At 'On Deck' event, Brewers owner says roster's not set

GM Melvin: Milwaukee isn't in market to acquire Shields or Zimmermann

At 'On Deck' event, Brewers owner says roster's not set

MILWAUKEE -- A year after using the event to announce a record-setting contract for Matt Garza, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio told fans at Sunday's "On Deck" event that the team's 2015 edition is still under construction.

"Some of our best signings, if you look back over the years, are signings that we made after this event," Attanasio told fans during a question and answer session. "I'm pretty confident you'll see at least one other signing between now and the start of Spring Training. I just don't know who that will be."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun says 'so far, so good' with right thumb

Brewers slugger feels real test will come with Spring Training games

Braun says 'so far, so good' with right thumb

MILWAUKEE -- More than three months after undergoing a procedure to relieve nerve pain that contributed to the least productive season of his career, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was still brimming with optimism on Sunday.

"Knock on wood, I feel great," Braun said during the team's annual fanfest. "It feels really good. Everything's going well, regular offseason, regular routine. I started hitting a little bit earlier than I typically do, just to kind of see how it felt. So far, so good."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers bring back mascot and hero, Barrelman

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Brewers bring back mascot and hero, Barrelman

From 1970 to 1977, the first eight years of the Brewers' Major League existence, the team was visually represented by the lovable and jolly Barrelman. With a thick, barrel-shaped belly, wide smile and powerful bat in his arms, he was the representation of beauty and baseball for the Midwestern city.

But then, like Batman at the end of The Dark Knight, he disappeared. For 38 years.

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Legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker is 81 today

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Legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker is 81 today

Try saying "Brewers' broadcaster Bob Uecker's birthday" five times, fast.

Brewers' broadcaster Bob Uecker's birthday

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Henderson, Thornburg aiming for Opening Day

Both Brewers relievers missed most of 2014 season with arm injuries

Henderson, Thornburg aiming for Opening Day

MILWAUKEE -- While engaged in talks with Francisco Rodriguez and monitoring markets for other free-agent relievers, the Brewers heard positive feedback Sunday from two of their own. Jim Henderson and Tyler Thornburg, who missed most of last season with arm injuries, each expressed optimism during Sunday's "Brewers On Deck" about being healthy in time for Opening Day.

Thornburg, who has avoided Tommy John surgery for a compromised ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, is already throwing bullpen sessions. Henderson, who underwent surgery to "clean up" bone spurs and tissue damage in his right shoulder, is scheduled to throw his first proper bullpen session on Tuesday. If that goes well, he will repeat the exercise on Friday.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Winning T-shirt designs unveiled

Brewers to include them in all-fan giveaways

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers on Sunday unveiled seven winning T-shirt designs to be distributed during all-fan giveaways at 2015 home games. For the first time, fans decided the winners in an online vote.

From Jan. 12-19, a dozen possible T-shirt designs were posted at brewers.com. Fans were able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. The seven winning designs were revealed with Brewers players, alumni, broadcasters and mascots serving as models for each design.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Novel idea: Nelson tries to solve tale of two seasons

Last three years, Crew righty has been stellar in first half, only to struggle after promotion

Novel idea: Nelson tries to solve tale of two seasons

MILWAUKEE -- After a dominant first half of 2014 at Triple-A, followed by a middling stint in the Major Leagues, Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson believes his history suggests a breakthrough to come.

Following this week's trade of Yovani Gallardo -- at least in part to clear a rotation spot for Nelson -- the Brewers are counting on it.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers add Levering to help with broadcast, new media

Brewers add Levering to help with broadcast, new media

The Brewers have hired Jeff Levering to serve as play-by-play announcer on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network for select road games, and to provide content for the team's online, social and new media channels.

Levering has spent the last two seasons as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Pawtucket Red Sox, while also hosting pre- and postgame shows and a weekly one-hour radio magazine show, as well as providing video for the team website and writing a team blog.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers Spring Madness returns; tickets on sale

Brewers Spring Madness returns; tickets on sale

Nothing heralds the arrival of spring like the return of baseball, and Brewers fans once again have the chance to cheer for both as Spring Madness (414) returns to Miller Park.

Reprising the very popular event that debuted last season, Spring Madness (414) offers specially priced tickets and concession items to the Brew Crew's second home series of the season.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lucroy meets injured war vet in State of the Union trip

Involved in charitable efforts for veterans in Wisconsin, catcher a guest of senator

Lucroy meets injured war vet in State of the Union trip

One day in the midst of the politically charged atmosphere of Capitol Hill, where President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, was enough to convince Jonathan Lucroy not to spend his post-baseball years in the political realm.

"No way I'm dealing with that," Lucroy said with a laugh Wednesday. "That's too much for me. I thought it was tough playing the Cardinals!"

