The Milwaukee Brewers play baseball in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as members of the National League (NL) Central division in Major League Baseball (MLB). Anyone familiar with their home city will not be surprised by the choice of name because for much of its history, Milwaukee was touted as the "beer capital of the world." And, indeed, the city has been home to some of America's largest brewers -- Pabst, Schlitz, Miller, and Blatz. Unsurprisingly since 2001, the Brewers have played their home games at Miller Park, which has a seating capacity of 41,900.
The team was founded in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, an expansion team of the American League (AL), in Seattle, Washington. The Pilots played their home games at Sick's Stadium. After only one season, the team relocated to Milwaukee, becoming known as the Brewers and playing their home games at Milwaukee County Stadium. In 1998, the Brewers joined the National League.
The team's only World Series appearance came in 1982. After winning the AL Championship Series against the California Angels, the Brewers came up against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, losing 4-3. In 2011, the Brewers won the NL Division Series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks 3–2, but lost in the NL Championship Series to the eventual World Series-champions St Louis Cardinals, 4-2.
Since their induction in 1970, the Milwaukee Brewers have consistently demonstrated excellence on and off the field. And though they have still not yet managed to land that ever-elusive World Series obstacle, the future is bright. And despite not pulling off the ultimate success, the Brewers have had some great performers in their ranks. Here are the profiles of just a few.
Owner of the most regular-season saves in MLB history, Trevor Hoffman was acquired by the Brewers at the beginning of the 2009 season. He played a part in huge victories in 2009 and 2010 and got his 600 career save with the Brewers on September 8th, 2010 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Hoffman is generally regarded the greatest closer in MLB history.
Gorman Thomas, who was popularly known as "Stamen' Gorman”, was a great favorite with the fans both on and off the field during the seasons leading up to the 1982 pennant season. Gorman was known for one thing—the long ball which came naturally to him and was a primary reason for the Brewers' success in his 10 years with the team.
Outfield Geoff Jenkins was drafted by the Brewers as the ninth-overall pick in 1995, and played in Milwaukee from 1998-2007. He is the only recent player in the team’s history to amount to over 1,200 career hits with the Brewers.
Ryan Braun is seen as the future of the Brewers - through four seasons, Braun has 128 HR, 420 RBI, 149 2B, and has a slugging percentage of .554. Braun is switching back to left field this year after a stint in right. He hit .285 in 2015, with 25 home runs and 84 RBIs.
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