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Burdette to be honored in Walk of Fame

After two years of narrow misses, former Milwaukee Braves right-hander Lew Burdette garnered enough votes for induction to the Miller Park Walk of Fame, the Brewers announced Thursday. 

Former Braves and Brewers players needed to appear on 75 percent of ballots from a group of Wisconsin reporters and club officials to gain election, and Burdette’€™s 25 votes gave him enough.  Pitcher Teddy Higuera was the closest to election among former Brewers with 64 percent of the vote (21 ballots). 
Other notable names approaching election were Brewers George Bamberger (61 percent of the vote) and Mike Caldwell (52 percent), and the Braves Johnny Logan (61 percent).
Burdette was a member of the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-63, and in the 1957 World Series he went 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA (two earned runs in 27 innings) to earn MVP honors.  Overall with Milwaukee, Burdette went 179-120 with a 3.53 ERA.  He led the National League with 21 wins in 1959 and his 2.70 ERA in 1956 also led the NL.  
Six former Brewers players and two former Braves did not reach the necessary 5 percent of the vote to remain on the 2010 ballot.  A total of 33 ballots were returned this year and there were 15 Braves and 30 Brewers on the ballot.  The ballots included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons. All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5 percent of the ballots will remain eligible in 2011.
In 2007, the first year that former Milwaukee Braves players were on the ballot, the Brewers welcomed Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn to the Walk of Fame.  Other past winners of the award include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, and Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; and Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005.  No one was elected in 2006, 2008 or 2009.
The ceremony to induct Burdette into the Walk of Fame is set for Friday, June 11 at Miller Park.
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Clubhouse sale this weekend

I’ve received a number of questions from friends and readers about the Brewers’ popular Clubhouse Sale, and this week the club provided some details:

The Milwaukee Brewers will host the 29th Annual Brewers Clubhouse Sale this Friday and Saturday (December 4-5) from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park.  The sale will take place in the Visiting Team Clubhouse and fans will receive savings up to 75% on sale merchandise items.

Just in time for the holidays, fans can save on Brewers apparel, souvenirs and specialty items as well as rare, game-used merchandise including jerseys and bats.  The Brewers will also have representatives available to handle requests for Holiday 4 Packs.

Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and follow the posted directions to the Visiting Team Clubhouse.  Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks).  Admission and parking are both free.

In addition, children can also have their photo taken with Santa on Saturday from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.  Fans should bring their own cameras and the photos will be free of charge with any purchase.

The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Also, Big and Tall merchandise is now available inside the store.  For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.

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Upgrades in, around Miller Park

The Brewers on Thursday announced a number of minor upgrades at Miller Park, which will host its 10th season of baseball in 2010.

In addition to a project announced two weeks ago to improve hitting conditions for players, the team unveiled four more initiatives of note to fans: 

- Work has already begun on renovations to the retail store on the highest seating level at Miller Park. The store is being expanded and redesigned and will feature new merchandise next season. 

- The team is constructing the “Plaza Pavilion” outside Miller Park in the right field corner. The project involves upgrading an existing smoking area into a covered outdoor gathering location with lighting, televisions, furniture, additional fencing and portable food and beverage stands. The area will be open free of charge to all ticketed fans prior to and during Brewers home games. 

- The Brewers are upgrading the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor, located on the third base side of the Field Level concourse. It will feature new plaques, artwork, lighting and photo banners.  The Braves Wall of Honor celebrates the National League team that called Milwaukee home from 1953 to 1965. 

- The ballpark parking lots are being renamed to honor the city’s legends, just in time for the 40th season of Brewers baseball. Twelve lots around Miller Park will be adorned with names of former Milwaukee Brewers and Braves players, with banners and other artwork notating the new designations. Uniformed members of the Brewers and Braves Walk of Fame are represented, with lots named after Henry Aaron, Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Jim Gantner, Harvey Kuenn, Eddie Mathews, Paul Molitor, Don Money, Warren Spahn, Gorman Thomas, Bob Uecker and Robin Yount. 

