Milwaukee Brewers

This article is about the present-day Major League Baseball team. For other uses, see Milwaukee Brewers (disambiguation).
Milwaukee Brewers
2016 Milwaukee Brewers season
Established in 1969
Based in Milwaukee since 1970
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
Retired numbers
  • Navy blue, gold, white
Other nicknames
  • True Blue Brew Crew, The Brew Crew, The Crew, Beermakers, Beersmen, Cerveceros, Birraioli
Major league titles
World Series titles (0) None
NL Pennants (0) None
AL Pennants (1) 1982
NL Central Division titles (1) 2011
AL East Division titles (1)
Wild card berths (1) 2008
The Brewers also qualified for the playoffs in the strike-split 1981 season, losing to the New York Yankees in the ALDS.
Front office
Owner(s) Mark Attanasio
Manager Craig Counsell
General Manager David Stearns

The Milwaukee Brewers are an American professional baseball team and are based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team is named for the city's association with the brewing industry.[1] 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. They are the only franchise to play in four divisions since the advent of divisional play in Major League Baseball in 1969.

The team's only World Series appearance came in 1982. After winning the ALCS against the California Angels, the Brewers faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, losing 4-3. In 2011, the Brewers won the NLDS versus the Arizona Diamondbacks 3–2, but lost in the NLCS to the eventual World Series-champion Cardinals, 4-2.


Originating as an expansion team in 1969, in Seattle, Washington, as the Seattle Pilots, the club played for one season before being acquired in bankruptcy court by Bud Selig, who then moved the team to Milwaukee. The Brewers were part of the American League from their creation in 1969 through the 1997 season, after which they moved to the National League Central Division. Milwaukee had previously been a National League city when its team was the Milwaukee Braves (1953–1965).

In 1981, Milwaukee won the American League East Division in the second half of the strike-shortened season. In the playoffs, they lost the divisional series to the New York Yankees, three games to two.

In 1982, Milwaukee won the American League East Division and the American League Pennant, earning their only World Series appearance to date. In the Series, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three.

In 1998, the Brewers changed leagues, going from the American League to the National League.

In 2008, for the first time in the 26 years since their World Series appearance, the Brewers advanced to postseason play by winning the National League wild card. They were eliminated in the National League Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.

On September 23, 2011, the Milwaukee Brewers clinched their first division title in 29 years. They won the National League Division Series in five games over the Arizona Diamondbacks, but lost the National League Championship Series[1] to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in six games.

Team uniforms



The first Brewers uniforms were "hand-me-downs" from the Seattle Pilots. Because the move to Milwaukee received final approval less than a week before the start of the season, there was no time to order new uniforms. Selig had originally planned to change the Brewers' colors to navy blue and red in honor of the minor league American Association's Milwaukee Brewers, but was forced to simply remove the Seattle markings from the Pilots' blue-and-gold uniforms and sew "BREWERS" on the front. However, the outline of the Pilots' logo remained visible. The uniforms had unique striping on the sleeves left over from the Pilots days. The cap was an updated version of the Milwaukee Braves cap in blue and yellow. Ultimately, it was decided to keep blue and gold as the team colors, and they have remained so ever since.

The Brewers finally got their own flannel design in 1971. This design was essentially the same as the one used in 1970, but with blue and yellow piping on the sleeves and collar. In 1972, the Brewers entered the double-knit era with uniforms based upon their flannels: all white with "BREWERS" on the front and blue and yellow trim on the sleeves, neck, waistband and down the side of the pants. This is the uniform that Hank Aaron wore with the club in his final seasons and that Robin Yount wore in his first. During this period, the logo of the club was the Beer Barrel Man, which had been used by the previous minor league Brewers since at least the 1940s.


