Finally, normality has resumed in the baseball world. Brewers kicked off their season with a 3-game homestand against the Twins, after a successful Spring Training campaign that saw many positives. However, everyone loves delving into their past, and that brings us on to delve into Milwaukee Brewers History.
The Brewers have been very low-key with their overall achievements. One AL Pennant (1982), two NL Central Division titles (2011, 2018), two AL East Division titles (1981, 1982), and three Wildcard berths (2018, 2019, 2020) are all they have to their name. However, Brewers’ fans have been blessed to have seen many amazing players come and go.
There isn’t much in terms of requirements to make the All-Star Brewers team. As long as the player has donned a Brewers’ jersey, and been successful, then they can be eligible for the team.
Milwaukee Brewers History: The All-Star Lineup
Catcher: Ted Simmons (1981-1985)
One of the standout catchers to have played for the Brewers, Simmons was loved by all Brewers’ fans. Spending five seasons with the Brewers in the early-80s, Simmons was traded to Milwaukee from the Cardinals in December 1980.
He made 665 appearances, averaging .262 and hitting 66 home runs. After a tough first season in 1981, where he averaged just .216, Simmons bounced back in 1982 to lead catchers with a fielding percentage of .995 as well as 23 home runs and 97 RBIs.
He achieved All-Star status for the eighth and final time in 1983, before heading to the Atlanta Braves in 1986.
First Base: Cecil Cooper (1977-1987)
There were a few choices for the 1B role. Prince Fielder and George Scott are highly thought of and were impressive candidates. However, as a Brewer for 11 years, Cecil Cooper was incredible in Milwaukee.
Cooper was brought in from the Boston Red Sox in a trade that saw George Scott head to Fenway Park. His 11-year career saw him become an All-Star five times, as well as holding the franchise record for hits (219 in 1980) and was the holder of the team record for RBIs in a season with 126 before Prince Fielder broke his record in 2009.
The Two-time Golden Glove winner, and the Three-time Silver Slugger, Cooper is a worthy member of the All-Star team, and certainly one of the best in Milwaukee Brewers History.
Renowned for his unique batting stance, Cecil Cooper was inducted into the Brewers Walk of Fame in 2013.
Second Base: Rickie Weeks (2003, 2005-2014)
Honorable Mention: Jim Gantner
Signed with a $3.6M bonus, Weeks made a handful of appearances in 2003 before being called up permanently in 2005. He played for 10 years in Milwaukee before the Brewers declined the option of a contract extension in 2014.
Weeks averaged .249 in his 10-year career with the Brewers. He hit 148 home runs and was also renowned for his distinct batting stance. The second overall draft pick in 2003 certainly lived up to expectations and had a solid career in Milwaukee.
Shortstop: Robin Yount (1974-1993)
One of the Greatest in Milwaukee Brewers History, Robin Yount spent his entire career with the Brewers. Drafted in 1973, Yount is a Hall of Famer, was an MVP twice, an All-Star three times, a Silver Slugger three times, and a Gold Glove winner once.
He had a career average of .285, with 3142 hits, 251 home runs, and 1406 RBIs. His career was epitomized in 1994 when the Brewers retired his number 19 jersey. There are so many superlatives to describe him that simply making the All-Star team isn’t enough.
One of the standout players in Milwaukee Brewers History, Robin Yount is a true legend.
Third Base: Paul Molitor (1978-1992)
It wouldn’t be right talking about Milwaukee Brewers History without including “Molly”. Drafted back in 1977 as a First Round pick, he originally was signed as a shortstop. He found himself playing Second Base after Robin Yount came back from injury, before spells at Center Field and Right Field.
He finally went into the 3B position, that he played so well in for 11 years, before the 1982 season. Although he struggled with injuries throughout his career, he was a Five-time All-Star wearing a Brewers jersey, averaging .303 with 160 home runs.
His 39-game hitting streak also put him in as fifth-longest in MLB modern era history.
Left Field: Ryan Braun (2007-2020)
Honorable Mention: Christian Yelich
This one was tough. Everyone knows Christian Yelich‘s qualities both as a fielder and as a hitter. He is one of the fans’ favorites, and rightly so. However, the 13-year veteran receives the votes due to his longevity and his incredible achievement of being named an All-Star five years in a row (2008-2012).
Drafted in the First Round in 2005, he quickly won the hearts of the Brewers’ fans by being named NL Rookie of the Year in 2007. This was then followed by his five-in-a-row All-Stars, and a 6th a few years later.
An MVP in 2011 after a season that saw him average .332 and hit 33 home runs, Braun was also a Silver Slugger five times.
His career came to an end in 2020, although many were hoping to see him again in 2021. The Brewers opted to pay his $4m buyout rather than exercising the $15m option, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.
One of the most consistent players in Milwaukee Brewers History, Braun ended his career with an impressive average of .296, with 352 home runs.
Center Field: Gorman Thomas (1973-1976, 1978-1983, 1986)
One of the most popular players in Milwaukee Brewers History, Gorman Thomas was known for being a home run hitter, although it meant he was struck out regularly and had a low batting average.
He hit 208 home runs in his Brewers career, averaging .230. He led the league in home runs (45) in 1979, before leading the whole of MLB in 1982 with 39.
An initial 10-year affiliation with the Brewers was paused in 1977 as he was sent to the Texas Rangers to open up a roster spot over the Winter before he re-joined in 1978. He had one last hurrah with the Brewers in 1986 as a DH/PH but didn’t produce the fireworks he was so used to producing.
Right Field: Henry Aaron (1954-1976)
There was only ever going to be one man to take the right field position. Hank Aaron was a true legend. He is regarded as one of the greatest ever players in MLB. His 755 home runs broke the long-standing record held by Babe Ruth, before being broken by Barry Bonds.
He has an all-time career record of 2297 RBIs, as well as hitting 20 home runs or more every year between 1955 and 1974. He is a 25-time All-Star, the 1957 MVP, three-time Gold Glove winner, and a two-time Batting Champion.
The Hall of Famer had his jersey number retired (no.44) in 1976 and is just simply one of the greatest players to don the jersey in Milwaukee Brewers History.
Starting Pitcher: Ben Sheets (2001-2008)
The Brewers’ all-time strikeout leader from 2008 until 2014, Ben Sheets was drafted by the Brewers in 1999. He made his Major league debut in 2001 and became a four-time All-Star by the time he left in 2008.
A franchise-record 264 strikeouts in 2004 followed on from his 2.70 ERA that year, and he continued to be a consistent member of the rotation. Although injuries became a key factor throughout his career, he continued to be a consistent pitcher who worked hard to achieve what he wanted to achieve.
Relief Pitcher: Rollie Fingers (1981-1982, 1984-1985)
Rollie Fingers had just four seasons in a Brewers uni, but the five-time All-Star at the time came in in 1981 and was incredible.
His first season in Milwaukee saw him become a 6th-time All-Star, as well as winning the Cy Young Award, and MVP after a 28-save campaign. He was an All-Star again in 1982 before injury ruled him out of the 1983 season.
He returned in 1984 to pick up 40 saves in 2 seasons, before eventually retiring after the 1985 season. Although Fingers spent just 4 years in Milwaukee, he is a big part of the Milwaukee Brewers History. If he had stayed healthy for the 1982 World Series, then the Brewers could easily have had their first World Series win.
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