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Willis reportedly agrees to deal with Brewers

Willis reportedly agrees to deal with Brewers

Former All-Star Dontrelle Willis is attempting to make a comeback with the Brewers. The left-hander has agreed to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to ESPN.com. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Willis, 33, has not pitched in the big leagues since 2011 with the Reds. From 2009-11, he appeared in big league games for the Tigers, D-backs and Reds. He has since signed deals with the Phillies, Orioles, Cubs, Angels and Giants, appearing in two games for San Francisco's Triple-A Fresno affiliate last year.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers get 3 players from Rangers for Yovani

Milwaukee adds infielder Sardinas, plus righties Knebel and Diplan

Brewers get 3 players from Rangers for Yovani

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In the summer of 2013, the Brewers were high enough on young Dominican right-hander Marcos Diplan to be prepared to give him a substantial signing bonus. They've liked Corey Knebel's power arm since he was closing for the University of Texas. And they value the depth a shortstop such as Luis Sardinas could provide.

On Monday, Milwaukee acquired all three of those highly regarded youngsters from the Rangers in return for a prized veteran they had little hope of retaining beyond 2015, Yovani Gallardo, and cash considerations.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Brewers' win-now approach takes hit with Gallardo deal

Trading right-hander to Texas a puzzling move by team that sees itself as contender

Brewers' win-now approach takes hit with Gallardo deal

The Yovani Gallardo trade is not the kind of deal that a contending team would normally make.

Maybe it is the first step in a process. Maybe it is a result of extreme confidence in organizational pitching depth. Or maybe it is simply getting something, anything for a pitcher who can be a free agent after the season.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lucroy lauded at State of the Union for charity efforts

Lucroy lauded at State of the Union for charity efforts

While Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has visited Washington, D.C., plenty of times to play the Nationals, Tuesday night saw him step into a completely different atmosphere.

Lucroy attended President Barack Obama's State of the Union address as a guest of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @qlr5001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Full slate of Brewers set to attend 'On Deck'

Fan fest on Jan. 25 includes autograph, photo opportunities

MILWAUKEE -- New Brewers first baseman Adam Lind will make his first Milwaukee appearance on Jan. 25, when he's scheduled to be among nearly 50 players, coaches and alumni taking part in the team's annual "On Deck" event.

Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy are also scheduled to attend the fan fest at Milwaukee's downtown convention center, which features autograph and photo opportunities, game shows and question and answer sessions, memorabilia sales and a kids area. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children if purchased in advance at Brewers.com/OnDeck, or $20 for adults and $15 for children at the door. Advance tickets will be available through Friday, Jan. 23, at noon. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers, Maldonado agree to 2-year deal

Backup catcher signs for $1.95 million to avoid arbitration

Brewers, Maldonado agree to 2-year deal

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers halved their potential arbitration cases Thursday by agreeing to a two-year, $1.95 million contract with backup catcher Martin Maldonado, leaving only outfielder Gerardo Parra unsigned for next season.

Maldonado was eligible for the first time as a Super Two player after earning $502,000 last year. He received a $50,000 signing bonus and salaries of $800,000 in 2015 and $1.1 million in '16, all of which is guaranteed under a multiyear deal.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew COO: Season-ticket sales up despite quiet offseason

Schlesinger happy with bump after disappointing finish to 2014 season

Crew COO: Season-ticket sales up despite quiet offseason

MILWAUKEE -- Despite the Brewers' finish last season and few offseason transactions, chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said the team is running better than 20 percent ahead in season-ticket sales compared to last year at this time.

"Without any player moves outside of the Adam Lind deal, to see this kind of bump is exciting," Schlesinger said.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Uecker tells lovely story about friendship with Selig

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Uecker tells lovely story about friendship with Selig

Now that Bud Selig's tenure as Commissioner is almost over, that means one thing: Time for his friends and colleagues to give him a little bit of a roasting. 

At a farewell dinner on Thursday night, baseball legends gathered to share their favorite tales of the Selig days. Hank Aaron thinks that the outgoing commish might owe him "a couple hundred dollars" and Robin Yount does a pretty fair imitation of his batting stance, but we're really here for longtime Brewers radio broadcaster Bob Uecker.

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NFL playoff QBs have baseball connections

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NFL playoff QBs have baseball connections

If you're anything like me, when you tune into the NFL playoffs, you'll be thinking about one thing: How good would these quarterbacks be at baseball? As it turns out, we're not the only ones. One of the final four QBs standing was at one time described as a "sure thing as a baseball player" and another could throw a 91-mph heater. Let's see if you can match the baseball career to the player. 