The Brewers unveiled new uniforms for the 1978 season. The uniforms featured pinstripes with a solid blue collar and waistband. The road uniforms continued to be powder blue, but for the first time the city name, "MILWAUKEE", graced the chest in an upward slant. In addition, this season saw the introduction of the logo that was to define the club: "M" and "B" in the shape of a baseball glove. The logo was designed by Tom Meindel, an art history student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The home cap was solid blue, and the road cap was blue with a yellow front panel. Additionally, their batting helmets had a white front panel. The club wore these uniforms in their pennant-winning season of 1982. Only minor changes were made until 1990; the color of the road uniforms changed to gray in 1985, while the blue-yellow-blue road cap and white-paneled batting helmets were abandoned at the same time.

In 1990, the Brewers made significant modifications to their uniforms, switching from pullover to button-down jerseys (the last American League team to do so). Their individual uniforms showed other changes as well; at home, the blue piping was removed and the block lettered "BREWERS" was changed to a script version similar to the script used on road uniforms, while those outfits had their piping changed from blue-yellow-blue to blue-yellow. The road jerseys were the first uniforms in franchise history to feature player names on the back; names were added to the home jerseys beginning in 1993.


In 1994, in collaboration with the Brewers celebrating their 25th year in Milwaukee, the team did a radical makeover of their uniforms. The ball-in-glove logo was removed and replaced with a stylized interlocking "M" and "B" set on a pair of crossed bats and a diamond background. The royal blue changed to navy blue, while the yellow changed to a metallic gold. Forest green was added as a third color. The jerseys swapped pinstripes for retro-themed piping around the collar, buttons, and sleeves, following a trend that was popular in the 1990s. The uniforms' lettering had the same style of letters as the new cap logo with heavily stylized "BREWERS" lettering on the home jerseys and "MILWAUKEE" on the road grays. For the first time, an alternative jersey was introduced. It was navy blue with the home "BREWERS" lettering on the front and featured the Brewers' logo on the lower left side. The caps featured the interlocking "MB" logo (without the bats or diamond) on both the home and away versions. The home cap was completely navy blue, while the away cap featured a navy blue crown and a forest green bill.

In 1997, the uniforms were slightly modified, with the main logo being removed from the caps and replaced with an "M". All navy caps were worn with both the home and away uniforms; the home hats featured a white "M" and the road caps had a gold "M." The green socks that had previously been worn on the road were changed to navy blue. The blue alternate jersey placed the player's number on the lower left side instead of the logo.


Before the 2000 season, to coincide with the anticipated opening of Miller Park, the Brewers changed their uniforms again. The block letters on the front were replaced with "Brewers" in a flowing script, and green was removed as the third color. The cap logo was a script "M", similar in style to the Miller logo, with a head of barley underlining it, symbolizing Milwaukee's beer-making industry. The home uniforms also featured a patch on the left sleeve consisting of the cap logo with a gold outline of the state of Wisconsin behind it, showing the Brewers statewide appeal. The road uniforms were grey and featured the same script "Brewers" on the front, with a simple patch on the left sleeve bearing a script "Milwaukee". There was also an alternate navy blue jersey that had the same features as the home jersey.

Although the uniforms were supposed to debut with the opening of Miller Park, the Big Blue crane collapse in July 1999, which cost the lives of three workers and caused damage to the first base side of the stadium, delayed the opening of Miller Park for one year, so the uniforms actually debuted at Milwaukee County Stadium in the ballpark's final year.

In 2006, the Brewers introduced Retro Sundays, when the Brewers would wear uniforms featuring the "ball-in-glove" logo. The uniforms are similar to the uniforms worn from 1978 to 1989, but with some modern modifications, such as the uniforms being button-up instead of pullover, displaying players' last names on the backs of the jerseys, and a "ball-in-glove" logo patch on the left sleeve. In 2007, the Retro day was changed from Sunday to Friday, though they may also be worn outside of those days if a starting pitcher chooses the retro uniforms to wear during his start. In 2010, the Brewers debuted a new alternate road jersey which, like the other alternate jersey, is navy blue, but bears a script "Milwaukee" on the front. In 2013, a gold alternate jersey with "Brewers" on the front was introduced, as well.

