Will Broadcast Select Games and Provide Content for Brewers.com and Social Channels
MILWAUKEE, WI – The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.
In his new role, Levering will handle three innings of play-by-play as he fills in on games missed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Uecker. For days when he is not on the air, Levering will provide video, photo, audio and written content for Brewers.com and various other Brewers social media platforms.
Levering’s first official day with the Brewers will be this Sunday as he will be welcomed on the Main Stage at Brewers On Deck (10 am-5 pm at the Wisconsin Center).
“Jeff will be a great addition to the organization, and this is an opportunity for him to contribute both in the radio booth and in our new media efforts,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “By creating this role, we have a consistent voice filling in when Bob elects to stay home on occasional road trips, and we add resources to our expanding social media outreach. We welcome Jeff to the organization and look forward to introducing him to Brewers fans at Brewers On Deck.”
Levering spent the past two seasons as the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the reigning International League champion Pawtucket Red Sox. In addition to his game-day broadcasting duties, he hosted the pre- and post-game shows, “PawSox” Insider, a weekly, one-hour radio magazine show; provided video content for the team website and wrote a blog, “45 Miles from Fenway,” which ranked in the Top-15 nationally among Minor League writers.
“I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team as well as their talented front office,” Levering said. “Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Calling games in the Major Leagues has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and to have a chance to realize it is truly amazing. I can’t thank the Brewers enough for their faith in me and allowing me the opportunity to work in such a terrific organization. My family is excited to immerse ourselves in Milwaukee and be diehard Brewers fans.”
Levering received his degree in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California where he also played baseball all four years and was the starting designated hitter on the 2003 D-III National Championship baseball team in Appleton, WI. He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Brock, who was born in October of 2014.
“We’re excited to integrate Jeff into the Brewers radio broadcast with Bob and Joe,” said Carl Moll, Director of Network Operations for Journal Broadcast Group. “His work in the minor leagues has been impressive and he’s ready to move to the Major League level.”
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the Club’s 2014 Spring Training broadcast schedule that will include broadcasts of all 31 Spring Training games and the televised broadcast of all 14 games at Maryvale Baseball Park by FOX Sports Wisconsin.
In addition to the scheduled games on FOX Sports Wisconsin, the flagship radio station for the Milwaukee Brewers, Newsradio 620 WTMJ-AM, will broadcast 16 games on the statewide Brewers Radio Network. Seven select games that are not on television or radio will be broadcast exclusively on Brewers.com. All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time (except for March 27, which will have a 12:05 pm Arizona Time start).
Hall of Fame announced Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block will call the games on the Brewers Radio Network. Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the games on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Anderson, Block and Schroeder will team up on the Brewers.com webcasts.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Saturday, February 15. All position players have a report date of Friday, February 21. The first full workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 22.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9am – 5pm CST. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 3, 2014. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8) In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5.00. Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000. Tickets for the two games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
