Uecker, six Brewers players contribute to fund to help Miller Park employees

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FILE – In this April 6, 2015, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun steps into the batters box for his first plate appearance of an Opening Day baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Brewers home ballpark will have a new name next year after a 20-year deal with Miller comes to an end. American Family Insurance announced Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, 2020, that Miller Park will become American Family Field next Jan. 1. A new logo and other branding elements will be revealed later this year. (John Ehlke/West Bend Daily News via AP, File)

The voice of the Brewers, Bob Uecker, and six Brewers players have donated to a fund established by the team to help Miller Park employees impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Veteran outfielder, and long time face of the franchise, Ryan Braun was the first to pledge $100,000 dollars to the one million dollar fund. Voice of the Brewers, Bob Uecker, followed with another $50,000 dollars.

“Milwaukee is a second home to us, and the fans and staff at Miller Park are like family,” said Ryan Braun in a statement released by the team. “This pandemic has created difficult financial situations for many of them, and I know I speak for my teammates in saying that we want to do our part to help address the critical needs. We know this doesn’t solve the problem, but along with the contribution from the Brewers and the Attanasio family, we believe this fund can help support those who are most in need.”

“This is more than supporting those who work at Miller Park,” said Bob Uecker in a statment released by the team. “In my 50 years with the team, I have become friends with many of these individuals, and some of them have been around the ballpark nearly as long as me. We’re all limited in what we can do to return to our normal lives, but we want to help people be as comfortable as possible until we can get back to starting up.”

FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers sportscaster Bob Uecker speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Milwaukee. Veteran Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcast Bob Uecker is touched that the team still considers him one of the boys. Last November, after the Brewers came within one game of going to the World Series, the players voted to give a full playoff share to Uecker, worth $123,000. Uecker donated the money to charity. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Also chipping in were Christin Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Corey Knebel, Josh Lindblom, and Brent Suter for a combined $300,000 dollars.

Both Braun and Yelich have been involved in other pandemic related causes in the Milwaukee and through their combined efforts with California Strong. Along with former third baseman Mike Moustakas, Braun and Yelich started California Strong after wildfires in the state back in 2019, and have continued charitable efforts through the organization since that time.

In the Milwaukee area, Braun and Yelich have donated funds to provide thousands of meals for health care workers. That program is led by 3rd St. Market Hall and contributions from American Family Insurance, Associated Bank, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Sargento.

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