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Brewers followers have fun their ‘Mr. Baseball,’ Bob Uecker, who continues to broadcast video games at 90

By  Steve Megargee Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year]   MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bob Uecker received a hearty ovation from fans chanting “Ueck” when the legendary broadcaster appeared on the American Family Field video board early in the Milwaukee Brewers’ home opener Tuesday. Brewers fans don’t know how many more times they’ll get to

Brewers followers have fun their ‘Mr. Baseball,’ Bob Uecker, who continues to broadcast video games at 90

Steve Megargee


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bob Uecker acquired a hearty ovation from followers chanting “Ueck” when the legendary broadcaster appeared on the American Household Area video board early within the Milwaukee Brewers’ house opener Tuesday.

Brewers followers don’t know what number of extra occasions they’ll get to proceed cheering the presence of “Mr. Baseball.”

Uecker was again on the ballpark dealing with play-by-play on the radio broadcast of Milwaukee’s recreation with the Minnesota Twins as group officers remained circumspect in regards to the 90-year-old’s workload for the remainder of the yr.

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This can be Uecker’s 54th season broadcasting Brewers baseball, although he has restricted himself to house video games for the final a number of years.

“Ueck could be very centered on at all times being at a Corridor of Fame stage,” Brewers principal proprietor Mark Attanasio mentioned earlier than Tuesday’s recreation with the Minnesota Twins. “He doesn’t wish to simply be within the sales space to be within the sales space. He’s very aware. I say to him, ‘Ueck, you don’t should do the play-by-play for 9 innings or seven of the 9. You are able to do much less.’ He kind of grumbles about that concept. I say, ‘You possibly can flip roles with (Jeff) Levering and he can do play-by-play and you are able to do extra colour. He doesn’t wish to discuss that. And so what he desires to do is simply see the way it goes this yr, and we’ll see.”

Attanasio’s feedback basically echoed a press release Brewers president of enterprise operations Rick Schlesinger had issued on social media every week earlier. Schlesinger famous that Uecker can be a part of the Brewers’ radio protection for Tuesday’s house opener with the Minnesota Twins and that “he’ll take it someday at a time after that.”

Uecker turned the voice of the Brewers in 1971 and has been a part of their broadcast group ever since. Uecker frequently makes appearances on the sphere and within the locker room conversing with gamers and coaches.

He participated within the locker-room celebration final yr when the Brewers received their NL Central title, simply as he had achieved when the group clinched its different latest postseason berths.

“It’s at all times nice to have Ueck round,” Brewers outfielder and 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich mentioned. “I’ve gotten to know him pretty properly over the past seven years. I feel annually we’ve gotten nearer. Anytime you hear from him, whether or not it’s by way of textual content or simply seeing him in individual on the ballpark, I feel it makes all people’s day higher. I feel he loves being across the group, and we love having him. He’s clearly a baseball legend, a Brewer legend.”

Uecker performed within the majors from 1962-67 with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies, nevertheless it was after his taking part in profession that he turned a nationwide celeb.

He labored as a nationwide colour commentator for ABC and NBC baseball telecasts and earned fame past that of the same old broadcaster following his appearances in late-night speak reveals, beer commercials and the film “Main League.” He additionally starred in “Mr. Belvedere,” an ABC sitcom that aired over 100 episodes from 1985-90.

Uecker showcased his humorousness early in Tuesday’s broadcast by specializing in his personal lack of taking part in success, a frequent supply of his comedy. Uecker famous that he had begun his MLB taking part in profession “simply throughout the parking zone” from American Household Area on the outdated Milwaukee County Stadium. That website now’s the house of Helfaer Area, which hosts youth baseball video games.

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“That’s the place I began my main league profession — in a Little League park,” Uecker quipped.

Uecker is especially well-known in Milwaukee, the place he has turn out to be synonymous with Brewers baseball. Attanasio mentioned the primary two folks he referred to as after shopping for the Brewers have been Uecker and Corridor of Famer Robin Yount.

“Ueck’s within the Corridor of Fame as a broadcaster for a cause,” Attanasio mentioned. “He’s distinctive at his craft. It’s not simply the nice tales he tells.”

The Brewers have honored him with two statues, one which’s exterior American Household Area and one other within the again row of the terrace stage, a nod to the outdated Miller Lite industrial through which he mentioned, “I should be within the entrance row!” as he was escorted to the again of a stadium.

Attanasio famous Tuesday that Uecker’s “voice is as robust as ever.”

“I’ve the identical association with him that I feel (former Brewers proprietor) Bud (Selig) did, with a handshake,” Attanasio mentioned. “There’s no contract. I really feel it’s his sales space and he can do what he desires in that sales space. And that’s true this yr. And we’ll see. Yearly it’s at all times a bit of totally different anyway. This yr, I feel he’s aware of the place he’s in life. However I’m anticipating a fantastic broadcast as we speak, and we’ll see what he desires to do.”

Brewers followers can’t think about a season with out Uecker behind the microphone.

Neither can Brewers gamers.

“It wouldn’t really feel proper if he wasn’t round,” Yelich mentioned. “We love having him and we’re excited seeing him again on the ballpark.”

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