Notes: Heritage celebration planned
Brewers to honor African-Americans, Hispanics with uniforms
PHOENIX -- The 1982 throwbacks won't be the only alternate uniforms on the Brewers' backs this season.
On Wednesday, the team announced a pair of promotions aimed at Milwaukee's African-American and Hispanic communities. The Brewers have planned a June 2 Negro Leagues Tribute, and Miller Park will take on a Latin flair when the club presents "Cerveceros Day" on July 29.
"Milwaukee is a very diverse city, and these annual events will honor the legacy of the great players and other individuals of Hispanic and African-American descent who made significant contributions to the game of baseball," Brewers vice president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said in a statement announcing the plans.
For the Negro Leagues Tribute, the Brewers will wear reproductions of uniforms worn by the Milwaukee Bears, the city's 1923 representative in the Negro National League. The team played only one season before disbanding, but it featured some of the game's most influential men, including Hall of Fame player/manager Preston "Pete" Hill.
The Washington Nationals will join in by donning uniforms of the Homestead Grays, who called Washington, D.C., their home from 1937-48. The event is being sponsored by the Southeast Wisconsin Church of God in Christ, and proceeds from an online auction of the game-worn uniforms will benefit Yesterday's Negro League Foundation and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
For Cerveceros Day, the Brewers will again wear alternate uniforms for their game against the Cincinnati Reds, and they plan to transform Miller Park with bilingual public address announcements, Latin-themed music and videos featuring some of the game's great Hispanic players.
Instead of the traditional "Brewers" script, players will wear jerseys with the Spanish version, "Cerveceros." Brewers great Teddy Higuera and Milwaukee Braves infielder Felix Mantilla will be honored at the game.
Cerveceros Day will take place in conjunction with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Fiesta Tailgate. For information about a ticket package that includes pregame entertainment and food, call (414) 643-6963.
The first 15,000 fans will receive a free "Cerveceros" cap courtesy of Culver's, which is sponsoring the event. Telemundo, which hosts Spanish-language broadcasts of weekend Brewers games throughout the season, is serving as a media partner for Cerveceros Day.
Proceeds from the online jersey auction will benefit the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Phillip Arreola Scholarship Fund and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship Fund.
The club is also planning more permanent tributes to the history of African-American and Hispanic players at Miller Park.
Home sweet home: The Brewers are offering some new amenities at Miller Park this season. Here's a sampling:
For the first time in team history, the club will offer every fan a free playbill-style game program. The publication, titled "Brewers Gameday," is 32 pages of player features, historical and opponent information and team rosters. Contents of the publication will change with every series.
The new right-field picnic area, which can accommodate up to 75 fans for each game, sold out for the entire season in less than two weeks of sales.
New LED Boards circle the club level from foul pole to foul pole, and they will feature animated graphics and statistics throughout each game. A new LED Major League scoreboard was also installed on the left-field wall.
The "Big League Blast" interactive area on the loge level has been updated for 2006. On the Field Level, kids can try their hand at the new batting cage behind Big B's Diner down the right-field line.
Fans will have the option of using their credit card at all permanent concession locations.
Fielder, Rogers make cut: First baseman Prince Fielder was rated baseball's 15th-best prospect, and right-hander Mark Rogers came in at No. 40 in MiLB.com's annual list of baseball's top prospects.
The list, compiled by MiLB.com and MLB.com contributor Jonathan Mayo, was based on a survey of 28 members of the scouting community. To qualify, a prospect must still have rookie status entering the 2006 season.
Fielder, who finished at No. 9 on last season's MiLB.com list, has been rated the Brewers' top prospect in three major publications. Baseball America's top 50 had Fielder 11th, Rogers 44th and third baseman Ryan Braun 49th. Baseball Prospectus had Fielder at No. 9 and Braun at 37.
Decisions, decisions: Yost hinted on Tuesday night that it's down to right-handers Jared Fernandez and Mike Adams for the final spot on the Opening Day roster.
Fernandez had his first poor outing of an otherwise stellar spring on Monday night against the Rockies, and Adams worked a scoreless inning on Tuesday night against the Royals. Yost said that each pitcher would get two more outings before camp breaks on Saturday.
"We're trying to give them both a fair shot," Yost said.
On deck: The Brewers are scheduled to finally play a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday. The teams played a non-Cactus League exhibition on March 2, but the only other "A" game was rained out on March 11.
Left-hander Chris Capuano will make his final spring start against the Angels' John Lackey. It's a split-squad game for the Angels, who will also send players to an exhibition game against the Giants on Thursday night in San Francisco.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.