Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers
2014 Milwaukee Brewers season
Established 1969
Based in Milwaukee since 1970
Milwaukee Brewers Logo.svg MilwaukeeBrewers caplogo.svg
Team logo Cap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
NLC-Uniform-MIL.PNG
Retired numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44
Colors
  • Navy blue, metallic gold, white

              

Name
  • Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present)
Other nicknames
  • True Blue Brew Crew, The Brew Crew, The Crew, Beermakers, Beersmen, Cerveceros, Birraioli
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (0) None
NL Pennants (0) None
AL Pennants (1) 1982
NL Central Division titles (1) 2011
AL East Division titles (1) 1 1982
Wild card berths (1) 2008
Front office
Owner(s) Mark Attanasio
Manager Ron Roenicke
General Manager Doug Melvin

The Milwaukee Brewers are a professional baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team is a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League and plays its home games at Miller Park. The team is so named because of the city's association with the brewing industry.

Franchise history

Originating in Seattle, Washington, as the Seattle Pilots, the club played for one season in 1969 before being acquired in bankruptcy court by current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and then moved to Milwaukee. The Brewers were part of the American League from their creation as an expansion club in 1969 through the 1997 season, after which they moved to the National League Central Division. Milwaukee had previously been a National League city when its team was the Milwaukee Braves (1953–1965).

In 1982, Milwaukee won the American League East Division and the American League Pennant, earning their only World Series appearance to date. In the Series, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three.

In 2008, the Brewers achieved their first postseason berth in the 26 years since their World Series appearance as the wild card team in the National League. They were eliminated in the NLDS by the eventual World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.

On September 23, 2011, the Milwaukee Brewers clinched their first division title in 29 years. They won the National League Division Series in five games over the Arizona Diamondbacks, but lost to the eventual World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals in six games during the NLCS.

Logos and uniforms

Logos

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1970–77 1978–93 1994–99 2000–present

Uniforms

1970–1977

The original Brewers uniforms were "hand-me-downs" from the Seattle Pilots. Since the move to Milwaukee received final approval less than a week before the start of the season, there was no time to order new uniforms. Selig had originally planned to change the Brewers' colors to navy and red in honor of the minor league Brewers, but was forced to simply remove the Seattle markings from the Pilots' blue-and-gold uniforms and sew "BREWERS" on the front. However, the outline of the Pilots' logo was clearly visible. The uniforms had unique striping on the sleeves left over from the Pilots days. The cap was an updated version of the Milwaukee Braves cap in blue and yellow. Ultimately, it was decided to keep blue and gold as the team colors, and they have remained so ever since.

The Brewers finally got their own flannel design in 1971. These were essentially the same as the 1970 uniforms but with blue and yellow piping on the sleeves and collar.

In 1972, the Brewers entered the doubleknit era with uniforms based upon their flannels—all white with "BREWERS" on the front, blue and yellow trim on the sleeves, neck, waistband and down the side of the pants. This is the uniform that Hank Aaron would wear with the club in his final seasons, and that Robin Yount would wear in his first.

During this period, the logo of the club was the Beer Barrel Man, which had been used by the American Association Milwaukee Brewers since at least the 1940s.

1978–1993

The Brewers unveiled new uniforms for the 1978 season—pinstripes with solid blue collar and waistband. The road uniforms continued to be powder blue, but for the first time the city name "MILWAUKEE" graced the chest in an upward slant. In addition, this season saw the introduction of the logo that was to define the club—"M" and "B" in the shape of a baseball glove. The logo was designed by Tom Meindel, an art history student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The home cap was solid blue, and the road cap was blue with a yellow front panel. Additionally, their batting helmets had a white front panel. The club would wear these uniforms in their pennant-winning season of 1982. Only minor changes were made until 1990; the color of the road uniforms changed to grey in 1985, while the blue-yellow-blue road cap was abandoned the following year, as were the white front panel batting helmets.

In 1990, the Brewers made significant modifications to their uniforms, switching from pullover to button-down jerseys (the last American League team to do so). Their individual uniforms showed other changes as well; at home, the blue piping was removed and the block lettered "BREWERS" was changed to a script version similar to the script that spelled their road uniforms, while those outfits had their piping changed from blue-yellow-blue to blue-white yellow.

