MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the coaching staff for the 2011 season, which includes three returning members and three new additions. The announcement was made by made by Executive Vice President and General Manger Doug Melvin.
“The new members of the coaching staff bring an energy and work ethic needed for the marathon baseball season,” said Melvin. Each share the same goal of getting the Brewers back to the postseason. They have experience in both the development of young players and the ability to relate and teach players who are extending their Major League careers. The returning members of the staff are also excited and looking forward to working with new manager Ron Roenicke.”
Rick Kranitz has been named pitching coach, replacing Rick Peterson. Kranitz, 52, joins the Brewers from Baltimore, where he served as the Orioles’ pitching coach from 2008 through last season. He also served as pitching coach with Florida from 2006-07. As pitching coach with the Marlins, Kranitz guided a staff which had four rookie hurlers produce at least 10 wins each in 2006. That season he was named Major League Coach of the Year by Baseball America.
In addition to his roles as a Major League pitching coach in Baltimore and Florida, Kranitz spent 22 years coaching in the Chicago Cubs organization, holding positions at every level in the minor leagues along with stints in the majors as assistant pitching coach (1996-98, 2000-01) and bullpen coach (2002). Kranitz pitched for five seasons in the Brewers’ farm system after being selected by Milwaukee in the fourth round of the 1979 draft.
Jerry Narron has been named bench coach, replacing Willie Randolph. Narron, 54, has over three decades of experience in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager. He last worked in a Major League dugout as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 2005-07. He also served as manager in Texas from 2001-02. Narron has twice worked as a bench coach, coming in 2003 with Boston and from 2004-05 with Cincinnati. The former catcher played eight seasons in the Major Leagues from 1979-87 with New York-AL (1979), Seattle (1980-81, ‘87) and California (1983-86).
Garth Iorg has been named first-base/infield coach. Iorg, 56, spent the last four seasons as roving infield coordinator for the Brewers. He also spent time at the Major League level with Milwaukee, serving as third-base coach under interim manager Dale Sveum in 2008. Iorg’s previous first-base coaching experience came with Toronto from 2001-02. The former infielder player nine Major League seasons, all with the Blue Jays (1978, 1980-87).
Ed Sedar returns to the staff for 2011. He will continue to serve as baserunning coach but will switch from the first base to the third base coaches box, replacing Brad Fischer. Also returning to the staff is hitting coach Dale Sveum, who signed a two-year contract extension on October 23, and bullpen coach Stan Kyles. Sveum, who has been on the coaching staff since 2006, has served as hitting coach since 2009. Kyles will enter his third season as bullpen coach.
In addition to the above coaching staff announcements, the Brewers named John Shelby outfield instructor/eye in the sky and Josh Seligman strength and conditioning specialist.
Shelby, 52, spent the last three seasons with Baltimore as first-base/outfield coach. He also held those positions in Los Angeles (1998-2005) and Pittsburgh (2006-07). The former outfielder played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with Baltimore (1981-87), Los Angeles (1987-90) and Detroit (1990-91).
Seligman, 35, replaces Chris Joyner. He spent the last four years as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator with the Florida Marlins. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Willamette University in 1998 and his master’s degree nutritional sciences from the University of Hawaii in 2004.
2010 LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® SILVER SLUGGER™ TEAMS ANNOUNCED
Friday, 12 November 2010 01:27 | Written by Rick Redman
First-time honors for seven of 18; Guerrero wins 8th award, and Pujols wins his 6th
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Slugger®, celebrating 126 years in baseball this season,
proudly announced the 2010 Silver Slugger™ Award winners tonight in a special hour-long
telecast on MLB Network, hosted by former MLB All-Star Harold Reynolds and Greg Amsinger.
Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals picked up his sixth Silver Slugger Award at first
base in the National League, while Vladimir Guerrero of the American League’s Texas Rangers
snagged his eighth award, his first as designated hitter. The Braves’ Brian McCann earned his
fourth award at catcher in the NL and the Twins’ Joe Mauer obtained his fourth award, also at
catcher, in the AL. Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals also picked up his fourth award in the
The Silver Slugger award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball
coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each
position in both the American and National Leagues in 2010. Selections were based on a
combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging
percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall
offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.
Tabulation of the balloting was verified by the accounting firm of Mountjoy Chilton Medley
Among the teams represented by this year’s winners, the Colorado Rockies, the Texas
Rangers, the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals each had two members. The
Rockies had two first-time winners, Troy Tulowitzki at SS and Carlos Gonzalez in the outfield,
and the Rangers had second-time winner Josh Hamilton in the outfield and the aforementioned 8-
time-winner Guerrero at DH. The Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo acquired his first award at pitcher
and Ryan Braun gained a spot as an outfielder. Braun’s award was his third in as many years.
The Cardinals also had two team members represented – Holliday with his fourth award in the
outfield position in addition to Pujols’ sixth award at first base.
