The Milwaukee Brewers today had four players selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It marks only the fifth time in franchise history that the team has had four All-Stars. Center fielder Carlos Gomez (starter), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (starter), catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitcher Francisco Rodriguez will represent the Brewers at this year’s Midsummer Classic, which will be played at Target Field in Minnesota on Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm CT.
In addition to the 2014 season, the Brewers had four All-Star selections in 1980 (Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor, Ben Oglivie and Robin Yount), 1982 (Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Oglivie and Yount), 1983 (Cooper, Oglivie, Ted Simmons and Yount) and 2007 (Francisco Cordero, Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and Ben Sheets). The Brewers have multiple All-Star starters for the seventh time (1980, 1982, 1983, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014).
Gomez, 28, has been selected to his second All-Star Game and first as a starter. He was a first-time All-Star last season. Gomez finished second among National League outfielders in fan voting (4,068,745), trailing only the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (4,519,440) and just ahead of the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (4,059,746). He is batting .299 with 13 HR and 45 RBI in 80 games this season.
Ramirez, 36, has been selected to his third All-Star Game and second as a starter. He started the 2005 All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Scott Rolen. He was also an All-Star in 2008. Ramirez had 2,318,611 votes in fan balloting, finishing ahead of the Mets’ David Wright (1,979,883). He is batting .287 with 11 HR and 41 RBI in 63 games this season.
Lucroy, 28, has been selected to his first All-Star Game. He was selected via the player vote, finishing first among National League catchers with 420 votes. Lucroy is batting .329 with 9 HR and 44 RBI in 82 games this season. He entered today’s game leading the National League in multi-hit games (31) and among the league leaders in batting average (2nd), doubles (2nd), hits (T3rd), on-base percentage (4th), slugging percentage (5th), OPS (5th) and extra-base hits (5th).
Rodriguez, 32, has been selected to his fifth All-Star Game. He was also an All-Star in 2004, 2007 and 2008 with the Angels and in 2009 with the Mets. Rodriguez was selected via the player vote, finishing second among National League relievers with 138 votes, trailing only the Braves’ Craig Kimbrel (190). He is 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 27 saves in 42 appearances this season while holding opponents to a .187 batting average. His 27 saves tied Kimbrel for the Major League lead entering today’s game.
Event will Mark the First Availability of Brewers Single Game Tickets and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
Two of the most anticipated annual “signs of summer” are coming together to form the perfect storm for Brewers fans, and it’s all happening in just a few short weeks at Miller Park.
The Milwaukee Brewers have set Saturday, March 1 as the date for this year’s Arctic Tailgate party, which marks the beginning of individual ticket sales at Miller Park. Individual game tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. that day. This is the eighth year that the Arctic Tailgate will mark the start of individual ticket sales.
New this year, campers in line at Miller Park will have a chance to warm up in a Leinenkugel’s heated tent. The tent will be open
both Thursday and Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
To celebrate the coming of summer, the first statewide serving of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy will be available to a limited number of guests, 21 and older (NOTE: Fans must be in line at 5 pm on
either Thursday or Friday to receive a wristband redeemable for one complimentary Leinenkugel products). Also, Pepsi products will be available both nights for those under 21.
In addition, the Leinenkugel’s Airstream will make an appearance at Miller Park, along with visits on
Thursday and Friday from Dick Leinenkugel of the famous brewing family.
As the largest summer seasonal craft beer, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy has developed a major league following since its debut in 2007. With increasing growth year over year, Summer Shandy has become synonymous with summer and America’s pastime.
On Saturday morning (March 1), the Box Office windows will open at 9 am for the sale of individual game tickets. Grebe’s Bakery, a new partner for the Brewers this year, will get the fun started with complimentary donuts for those in line. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni players will be on hand to greet fans all morning. The first 2,000 fans in line will receive a hot dog and soda, compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, as well as an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt. FOX Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ will both serve as media sponsors, and the FOX Sports Wisconsin Girls will be in attendance on Saturday.
Please note the following safety regulations for the Arctic Tailgate. Participants will not be permitted to set up camp prior to noon on
Thursday Friday, February 2728. No hand-made or hand-built shelters shall be permitted. No shelters made of cardboard or wood will be permitted. Shelters with a footprint greater than 100 square feet 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/propane heating/grilling units with fuel-valve turn-offs and self-contained charcoal/wood units are permitted; provided, however, that they must be a minimum distance of 25 feet from the building or shelters. Activity and items permitted on the premises are subject to the approval of the Brewers. The Brewers reserve the right to remove any shelter, items, or individuals from the property.
Only a very limited number of tickets for Opening Day will be available at this event (note: the Miller Park Box Office will be the only place where fans will be able to purchase individual Opening Day tickets on March 1; no phone or online orders will be accepted). Each fan will be limited to a maximum of four tickets for Opening Day, based on availability. Meanwhile, through Monday, February 17, fans can visit Brewers.com and register for the chance to be selected in an Opening Day opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day and up to eight tickets to weekend games at Miller Park this season.
Tickets for individual Brewers home games can be purchased starting Saturday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at the Miller Park Box Office, at Brewers.com or by calling (414) 902-4000 (or 800-933-7890).
Demand-based pricing, which provides the best ticket value for fans, will return for all Brewers games this season. The pricing will be implemented in almost all of the Miller Park seating categories (excluding All-Inclusive Areas, Suites, and the Uecker Seats).
Beginning with the first day of individual game sales (set for Saturday, March 1), pricing for all 81 games is subject to change. Fans should be reminded that they will usually receive the lowest price when they purchase their seats early. Fans will be able to purchase tickets at the Ticket Office or by visiting Brewers.com, selecting the “Tickets” tab and then clicking on the Single Game Tickets link. For more information regarding demand-based pricing by specific games, fans can visit Brewers.com/tickets.