1994–1999

In 1994, in collaboration with the Brewers celebrating their 25th year in baseball, the team did a radical makeover of their uniforms. The creative but outdated ball-in-glove logo was removed and replaced with a stylized interlocking "M" and "B" set on a pair of crossed bats and a diamond background. This change was derided by some fans as the "Motre Bame" logo. The royal blue changed to navy blue, while the yellow changed to a metallic gold. Forest green was added as a third color. The jerseys swapped pinstripes for retro-themed piping around the collar, buttons, and sleeves, following a trend that was very popular in the 90's. The uniforms' lettering had the same style of letters as the new cap logo with heavily stylized "BREWERS" lettering on the home jerseys and "MILWAUKEE" on the road grays. For the first time, an alternative jersey was introduced. It was navy blue with the home "BREWERS" lettering on the front and featured the Brewers' logo on the lower left side. These uniforms were also the first in franchise history to have the players' last names on the back. The home cap was completely navy blue, while the away cap featured a navy blue upper and a forest green bill.

In 1997, the uniforms were slightly modified, with the main logo removed from the caps and replaced with an "M" and the alternative jersey was removed. All navy caps were worn with both the home and away uniforms, while the away green socks were changed to navy blue.

2000 – present

Before the 2000 season, to coincide with the anticipated opening of new Miller Park, the Brewers changed their uniforms again. The block letters were removed and replaced with a flowing script "Brewers" on the front and green was removed as the third color. The cap logo was a script "M", similar in style to the Miller logo, with a head of barley underlining it, symbolizing Milwaukee's beer-making industry. The home uniforms also featured a patch on the left sleeve consisting of the cap logo with a gold outline of the state of Wisconsin behind it, showing the Brewers statewide appeal. The road uniforms would be grey and would feature the same script "Brewers" on the front, with a simple patch on the left sleeve with a script "Milwaukee" on it.

Although the uniforms were supposed to debut with the opening of Miller Park, the Big Blue crane collapse in July 1999, which cost the lives of three workers and caused damage to the first base side of the stadium, delayed the opening of Miller Park one year, so the uniforms spent one year at County Stadium, the old ballpark's last year.

The uniforms also featured an alternative navy-blue jersey that had the same features as the home jersey and were many times favored by the players as the jersey is made with a lighter, more breathable fabric.

In 2010, the Brewers debuted a new alternative road jersey which, like the other alternative jersey, is navy-blue, but instead with a script "Milwaukee" in the front. They also added a gold jersey. This was the Cerveseros model worn on special occasions including Latin heritage games.

In 2005, new Brewers owner, Mark Attanasio, introduced Retro Sundays, where the Brewers would wear uniforms featuring the beloved "ball-in-glove" logo. The uniforms are similar to the uniforms worn from 1978–1989, but with some modern modifications, such as the uniforms being button-up instead of pullover, players last names on the backs of the jerseys, and a "ball-in-glove" logo patch on the left sleeve. In 2007, the Retro day was changed from Sunday to Friday, which continues to this day.

The retro uniforms have since been heavily favored by many Brewers fans and many continue to campaign to have them be once again the regular Brewers uniforms.

In addition, the Brewers have also worn special uniforms. The Latin Nights uniform is gold (originally blue) with a script "Cerveceros" in front, most recently worn on June 11 against the St. Louis Cardinals. On August 13, 2011, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Brewers also wore a special uniform to commemorate German Heritage Day. This jersey, which pitcher Zack Greinke accidentally wore during the previous night's game as well,2 is similar to the home blue alternates, but with the German "Bierbrauer" script lettering in front. The gold jersey was also worn on September 10 against the Philadelphia Phillies, except that the script features "Brewers" in front. This time they were worn for 'Gold-out Night'. For the 2013 season the gold alternates will be worn again, this time as a fourth home alternate uniform.

On July 1, 2012, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Brewers wore green batting practice uniforms with red and white trim, a nod to the Italian flag, as part of "Italian Heritage Day". The front script reads "Birrai". They also wore red fielding caps.

During the offseason before the 2013 season, the Brewers allowed fans to design their own Milwaukee Brewers uniforms. Three finalists were chosen, with the fans allowed to vote on the Brewers website for their favorite. The winning uniform was designed by Ben Peters of Richfield, Minnesota and was worn by the Brewers for two spring training games.3

On June 23, 2013, the Brewers wore Polish-inspired white batting practice uniforms against the Atlanta Braves for "Polish Heritage Day". The uniform had red striping to pay homage to the Polish flag, and the front script read "Piwowarzy". Like in their 2012 Italian Heritage Day game, they wore red fielding caps.

