Milwaukee Brewers Home Run Hot Spots: Miller Park


The Milwaukee Brewers began to play in 1969 – not in Milwaukee, but as an MLB expansion team in Seattle. The Brewers, then known as the Seattle Pilots, played only one year in the Pacific Northwest with a less-than-stellar season, ending with nearly 100 losses (64-98). An organization called Milwaukee Brewers, Inc., led by Bud Selig and Edmund Fitzgerald, brought the franchise to Milwaukee, where it has remained ever since.

A New Home in Miller Park

The team has taken the field at Miller Park since its inception in 2001, after playing in the Milwaukee County Stadium for over 30 years. The Brewers’ current ballpark features a fan-shaped convertible roof and unique seating areas, including four levels of front-row seating.  

The Brewers have yet to clinch a World Series title, but they made it to the world’s stage in 1982, when they took the St. Louis Cardinals to game seven, ultimately losing the series. The franchise also has the distinction of being placed in four MLB divisions over its history: starting out in the AL West for the first few seasons, switching to the AL East for a couple of decades, playing in the AL Central in the mid-’90s, and finally going to the National League in 1998, where the team currently competes in the Central Division.

While longtime fans remember greats like Hall of Famer Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, current fan favorites include Ryan Braun and Chase Anderson. The current lineup boasts over 95 homers in the current season, and there are certain spots in Miller Park where you may be more likely to grab one.  

Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


If you’re hoping to snag a long ball at Miller Park, sitting anywhere along the outfield is tops. However, according to our heat map, there are a few sections where your chances could be even better.  

The sections on either side of the batter’s eye are hot spots. Of course, you can’t hang out in the bullpens, but sections 238, 237, and 236 in the left field are your go-to sections to hit up. Friday’s Front Row is also a good option for not only an amazing view but also catching homers.

Out in the right field, sections 101, 102, and 103 may increase your home-run-catching odds. The first two are directly above the away bullpen and may be the target of the lefties in the lineups.

If you have a Miller Park outing in your future, consider sitting in these sections if you’re gunning for a home run ball souvenir. Also, don’t forget to head over to to grab a new Brewers cap, jersey, or T-shirt.


Vintage Teams: Seattle Pilots


Vintage Teams: Seattle Pilots

Yes, Major League Baseball existed in Seattle prior to the Mariners. The Emerald City welcomed the MLB and the Seattle Pilots into their fair city as one of four expansion franchises in 1969. But this franchise was short-lived and baseball fans in Seattle now find themselves pulling for the Seattle Mariners, not the Pilots.

What happened? Where did Seattle’s first team end up? Did they roster any famous players? Here’s all you need to know about the history of baseball in the Pacific Northwest and its one-year wonder, the Seattle Pilots.

Where Did They Come From? Where Did They Go?

Former owner of the Cleveland Indians, William Daley, financed the team, but didn’t see a major return on his investment. The Seattle Pilots would only go on to win 64 games, losing 98 games in the process. This would earn the Pilots a last-place finish in the American League West Division, four games behind the Chicago White Sox and 33 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.

The team’s logo used a baseball, with the word “Pilots” in the center, surrounded by a red pilot’s wheel and yellow wings. This was in line with the city’s prominence within the aviation community.

Low attendance was a large issue that led to the demise of the franchise. Sick’s Stadium, where the Pilots played, wasn’t an ideal place to play. With the highest ticket prices in the league, at $6 per ticket, and a plumbing system that struggled when crowds surpassed 10,000, maybe the writing was on the wall.

Bud Selig and an ownership group out of Milwaukee would end up swooping in at the conclusion of a disastrous season, bringing baseball back to their city at Seattle’s expense.

Who Were Their Stars?

First baseman Don Mincher recorded 105 hits with 25 home runs and almost 80 runs batted in the Pilots’ only season. This performance would send him to the All-Star Game in 1969 as a representative of the American League. He wouldn’t be the only individual player to make it to the ASG, however; outfielder Mike Hegan also put up some impressive numbers. In under 80 hits, Hegan notched in almost 40 RBIs.

Diego Seguí helped the Pilots from the mound, as he pitched over 140 innings with a 3.35 ERA. He also contributed 12 saves and pitched 113 strikeouts. Gene Brabender, one of the starting pitchers, recorded the most wins of a single pitcher for the Pilots, at 13.

Jet Streaming

Seattle had a bad first run-in with the MLB, but the Mariners brought joy back into the hearts of the baseball-loving citizens of the Emerald City. Milwaukee also won when the Brewers brought professional baseball back to Brew City.

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Sports Traditions: Baseball Mascot Races


Sports traditions, much like the fans, are amazing and sometimes a little wacky. From throwing an octopus on the ice at hockey games to green jackets in golf, there are countless examples chronicled throughout the years. Today, we’re answering the question: Why are there mascot races at baseball games?

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Baseball’s Best Brats

The Milwaukee Brewers began virtual mascot races in the 1990s as a partnership with one of their sponsors, Klement’s (which sold sausages).

In 2000, the Great Sausage Race transitioned from scoreboard animations into a real-life event. The race, which takes place at the end of the sixth inning, pits the following meats against one another: Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, Hot Dog, and Chorizo. Polish Sausage ended the 2015-2016 MLB season as the winner, claiming 23 first-place finishes.

Possibly the most famous incident involving these friendly cased-meats came in 2003 when Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon struck Polish Sausage in the back of the head. He was arrested, fined, and suspended for three games for his assault on the beloved meat product.

Vegetarian-Friendly Imitations

Two notable imitators have taken a swing at the Sausages’ throne: The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Great Pierogi Race and the Washington Nationals’ Presidents Race.

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The Pittsburgh Pierogies – Bacon Burt, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah, Oliver Onion, and Sauerkraut Sal – race at the end of the fifth inning in the 280-yard Pierogi Race.

Looking a little more lifelike, since they’re modeled after actual U.S. Presidents, the Washington Nationals delight fans with the President Races.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Herbert Hoover go head to head at every Nationals home game. While this won’t settle the debate on who the best president is, it may be tangentially used to discuss which may have been the fastest.

On Your Mark, Get Set … Go!

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