2013 Milwaukee Brewers Preview
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MILWAUKEE BREWERS INFORMATION:
Founded: 1969 (in Milwaukee since 1970)
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Stadium: Miller Park
Conference: National League
Division: Central Division
Rivals: Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox
Notable Players: Robin Yount, Dale Sveum, Paul Molitor, Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers
The Milwaukee Brewers are actually the third franchise to play in the Wisconsin city and the second incarnation of the Brewers to play in the Major Leagues. The original Brewers were actually one of the first charter members of the American League, but they ended up moving to St. Louis shortly after beginning play. Milwaukee also welcomed the Braves, who had moved from Boston in 1953, but after 13 seasons, they would also leave town and relocate to Atlanta, Georgia. Finally in 1969, Milwaukee had a franchise fall right into its lap. One of the four expansion teams added that year, the Seattle Pilots, did not have adequate facilities and relocated to Milwaukee after one season. The team would be renamed the Brewers and would start a new era of professional baseball in the Cream City.
The Brewers struggled in their early years, as many expansion teams do, but fans were given a special treat in 1975 when the team signed future Hall of Famer Hank Aaron as their designated hitter. Aaron would hit his 755th home run in a Brewers uniform, a career home run record that most ballplayers haven't come close to breaking. Over the years, the Brewers steadily improved their roster, and one of the biggest additions came in 1981 with the signing of Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers. Fingers helped the Brewers close out many tight games and became the first reliever in history to win both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player award in the same season. The Brewers won their first division championship that year, but would fall to the New York Yankees in the first round of the postseason.
In 1982, the Brewers made their sole World Series appearance, enjoying another stellar year from Rollie Fingers, and won 72 of their final 115 games. Shortstop Robin Yount won the MVP Award and pitcher Pete Vukovich led the league in Cy Young voting. The Brew Crew knocked off the California Angels quickly in the American League Championship Series and had all the momentum heading into their showdown with the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Although they forced a Game 7, the Brewers couldn't overcome a late Cardinals rally and would lose the series.
The Brewers made the switch to the National League in the late '90s, and since then have become one of the biggest draws in the state of Wisconsin. They have one of the most talented rosters in the NL and are continually in the postseason hunt year after year.
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