Milwaukee Brewers 2014 Spring Training Schedule
Date | Time (CT) | Opponent | Place | Broadcast
Thu, Feb 27 | 2:05 pm | Oakland Athletics |Phoenix | Brewers.com
Fri, Feb 28 | 2:05 pm | San Francisco Giants | Scottsdale | Radio
Sat, Mar 1 | 2:05 pm | Los Angeles Dodgers | Maryvale | Television
| 2:05 pm | Arizona Diamondbacks | Talking Stick | Radio
Sun, Mar 2 | 2:05 pm | Colorado Rockies | Talking Stick | Brewers.com
Mon, Mar 3 | 2:05 pm | Chicago Cubs | Maryvale | TV/Radio
Tue, Mar 4 | 2:05 pm | Oakland Athletics | Phoenix | Radio
Wed, Mar 5 | 2:05 pm | Oakland Athletics | Maryvale | Television
Thu, Mar 6 | 2:05 pm | Colorado Rockies | Maryvale | TV/Radio
Fri, Mar 7 | 2:05 pm | San Diego Padres | Maryvale | Television
Sat, Mar 8 | 2:05 pm | Kansas City Royals | Maryvale | TV/Radio
DAYLIGHT-SAVINGS TIME BEGINS MARCH 9
Sun, Mar 9 | 3:05 pm | Chicago Cubs | Mesa | Radio
| 3:05 pm | Cleveland Indians | Goodyear | Television
Mon, Mar 10 | 3:05 pm | Chicago White Sox | Maryvale | Television
Tue, Mar 11 OFF DAY
Wed, Mar 12 | 3:05 pm | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Tempe | TV/Radio
Thu, Mar 13 | 3:05 pm | San Diego Padres | Peoria | Brewers.com
Fri, Mar 14 | 3:05 pm | Arizona Diamondbacks | Maryvale | TV/Radio
Sat, March 15 | 3:05 pm | Cincinnati Reds | Maryvale | Television
Sun, March 16 | 3:05 pm | Arizona Diamondbacks | Talking Stick | Brewers.com
Mon, March 17 | 3:05 pm | Chicago White Sox | Maryvale | TV/Radio
Tue, March 18 | 3:05 pm | Texas Rangers | Maryvale | TV/Radio
Wed, March 19 | 3:05 pm | Seattle Mariners | Peoria | Brewers.com
Thu, March 20 | 3:05 pm | Colorado Rockies | Talking Stick | Radio
Fri, March 21 | 3:05 pm | Texas Rangers | Surprise | Brewers.com
Sat, March 22 | 3:05 pm | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Maryvale | TV/Radio
Sun, March 23 | 3:05 pm | Cincinnati Reds | Goodyear | Brewers.com
Mon, March 24 OFF DAY
Tue, March 25 | 3:05 pm | San Francisco Giants | Maryvale | TV/Radio
Wed, March 26 | 3:05 pm | Cleveland Indians | Goodyear | Brewers.com
Thu, March 27 | 2:05 pm | Cincinnati Reds | Maryvale | TV
Fri, March 28 | 7:10 pm | Kansas City Royals | Miller Park | Radio
Sat, March 29 | 1:10 pm | Kansas City Royals | Miller Park | Radio
• Home games in bold
• Note: Daylight-Savings Time begins on March 9
• All Games/Times subject to change
• Television games aired on FOX Sports Wisconsin
• Radio games aired on WTMJ-AM 620 and the Brewers Radio Network
A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted out that I had some really cool personal news to pass along. I haven’t done so yet, but if you were listening to the best Brewers post game show in the market hosted by Tim Allen and Steve “Sparky” Fifer on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP on Sunday evening then you already know…
I was offered a weekly segment on the post game show which they decided to call “Rounding the Bases”. It’s set to air every Wednesday on the post game show in the second hour (or last half hour depending on how long the show goes). Well, the first week was a bit of a mess due to Tim Allen being off and the station having to basically run two abbreviated post game shows with both the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and the Brewers both having Wednesday evening games. Then, as bad luck would have it for me, the Brewers were rained out this past Wednesday and no game means no show.
Fortunately, the guys decided that getting the first segment in was more important than waiting until Wednesday and so we got it done on Sunday. The segment was about 10 minutes long and brings us to the point of this blog.
Each week I’ll be blogging about the topic that was discussed on my segment following the post game show. This will allow for my thoughts to reach more eyes and will provide a spot for discussion about the topic for those that heard it and those that somehow missed it.
That said, let’s get to the point.
On this week’s segment, I felt I had to point out one of the brightest spots of this 2013 season early on, the play of Jean Segura.
Segura began the season batting down in the 8th spot in the batting order. With his skill set he was somewhat suited for the tough job of clearing the pitcher or giving that last bit of hitting before the much easier out at the tail end of the lineup.
