MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The Milwaukee Brewers today announced plans for the creation of the “Brewers Wall of Honor” in 2014 at Miller Park. The Wall of Honor will commemorate Milwaukee Brewers players, coaches and executives who meet a set criteria based on service to the club and/or career accomplishments.
The Wall of Honor will be a permanent exhibit on an exterior Miller Park wall adjacent to the Hot Corner entrance. Honorees will be recognized with a bronze plaque affixed to the wall, with their image and a brief synopsis of their Milwaukee baseball career etched onto the marker. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“The Wall of Honor is designed to honor the many individuals who either spent a significant portion of their career with the Brewers, or have a significant legacy with the organization through various achievements,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It’s designed as a complement to our Miller Park Walk of Fame, as well as our statues.”
Individuals who meet any of the following criteria during their time with the Milwaukee Brewers organization will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:
- 2,000 or more plate appearances
- 1,000 or more innings pitched
- 250 appearances as a pitcher
- Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
- Manager of a pennant-winning team
- Individuals memorialized with statues on the Miller Park Plaza
- Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who played for or managed the Brewers
Currently, there are 58 persons who meet the above criteria. This group of 58 will be recognized on the Brewers Wall of Honor during the 2014 season with an induction ceremony at Miller Park, scheduled for Friday, June 13. Honorees and their guests (as well as representatives of those who are deceased) will be invited to attend the unveiling ceremonies, as well as recognized during a program on the field prior to the game.
In addition to the 58 members of the inaugural class, there are seven active players in Major League Baseball that meet the criteria. Upon retirement, players who meet the criteria will be added annually to the Wall of Honor.
The complete list of players, managers and executives who will grace the Brewers Wall of Honor at the unveiling ceremony in June of 2014 follows:
John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks are the seven active players who, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement. Other active players closing in on the thresholds include Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.
Further details regarding the ceremony will be announced at a later date.