The Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday announced the dozens of players, coaches, alumni, broadcasters and executives scheduled to attend 2018 Brewers On Deck.
The popular annual offseason event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center and feature more than 60 participants, including Ryan Braun, Orlando Arcia, Corey Knebel, Craig Counsell, Rollie Fingers, Robin Yount, Mark Attanasio, David Stearns and Bob Uecker. All attendees are subject to change.
The following 34 players are set to appear: Jesús Aguilar, Zach Davies, Jimmy Nelson, Tyler Webb, Chase Anderson, Tim Dillard, Hernán Pérez, Aaron Wilkerson, Orlando Arcia, Oliver Drake, Brett Phillips, Taylor Williams, Jacob Barnes, Junior Guerra, Manny Piña, Brandon Woodruff, Jett Bandy, Josh Hader, Domingo Santana, Ryan Braun, Monte Harrison, Travis Shaw, Lewis Brinson, Keston Hiura, Eric Sogard, Keon Broxton, Adrian Houser, Brent Suter, Corbin Burnes, Jeremy Jeffress, Eric Thames, Jhoulys Chacín, Corey Knebel, Stephen Vogt and Matt Erickson (Class-A Wisconsin manager).
Manager Craig Counsell and the following coaching staff members also will be on hand: Darnell Coles, Derek Johnson, Pat Murphy, Carlos Subero, Marcus Hanel, Jason Lane, Ed Sedar and Lee Tunnell.
Along with the manager, coaching staff and players, the following alumni are slated to appear: Don August, Larry Hisle, Jerry Augustine, Dan Plesac, Jeff Cirillo, Ken Sanders, Cecil Cooper, Gorman Thomas, Rollie Fingers, Paul Wagner, Jim Gantner and Robin Yount.
In addition, the following broadcasters and executives are scheduled for Brewers On Deck: Matt Arnold, Lane Grindle, Rick Schlesinger, Mark Attanasio, Jeff Levering, David Stearns, Craig Coshun, Sophia Minnaert and Bob Uecker.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of family-friendly activities. A full schedule will be announced at a later date, but some of the events will include autographs and photos from players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt Sale, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and more.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. On the day of the event, cash is the only accepted form of payment for admittance. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit the Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park box office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000 or online at Brewers.com/ondeck through Jan. 27 at noon.
As with past events, food donations will be accepted for The Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th and Wells Streets.
According to the Brewers, details regarding autographs include the following: Players and select staff/alumni will each sign up to 250 autographs, ranging from free of charge to $25 (proceeds go to Brewers Community Foundation). All autographs this year will be first come, first served and limited to the first 250 in line per player/staff. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
For more information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like CBSSports.com, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.
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