The Uecker Lot will include a special twist for fans.  As a nod to his “front row” series of Miller Lite ads, 10 cars paying cash for general parking at each game will be selected at random to move up to the front row of the Uecker Lot for only $1.  A row of decorated “Uecker’s Front Row” parking spaces will await.

The Brewers also are planning improvements to areas not accessible to fans. Both clubhouses are getting an upgrade, and the Brewers baseball operations department will take over part of the right field corner of the Terrace Level in a new “War Room.”  New offices and meeting space will be fitted with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the club’s scouting and baseball operations efforts.

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Renderings courtesy of the Brewers.

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Brewers addressing glare at Miller Park

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder didn’t expect Brewers officials to respond to their concerns about the daytime hitting conditions at Miller Park. They’ll be surprised when they return next April.

Crews began a project Tuesday to respond to complaints lodged principally by the Brewers’ middle of the order sluggers, who were vocal about how difficult it was to see the baseball on sunny days. Workers removed the ivy that had been growing beyond the center field wall and painted the formerly green batters’ eye with glare-resistant black paint. Black mesh will then be installed below the scoreboard to further limit glare.

shadow.jpgThe project won’t eliminate the shadows that contribute to the hitters’ woes — at right is Minnesota’s Scott Baker throwing a pitch at Miller Park in June — but it’s a start.  

“I  think it’s Step 1,” Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes said. “Hopefully, that will make a difference, and we’ll see how that goes.”

Barnes said that the Brewers looked at a number of different ways to improve hitting conditions at Miller Park but discovered “significant logistical issues” with a number of them.  Braun has said he wants the huge banks of windows that tower over the grandstands to be tinted, lessening the effect of the shadows that creep across the infield during day games. But that project could cost millions and would further cast Miller Park into darkness.

Players also have talked about the lighting at Miller Park during night games. But the Brewers studied the issue and found that the system meets Major League Baseball’s standards, so no upgrades are planned for 2010.

Braun was especially adamant in June that something needed to be done, arguing that the combination of glare and shadows constituted a safety hazard.

“We want to talk about it,” Braun said then. “We’ve made it very clear [to club officials] how we feel about it. It’s miserable playing day games here. That’s why Prince and I continue to talk about it. We’ve told everybody, and they haven’t done anything about it. It gets to the point where nobody enjoys playing day games here. It’s good for pitchers, but you can’t see the ball. It’s, by far, worse than any other park in Major League Baseball.”

Barnes said that club officials sought input from certain players during the season, but late in the year Fielder was still skeptical that his concerns would be addressed.

“They’ve said this and that,” he said, “but I’m going to take it as it’s never going to change. Sometimes it’s like, ‘Help me out.'”

Now it appears the team is trying to do just that.

The Brewers will announce a number of other minor Miller Park upgrades next week, Barnes said.

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HomePlate1.jpg[Thanks to the Brewers’ John Steinmiller for the photos.]

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Brewers unveil 2010 prices

The Brewers unveiled 2010 ticket prices on Tuesday, freezing individual-game prices for in five seating areas and raising prices $1-$2 in seven other sections. 

Individual game ticket prices will remain at 2009 levels in the club infield, club outfield, field bleachers, loge bleachers and Bernie’s Terrace. Throughout the ballpark, prices range from $8 for seats in Bernie’s Terrace to $50 for the field-level seats closest to home plate.

“A second season of over three million in attendance in 2009 speaks to the tremendous support and passion of Brewers fans,” Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Executive Vice President of Business Operations said in the club’s ticketing release. “We believe that our ticket pricing for 2010 reflects both our appreciation of our loyal fans and our sensitivity to ensuring that Brewers baseball is affordable to all, especially in difficult economic times. 

“The cost for a fan to attend a Brewers game in 2010 will remain well below the Major League average, and our ownership will continue to invest ticket revenue in player salaries, player development, and the Miller Park experience.” 

