex Sanchez, the veteran clubhouse men who sent a first truck out on the road more than two weeks ago. That one was loaded with most of the team’s baseball equipment, which was needed early at Maryvale Baseball Park for the team’s annual fantasy camp.  
The second truck set off Wednesday loaded mostly with promotional items for the Brewers’ Spring Training fans, plus items to be signed by players for charity needs and the team’s medical files. Plus, of course, those Racing Sausages, who run the warning track in Maryvale just like they do in Milwaukee.  
The Sausages should arrive under sunny skies. Saturday’s forecast in Phoenix calls for sun and a high of 75 degrees.  
By then, a handful of players will have already arrived in camp. The rest will report on Feb. 20, take part in an administrative day the following morning and then the first organized pitchers and catchers workout on Feb. 22. Position players will formally join the fold a week later.  
Miller Park will stay busy during Spring Training. Crews have begun remodeling the clubhouses and weight room as part of a series of offseason projects to update the ballpark for its 10th season of Brewers baseball. The team will return April 2 for the first of two exhibitions against the Tigers ahead of the April 5 season opener against the Rockies. 
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Promos, individual ticket sales set

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The Brewers on Tuesday unveiled their 2010 promotional schedule, including six all-fan bobblehead giveaways, and also announced that individual game ticket sales will begin on Saturday, Feb. 27 with the annual “Arctic Tailgate” at Miller Park. If you don’t want to brave the cold that morning, you can begin snapping up single-game tickets at at 9 a.m. CT. 
“The Arctic Tailgate has been our most active day for ticket sales in recent years, and we encourage fans interested in single game tickets to prepare in advance,” Brewers executive vice president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said in a club statement. 
Only a very limited number of Opening Day tickets will be available at the event and are only for sale at the box office. The fourth annual Arctic Tailgate will feature free hot dogs and soda to the first 2,000 fans in line, compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, and those fans will also get a t-shirt. FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ are also sponsoring the event.
Each fan at the Tailgate will be limited to a maximum of four tickets for Opening Day, based on availability.  Meanwhile, through Tuesday, Feb. 16, fans can register online for the opportunity to be selected in a lottery to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day and other Marquee games.
Beginning Feb. 27, fans ill also be able to purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park including Opening Day. Advance general parking passes for Opening Day and other Marquee Games are priced at $8 with preferred parking at $13 per pass.  Bus passes can also be obtained in advance for $35.  For Opening Day, there is a purchase limit of two advance parking passes per ticket order.  
The promotional schedule is highlighted by all-fan bobblehead giveaways on April 11 against the Cardinals (Bernie Brewer), May 16 against the Phillies (Hank Aaron), June 27 against the Mariners (Cecil Cooper), July 25 against the Nationals (Robin Yount), Aug. 8 against the Astros (Italian Sausage) and Aug. 29 against the Pirates (CC Sabathia). 
Other promotional highlights: 
– The Brewers will host “Spring Madness” from April 26-28 with all seats priced at $28 and less available at a savings of 50 percent (excluding the Uecker seats and all-inclusive areas).  For these three games, small Pepsi products and Klement’s hot dogs will be just $1 each. 
– During the homestand from May 10-16, the “€œ5-County, 5-Day Celebration”€ will provide great bargains for fans.  All residents of Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, Racine and Milwaukee Counties can purchase tickets at a 50 percent savings at the Box Office on all reserved seats (excluding the Miller Lite Beerpen, all-inclusive areas, and the $1 Uecker Seats).  
– Two annual tribute events are once again scheduled for Miller Park in 2010. On Saturday, May 29, the Brewers will host Negro Leagues Tribute Night against the New York Mets, while July 10 against the Pirates will mark the always-popular Cerveceros Day. 
– Youth players will want to be in attendance for Chevrolet Little League Night on June 22 as the Brewers open a series against the Twins.  All little leaguers in uniform (registered in advance through local youth leagues) will have the opportunity to parade around the warning track in a pre-game ceremony.  
– On Saturday, July 24, the 12th Annual 5K Sausage Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. CT at the Klement’€™s Sausage Haus at Miller Park, with all proceeds supporting the youth recreation and education programs of Brewers Charities.  Participants will receive a t-shirt, Klement’s hot dog, a bottle of Aquafina and a ticket voucher redeemable for one of eight specified regular season games in 2010.
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Schedule tweaked for national TV

The Brewers announced some game time changes on Monday to accommodate national television broadcasts in 2010:

— The Saturday, April 10 game against the Cardinals has been moved to 2:10 p.m. CT for FOX.  On the next night, Sunday, April 11, the Brewers and Cardinals will play at 7:05 p.m. CT on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.    
— Ditto on May 15-16. The Saturday, May 15 game against the National League Champion Phillies will air at 3:10 p.m. CT to accommodate FOX, and the Sunday, May 16 Brewers-Phillies game was bumped back to 7:05 p.m. CT for ESPN.
— Two Saturday games at St. Louis have new start times for national TV. Brewers-Cardinals games at Busch Stadium on June 5 and July 3 will be televised nationally by FOX, with both starting at 3:10 p.m.
— Other changes from the original schedule include the Saturday, May 22 game at Minnesota moving to 3:10 p.m. CT, the June 16 game at Los Angeles of Anaheim now at 6:05 p.m. CT, and the Saturday, June 26 game vs. Seattle at Miller Park to 3:10 p.m. CT.
Aside from the changes noted above, all home game times have been changed slightly for the 2010 season, with all games at Miller Park scheduled for first pitch at 10 minutes past the hour.  Weekday night games will begin at 7:10 p.m. while weekday day games will start at 12:10 p.m. in April and May (excluding Opening Day) and 1:10 p.m. in June, July, August and September.  Saturday games (except for April 10, May 15 and June 26) will start at 6:10 p.m.  All Sunday home games (except for April 11 and May 16) are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.
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Brewers dispute Orlando report

A report from an Orlando television station that the Brewers could someday move to central Florida is “ridiculous,” the team’s chief spokesperson said Saturday. 

