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Milwaukee Brewers Announce “On Deck” Attendees

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Ryan Braun, Junior Guerra and Tim Dillard are among the myriad of current and former players that are scheduled to appear.

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The Milwaukee Brewers host their annual “Brewers On Deck” every January, the franchise’s version of the winter fan-fest type of events that many other teams around the league put together. For a reasonable price ($15 in advance, $20 at the door), fans can come and have the chance to meet and get autographs from players and coaches, participate in Q & A sessions, play games in the interactive kids' area, and browse the extensive collection of clothes and memorabilia that is available. This year's "On Deck" is set to take place on Sunday, January 29th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm CST at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Earlier today, the Brewers announced this year’s list of scheduled attendees:

Current Players

Chase Anderson, Keon Broxton, Jimmy Nelson, Rob Scahill
Orlando Arcia, Taylor Jungmann, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Travis Shaw
Jett Bandy, Zach Davies, Corey Knebel, Hernan Perez
Andrew Susac, Jacob Barnes, Matt Garza, Brent Suter
Michael Blazek, Scooter Gennett, Manny Pina, Damien Magnifico
Eric Thames, Ryan Braun, Junior Guerra, Jhan Marinez
Carlos Torres, Tommy Milone, Domingo Santana, Jonathan Villar

Top Prospects

Adrian Houser, Ryan Cordell, Jorge Lopez, Brett Phillips
Michael Reed, Lewis Brinson, Josh Hader


Darnell Coles, Derek Johnson, Pat Murphy, Carlos Subero, Marcus Hanel
Jason Lane, Ed Sedar, Lee Tunnell, Matt Erickson, Craig Counsell


Jerry Augustine, Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner, Ken Sanders, Paul Wagner
Don August, Rollie Fingers, Larry Hisle, Gorman Thomas, Robin Yount


Matt Arnold, Jeff Levering, Lane Grindle, Bob Uecker, Craig Coshun,
Brian Anderson, Rick Schlesinger, Sophia Minnaert, Mark Attanasio


Tim Dillard

Last year’s event had several notable absences by veteran players, but this year the only noteworthy player missing is Wily Peralta. Beyond him, all eight prospective starting position players and the full projected starting rotation is scheduled to attend, as are several members of the bullpen and some key backups. That includes All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun, #2016BrewersAce Junior Guerra, and the now-deposed starting second baseman Scooter Gennett, who stand out as the club’s most obvious remaining trade candidates. Given how deep we are into the winter and the near-complete lack of substantive rumors regarding any of that trio, it appears increasingly likely that the team may keep all three on the roster heading into 2017.

This year’s event is notably lighter on top prospects compared to 2016, but fans will still be able to get a glimpse of perhaps the two most prominent farmhands in the system: outfielder Lewis Brinson and lefty Josh Hader. The other prospects who will be in attendance are a few of the more notable names in the upper levels of the system, including the uproarious Brett Phillips.

Speaking of hysterics, Tim Dillard has been invited to this year’s event as a Player/Personality. After posting a 5.13 ERA in AAA last season, Dillard inked another minor league deal with the Brewers to return to the only MLB organization he’s known since being drafted in the 34th round back in 2002. He’s become increasingly well-known, however, for his Dubsmashes, MiLB Network videos, and Twitter feed over the last year or so, including being the “Brewers last Call-Up” last year and helping with the club’s social media team.

We can only hope there will be a feature within the event where Tim Dillard tells jokes to Brett Phillips.