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Stadium: American Family Field
Manager: Craig Counsell

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Milwaukee Brewers Summary

The Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball team based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers compete in the National League Central Division. They have called American Family Field (formerly Miller Park) home since 2001. 

The team’s color scheme consists of Navy, white and blue. Although the Brewers now compete in the National League, their only pennant came in 1982 when they were still in the American League. 

Since joining the NL, the Brewers have made the playoffs six times but have yet to capture an NL Pennant or a World Series championship. 

Milwaukee Brewers History 

In 1967, Pacific Northwest Inc. developed a desire to bring an MLB team to Seattle. After purchasing a minor league team from the California Angels, the company was granted it’s wish by the American League to bring a major league franchise to Seattle. 

The team was ultimately called the Seattle Pilots and their initial season came in 1969. As most expansion teams tend to do, the Pilots labored and finished in last place that season. 

The Milwaukee Brewers then purchased the Pilots in 1970 and the team was moved to Milwaukee and rebranded as the Brewers. However, they remained in the American League West despite the move to Wisconsin. They eventually were shifted to the AL East in 1972. 

Milwaukee clinched their first playoff berth in 1981. Despite losing to the Yankees in the postseason, Milwaukee had developed a strong core that included reliever Rollie Fingers who won both the Cy Young and MVP Award in 1981. 

But arguably the best season in Brewers franchise history came in 1982.

 The team made the World Series for the first time in addition to having shortstop Robin Yount take home MVP honors while Pete Vuckovich won the Cy Young Award. Milwaukee almost won the World Series but ended up falling short to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. 

Milwaukee made the switch from the American League East to the National League Central in 1997 where they have remained ever since. 

The team played their first game at their new stadium called Miller Park in 2001. Miller Park has since been renamed American Family Field. 

From 2008-2021, Milwaukee made the postseason on six separate occasions. Three of those postseason appearances came via the division while the other three were earned by making the Wild Card. However, they never made it past the NLCS. 

2022 Key Stats

The Brewers enjoyed a successful 2021 campaign as they finished with 95 wins and an NL Central division crown. But they were defeated in the NLDS in five games against the Atlanta Braves. 

However, Milwaukee will look for another strong season in 2022 behind their lethal starting pitching duo of Brandon Woodruff and 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes. Additionally, the team saw a breakout season from starting pitcher Freddy Peralta who could be in store for an even better 2022 campaign. The bullpen remains strong behind superstar left-handed closer Josh Hader and the crafty right-handed setup man Devin Williams. 

The Brewers endured their share of struggles at the plate last season despite the team’s overall success. One of the driving reasons for their offensive shortcomings was the fact that former MVP Christian Yelich labored all year long at the plate. 

Outfielder Avisail Garcia broke out to the tune of 29 home runs and a .820 .OPS, but he signed with the Marlins following the conclusion of the 2021 season. The Brewers were able to acquire slugging outfielder Hunter Renfroe during the 2021 offseason which could pay dividends for them in 2022.  

If they can add one or two more bats prior to the season beginning, Milwaukee has a realistic chance of winning the National League Pennant. As of January 2022, Vegas gives the Brewers a +800 chance of winning the National League. 

Milwaukee Brewers World Series Appearances

The Brewers’ only World Series appearance came in 1982. 

The Brewers won the American League Pennant and were facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead on the road in St. Louis behind a three-hit shutout by pitcher Mike Caldwell, the Cardinals came back and tied the series at one apiece in Game 2. 

The Cardinals and Brewers split games 3 and 4 before Milwaukee won Game 5 to take a 3-2 series advantage. However, St. Louis came storming back in a major way by winning Game 6 13-1. This provided them with plenty of momentum and they went on to defeat Milwaukee in Game 7. 

The Brewers will look to win their first-ever World Series in 2022 behind their extremely talented pitching staff. 

Important Team Events

The move from Seattle to Milwaukee in 1970 gave the organization an entirely new identity. Milwaukee has remained the home of the Brewers ever since. 

The 1997 transition from the AL East to the NL Central provided the Brewers with a stronger opportunity for more postseason appearances. While it took them a few years to get going, the Brewers have been fairly successful since 2008. 

The Best Brewers Players

Robin Yount was the face of the Milwaukee Brewers organization during their first reign of playing quality baseball in the early 1980s. Yount broke into the bigs as an 18 year old shortstop and immediately impressed the Brewers. 

He split his career between shortstop and outfield and was a positive defender at both positions. Yount spent his entire 20-year career in Milwaukee and finished his career with two MVP Awards, three all-star selections, and over 3,000 hits. 

Paul Molitor was a five-time all-star during his time in Milwaukee. He also had over 2,300 hits and 400 stolen bases in a Brewers uniform. He spent the majority of his career with the team and is easily one of the best players in Brewers’ history. 

Top Coaches 

Harvey Kuenn managed the Brewers for only two seasons. However, he was the coach during Milwaukee’s 1982 pennant-winning campaign and he left the team with a .576 winning percentage. 

George Bamberger managed the Brewers from 1978-1980, and then again from 1985-1986. Despite never seeing the postseason with the team, Bamberger finished his coaching career in Milwaukee with a .518 winning percentage. 

Brewers’ current manager Craig Counsel has already taken the team to more postseasons than any other head coach in Brewers history. Counsell has managed the team since 2015 and has already led the team to three postseasons in addition to an overall .513 winning percentage during his seven seasons guiding the ship in Milwaukee. 

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