Brewers On Deck ready for pumped-up fan base
Annual fan fest sold out for first time under current format
The annual Brewers On Deck event is sold out, a strong indication of fans' interest after the club's deep postseason run last year. Those in attendance will find a large contingent of Brewers players, coaches, alumni and staff taking part in the fan fest, too.
The Brewers on Tuesday announced that more than 60 Brewers personnel will participate in the event, which is set for Jan. 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. That group includes 42 players, headlined by reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich.
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The following players are also scheduled to attend Brewers On Deck, according to the team: Jesus Aguilar, Matt Albers, Chase Anderson, Orlando Arcia, Jacob Barnes, Ryan Braun, Zack Brown, Corbin Burnes, Lorenzo Cain, Jhoulys Chacin, Alex Claudio, Zach Davies, Marcos Diplan, Mauricio Dubon, Lucas Erceg, Ben Gamel, Jake Gatewood, Junior Guerra, Josh Hader, Keston Hiura, Adrian Houser, Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel, Jimmy Nelson, Jacob Nottingham, Freddy Peralta, Hernan Perez, Manny Pina, Corey Ray, Tyler Saladino, Travis Shaw, Cory Spangenberg, Troy Stokes Jr., Trey Supak, Brent Suter, Tyrone Taylor, Eric Thames, Bobby Wahl, Aaron Wilkerson, Taylor Williams and Brandon Woodruff.
They'll be joined by Brewers manager Craig Counsell, Class A Wisconsin manager Matt Erickson and the following Major League coaches: Andy Haines, Marcus Hanel, Chris Hook, Steve Karsay, Jason Lane, Pat Murphy, Ed Sedar and Carlos Subero.
The Brewers expect a number of broadcasters and club executives to be on hand as well, starting with owner Mark Attanasio, general manager David Stearns and, of course, Bob Uecker. The list of alumni scheduled to attend includes Don August, Jerry Augustine, Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner, Larry Hisle, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Paul Wagner and Robin Yount.
This is the first time under its current format that tickets have sold out in advance of Brewers On Deck. The annual event will feature autographs, photo and Q&A sessions and more activities for fans and families. Hunger Task Force will hold a food drive for peanut butter, and proceeds from the first-come/first-served autographs will go to the Brewers Community Foundation.
Timber Rattlers to play at Miller Park
The Brewers announced on Tuesday that the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will host a Midwest League game at Miller Park on April 12.
The Timber Rattlers, a Milwaukee affiliate since 2009, will take on the Astros' Class A Quad Cities affiliate at 7:05 p.m. CT. It will be the Timber Rattlers' ninth game at Miller Park since 2003 and their seventh in Milwaukee as a Brewers affiliate.
"The Brewers and Timber Rattlers have had a strong partnership for a number of years and we're happy to welcome our nearest affiliate back to Miller Park this April," Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said in a statement. "This a great opportunity for our fans to see some of the organization's future stars and a unique chance for these players to experience the thrill of playing at Miller Park."
Tickets will only be available on the Field Level, and they are set to go on sale at 10 a.m. CT on Feb. 22. Field Diamond and Field Diamond Platinum tickets will be $15, while all other Field Level tickets will be $10.
"We're excited to be returning to Miller Park this year," Timber Rattlers president Rob Zerjav said in a statement. "Not only will this game allow our fans in the Milwaukee area to see some of the top Minor League talent in the Brewers organization right in their own backyard, but it is also a date that our players will look forward to as a taste of what they are striving to achieve."