Season-by-season record

Franchise individual records

Franchise leaders

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; R = Runs; H = Hits; RBI = Runs Batted In; HR = Home Runs; * = current Brewers player

Home Runs RBI Hits Runs Stolen Bases
Player Pos AB HR GP
Robin Yount SS/OF 11008 251 2856
Prince Fielder 1B 3527 230 998
Geoff Jenkins OF 4407 221 1234
Ryan Braun* OF 3556 209 904
Gorman Thomas OF 3644 208 1102
Cecil Cooper 1B 6019 201 1490
Ben Oglivie OF 4136 176 1149
Greg Vaughn OF 3244 169 903
Jeromy Burnitz OF 2768 165 782
Paul Molitor 3B 7520 160 1856
Player Pos RBI
Robin Yount SS/OF 1406
Cecil Cooper 1B 944
Paul Molitor 3B 790
Geoff Jenkins OF 704
Ben Oglivie OF 685
Ryan Braun* OF 664
Prince Fielder 1B 656
Gorman Thomas OF 605
Jim Gantner 2B 568
Greg Vaughn OF 566
Player Pos Hit
Robin Yount SS/OF 3142
Paul Molitor 3B 2281
Cecil Cooper 1B 1815
Jim Gantner 2B 1696
Geoff Jenkins OF 1221
Don Money 3B 1168
Ben Oglivie OF 1144
Ryan Braun* OF 1110
BJ Surhoff Util 1064
Charlie Moore C 1029
Player Pos R
Robin Yount SS/OF 1632
Paul Molitor 3B 1275
Cecil Cooper 1B 821
Jim Gantner 2B 726
Geoff Jenkins OF 661
Ryan Braun* OF 626
Rickie Weeks* 2B 622
Don Money 3B 596
Ben Oglivie OF 567
Greg Vaughn OF 528
Player Pos SB
Paul Molitor 3B 412
Robin Yount SS/OF 271
Jim Gantner 2B 137
Tommy Harper OF/3B 136
Ryan Braun* OF 127
Rickie Weeks* 2B 120
Scott Podsednik OF 113
Pat Listach SS 112
Darryl Hamilton OF 109
Mike Felder OF 108

Awards and honors

Baseball Hall of Famers

The following inducted members of the Baseball Hall of Fame spent part of their careers with the Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famers
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Milwaukee Brewers

Hank Aaron

Rollie Fingers

Paul Molitor

Don Sutton

Robin Yount

Players listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Brewers cap insignia.
No major league player, manager, or executive affiliated with the team when it was known as the Seattle Pilots has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Retired numbers

4
Paul
Molitor

3B, DH
 
Retired June 11, 1999
19
Robin
Yount

SS, OF
Coach
Retired May 29, 1994
34
Rollie
Fingers

P
 
Retired August 9, 1992
42
Jackie
Robinson

2B
All MLB
Honored April 15, 1997
44
Hank
Aaron

RF, DH
 
Retired October 3, 1976

Although not retired, number 17 has been kept out of circulation since Jim Gantner's retirement in 1992. The only time it was issued after 1992 was from 1996-1997 when Gantner returned as first base coach.

Also, number 28 has not been reissued since 2011 when Prince Fielder signed with the Detroit Tigers.

The number 50, although it has not been retired, has been placed in the Brewers' Ring of Honor for Bob Uecker and his half-century in baseball.

Although Hank Aaron played only two seasons for the Brewers in the twilight of his career, he played in Milwaukee for twelve seasons with the Braves, from his rookie season of 1954 until their move to Atlanta following the 1965 season. Aaron won his only World Series in Milwaukee, with the 1957 Braves.

Championships

American League Champions
Preceded by:
New York Yankees (1981)
1982 Succeeded by :
Baltimore Orioles (1983)
American League Eastern Division Champions
Preceded by:
New York Yankees (1981)
1982 Succeeded by :
Baltimore Orioles (1983)
National League Wild Card Winners
Preceded by:
Colorado Rockies (2007)
2008 Succeeded by:
Colorado Rockies (2009)
National League Central Division Champions
Preceded by:
Cincinnati Reds (2010)
2011 Succeeded by :
Cincinnati Reds (2012)

Current roster

Milwaukee Brewers roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers


Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches


Restricted list

25 active, 15 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster updated April 21, 2014
TransactionsDepth chart
All MLB rosters


Minor league affiliations

For a complete list of all-time affiliates, see List of Milwaukee Brewers minor league affiliates.