Well, all Segura did down in the 8th spot was hit. He hit to the tune of .455/.500/.455 in 12 plate appearances. It was just five hits in 11 at-bats with a walk, but it was enough to raise eyebrows. Then, after Aramis Ramirez re-injured his knee, Segura was eventually moved up to the second spot in large part because he was hitting and so many guys weren’t. Rickie Weeks was hitting incredibly well in the two spot, but Ron Roenicke felt he needed Weeks to bat cleanup to continue to force teams to pitch to Ryan Braun. Weeks has fallen off drastically since the switch, but Segura has flourished even more. That has led to a delicate situation which Roenicke is still trying to figure out.
But Segura’s spot nestled between Norichika Aoki and Braun seems to be secure, at least as far as any player’s spot in a lineup is secure anyway. As Segura continues to hit, he’ll continue to be a featured part of Roenicke’s batting order.
Well, entering Sunday’s game, Segura was hitting a robust .406/.441/.625, including two doubles, a triple, and a home run. And on Sunday? Oh, just your run-of-the-mill 2-for-4, BB, R entry in the box score. Ho hum.
It’s not all about batting average of course, and Segura left three on base and struck out once, but his infield single in front of Braun’s drought-ending home run in the eighth inning of Sunday’s eventual win over the St. Louis Cardinals was significant in its timeliness if nothing else.
But despite his success this season, there’s more to this story. Segura was acquired, of course, at the end of July 2012 when the Brewers traded Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was initially sent to Double-A Huntsville (he had been at Double-A with the Angels before the deal) and hit .433/.500/.533 in 30 at-bats before getting called up to Milwaukee the first week of August. He started slowly, hitting just .209/.250/.239 in 67 August at-bats, but September was a different story as Segura heated up as the Brewers made the post-season push. Segura hit .309/.378/.407 in 81 at-bats with nine walks and just 11 strikeouts.
That was just the beginning as Segura went on to Winter League success, winning the batting title in the Dominican League. Spring Training in 2013 kept it rolling as Segura hit .367/.377/.550 in 60 Cactus League at-bats. It’s truly a case of riding the hot hand for Roenicke and the Brewers brain trust.
Will Segura be the first player since Ted Williams to hit .400+ for an entire season? Of course not. But this hot streak is something that the Brewers offense sorely needs right now and it makes sense to ride it out as long as they can.
On the air, Tim Allen asked me what I would do with Weeks if Segura keeps up a batting average over .300 with an on-base percentage of around .340 when Aramis Ramirez finally returns. While I said that I didn’t think Segura would quite keep up that pace, my reply was that it certainly would be nice if Segura was able to make Roenicke have to make that decision.
For now though, enjoy this young, talented, and most importantly capable shortstop as he blossoms in front of our eyes. Then knock on some wood and thank whomever you feel is deserving that we as fans as done having to suffer through everyday starting shortstops the likes of Cesar Izturis, Edwin Maysonet, Cody Ransom, and others of their ilk.
The Brewers are fortunate to have Jean Segura hitting like he is right now. They are fortunate to have a talent who still has room to develop and still has potential to fulfill. If he reaches the heights which some scouts project him to? Well, that’d be just fine too.
Yes, it’d be just fine.
Reminder: “Rounding the Bases” is scheduled to air every Wednesday on the “Rupena’s Baseball Post Game Show” on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP. Listen in! To hear my segment from Sunday’s show, click here: http://podcast.sportsradio1250.com/wssp2/3947773.mp3 (Go directly to 43:25 for my segment.)
So far once again this Spring, whenever I’ve posted a lineup or scheduled pitchers for a given game someone asks if the game is on TV or radio (or hopefully both).
I don’t mind answering the questions because interaction with you on Twitter and/or Facebook is part of the reason that I’ve got the community that I do, but in order to help get you the answer more quickly, I’m blogging it all in once place like I did last year.
Adding this post’s URL to your favorites list is probably a quality idea as well.
