On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced their promotional giveaways for the 2019 season, including a number of player bobbleheads.
Let’s just get to the good stuff, shall we: Here’s who’s getting a bobblehead in 2019.
March 31: Jesus Aguilar
Brewers fans won’t have to wait long for the first bobble of 2019. Capping the first series of the year at Miller Park against the St. Louis Cardinals, all fans in attendance Sunday, March 31 will get a miniature Jesus. The bobblehead will feature the slugger holding a bat over his shoulders.
Aguilar was a revelation for the Brewers at first base in 2018, breaking out with 35 home runs, 108 RBIs, an .890 OPS and an appearance in the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.
May 5: Jeremy Jeffress
Speaking of breakout 2018 seasons, Jeffress delivered his own all-star campaign and was a huge component of the club’s dominant bullpen. He recorded 15 saves and posted a 1.29 ERA with an 8-1 record and 89 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings. This will be the first time he’s portrayed by the Brewers in bobblehead form for an all-fan giveaway, though he does have his own Timber Rattlers bobblehead. He was also part of the “Ghostbusters” bobble from 2016 available with a special ticket package (also featuring Jimmy Nelson, Will Smith and Taylor Jungmann).
This will arrive in the midst of a three-series homestand, on a Sunday against the Mets.
June 9: Christian Yelich
I mean, you knew this one was coming, right?
The 2018 National League MVP helped lead the Brewers to within one game of the World Series, and his memorable season will be commemorated as the Brewers wrap a six-game homestand on a Sunday against the Pirates. Yelich’s former team, the Miami Marlins, will also stop by for the first three games of that week.
This bobblehead will feature Yelich’s 2018 MVP trophy and his Silver Slugger Award.
June 30: Prince Fielder
The slugging legend came back to Miller Park to throw out a first pitch during the playoffs, and he remains a fan favorite after seven memorable seasons in Milwaukee. The club featured him in an all-fan giveaway as a bobblehead in both 2007 and 2008, with the latter commemorating his 50-homer season the year before (becoming the youngest player to accomplish the feat, at age 23).
The Brewers also inducted Fielder into the franchise’s Wall of Honor earlier in 2018. Injuries knocked Fielder out of baseball, and he hasn’t played since 2016. This bobblehead will also be given away during a Sunday game against the Pirates.
August 11: Josh Hader
The electric left-handed reliever had an incredible season in which he became perhaps the game’s most dominant reliever. He posted a 2.43 ERA with a mind-boggling 143 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings, posting a WHIP of 0.811. His outings included a memorable April performance against the Reds, when he recorded the final eight outs of the game for a save in a one-run game — all via strikeout.
The pick here will be seen as perhaps controversial after old tweets from Hader’s past surfaced during the All-Star Game over the summer. Based on production and fan popularity alone, he would be a top choice after his remarkable season, and he’s never been featured as a Brewers bobblehead before.
This giveaway will take place on a Sunday against the Texas Rangers. The last remaining question will be if Hader’s bobblehead will feature “real” hair, a la Derrick Turnbow. The answer is probably yes (even though we’re all aware of the curse brought upon Turnbow’s career by that bobblehead in 2006).
UPDATE: Turns out he WON’T have “real” hair, so if you’re worried about a Turnbow curse, you can rest easy. It’ll be a solid block of hair.
August 25: TBA
On July 14, all fans in attendance when the Brewers face the Giants will get a Cecil Cooper retro replica jersey. Cooper spent 11 excellent seasons with the Brewers, making five all-star teams, finishing in the top-five in the MVP voting three times and delivering one of the most famous hits in club history — a two-run single that clinched victory in Game 5 of the ALCS in 1982.
The club has never retired his No. 15, but it’s perhaps the most obvious choice should the Brewers decide to retire another number. Maybe a co-retirement ceremony with another No. 15, Ben Sheets?
The full rundown:
March 31 vs. Cardinals: Jesus Aguilar bobblehead
May 3 vs. Mets: Short-sleeve t-shirt (first 10,000 fans)
May 5 vs. Mets: Jeremy Jeffress bobblehead
June 7 vs. Pirates: 16-ounce can holder (first 10,000 fans age 21 and older)
June 9 vs. Pirates: Christian Yelich bobblehead
June 23 vs. Reds: Brewers fanny pack
June 28 vs. Pirates: Brewers trucker hat (first 10,000 fans)
June 30 vs. Pirates: Prince Fielder bobblehead
July 14 vs. Giants: Cecil Cooper replica jersey
August 9 vs. Rangers: Brewers strapback hat (first 10,000 fans age 21 and older)
August 11 vs. Rangers: Josh Hader bobblehead
August 25 vs. Diamondbacks: bobblehead (TBA)