According to the Brewers’ figures, their average 2010 ticket price will be $22.10, more than $4 less than the Major League average in 2009 of $26.64 per ticket. The team will also offer discounts for 54 of its 81 scheduled home games. 

The “marquee game” pricing will remain unchanged. On game days, the Brewers will also continue to offer $10 loge bleacher tickets for all non-marquee games in Section 238 plus the popular $1 Uecker seats. 

Season seatholders who renew before Nov. 20 will receive additional savings. Pricing for season ticket packages will remain at 2009 levels in the club infield and club outfield areas while all other sections will increase by no more than $2 per ticket. 

New in 2010 is an opportunity for fans to buy one loge infield box full season ticket and get a second full season ticket free. The offer is available in Sections 210 and 227. 

Season Ticket prices for existing Season Seat Holders are as low as $10 per ticket (for terrace reserved seats) and range from $15 in the field bleachers to $42 in the field infield box.

PDF of ticket prices: 2010_SeatingPricing.pdf

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Brewers open '10 at home, then open Wrigley

V2A6rfeH.jpgFor the first time since 2007, the Brewers will get to open their season in front of the home fans.
 
Milwaukee will begin next season with a six-game homestand against the Rockies and Cardinals, according to the schedule released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday. Opening Day is Monday, April 5, at Miller Park. The first regular season pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT.
 
The schedule for all 30 teams was unveiled en masse for the second straight year, and Brewers highlights include a trio of home series against the cross-border Cubs, plus Interleague series at Miller Park against the Rangers and Mariners, in addition to the usual matchup against the Twins. Milwaukee will also host the Tigers for a pair of preseason exhibition games, on Friday, April 2 at 7:10 p.m. CT and on Saturday, April 3 at 1:10 p.m.
 
On the road, the Brewers’ Interleague slate features games at Minnesota from May 21-23 and at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from June 15-17.
 
The Brewers will host the Cubs three times, from April 23-25, June 8-10 and Sept. 10-12. They travel to Wrigley Field just twice, from April 12-15  for the season-opening series at Wrigley Field, plus Aug. 2-4.
 
Six of those home contests against the Cubs are subject to “marquee game” pricing. The Brewers announced that the slate of marquee games includes Opening Day, plus June 8-10 and Sept. 10-12 against the Cubs and June 22-24 against the Twins.
 
The team is moving the start of home games five minutes, to 10 minutes after the hour, to accommodate additional radio and television advertising. That means weekday night games will begin at 7:10 p.m. CT 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 will start at 6:10 p.m.  All Sunday home games are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.
 
The Brewers face several long road trips, including one stretch in April and May in which they play 19 of 25 games away from Miller Park. It starts with a nine-game, 11-day junket to Chicago, Washington and Pittsburgh from April 12-22. After a homestand against the Cubs and Pirates, the Brewers head back on the road for a nine-game, 10-day trip to San Diego, Los Angeles and Arizona from April 29-May 9.
 
May also includes a hectic trip through Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Minnesota in which the team plays seven games in seven days.
 
For a quirky week, try the span from Aug. 16-23, when the Brewers have three off-days in the span of eight days. They don’t play on either end of a two-game series in St. Louis on Aug. 17-18, then return to host the Padres for a weekend series from Aug. 20-22 before another day off.
 
For the second straight year, the Brewers will finish the season on the road. This time, it’s a four-game series in New York against the Mets from Sept. 27-30 followed by the regular-season finale in Cincinnati from Oct. 1-3.
 
Information about Miller Park ticket prices and availability of season plans and individual tickets will be announced at a later date. Typically, the Brewers begin selling tickets to individual games in February.

Replacement Kendall bobbleheads in stock

The inventory of Jason Kendall bobbleheads to replace the thousands damaged in the June flood at Miller Park have arrived, and fans may redeem the collectible beginning at Friday’s Brewers-Giants game.