During the off-season before the 2013 season, the Brewers allowed fans to design their own Milwaukee Brewers uniforms. Three finalists were chosen, which fans were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite through the Brewers website. The winning uniform was designed by Ben Peters of Richfield, Minnesota, and was worn by the Brewers for two spring training games.[2]

In 2016, the Brewers replaced their road navy and home gold alternates with a new navy alternate jersey. The uniform is similar to the previous road navy alternate but with yellow replacing gold as the trim color, and will be paired with a navy cap featuring the "ball-and-glove" logo. The navy road alternate has been worn far more often in 2016 than the official gray road jersey.



Three Brewers have won MVP awards during their career with the team. While in the American League, Rollie Fingers won the award in 1981, and Robin Yount received the honor in 1982 and 1989. Ryan Braun won the National League MVP award in 2011.[3] Two pitchers have won the Cy Young Award in the American League. Rollie Fingers won in 1981, and Pete Vuckovich won in 1982.[3] Two players have been named Rookie of the Year. Pat Listach won the American League's award in 1992, and Ryan Braun won the National League award in 2007.[4]

Hall of Famers

The following inducted members of the Baseball Hall of Fame spent some or all of their careers with the Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famers
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Milwaukee Brewers

Hank Aaron

Rollie Fingers

Paul Molitor

Don Sutton

Robin Yount

  • Players and managers listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Brewers cap insignia.
  • No major league player, manager, or executive affiliated with the team when it was known as the Seattle Pilots has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Ford C. Frick Award recipients

Milwaukee Brewers Ford C. Frick Award recipients
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Bob Uecker

  • Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Brewers.

Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

Brewers in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame
No. Name Position Tenure Notes
1 Bud Selig Owner 1970–1998 Born in Milwaukee, attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
3, 20, 44 Gorman Thomas CF/DH 1973–1983, 1986
4 Paul Molitor IF/DH 1978–1992
11, 17 Jim Gantner 2B
Born in Fond du Lac, grew up in Eden, attended University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
15 Cecil Cooper 1B 1977–1987
19 Robin Yount SS/CF 1974–1993
31, 32 Harvey Kuenn Coach
1975, 1982–1983
Born in West Allis, raised in Milwaukee, attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
44 Hank Aaron RF/DH 1975–1976 Elected mainly on his performance with Atlanta Braves
50 Bob Uecker Broadcaster 1971–present Born and raised in Milwaukee

Retired numbers

In addition to the six numbers retired by the Brewers, the number 50 has been placed in the Brewers' Ring of Honor for Bob Uecker and his half-century in baseball.


Team Owner
April 6, 2015

3B, DH
Retired June 11, 1999

May 29, 1994

Retired August 9, 1992

Retired October 3, 1976

by MLB April 15, 1997

Out of circulation, but not retired

Season-by-season records

The records of the Brewers' last five seasons are listed below.

League Division Finish Wins Losses Win % GB Postseason Awards
2011 2011 NL Central* 1st* 96 66 .593 Won NLDS (Diamondbacks) 3–2
Lost NLCS (Cardinals) 4–2
Ryan Braun (MVP, SSA {OF})[5]
John Axford (ROL)[6]
Prince Fielder (SSA {1B}, ASG MVP)
2012 2012 NL Central 3rd 83 79 .512 14 Ryan Braun (SSA {OF})
2013 2013 NL Central 4th 74 88 .457 23 Carlos Gómez (Gold Glove)[7]
2014 2014 NL Central 3rd 82 80 .506 8
2015 2015 NL Central 4th 68 94 .420 32
2016 2016 NL Central 4th 73 89 .451 30½

Franchise leaders

Single-season records

RunsPaul Molitor1361982
HitsCecil Cooper2191980
Home runsPrince Fielder502007
RBIPrince Fielder1412009
Stolen basesTommy Harper731969
WinsMike Caldwell221978
ERAMike Caldwell2.361978
SavesJohn Axford462011
Strikeouts (pitcher)Ben Sheets2642004

Career leaders

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; R = Runs; H = Hits; RBI = Runs batted in; HR = Home runs; * = current Brewers player