As of the 2014 season, the Brewers have the following minor league affiliates:

Level Team League Location
AAA Nashville Sounds Pacific Coast League Nashville, TN
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Huntsville, AL
Advanced A Brevard County Manatees Florida State League Viera, FL
A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Grand Chute, WI
Rookie Helena Brewers Pioneer League Helena, MT
AZL Brewers Arizona League Phoenix, AZ
DSL Brewers Dominican Summer League Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic

Radio and television

The Brewers' flagship radio station is WTMJ (620 AM). Bob Uecker, a winner of the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame, joined the Brewers in 1970, when the team moved from Seattle, and has been there ever since. Alongside Uecker is Joe Block, who joined the team's radio broadcast in 2012. Block replaced Cory Provus who had left to become the Minnesota Twins lead broadcaster on radio after the 2011 season. Provus, formerly of WGN radio in Chicago, replaced Jim Powell, who left Milwaukee for the Atlanta Braves radio network. Powell in turn replaced Pat Hughes, who departed to do play-by-play for the Cubs on WGN in 1996. The Brewers radio broadcasts usually feature a 2-2-2-1-2 format where Uecker does solo play-by-play for the first, middle and last 2 innings, while Block does innings 3-4 and 7, and both doing analysis throughout and varied presentation for extra innings games. For the 2014 season Uecker will cut back the amount of road games he does due to health concerns, mainly involving West Coast trips and road games at Colorado; a co-announcer with Block on those games has not yet been announced.4

Select daytime home games are broadcast in Spanish over Waukesha-licensed ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate WRRD (1510), which is restricted to operating during daytime hours, with Andy Oliveras serving as play-by-play announcer.

Most of the team's television broadcasts are aired on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Brian Anderson, who has worked on The Golf Channel, took over as the Brewers' play-by-play announcer for the 2007 season. He replaced Daron Sutton, who joined the Arizona Diamondbacks. The color commentator is Bill Schroeder, a former major league catcher who played six of his eight seasons for the Brewers. As of 2011 Schroeder is in his 17th season as the Brewers' color commentator. The 2010 season was the first year where all of Fox Sports Wisconsin's games were broadcast in high definition. Anderson (who also is a part of TBS's playoff coverage) also provided play-by-play for the 2011 NLCS due to Ernie Johnson stepping aside for the year due to a medical situation with his son.5 In 2014 as Anderson's Turner Sports duties have increased along with the addition of NCAA college basketball and NBA on TNT play-by-play duties, Wisconsin Badgers football and men's college basketball radio announcer Matt Lepay will serve as play-by-play man on days when Anderson is working for Turner.6

From 2007-2011, the Brewers and FSN Wisconsin subcontracted to Weigel Broadcasting a package of 15 games and one spring training game over-the-air on WMLW (then-Channel 41/58.2) in Milwaukee each season with FSN Wisconsin producing the telecasts and Weigel selling air time for each of those games and additional games added depending on weather postponements and pennant race standings (WMLW games would air on the outstate FSN Wisconsin network for the remainder of the state). The deal was ended before the 2012 season in order to facilitate full-season HD coverage on FSN Wisconsin and distribution complications. Weigel continues to air a few Sunday home broadcasts per year with Spanish language play-by-play on Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD (Channels 63/49.4), which produces their own broadcasts using FSN's camera positions with Hector Molina on play-by-play and bilingual WDJT sports anchor Kevin Holden on color.7

Five of the six major network television stations in Milwaukee, along with WMLW, have carried game broadcasts over the years, with WTMJ-TV being the original broadcaster in the 1970s. WVTV carried the team for the bulk of the 1980s and early 1990's, with WCGV-TV following from 1994 until 2004, and WISN-TV carrying select Sunday games at the beginning of the 2000s. WITI is the only station not to have carried local coverage of the team through its history (though former WITI sports anchor and current Bucks play-by-play man Jim Paschke was the team's TV announcer during its time with WVTV), although it has aired national games from CBS and Fox involving the Brewers through the years.

References

  1. ^ In 1981, a players' strike in the middle of the season forced the season to be split into two halves. The Brewers won the division in the second half, but lost the division playoffs to the New York Yankees.
  2. ^ "Brewers' Zack Greinke hits with wrong jersey". Content.usatoday.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  3. ^ McCalvy, Adam. "Finalists announced for designing Brewers uniform". MLB.com. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Haudricort, Tom (30 January 2014). "Bob Uecker says he will cut back on workload". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Heistand, Michael (September 27, 2011). "Family situation keeps TBS' Ernie Johnson from MLB playoffs". USA Today (Gannett Company). pp. C3. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Pipines, Tom (19 March 2013). "Matt Lepay to do play-by-play on 35 Brewers telecasts". WITI. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Brewers team broadcasters page". Retrieved 13 April 2014. 

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