Wall Bangers: Brewers To Debut Wall Of Honor At Miller Park Next Season
The Brewers on Thursday announced the creation of a Wall of Honor at Miller Park in '14 as "a way of honoring players who carved niches in franchise lore during their playing days and time as staff members in Milwaukee," according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The Wall of Honor will honor players, coaches and execs who "meet a set of criteria based on service to the club and/or career accomplishments." There will be 58 members in the inaugural class -- including Baseball HOFers Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Don Sutton and Robin Yount, as well as MLB Commissioner and former team Owner Bud Selig. Seven active MLB players, including Brewers LF Ryan Braun and Rangers 1B Prince Fielder, "meet the criteria and will be honored upon retirement." The wall, which will honor members with bronze plaques affixed to an exterior wall of Miller Park, will "allow the club to honor former members of the team who never would be elected to the Walk of Fame at the ballpark." The Brewers have "had trouble getting former players and staff members voted into their Walk of Fame in recent years but that won’t be an issue for those who meet the criteria for the Wall of Honor." Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger said, "It’s designed as a complement to our Miller Park Walk of Fame, as well as our statues." The first induction ceremony will be on June 13 (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/20).