Home runs
Player Pos AB HR GP
Ryan Braun* OF 5249 285 1354
Robin Yount SS/OF 11008 251 2856
Prince Fielder 1B 3527 230 998
Geoff Jenkins OF 4407 212 1234
Gorman Thomas OF 3644 208 1102
Cecil Cooper 1B 6019 201 1490
Ben Oglivie OF 4136 176 1149
Greg Vaughn OF 3244 169 903
Jeromy Burnitz OF 2768 165 782
Paul Molitor 3B 7520 160 1856

Player Pos RBI
Robin Yount SS/OF 1406
Cecil Cooper 1B 944
Ryan Braun* OF 937
Paul Molitor 3B 790
Geoff Jenkins OF 704
Ben Oglivie OF 685
Prince Fielder 1B 656
Gorman Thomas OF 605
Jim Gantner 2B 568
Greg Vaughn OF 566

Player Pos Hit
Robin Yount SS/OF 3142
Paul Molitor 3B 2281
Cecil Cooper 1B 1815
Jim Gantner 2B 1696
Ryan Braun* OF 1597
Geoff Jenkins OF 1221
Don Money 3B 1168
Ben Oglivie OF 1144
BJ Surhoff Util 1064
Charlie Moore C 1029

Player Pos R
Robin Yount SS/OF 1632
Paul Molitor 3B 1275
Ryan Braun* OF 879
Cecil Cooper 1B 821
Jim Gantner OF 781
Rickie Weeks 2B 684
Geoff Jenkins OF 661
Don Money 3B 596
Prince Fielder 1B 571
Ben Oglivie OF 567

Stolen bases
Player Pos SB
Paul Molitor 3B 412
Robin Yount SS/OF 271
Ryan Braun* OF 181
Carlos Gomez OF 152
Jim Gantner 2B 137
Tommy Harper OF/3B 136
Rickie Weeks 2B 126
Scott Podsednik OF 113
Pat Listach SS 112
Darryl Hamilton OF 109

All records updated on November 17, 2016

Current roster

Milwaukee Brewers 2017 spring training roster
40-man roster Non-roster invitees Coaches/Other








39 active, 0 inactive, 1 non-roster invitees

7- or 10-day disabled list
* Not on active roster
Suspended list
Roster, coaches, and NRIs updated December 2, 2016
TransactionsDepth Chart
All MLB rosters

Team managers

Craig Counsell, manager since 2015

Through 46 seasons of play, the Brewers franchise has employed 18 managers.[8] The records and accomplishments of the last five Brewers' managers are shown below.

A running total of the number of Brewers managers. Any manager who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
Winning percentage: number of wins divided by number of games managed
Playoff appearances: number of years this manager has led the franchise to the playoffs
Playoff wins: number of wins this manager has accrued in the playoffs
Playoff losses: number of losses this manager has accrued in the playoffs
League Championships: number of League Championships, or pennants, achieved by the manager
World Series: number of World Series victories achieved by the manager
Member of the Milwaukee Brewers Walk of Fame[9]
# Manager Seasons Wins Losses WPct PA PW PL LC WS Ref
15 Ned Yost 20032008 457 502 .477 [10]
16 Dale Sveum 2008 7 5 .583 1 1 3 0 0 [11]
17 Ken Macha 20092010 157 167 .485 [12]
18 Ron Roenicke 20112015 342 331 .508 1 5 6 0 0 [13]
19 Craig Counsell 2015–present 134 165 .448 [14]
Totals 3,569 3,912 .4771 4 14 18 1 0

Minor league affiliations

Level Team League Location
Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League Colorado Springs, Colorado
Double-A Biloxi Shuckers Southern League Biloxi, Mississippi
Advanced A Carolina Mudcats Carolina League Zebulon, North Carolina
Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Rookie Helena Brewers Pioneer League Helena, Montana
AZL Brewers Arizona League Phoenix, Arizona
DSL Brewers Dominican Summer League Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic

Radio and television

Bob Uecker, play-by-play announcer for Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcasts since 1971