Three of the six outfield selections were first-time Silver Slugger winners – Jose Bautista
of the Toronto Blue Jays, Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Carlos Gonzalez of the
Other first-time winners were Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox at shortstop for
the AL and Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins at second base for the NL.
The remaining infield selections for the American League include: Miguel Cabrera of the
Detroit Tigers, who captured his third award (his first at first base); Robinson Cano of the New
York Yankees, who received his second award for second base; and Adrian Beltre of the Boston
Red Sox at third base, who earned his second award – his last Silver Slugger was in 2004 with the
Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals secured his second award at third base
for the National League.
2010 Silver Slugger Winners
1B – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
2B – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
3B – Adrian Beltre, Boston Red Sox
SS – Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
OF – Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
OF – Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays
OF – Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
C – Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
DH - Vladimir Guerrero, Texas Rangers
1B – Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
2B – Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins
3B – Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
SS – Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
OF – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
OF – Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
OF – Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
C – Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
P – Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
All 18 awards were in the studio for the Silver Slugger Award Show on MLB Network,
and this is the first time all 18 awards have ever been displayed collectively outside of the
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Each trophy is three feet tall and bears the engraved name
of the winner and his Silver Slugger teammates in his respective league. After the 2010 Silver
Slugger Award Show airs, the awards will be sent back to Louisville where the public can see all
18 on display over the winter at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. In a ceremony early in
the 2011 season, the specially designed Silver Slugger Award will be presented to each player by
a representative of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., makers of Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of
Major League Baseball.
The Silver Slugger Award was instituted by Louisville Slugger in 1980 as a natural
extension of the Silver Bat Award, which is – as its name indicates – a silver-plated bat presented
by Louisville Slugger to the batting champions in the AL and NL. This year’s Silver Bat Award
winners are Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.
Hamilton hit .359 for the Rangers to claim the AL honor. Gonzalez won the NL batting title with
a .336 average.
Both will receive their Silver Bat Awards in on-field presentations early in the 2011
BREWERS ANNOUNCE 2011 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 16:32 | Written by Brewers.com
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the Club’s 2011 Spring Training schedule, which will begin on Monday, February 28 with a split squad game vs. San Francisco at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix and at Chicago-NL in Mesa. The Brewers will play 31 exhibition games this season, including 16 games at Maryvale Baseball Park.
The Brewers will play NL Central Division rivals Chicago (Wednesday, March 2) and Cincinnati (Sunday, March 20), who each make one visit to Maryvale this year. The Brewers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Maryvale Baseball Park against Chicago-AL and will be wearing Green Caps to commemorate the day. On Tuesday, March 22, when the Brewers play the Padres, they will host their annual “Cerveceros Day” at Maryvale Baseball Park and don their white Cerveceros uniforms.
The Annual Brewers – Oakland Charity game is scheduled for Thursday March 3rd at Maryvale this year. All ticket, parking and concession net proceeds are donated to the City of Phoenix Kool Kids Program, providing free swimming to at-risk youth under age 17 within the City of Phoenix.
The Brewers play four consecutive games at home from Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13, marking the longest homestand of Spring Training.
The final home game at Maryvale Baseball Park for the Brewers is set for Sunday, March 27. The Brewers will close out the Spring season on Tuesday, March 29 at San Diego in Peoria.
All games at Maryvale Baseball Park are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time. All road Spring Training games are also scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time, except for Wednesday, March 16 at Seattle in Peoria (7:05 p.m.)
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games will go on sale at 10 am CT on Monday, December 6 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 7, 2011. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($22), Infield Reserved ($16), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8). All Thursday home games will feature the Thirsty Thursday promotion sponsored by Miller Lite - for $20.00 Brewers fans receive an outfield reserve ticket, T-shirt and beer voucher. Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
Milwaukee Brewers’ 2011 Spring Training Schedule
Date Time (local) (CT) Opponent Place____
Monday, February 28 1:05 pm 2:05 pm San Francisco Giants Maryvale
1:05 pm 2:05 pm at Chicago Cubs Mesa
Tuesday, March 1 1:05 pm 2:05 pm at Chicago White Sox Glendale
Wednesday, March 2 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Chicago Cubs Maryvale
Thursday, March 3 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Oakland Athletics Maryvale
Friday, March 4 1:05 pm 2:05 pm at San Francisco Scottsdale
Saturday, March 5 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Maryvale
Sunday, March 6 1:05 pm 2:05 pm at Texas Rangers Surprise
Monday, March 7 1:05 pm 2:05 pm at Cincinnati Reds Goodyear
