Top 50 Milwaukee Brewers

The city of Milwaukee had a baseball team from 1953 to 1965 when the Braves played there.  Wisconsin did not have to wait a long time to receive another team as the expansion Seattle Pilots moved there after one year of existence in 1970. 

Now named the Milwaukee Brewers, the “Blue Brew Crew” did not have a lot of success in the 1970’s but would go to the World Series in 1982 with Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Robin Yount, though they would go down to defeat in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. 

They haven’t been to the World Series since.

Since that time, the Brewers have moved leagues from the American to the National and have only been to the playoffs once. 

This list is up to the end of the 2016 Season.

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.  
As of this writing, this decision was not very hard. Robin Yount never left the Milwaukee Brewers and for many fans in Wisconsin the former Shortstop is the greatest baseball player that ever existed for the Milwaukee Brewers. 
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Paul Molitor was with the Blue Brew Crew for the first fifteen of his twenty-one seasons in Major League Baseball.  One of the most complete hitters of the game, Molitor had seven seasons where he batted over .300, had moderate power numbers (160 Home Runs as a Brewer) and would eight time exceed 30 Stolen Bases. 
Ryan Braun was labeled as a five tool player before he debuted with the Milwaukee Brewers and with the exception of average defense, it is safe to say he achieved that expectation.  Braun would win the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and four years later won the coveted MVP Award.  The slugger would also capture the Home Run Title and to date has represented the Brewers in six All Star Games.  Five Slugging Titles and two OPS Titles are also in Braun’s trophy case.
Cecil Cooper was a really good baseball player though it seemed that only people in Milwaukee were aware of it! 
From the baseball rich nation of Mexico, Teddy Higuera made history as the first Mexican to win 20 Games in MLB, a season where he was the American League Cy Young runner up and the leader for bWAR by Pitchers.  Higuera’s career in MLB was not relatively long, but it was spent only with Milwaukee where he was named an All Star in 1986.  Two years later he would lead the American League in WHIP with a 0.999 tally. 
An Olympic Gold Medalist with the United States in 2000, Ben Sheets would establish himself as the ace of the Milwaukee Brewers for nearly a decade.  Sheets would be a four time All Star and would have his best season in 2004, where even with a losing record he finished eighth in Cy Young voting.  That season he would lead the National League in SO/BB.  Sheets would unfortunately be an oft-injured hurler, which prevented him from living up to his full potential. 

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Prince Fielder would follow into his father’s footsteps as like his father, he would blast 50 Home Runs in a season and captivate his home town crowd.  Fielder was a power machine, hammering 230 Home Runs as a Brewer (including becoming the first Brewer to win the Home Run Derby) also while winning both a Home Run and RBI Title while playing for Milwaukee.
A Milwaukee Brewer during the heart of his career, George Scott would accrue one of his three All Star Game appearances while playing in Wisconsin.  Scott would win the Gold Glove in all five of his seasons in Milwaukee, and with his bat he would share the lead for the American League Home Run title in 1976.  That year he would also win the RBI Title and finish eighth in MVP voting.  Scott would actually receive MVP votes every year he was a Milwaukee Brewer.
A four time All Star with the Milwaukee Brewers, Don Money was with the Milwaukee Brewers for eleven seasons.  Money was known for being good defensively and he provided solid numbers with his bat in the 1970’s.
Bringing additional power to the Brewers, Ben Oglivie was a three time All Star who would win the Home Run crown in 1980.  Oglivie would hit 25 Home Runs or more three times and drove in over 100 runs twice.  He would also hold the distinction of being amongst the first Outfielders to receive the Silver Slugger.  It is worth noting that Oglivie, who was born in Panama, was the first non-American to win the Home Run Title in the American League.
Jeff Cirillo accumulated an even 1,000 Hits as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, and went to the All Star Game in 1997.  Three times as a Brewer, Cirillo would bat over .300 and he provided solid defense at the hot corner for Milwaukee.  In 1999, he finished third in the National League in Hits.
A Milwaukee Brewer for five and a half seasons, Carlos Gomez by far had the best moments of his career with the Wisconsin based franchise.  Gomez would be named an All Star in both 2013 and 2014 with a pair of 150 Hit, 20 Home Run seasons, one of which saw him post a spectacular 4.6 Defensive bWAR, a season where he earned a Gold Glove and a ninth place finish in MVP voting.  That year, he would actually lead everyone in the NL in bWAR.  As a Brewer, Gomez would also win the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year…
While Gorman Thomas was far from the most well rounded player in Baseball, fans of the Milwaukee Brewers knew that every time he stepped up to the plate there was a good chance he was going to take the ball deep.
A Starting Pitcher for eight seasons for the Brewers, Mike Caldwell would have a 102-80 record for the team.  Three times, Caldwell would have over 15 Wins, one of which saw him win 22.  That year (1978), Caldwell would finish second in Cy Young voting, leading the American League in Complete Games with 23.
One of the most tenured players in Milwaukee Brewer history, Second Baseman, Jim Gantner played 1,801 Games, all of which with Milwaukee.  Affectionately referred to as Gumby for his unique fielding style, Gantner wasn’t much of a power hitter, but did collect 1,696 Hits with a career .274 Batting Average.  Gantner would also have an above average glove routinely putting up good defensive statistics.
A popular figure in Milwaukee, Outfielder, Geoff Jenkins was with the Brewers for all but his final seasons in the majors, where he would win the World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies.  In Milwaukee, Jenkins would have seven campaigns where he would go over 20 Home Runs and was named the team MVP in 2000.  In 2003, he would represent Milwaukee in the All Star Game.
Jonathan Lucroy had a very good run with Milwaukee going to two All Star Games.  Lucroy showed skill both with his glove and his bat, and in 2014, he would put together his most complete season where he would lead the NL in Doubles and put together a 2.0 Defensive bWAR season, which earned him The Fielding Bible Award.  That year he would finish fourth in National League MVP voting and finished the highest in bWAR for Position Players.
Chris Bosio would spend seven seasons predominantly as a Starting Pitcher for Milwaukee where he would have four ten win seasons.  Bosio would go 67 and 62 for Milwaukee and would be known for his decent control, finishing 1st BB/9 in 1992.  He would also finish in the top five twice in FIP, and would also finish three times in the top ten in WHIP as a Milwaukee Brewer.
Bill Wegman would spend all eleven years of his Major League service with the Milwaukee Brewers.  Wegman was a solid control pitcher who would finish in the top ten in BB/9 five times.  His best season was in 1991 where he went 15 and 7 with a 2.84 ERA that was good enough to finish third in the AL.  That year, he won the Hutch Award, which is given annually to the player who exemplifies “fighting spirit and competitive desire”.  That alone tells you all you need to known about Bill Wegman and why Milwaukee never let him go.