Fans must present a voucher for redemption. Vouchers were distributed to fans who did not receive a Kendall Bobblehead on the date of the June 28 all-fan giveaway.

There are two redemption methods available for fans:

- For fans attending games at Miller Park: Vouchers can be turned in at a redemption table located on the Field Level concourse on the first base side.  The table will be staffed from the time gates open through the end of the second inning.

- For fans not attending a Brewers game: Fans may redeem their voucher at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic during regular store hours.  The store, which is located adjacent to Friday’s Front Row restaurant, is open on non-game days from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, on Saturday  from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday  from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
The All Fan Jason Kendall Bobble Head was presented by Palermo’s and Pick n’ Save.

Brewers sell three millionth ticket

For the second straight season, the Brewers have hit an attendance milestone that some thought was unreachable in one of baseball’s smallest markets.

The team on Wednesday morning sold its three millionth ticket for 2009, and while last year’s record attendance of 3,068,458 appears safe, it marks the second time in club history that the Brewers have surpassed three million.

“Reaching three million tickets sold is the ultimate testament to Brewers fans, and it speaks volumes about their loyalty to the team and passion for the game,” Brewers Executive Vice President Rick Schlesinger said. “We thank all of the fans who have come out this season, and we will continue to make the Miller Park experience the very best in baseball.”

The Brewers have sold-out 27 of their first 65 home games this season and currently rank eighth of the 30 Major League teams averaging 38,157 per home date. The season attendance to take at Miller Park is 2,480,233, a figure bolstered by last year’s run to the postseason, Milwaukee’s first playoff trip since 1982.

This season has been more disappointing. With Tuesday’s loss to the Cardinals, the Brewers dropped 13 games back in the National League Central and 8 1/2 games back in the NL Wild Card. The Brewers have 16 home games left in the 2009 regular season beginning Friday night against the Giants.

"Sign" of frustration in Crew clubhouse?

After a 10-inning, 4-3 loss to the Reds on Wednesday, the Brewers’ second extra-inning letdown in as many nights, there was at least one sign of frustration in the clubhouse at Miller Park.

Coaches post the next day’s schedule on a board by the door, and this time it read, “Since we haven’t performed well in day games this season, let’s try something different tomorrow.” It called for an 11:30 a.m. “mandatory team stretch” and promised that, “Attendance will be taken!!!”

The Brewers are 15-25 in day games this season. Thursday’s series finale begins just after 1 p.m. CT.

The schedule had obviously been torn down and then taped back up. One by one, players did double-takes as they passed the posting before heading home for the night.

Braden Looper, who started Wednesday and took a tough-luck no-decision, insisted that players are all still pulling in the same direction.

“We played hard today and we played hard yesterday against a really good bullpen,” Looper said, referring to the first two games against the Reds. “I haven’t seen anybody quit, and that’s a positive thing about this team. We have a bunch of guys who are grinding it out.”

The Brewers dropped to 12 games behind the first-place Cardinals in the
National League Central with Wednesday’s loss.

“We haven’t looked at the
standings for a while,” said left fielder Ryan Braun, whose misplay in the 10th inning hurt the Brewers’ cause. “There’s no reason for us to focus on anything
like that. We just focus on ourselves. I think everybody here has
enough pride and integrity that we want to come out here and perform
every day to win as many games as possible. We recognize the situation
we’re in.”

Down the stretch they come! Wait, where's Trenni?

sausage+race.jpgFor those who missed it, Milwaukee’s own Trenni Kusnierek put together a feature about the Klement’s Sausage Race that aired this week on the MLB Network, and her abject failure is available for all to see at MLB.com. 

(I feel comfortable calling it a failure, because I once finished third. Although, there were only four sausages then, and I was so far behind that my then-colleague who took pictures labeled them, “smoked sausage.” I still maintain that my third is better than Trenni’s fourth, and it’s my blog so it’s my call.)

Anyway, Here’s the link.

-Adam

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