Paul Molitor really flew under the radar in Milwaukee, but in 1993 he took center stage, winning the World Series MVP for the Toronto Blue Jays. He picked up 3319 career hits and finished with a .306 batting average.
Is “The Ignitor” the worst nickname ever? And is the Brewers’ glove logo the best logo ever? I think the answer to both of those questions is yes.
Nolan Ryan, George Brett, and Robin Yount were all first-ballot inductees in 1999. Never before had the BBWAA elected as many first-timers, with the exception of 1936 when everyone on the ballot was a first-timer. The feat has been repeated twice (so far), in 2014 (Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas) and 2015 (Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz). While Jim Thome and Chipper Jones appear to be first-ballot locks this year, they are not likely to be joined by Scott Rolen.
If you hadn’t noticed, the three cards of the BBWAA’s selections borrow the color scheme from 1975 Topps. With Ryan and Brett, they were exact copies, but with Yount I had to flip the light and dark colors as the name and position would have been difficult to read on the dark brown. This is not the first time I have used the 1975 color palette, nor will it be the last, but as we are moving further away from that year there will be fewer players who appeared in the 1975 set.
It took two voting cycles for Rollie Fingers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but there was little doubt after his initial 65.7% showing that he would be inducted by the BBWAA. In his second year on the ballot, Fingers received 81.2% of the vote. The reliever was a seven-time All-Star and won the 1981 AL Cy Young and MVP Awards. Pretty impressive for a relief pitcher. At the end of his career, Fingers considered signing with the Cincinnati Reds, but refused to shave his famous handlebar mustache.
Bill Veeck was one of the most innovative marketing minds in baseball history. His most infamous publicity stunt came in 1979: “Disco Demolition Night.” The stunt led to a riot, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the game against the Detroit Tigers. Veeck was selected by the Veterans Committee to join the baseball legends in Cooperstown in 1991.
The D-Train signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in January, and was working out with the club in spring training. Last week, Dontrelle Willis announced that he was retiring, officially ending his latest comeback attempt. Originally drafted by the Cubs in 2000, Willis was traded in 2002 along with three other players to the Marlins for Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement. At the major league level, Willis played for the Marlins (2003-2007), Tigers (2008-2010), Diamondbacks (2010), and Reds (2011). He also signed on with Giants, Phillies, Orioles, Cubs (again), Angels, Giants (again), and Brewers, but never reached the top level with those organizations.
James Beckum played in the Negro Leagues and founded the Beckum-Stapleton Little League. TWJ contributor Patrick chose the 1986 Fritsch Negro League set as the design for this card.
You know, the first two months of the season looked really good for the Reds until Ryan Braun was suddenly proven “innocent.”
I’m not going to say that it’s a conspiracy by the Commish, but come on. A Brewers player wins an appeal? Seriously?
That’s the only way to explain it. How else could an American League player, who has never played a single game for a National League team, win the National League Most Valuable Player award? It just doesn’t make sense.
Ryan Braun has played 729 games over five major league seasons, all for the Milwaukee Brewers. He never played for the Mets, or the Braves, or the Reds, or the Pirates, or the Dodgers, or the Giants, or the Astros, or any of the other National League teams. So how is he named the National League MVP?
Is this because of interleague play? The lines have been blurred so much that the awards are just given out to whoever the voters want to give it, regardless of what league they are actually in?
I looked at the history of the award, and no other player from the American League has ever been named the NL MVP. And, on the flipside, no player from the NL has ever been named the AL MVP. The same holds true for the Cy Young Award: every winner has been awarded the trophy for the league he actually played.
Even the last Milwaukee Brewer to be named the MVP, Robin Yount, was given the proper league’s trophy in 1989. He was the American League MVP (even if he didn’t really deserve to be).
I just don’t get it. And I blame Bud Selig.
My condolences to Matt Kemp. You, sir, were robbed.
The Tweet that inspired it:
Yes, those uniforms bring back memories of the 1980s for me, too. To be truthful, I would like to see the Brew Crew wear these unis all the time…and I would like to see Prince Fielder and his teammates back in the American League.
One word: Wow. I am not a Brewers fan, but Wow. Yeah, capital-W Wow.
On the last day for the 10-point timeliness score, the Brewers came through with an awesome fan pack, neatly tucked inside a very nice folder with pictures of Ryan Braun on one side and Yovani Gallardo on the other. This thing is so nice looking, it should be framed if you’re a Brewers fan (which I’m not). Two 3-card packs of 2008 UD First Edition were inside the folder, along with 3 small classic logo stickers, a fridge magnet schedule, a Sportsflics-like luggage tag with Braun’s picture on it (airTran is evidently “The airline of Ryan Braun“), four pocket schedules (with Rickie Weeks on the front), and a couple of full-color ads for Miller Park events and a list of potential gifts for Brewers fans.
With this package, the Brew Crew pulls ahead of the Dodgers. Can anyone top them?
Here’s their score:
The inclusion of pocket schedule(s) = 1 point (featuring Rickie Weeks)
Stickers = 3 (classic logo…love it!)
Baseball cards = 6
High-quality promotional items = 3 (folder featuring Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo, luggage tag featuring Ryan Braun, magnet schedule)
Other stuff = 1 (ads for Miller Park events and holiday shopping)
Timeliness = 10 points
TOTAL SCORE = 24 POINTS
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