This winter, the Brewers embarked on a $60-something million renovation of its spring training facility. And according to the team's' Tyler Barnes, there's more to come. The results are both dramatic and subtle.
Glove modification is a relatively new trend in Major League Baseball, with players taking advantage of more innovative technology in a highly customizable world. For Brewers players, sizing, comfort and inscriptions are the most important ways to personalize a glove.
It is here at Maryvale Baseball Park, amid snowbirds and seamheads in the back row of the parking lot, on a resplendent afternoon a month before Opening Day in Milwaukee, that you can find a warm, welcome and exquisitely chargrilled taste of Wisconsin: a true Brewers tailgate.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the team's 2017 Spring Training schedule, which begins on Friday, February 24 against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This marks the third consecutive year that the Brewers will open their spring schedule vs. UWM.
Every year - since 1998 - I've made the trip to Arizona to watch the Brewers get ready for a long, long season of baseball. It's my favorite work/fun trip (edging out even Las Vegas) that I get to take, but with all the fun and sun in the desert, it's surprisingly easy to forget to pay attention to the baseball on the field.
When Brewers fans talk to me about Spring Training, I always see the same look in their eyes. "I've always wanted to do that," they say wistfully, like Arizona exists in some far-away land, where you sit right next to the field and talk to the players in between in innings. Well, actually, most of that's true. Except for the far-away land part.
I had the opportunity this week to watch four Brewers spring training games this week, three of them at the old-school Maryvale complex. As a Phillies fan who's spent most of his life stuck on the east coast, I found myself wondering, what makes a Brewers baseball game experience distinct from a Phillies game or any Major League Baseball game?
Kyle Lohse is entering his 14th year in the major leagues, so he's well versed in what spring training can mean for a player. But with that many seasons under his belt, that meaning is a bit different for him.
When I last left off, it was Saturday night in the desert and we were starving. After a little pool time at the Camelback Inn, we headed to Old Town Scottsdale to see what awaited us.
By now, I'm sure you've heard about the Milwaukee Brewers' new little mascot for the 2014 season. After all, Hank the Dog seems to be on his way to the growing ranks of Brewers' icons, ranging from Bernie Brewer and the Racing Sausages to Front Row Amy and the Door Man seated behind the visitors' dugout.
After 15 years of consecutive Brewers spring training trips, this one almost didn't happen. My tradition of fleeing the Milwaukee winter and heading to Arizona to watch the Crew tune up for the regular season pre-dates the creation of OnMilwaukee.com by one month. It's a working vacation that I cherish, a time for rejuvenation and renewal when I hear that first crack of the bat.
No amount of sunscreen could keep me looking like a lobster when I looked in the mirror this morning. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.
Last I blogged, we were racing down a mountain, halfway between Vegas and Phoenix, struggling to make it to Maryvale Baseball Park by first pitch. After hitting every red light in Maricopa County, we arrived in time for the third batter. But we didn't see much baseball, anyway.
A week from today, I'll be at Maryvale Baseball Park in sunny Phoenix to get my first look at the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers. It's a trip I've taken every year since 1998, and it's one of my all-time favorite traditions. Off the top of my head, I can't think of a Brewers pre-season laden with so many question marks before pitchers and catchers even reported.
Admittedly I've only seen two Cactus League venues so far, but when we visited Maryvale yesterday to watch the Brewers beat the Padres, I wondered why everyone disses the stadium.