Thursday was a day of change for the Milwaukee Brewers both on and off the playing field.
On the business side of baseball, the Brewers announced the new name and logo for what is currently Miller Park. Beginning next year, the home of the Brewers will be known as American Family Field as a part of a 15-year naming rights deal with American Family Insurance. The logo melds the insurance giant's logo with Brewers colors and highlights the stadium's signature retractable roof. American Family Insurance also holds the naming rights deal for the team's Maryvale complex.
On the field, the Brewers said goodbye to Justin Smoak after his recent struggles offensively, ending his tenure with the team with offensive splits of .186 BA/.262 OBP/ 381 SLUG. To replace him, the Brewers signed 2019 All-Star and former Cubs farmhand Dan Vogelbach. Primarily a DH, Vogelbach has struggled offensively this year as well during his stints with Seattle and Blue Jays. Vogelbach does pack a lot punch when things are going well, securing an All-Star spot last season after hitting 21 homers and 51 RBI in the first half of 2019.
The Brewers open their series in Cleveland Friday at 6:10 p.m.