The story from WFTV said Armando Gutierrez, a Florida real estate developer who is running for Congress, is assembling a group of investors to begin discussions about luring a Major League franchise to Orlando. Gutierrez did not specifically mention the Brewers as a target but WFTV reporter Mark Boyle did, speculating that, “one team that could possibly relocate is the Milwaukee Brewers.”
Totally untrue, Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes said. 
“The reporter or whoever else is putting that out there should do his homework,” Barnes said. “It’s irresponsible. We just finished ninth in attendance, we have one of the best ballparks in baseball and an owner who is totally committed to the [Milwaukee] area. 
“That report is beyond hilarious. I needed a good laugh today, and I got it.”
More than three million fans have passed through the turnstiles at Miller Park in each of the past two seasons and the Brewers ranked ninth of the 30 Major League teams in attendance in 2009.
The team’s lease at Miller Park runs through Dec. 31, 2030 and includes a nonrelocation agreement. 
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40th anniversary plans unveiled


The Brewers are expanding the Retro Friday promotion to “Retro Weekends” in 2010, part of a year-long campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the franchise’s 1970 move from Seattle to Milwaukee.
The team will host four Retro Weekends, one for each decade of Brewers baseball. On the first three Fridays, Brewers players will wear retro uniforms from each era, and on all four Sundays the team will give away a bobblehead doll representing a great moment in the club’s history.  
Along the way, Brewers players will wear special 40th anniversary season patches throughout the season and Brewers fans will have the opportunity to vote for the best moments in team history in a “40 Years/40 Moments” campaign being coordinated in partnership with FOX Sports Wisconsin, and the team’s flagship radio station. 
More information about voting program will be announced in April. For now, the team released details for the four Retro Weekends: 
1970s Retro Weekend
May 14- 16 vs. Phillies
– May 14: Brewers to wear reproductions of the home 1972-77 uniforms with “BREWERS” in royal blue block letters on the front of the jerseys and the yellow “M” logo on the cap. The Phillies will be wearing light blue uniforms worn on the road throughout most of the 1970s. Alumni Gorman Thomas and Jim Colborn are scheduled to attend and participate in a pre-game autograph session. 
– May 16: All Fan Bobblehead Giveaway, courtesy of the Milk Marketing Board, is Hank Aaron hitting his 755th and final home run as a member of the Brewers. 
1980s Retro Weekend
June 25-27 vs. Mariners
– June 25: Brewers to wear reproductions of the home 1978-89 uniforms. The uniform is highlighted by pinstripes with “BREWERS” block letters on the front and a “ball and glove logo” hat. The Mariners will be wearing light blue uniforms worn on the road from 1981 to 1984. Alumni Robin Yount and Paul Molitor are scheduled to attend and participate in a pre-game autograph session. 
– June 27: All Fan Bobblehead Giveaway, courtesy of RedPrairie, is Cecil Cooper’s base hit to drive home the tying and winning runs in Game Five of the 1982 American League Championship Series. 
1990s Retro Weekend
July 23-25 vs. Nationals
– July 23: Brewers to wear reproductions of the home 1997-99 uniforms. The jersey has “BREWERS” in block letters on the front, while the cap features an “MB” logo. The Nationals will be wearing their current uniforms. Alumni Greg Vaughn and Jeff Cirillo are scheduled to attend and participate in a pre-game autograph session. 
July 25: All Fan Bobblehead Giveaway is Yount recording his 3000th career base hit. 
2000s Retro Weekend
Aug. 27-29 vs Pirates
– Aug. 27: Brewers and Pirates to wear current uniforms. Alumni Geoff Jenkins and Bob Wickman are scheduled to attend and participate in a pre-game autograph session. 
– August 29: All Fan Bobblehead Giveaway, courtesy of Palermo’s, is CC Sabathia securing the final out of the final regular season, playoff-clinching game in 2008. 
The 2010 season is actually the 42nd in franchise history and the 41st season of Brewers baseball. But it marks the 40th anniversary of the team’s April 1970 move from Seattle to Milwaukee. 
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Miller Park "Border Battle" returns

For the second straight season and the fourth time since 2003, Minor League Baseball is coming to Miller Park in 2010.
The Brewers announced Tuesday that their Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will host the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Friday, May 7 in Milwaukee. The Kernels are an Angels affiliate based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about four hours southwest of Milwaukee. 
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT and $10 tickets will go on sale at a later date. 
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for myself and the club here,” Timber Rattlers manager Jeff Isom said before last year’s event. “We might have five or six guys [make it to the Majors], and that’s it. For those guys it might be no big deal, but for the other guys who don’t make it, this is something that they’ll remember.”
Isom’s Rattlers defeated the Peoria Chiefs, a Cubs affiliate, in a 2009 Border Battle at Miller Park that featured Brewers prospects Brett Lawrie and Wily Peralta. Milwaukee’s affiliate is 3-0 in the showcase including the inaugural event in 2003, when a Beloit Snappers squad featuring Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks won behind current Brewers pitcher Manny Parra
The Timber Rattlers begin their second season as a member of the Brewers Minor League system in 2010.
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