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Lucas on board as Brewers finalize Minor League staffs

Former Major League reliever joins Class A Wisconsin as pitching coach

Lucas on board as Brewers finalize Minor League staffs

MILWAUKEE -- Another cheesehead is joining manager Matt Erickson's staff at Class A Wisconsin, the Brewers made official Tuesday while finalizing their Minor League coaching assignments.

Gary Lucas, a former Major League reliever who lives in Rice Lake, Wis., was named the Timber Rattlers pitching coach under Appleton native Erickson, confirming a report in the Appleton Post-Crescent last month. Lucas is coming off 10 seasons as a coach in the Twins' farm system.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hank the Ballpark Pup wins Dog of the Year award

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Hank the Ballpark Pup wins Dog of the Year award

One year ago, Hank was cold and alone -- a stray pup who had wandered into the Brewers' Spring Training facility looking for a place to sleep. Days later, Hank not only had found a family in the Brewers organization, but he had become an Internet sensation who was loved all around the world.

He got a brand new house, complete with slide

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Inbox: More moves coming for Brewers?

Beat reporter Adam McCalvy answers fans' questions

Inbox: More moves coming for Brewers?

When are the Brewers going to make another move? I know they are set at pretty much every position, but how about the bullpen? It's just very frustrating after the collapse of 2014 when it seems like they're doing nothing while the rest of the division is making additions.
-- @jmort82 on Twitter

If the topic of baseball was broached over Old Fashioneds during the holidays, I'll wager you've heard something similar, or maybe said it yourself. I've talked to plenty of Brewers fans over the past few weeks who are freaking out over the sound of crickets emanating from frozen Miller Park.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Brewers aim to finish what they started in 2014

Brewers aim to finish what they started in 2014

When the 2014 season was finally over, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin took the deepest of breaths and made about the most difficult decision anyone in his position could make.

Despite a 9-22 closing lap, Melvin decided that he still liked his team. Three months later, he still does. In that time, he has gone over his roster dozens of times looking for holes or ways to improve.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis clearly remembers homer served up to Big Unit

Former Brewers lefty allowed only blast hit by Hall of Famer Johnson in 2003

Davis clearly remembers homer served up to Big Unit

MILWAUKEE -- Former Brewers pitcher Doug Davis has a good sense of humor about his unique place in Hall of Famer Randy Johnson's career.

"I'm happy I was in a position to help him out, I guess," Davis said.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers' Hank goes all Hollywood at World Dog Awards

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Brewers' Hank goes all Hollywood at World Dog Awards

The story itself was made for Hollywood: adorable stray pup shows up to Spring Training, gets adopted by team, becomes beloved mascot for a Major League ballclub. So it only makes sense that Hank the Wonder Dog would eventually make his way to La La Land. 

Nominated for Dog of the Year at the World Dog Awards (easily the most prestigious award out there), Hank walked the green carpet in a tuxedo that must have been made by Arfmani:

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Schroeder to be placed on Brewers Wall of Honor

Schroeder to be placed on Brewers Wall of Honor

MILWAUKEE -- Bill Schroeder, who was behind the plate for the Brewers' only no-hitter (thrown by Juan Nieves in 1987) and is now entering a third decade in the television booth, will be honored later this year with a spot on the club's Wall of Honor.

The installation was completed in June to commemorate Brewers players, managers and executives who made a mark on the franchise. On Tuesday, the criteria expanded to include former Brewers players who have spent at least 20 seasons in the team's broadcast booth.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon.

Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sheffield not elected to Hall in first year on ballot

Slugger hit 509 home runs while playing for eight teams in 22 seasons

Sheffield not elected to Hall in first year on ballot

Gary Sheffield said in November that it was an honor to be considered for the Hall of Fame. After voting results from his first year on the ballot, it looks like he'll have a while for consideration.

While three first-timers on the Hall of Fame ballot gained induction, Sheffield wasn't one of them. He nearly fell into the opposite end and off the ballot.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers sign catcher Ashley to Minor League deal

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added another catcher to help handle the Spring Training workload Monday when Nevin Ashley inked a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to big league camp.

Ashley, 30, is a former sixth-round Draft pick of the Rays who played seven seasons in that organization before moving to Triple-A assignments in Cincinnati's (2013) and Pittsburgh's (2014) systems. He's a career .257/.351/.380 hitter in 2,992 professional plate appearances.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun knows he will impact Crew's '15 fortunes

Braun knows he will impact Crew's '15 fortunes

MILWAUKEE -- Is Ryan Braun the key to the Brewers avoiding the sort of slump in 2015 that sidetracked their '14 season? Manager Ron Roenicke says, "No." But Braun himself, during a wide-ranging discussion at the end of the regular season, suggested the answer was, "Yes."

"If I'm anywhere close to healthy," Braun said, "and doing anywhere close to what I expect myself to do, I have no doubt we're in a different place as a team."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.