Tuesday, March 8 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Los Angeles Dodgers Maryvale
Wednesday, March 9 1:05 pm 2:05 pm at Arizona Diamondbacks Salt River
Thursday, March 10 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Colorado Rockies Maryvale
Friday, March 11 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Oakland Athletics Maryvale
Saturday, March 12 1:05 pm 2:05 pm Arizona Diamondbacks Maryvale
DAYLIGHT-SAVINGS TIME BEGINS MARCH 13
Sunday, March 13 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Kansas City Royals Maryvale
Monday, March 14 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at San Francisco Giants Scottsdale
Tuesday, March 15 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Cleveland Indians Goodyear
Wednesday, March 16 7:05 pm 9:05 pm at Seattle Mariners Peoria
Thursday, March 17 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Chicago White Sox Maryvale
Friday, March 18 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Colorado Rockies Salt River
Saturday, March 19 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale
Sunday, March 20 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Cincinnati Reds Maryvale
Monday, March 21 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Texas Rangers Maryvale
Tuesday, March 22 1:05 pm 3:05 pm San Diego Padres Maryvale
Wednesday, March 23 OFF DAY
Thursday, March 24 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tempe
Friday, March 25 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Cleveland Indians Maryvale
Saturday, March 26 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Seattle Mariners Maryvale
Sunday, March 27 1:05 pm 3:05 pm Chicago White Sox Maryvale
Monday, March 28 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Oakland Athletics Phoenix
1:05 pm 3:05 pm at Kansas City Royals Surprise
Tuesday, March 29 1:05 pm 3:05 pm at San Diego Padres Peoria
• Home games in bold
• Note: Daylight-Savings Time begins on March 14
• All Games/Times subject to change
Ron Roenicke A new era in Brewers baseball:
Thursday, 04 November 2010 19:50 | Written by Chris Carter
November 4, 2010 marks the culmination of a long baseball career for a man who has started as a player and worked his way up to one of the premier teams in Major League Baseball. Manager Ron Roenicke has a great ring to it and shows that the Brewers are willing to look at the hidden gems of the men who have toiled and learned their craft through the system.
Introduced to the Media by Doug Melvin today, Doug mentioned that the process began from the day after the season ended, narrowed down from 8 to 4 then the right man for the Milwaukee Brewers was a tough decision but he is the “Right man for this team right now”
Joe Madden was quoted as telling Doug that Ron saw things others just don’t see in the game before they happened.”
“Over the last week my wife is on the internet and my new nick name is dark horse and #4”
This is a great opportunity for me but it is all about the players who I will get to know and get the best out of them, the focus will be on the players not on me.”
“I’m excited we have a really good club, some young pitchers, were going to work it and were going to grind it.” Were going to get after it.”
“I am going to be honest and I am going to take care of these guy’s”
Attacking style, were going to be a running team were going to be aggressive were going to score a lot of runs being aggressive and giving the players confidence to be aggressive”
Spoke to Rick Peterson will talk to him again after this event, Pitching coach is really important to me and were hoping to make sure we can get the right players to the right coaches.”
“I’m not experienced but I’ve experienced a lot” That was the quote that in Doug Melvin’s mind that brought Ron over the top.
I don’t know any of the players.”
There is an attitude there is mo-jo and swagger that we want to win with, you have to win in many ways but you need to have that swagger. There is a lot of ways that make an impression on folks.”
“YES” we need to upgrade our pitching, we had the 3rd best pitching in MLB in the month of September. Stated Doug Melvin to help Ron succeed.
If Latroy Hawkins comes back as he did two years ago and Randy Wolf pitches like he did end of the year we have upgraded.
Amid flurry of moves, Brewers cut ties with Hoffman
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 21:07 | Written by Adam McCalvy
The Brewers on Tuesday declined 2011 contract options for pitchers Trevor Hoffman and Doug Davis and catcher Gregg Zaun, adding all three veterans to the pool of Major League free agents.
All three moves were widely expected.
The highest profile of those players belongs to 43-year-old Hoffman, who notched his 600th career save amid a trying 2010 but was replaced as closer by rookie right-hander John Axford. Hoffman's contract included a $7 million mutual option for 2011, and the price of his buyout increased from $500,000 to $750,000 when Hoffman finished his 35th game of the season on Sept. 26.
Davis' deal included a $6.5 million option with a $1 million buyout. His 2010 season was a bust because of health issues.
Zaun's contract included a $2.25 million club option for next season, but he is still recovering from shoulder surgery and will get a $250,000 buyout instead. Zaun said in August that he intends to play in 2011, but considering the Brewers have Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras on the 40-man roster and Mike Rivera signed to a Minor League contract, it's difficult to envision Zaun returning.
The team also made two additions on Tuesday, claiming 29-year-old right-handed pitcher Justin James off waivers from the Oakland A's and selecting the contract of catcher Martin Maldonado from Triple-A Nashville. Both James and Maldonado took spots on the 40-man roster.
James was pitching in the Arizona Fall Leagues for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, who happened to square-off on Tuesday against a Surprise Rafters team that includes the Brewers' own slew of prospects. James finished the 2010 season in the Majors with five appearances in relief for the A's but spent most of the year in the Minors, compiling a 1.83 ERA at the Double-A and Triple-A levels.
Maldonado, 24, is a defensive-minded catcher who batted .239 at three stops in Milwaukee's Minor League chain in 2010. He's currently playing for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.