Thursday, April 29, 2010

1982 Milwaukee Brewers

Here is the only Milwaukee Brewers team to make it to the World Series. Here is a video clip at paying tribute to this team.

Well, the real AL MVP was Robin Yount. Can't say I disagree with that. He was 2nd in the league in batting average and 2nd on the Brewers in RBI. So I will give him the award. This was a monster lineup, arguably the best in the 1980s. It had two hall-of-famers in Yount and Paul Molitor, who led the AL in runs scored. It had three players hit 30+ home runs, which in 1982 was a big deal (Cecil Cooper, Gorman Thomas, Ben Oglivie). It had 4 players with 100+ RBIs (which again was a big deal in 1982) in Cooper, Yount, Thomas, and Oglivie. I give honorable mention to Cecil Cooper who had this line of stats in 1982; .313 (2nd on team), 32 (3rd on team), and 121 (team leader, 2nd in AL to KC's Hal McRae)

Cy Young
Pete Vuckovich was the real AL Cy Young winner. Although argued that he is one of the alltime worst selections for this award, mostly by people who invent new stats, he was the staff ace for the AL pennant winning team. He went 18-6 with a 3.34 ERA, which is not too shabby.

Rookie Of The Year
Not sure what the exact rules are that define a rookie in Major League Baseball, but I will give the award to Kevin Bass for this team, since he saw his first major league action on this team. He was a decent major league outfielder playing until 1995 mostly with the Astros, Giants, and Mets. He split the '82 season between Milwaukee and Houston, as he was traded late in the season to the Astros for hall-of-famer Don Sutton in a typical stretch drive trade where a young player is traded for a veteran player. He only got into 18 games for the Brewers and then 12 more for the Astros in 1982. Unfortunately, there were no Kevin Bass cards in 1982 in any of the sets. His rookie card was actually in the 1979 Topps set as one of the three players on the Brewers Prospects card that year. He didn't appear in another set until 1984.

Interesting non-Topps card
In the 1982 Donruss set, there were a handful of coaches thrown into the set. One of those coaches that got a card was Harvey Kuenn who was the batting coach for the 1981 Brewers. Buck Rodgers started out the 1982 season as the manager, but the '82 Brewers struggled to a 23-24 start and he was replaced as manager by Harvey Kuenn. In the 1982 Donruss set, you are able to get cards of both Rodgers and Kuenn.

__ TO 150 C Ted Simmons MIL
__ TO 675 1B Cecil Cooper MIL
__ TO 613 2B Jim Gantner MIL
__ TO 195 3B Paul Molitor MIL
__ TO 435 SS Robin Yount MIL
__ TO 280 LF Ben Oglivie MIL
__ TO 765 CF Gorman Thomas MIL
__ TO 308 RF Charlie Moore MIL
__ TO 68 DH Roy Howell MIL
__ TO 709 DH Don Money MIL

Starting Pitchers
__ TO 643 SP Pete Vuckovich MIL
__ TO 378 SP Mike Caldwell MIL
__ TO 12 SP Moose Haas MIL
__ TO 487 SP Bob McClure MIL
__ TO 466 SP Randy Lerch MIL

Relief Pitchers
__ TO 585 CL Rollie Fingers MIL
__ TO 221 RP Jim Slaton MIL

RP Dwight Bernard

SP Don Sutton

SP Doc Medich
__ TO 46 RP Jerry Augustine MIL

Other Players
__ FL 140 RF Marshall Edwards MIL
__ TO 408 2B Ed Romero MIL
__ TO 517 RF Mark Brouhard MIL
__ TO 542 C Ned Yost MIL
__ TO 93 DH Larry Hisle MIL
__ TT 89 UT Rob Picciolo MIL

UT Kevin Bass

UT Bob Skube
__ TO 122 RP Jamie Easterly MIL

RP Pete Ladd

RP Chuck Porter

RP Doug Jones

__ DO 232 MG Buck Rodgers MIL
__ DO 578 MG Harvey Kuenn MIL

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