The Brewers released on Wednesday the 2019 promotional giveaway calendar, featuring five players who will be immortalized in bobbleheads: Jesus Aguilar, Jeremy Jeffress, Christian Yelich, Prince Fielder and Josh Hader.
One final bobblehead date, August 25, is listed as “TBA.” Which gives us license to take some guesses.
Here are seven possibilities for that final bobblehead giveaway in 2019:
Woodruff’s name has been lightly tossed around in offseason trade rumors, so one supposes he’s not a lock to be on the team in 2019, but who could forget that home run he hit off Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers?
This is a moment that screams “bobblehead recreation,” perhaps with Woodruff pumping his fist or turning his head toward the dugout to let out a scream.
Lorenzo Cain, again
Yes, this would mark two years in a row, but Cain was so central to the 2018 club that it bears repeating.
Cain should have been a Gold Glove winner and was the other half of the remarkable 1-2 acquisition punch that the Brewers made in January. An all-star and superb baserunner and leadoff man, Cain would make a great bobblehead subject, and the only question would be how to portray him.
Do you show him running the bases, possibly confusing the Cubs? Making a game-saving catch? With his cap off while smiling toward the crowd? Or the obvious: with his arms outstretched in his “show me the love” pose?
Chacin famously became one of the best free-agent offseason acquisitions in terms of value and production, emerging as the unlikely Brewers ace in 2018. He made 35 starts for the club and finished with a 3.50 ERA — and he’s not under contract for 2020, so it’s really sort of now or never.
The general manager has been here long enough to leave a lasting impact, with a number of shrewd moves setting up the Brewers for a deep playoff run in 2018. Doug Melvin joined the Brewers in late 2002 and had a bobblehead by 2005 — Stearns has already been here longer between hire and bobble, so let’s do this.
Christian Yelich on a bicycle
OK, so we’re already getting a Christian Yelich bobblehead this year to commemorate his MVP season, and that’s probably sufficient. But we’re not giving up on the concept of him on a bicycle to commemorate the fact that he hit not one but two cycles in 2018.
Another key part of the Brewers bullpen, Knebel was portrayed in a limited fan-bobblehead giveaway as “King of the North” for Game of Thrones night, but an all-fan giveaway would certainly be called for after Knebel was sensational in 2018 — particularly in the home stretch and postseason.
The Brewers have done a great job commemorating their past players in bobblehead form, and Cirillo is one of the rare ex-stars who hasn’t been featured. His .307 batting average remains the highest in club history, and he was unquestionably one of the more popular members of the franchise during some down years. 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary since Cirillo’s final season in Milwaukee (the first go-round; he came back and played in 189 games from 2005-06). It’s not the most romantic of anniversaries, but perhaps Cirillo should be filed away as an option at some point in the next couple years. Milwaukee loves Jeff Cirillo.