MILWAUKEE -- Truck Day used to represent the end of baseball's offseason. Now it's just another stop on the ever-growing road to Spring Training.With roster additions still a possibility, the Brewers packed a final semi truck on Tuesday and sent it on a journey to Brewers Fields of Phoenix, as
MILWAUKEE -- Truck Day used to represent the end of baseball's offseason. Now it's just another stop on the ever-growing road to Spring Training.
With roster additions still a possibility, the Brewers packed a final semi truck on Tuesday and sent it on a journey to Brewers Fields of Phoenix, as the team has dubbed its renovated complex in west Phoenix. The Brewers will host a ceremonial ribbon cutting there on Feb. 12 before pitchers and catchers formally report to camp the next day.
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Odds are there will be a player or two in that group who isn't on the Brewers' roster yet.
"Even if it happens later, it does happen. Guys get signed," said Brewers president of business operations Rick Schlesinger. "When you want, things materialize. I think it's going to be our new normal."
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Brewers third-base coach Ed Sedar happened to be at the ballpark Tuesday morning as a clubhouse crew loaded a truck with 20,500 baseballs, 1,000 bats, 200 pairs of batting gloves and -- vital to the operation -- 60 cases of sunflower seeds and 20 cases of bubble gum.
There will be much more room to store all of that equipment after a $61 million renovation of the Brewers' second home. Players already at Brewers Fields of Phoenix have shared mini-tours of the new digs on their social media, including a gigantic new weight room that will serve players throughout the organization. Previously, the Major Leaguers and Minor Leaguers worked out separately.
The rebuild also added a practice field with the precise dimensions of Miller Park and an agility field that fans will pass on their way into the stadium. Fans will walk wider concourses and have better access to merchandise and concessions.
"I think the players are excited," Schlesinger said. "Especially coming off such a great 2018, we are looking forward with great optimism to the spring and the 2019 season.
"The project is essentially done. There is a 'punch list' of items which the average fan would not even notice or observe. The project was completed on time. It's a great credit to our people here and the planners and the architects."
The truck is on its way.
"A rite of passage," Schlesinger said. "It's the first sign of spring."
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