The Brewers spent more than $18 million to upgrade their food and beverage infrastructure during the winter, making it the single largest upgrade to Miller Park since the facility opened in 2001. Brewers ownership and Delaware North Sportservice shared the cost of the project.
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General parking for the exhibition games is $11 if purchased in advance, $12 on the day of the game.
Reviewing the tape
Brewers manager Craig Counsell wasted no time addressing Monday's baserunning foibles with the full team. In an otherwise crisp win over the Rangers, the Brewers made five outs on the bases in the first three innings, including all three outs in the third. Lewis Brinson, who was picked off second base in the first inning after a double, was out trying to advance from first to third on a Scooter Gennett single. Then Gennett was retired in a rundown between second and third on a Travis Shaw grounder, and Shaw was out at second trying to advance on the play.
"We spent 15 minutes on it today," Counsell said after his daily morning meeting with players. "We address things about the game every day; we take a group of games and we address positives and negatives from every game."
Just like last year in his first Spring Training at the helm, Counsell is encouraging players to take risks on the bases in exhibition games to discover their limits. That will naturally lead to some learning experiences, he said.
"There's [good] examples of it that we don't see, either," Counsell said. "That's Spring Training. That's what you want to happen in Spring Training, sometimes, to see the mistakes, and be able to correct them and learn from them when they're not so costly."
Different lineup looks
Center fielder Keon Broxton led off and second baseman Jonathan Villar batted second against the Royals on Tuesday as Counsell continues to mull options for his Opening Day lineup. Villar hit leadoff for most of last season, but Broxton emerged during the second half as a dynamic player at the plate and on the bases. Broxton hits right-handed and Villar is a switch-hitter.
"I mean, Johnny is going to be one or two, no question about it," Counsell said. "Where Keon hits -- if we can get Keon going, I think we'd love to hit him in one of those spots. To me, the order of those guys is not necessarily as important as playing well enough to be hitting up there at the top of the lineup."
No Walk of Fame inductees
Former Brewers catcher Del Crandall and outfielder Geoff Jenkins each fell three votes shy of induction to the Miller Park Walk of Fame, which will have no new inductees in 2017, the team announced. A total of 30 ballots were cast, with Crandall, Jenkins, pitcher Mike Caldwell (16 votes), outfielder Ben Oglivie (16 votes) and manager George Bamberger (15 votes) coming closest to the 20 votes required for induction.