The Milwaukee Brewers have announced all nine bobblehead dates for the 2013 MLB season. Make sure to check out which of your favorite players will be honored next year and the dates of the games in which the bobbleheads will be handed out.
Outfielder Norichika Aoki will become a bigger part of the Brewers family on April 7 when he will be honored with his first bobblehead. The Japanese sensation led all National League rookies with 150 hits, 30 stolen bases and eight outfield assists. He was even considered by many to be nominated as a NL Rookie of the Year candidate, even though he never was. Aoki is signed through the 2013 season but the Brewers will have to extend his contract in order for him to remain in Milwaukee.
First baseman Corey Hart’s bobblehead will appear in a 1913 Brewers uniform to honor the 100th anniversary of the minor league Milwaukee team who was a member of the American Association from 1902-52. The 100th anniversary will commemorate the team’s first league championship. The bobblehead will be given out on May 5 when Milwaukee takes on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Left fielder Ryan Braun will get his third bobblehead next season on May 26 when the organization honors his 41 home runs and 30 stolen bases from this past year. It was only the 11th time in Major League history that a player has achieved a 40/30 season. The fact he was able to accomplish this rare feat after his 2011 MVP season and the scrutiny that he was under after what happened at the end of last year is very impressive.
Carlos Gomez will be honored with his first bobblehead as a member of the Brewers, which seems fitting, as it will happen in a season in which he will be the full-time starter in center field. Gomez will be showcased in a Cerveceros uniform on June 9 during the Cerveceros Day celebration at Miller Park.
Milwaukee will be handing out a Polish Sausage bobblehead during Polish Heritage Day on June 23. The Polish Sausage collector’s item will be seen wearing a Piwowarzy jersey. “Piwowarzy” is the Polish translation for Brewers just like “Cerveceros” is the Spanish translation for the team name.
Milwaukee Braves legend Hank Aaron will also have his third bobblehead in 2013 when the Brewers honor his 40/30 season that took place in 1963. The collectible will showcase Aaron in a Braves uniform, which was the team he played for when he accomplished the feat, and will be handed out on July 7.
Brewers’ manager Harvey Kuenn, who was the AL Manager of the Year in 1982 when he led the team to the franchise’s only World Series, will get a bobblehead in his honor on Aug. 4. Kuenn joined Milwaukee as a coach in 1972 and named the interim manager in 1975. Harvey’s Wallbangers compiled a respectable 160-118 record under Kuenn.
Former outfielder Gorman Thomas will appear as a bobblehead in a Seattle Pilots uniform on Sept. 1. Thomas was the first player in Pilots franchise history to be selected in the draft, as he was picked in the first round in 1969, the franchise’s only season. Thomas batted .225 with 268 home runs and 782 RBI in his 13-year career. He was considered for an MVP Award in 1979, as well as, 1982 and was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
The last bobblehead of the season will feature outfielder Ben Oglivie, who will be honored for the first time. The three-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner played with Milwaukee for nine years where he enjoyed plenty of success. The .273 career hitter also recorded 235 home runs and 901 RBI.
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