Fans will also be able to purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park including Opening Day. All parking prices remain the same from last season. Advance General Parking passes are available for all games and are priced at $9 with Preferred Parking at $14 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. A complete listing of the parking prices is shown below.
In addition to the Miller Park Ticket Office, fans will be able to buy tickets and parking at Brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000. The Miller Park Ticket Office will be open until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Normal Box Office hours are from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (beginning Monday, March 3), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.
2014 Miller Park Parking Information
Day of Game
Note – Day of Game parking prices for Opening Day and Saturday/Sunday games from May – August include the following: General Parking – $15; Preferred Parking – $25; Bus Parking – $50; Handicap Parking – $15.
We’ve done it! We’re inside the century mark as just 99 days remain until Opening Day at Miller Park on Monday, March 31st!
As I’ve done the last two seasons consecutively (and before that as well), I’ll be counting down to Opening Day by way of the jersey numbers assigned to members of the Brewers 40-man roster along with some non-roster invitees to Spring Training.
On their respective days, I’ll take a look at a player’s 2013 season, preview their fortunes for 2014, predict where they’ll begin the season (starter, bench, Triple-A, etc), and many other things. It’s been a fun way to countdown the days to Opening Day while previewing the players who will most likely be a part of the franchise’s efforts for a National League Central Division Championship.
In case you’re new, here’s an example of what that means. On March 11th, we’ll be 20 days away from Opening Day. Therefore, I’ll profile the player who wears #20 on his jersey: Jonathan Lucroy. On March 4th, I’ll profile Carlos Gomez (#27). On January 30th, Wily Peralta. So on and so forth.
Sometimes, players numbers get announced after their appropriate day has past. On those occasions, I do my best to get a profile up on them as soon as I can.
Today is 99, which corresponds to no one. Often, there’s a handful of non-roster invitees who are announced late and get the jerseys in the low 90s, so I’ll keep my eyes peeled.
We’ll have some fun along the way as we start counting down the days to our unofficial national holiday.
This is something I meant to ask before the end of the regular season, but the beauty of the off-season is that we’ve got plenty of time.
Jonathan Lucroy spent a good portion of the 2013 season hitting third and did an admirable job. The third spot in the order is taken for 2014 though with the return of Ryan Braun. So it led me to the question, where should Jonathan Lucroy hit in the batting order next season?
Here’s a breakdown of Lucroy’s splits by his most-seen spots in the order in 2013:
3rd: 54 G, 232 PA, 205 AB, 27 R, 58 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 6 SB, 22 BB, 31 K, .283/.353/.400/.753,
4th: 34 G, 141 PA, 125 AB, 12 R, 38 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB, 14 BB, 12 K, .304/.376/.560/.936
5th: 42 G, 169 PA, 155 AB, 17 R, 41 H, 3 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 0 SB, 9 BB, 22 K, .265/.308/.439/.746
So, I ask you, Brewer Nation…
Here is the full 2014 regular season schedule (by series, by month) for the Milwaukee Brewers.
March 31-April 2 vs Atlanta Braves
April 3 OFF DAY
4-6 @ Boston Red Sox (IL)
7, 9-10 @ Philadelphia Phillies
11-13 vs Pittsburgh Pirates
14-16 vs St. Louis Cardinals
17-20 @ Pittsburgh Pirates
21-23 vs San Diego Padres
24 OFF DAY
25-27 vs Chicago Cubs
28-30 @ St. Louis Cardinals
1-4 @ Cincinnati Reds
5-7 vs Arizona Diamondbacks
8 OFF DAY
9-11 vs New York Yankees
12 OFF DAY
13-15 vs Pittsburgh Pirates
16-18 @ Chicago Cubs
19-22 @ Atlanta Braves
23-25 @ Miami Marlins
26-28 vs Baltimore Orioles
29 OFF DAY
30-June 1 vs Chicago Cubs
2-3 vs Minnesota Twins
4-5 @ Minnesota Twins
6-8 @ Pittsburgh Pirates
9 OFF DAY
10-12 @ New York Mets
13-15 vs Cincinnati Reds
16-19 @ Arizona Diamondbacks
20-22 @ Colorado Rockies
23-25 vs Washington Nationals
26-29 vs Colorado Rockies
30 OFF DAY
1-2 @ Toronto Blue Jays
4-6 @ Cincinnati Reds
7-10 vs Philadelphia Phillies
11-13 vs St. Louis Cardinals
14-17 ALL-STAR BREAK
18-20 @ Washington Nationals
21-23 vs Cincinnati Reds
24-27 vs New York Mets
28-30 @ Tampa Bay Rays
31 OFF DAY
1-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals
4 OFF DAY
5-7 vs San Francisco Giants
8-10 vs Los Angeles Dodgers
11-14 @ Chicago Cubs
15-17 @ Los Angeles Dodgers
18 OFF DAY
19-20 vs Toronto Blue Jays
21 OFF DAY
22-24 vs Pittsburgh Pirates
25-27 @ San Diego Padres
28 OFF DAY
29-31 @ San Francisco Giants
1-3 @ Chicago Cubs
4-7 vs St. Louis Cardinals
8-11 vs Miami Marlins
12-14 vs Cincinnati Reds
15 OFF DAY
16-18 @ St. Louis Cardinals
19-21 @ Pittsburgh Pirates
22 OFF DAY
23-25 @ Cincinnati Reds
26-28 vs Chicago Cubs