In case you’re reading this via the homepage, the permalink for this post is:
Here are the dates, with scheduled first pitch time listed in Central Time. It takes into account Daylight Savings Time. NOTE: Morning start times on MLB Network are telecasts of the previous day’s games.
– Friday, March 1, 2:05 p.m.
– Saturday, March 2, 2:05 p.m.
– Wednesday, March 6, 2:05 p.m.
– Thursday, March 7, 2:05 p.m.
– Friday, March 8, 2:05 p.m.
– Saturday, March 9 2:05 p.m.
– Monday, March 11 3:05 p.m.
– Friday, March 15, 3:05 p.m.
– Saturday, March 16, 3:05 p.m.
– Tuesday, March 19, 3:05 p.m.
– Friday, March 22, 3:05 p.m.
– Saturday, March 23, 3:05 p.m.
– Monday, March 25, 3:05 p.m.
– Thursday, March 28, 3:05 p.m.
– Friday, March 29, 7:10 p.m.
– Saturday, March 30, 1:10 p.m.
– Monday, March 11, 3:05 p.m. *LIVE* || FSWisconsin
– Monday, March 11, 8:00 p.m. *REPLAY* || MLB Network
– Wednesday, March 13, 9:10 p.m. *LIVE* || FSWisconsin
– Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 p.m. *DELAY* || MLB Network
– Monday, March 18, 9:00 a.m. || MLB Network
– Monday, March 18, 3:00 p.m. *LIVE* || MLB Network
– Tuesday, March 19, 3:05 p.m. *LIVE* || FSWisconsin
– Wednesday, March 20, 8:00 a.m. || MLB Network
– Friday, March 22, 3:05 p.m. || WGN
– Sunday, March 24, 3:05 p.m. || FSWisconsin
– Friday, March 29, 7:10 p.m. || FSWisconsin
This spring, whenever I’ve posted a lineup or scheduled pitchers for a given game, I’m invariably asked whether the game is on TV or radio (or hopefully both).
I don’t mind answering the questions because interaction with you on Twitter and/or Facebook is part of the reason that I’ve got the community that I do, but in order to help get you the answer more quickly, I’m posting everything and will post the link to this blog.
I’d absolutely suggest to add this post’s URL to the favorites list in your internet browser of choice.
In case you’re reading this via the homepage, the permalink for this post is:
Here are the dates, with scheduled first pitch time listed in Central Time. It takes into account Daylight Savings Time which begins in two days.
– Sunday, March 4, 2:05 p.m.
– Tuesday, March 6, 2:05 p.m.
– Saturday, March 10, 2:05 p.m.
– Tuesday, March 13, 3:05 p.m.
– Wednesday, March 14, 3:05 pm.
– Saturday, March 17, 3:05 p.m.
– Sunday, March 18, 3:05 p.m.
– Wednesday, March 21, 3:05 p.m.
– Saturday, March 24, 3:05 p.m.
– Sunday, March 25 – 3:05 p.m.
– Wednesday, March 28 – 3:05 p.m.
– Thursday, March 29 – 3:05 p.m.
– Saturday, March 31 – 2:05 p.m.
– Sunday, April 1 – 3:05 p.m.
– Tuesday, April 3 – 8:40 p.m.
– Wednesday, April 4 – 2:40 p.m.
– Monday, March 5, 8:35 p.m. || MLB Network
– Tuesday, March 6, 2:05 p.m. || FSWisconsin
– Saturday, March 10, 2:05 p.m. || WGN, MLB.TV
– Saturday, March 17, 3:05 p.m. | FSWisconsin, MLB Network, MLB.TV
– Tuesday, March 20, 3:05 p.m. | FSWisconsin, MLB Network, MLB.TV
– Friday, March 30, 3:05 p.m. | FSWisconsin, MLB Network (on delay), MLB.TV
– Saturday, March 31, 3:05 p.m. | FSWisconsin, MLB.TV
– Wednesday, April 4, 2:40 p.m. | FSWisconsin, MLB Network (on delay)