The Brewers' flagship radio station is WTMJ (620 AM). Bob Uecker, a winner of the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame, joined the Brewers in 1970, when the team moved from Seattle, and has been there ever since. Alongside Uecker are Jeff Levering and Lane Grindle. Levering joined the team's radio broadcast in 2015 as a fill-in for Uecker on select road games[15] and Grindle joined the team in 2016,[16] replacing Joe Block, who had left to join the Pittsburgh Pirates after the 2015 season.[17] Block replaced Cory Provus who had left to become the Minnesota Twins lead broadcaster on radio after the 2011 season.[18] Provus, formerly of WGN radio in Chicago, replaced Jim Powell, who left Milwaukee for the Atlanta Braves radio network. Powell in turn replaced Pat Hughes, who departed to do play-by-play for the Cubs on WGN in 1996. The Brewers radio broadcasts usually feature a 2-2-2-1-2 format where Uecker does solo play-by-play for the first, middle and last 2 innings, while Levering does innings 3-4 and 7, and both doing analysis throughout and varied presentation for extra innings games. Starting with the 2014 season Uecker cut back on the amount of road games he works due to health concerns, mainly involving West Coast trips and distant road games in Colorado and Atlanta; Block handled the play-by-play, with former Brewer and Met Darryl Hamilton on color for the first series at Atlanta.[19]

Select daytime home games are broadcast in Spanish over Waukesha-licensed ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate WRRD (1510), which is restricted to operating during daytime hours, with Jaime Cano serving as play-by-play announcer.

Most of the team's television broadcasts are aired on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Brian Anderson, who has worked on The Golf Channel, took over as the Brewers' play-by-play announcer for the 2007 season. He replaced Daron Sutton, who joined the Arizona Diamondbacks. The color commentator is Bill Schroeder, a former major league catcher who played six of his eight seasons for the Brewers. As of 2014 Schroeder is in his 20th season as the Brewers' color commentator. The 2010 season was the first year where all of Fox Sports Wisconsin's games were broadcast in high definition. Anderson (who also is a part of TBS's playoff coverage) also provided play-by-play for the 2011 NLCS due to Ernie Johnson stepping aside for the year due to a medical situation with his son.[20] In 2014, as Anderson's Turner Sports duties have increased along with the addition of NCAA college basketball and NBA on TNT play-by-play duties, Wisconsin Badgers football and men's college basketball radio announcer Matt Lepay served as play-by-play man on days when Anderson was working for Turner.[21]

From 2007–2011, the Brewers and FSN Wisconsin subcontracted to Weigel Broadcasting a package of 15 games and one spring training game over-the-air on WMLW-CA (then-Channel 41/58.2) in Milwaukee each season with FSN Wisconsin producing the telecasts and Weigel selling air time for each of those games and additional games added depending on weather postponements and pennant race standings (WMLW-CA games would air on the outstate FSN Wisconsin network for the remainder of the state). The deal was ended before the 2012 season in order to facilitate full-season HD coverage on FSN Wisconsin and distribution complications, along with the addition of a "Plus" channel for Milwaukee Bucks play-by-play conflict situations. Weigel continues to air a few Sunday home broadcasts per year with Spanish language play-by-play on Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD (Channels 63/49.4), which produces their own broadcasts using FSN's camera positions with Hector Molina on play-by-play and bilingual WDJT sports anchor Kevin Holden on color.[22]

Five of the six major network television stations in Milwaukee, along with WMLW-CA, have carried game broadcasts over the years, with WTMJ-TV being the original broadcaster in the 1970s. WVTV carried the team for the bulk of the 1980s and early 1990s, with WCGV-TV following from 1994 until 2004, and WISN-TV carrying select Sunday games at the beginning of the 2000s. WITI is the only station not to have carried local coverage of the team through its history (though former WITI sports anchor and current Bucks play-by-play man Jim Paschke was the team's TV announcer during its time with WVTV and portions of WCGV's coverage contract), although it has aired national games from CBS and Fox involving the Brewers through the years.


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