Brewers baseball looks a little different in 2021
On the field
The 2021 season returns to the normal full 162 games after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Changes implemented in 2020 (doubleheaders shortened to two seven-inning games and extra innings starting with a runner on second base) continue. For now, there will be no designated hitter in the National League.
The Brewers open the season at home April 1, 3 and 4 against the Minnesota Twins, and later in April have three-game home series with division rivals Chicago and Pittsburgh. April closes and May begins with four games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, champions of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
In the off-season, the Brewers firmed up their infield by acquiring second baseman Kolten Wong, a nemesis for the Brew Crew when he played for Central Division rival St. Louis. Also acquired was free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who had very strong years with Boston.
Wong anchors a much stronger infield with former second baseman Keston Hiura moving to first, Orlando Arcia at shortstop and Travis Shaw at third. The outfield is projected to have Bradley in right field, joining returning Christian Yelich in left and Lorenzo Cain in center.
The offensive and defensive improvements, along with solid starting and relief pitching, prompts baseball writer Will Leitch to call the Brewers one of six teams “virtually guaranteed to have a better winning percentage than they did last year.” Barring injuries to 2019 National League MVP Yelich or to starting pitchers, he and other MLB writers see the Brewers and the Cardinals as favorites in the National League’s Central Division.
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Inside the Stadium
1. Initially, attendance is limited to 25% of capacity (10,000-12,000). Fans are grouped in pods of 2-6 seats. Single-game tickets currently are available through May 2.
2. No bags are permitted, other than purses or wristlets not exceeding 5” x 9” x 2” and ADAA/medical bags or manufactured diaper bags.
3. All fans ages two and older must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth, except when actively eating and drinking in their designated seating pods.
4. No cash payments are accepted. Mobile concession ordering is encouraged through the MLB Ballpark App or by texting the word “food” to 41835. Fans can exchange cash at no charge for gift cards at kiosks inside the stadium. (Those cards can be used outside the ballpark where credit cards are accepted.) 00
Outside the stadium
• Signage welcomes fans to American Family Field, a change brought about by primary sponsorship change for the ballpark known for its first 20 years as Miller Park.
• In one of many Covid19-related measures to ensure the safety of fans, the popular tradition of tailgate parties in the parking lots is not permitted through April 11. Tailgating with those seated in designated pods starts April 12.
• All ticketing is digital and accessed through the MLB Ballpark App.