Taking a look at the all-time Milwaukee Brewers team … with a twist

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 05: A picture of the American Family Field logo outside the stadium before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field on September 05, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brewers defeated the Cardinals 6-5. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 05: A picture of the American Family Field logo outside the stadium before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field on September 05, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brewers defeated the Cardinals 6-5. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /
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Non-closer reliever: David Weathers #20/#49 (1998-2001, 2009)

While there is a very long list of pitchers who could fit into this spot, most of them are either still active or had their best years as a closer with the Brewers. This leaves us with David Weathers as the top non-closer relief pitcher.

David Weathers filled a variety of different roles for many different teams in his 19-year career. Weathers served as a starting pitcher in the beginning of his career, became a middle/long-relief option for many years before ultimately getting a shot at closer for the Cincinnati Reds from 2005-2007.

As a member of the Milwaukee Brewers in two stints, Weathers was a very oft-used relief pitcher alternating from long-relief to middle-relief as needed. In his first stint out of the Brewers ‘pen, Weathers made over 60 appearances twice and 50+ appearances three times, serving as a shut-down, rally-killing option in the bullpen.

Weathers returned to Milwaukee in 2009 via trade from the Cincinnati Reds but was largely unsuccessful, ultimately posting a 4.88 ERA across 25 games, walking more batters than he struckout and posting a FIP of 5.51 and a WHIP of 1.54. 2009 marked the final season of his nearly decade-long big league career.

Honorable mention(s): Luis Vizcaino #51 (2002-2004) Bill Castro #20/#35 (1974-1980), Ray King #45/#46 (2000-2002, 2007)

Ineligible: Will Smith #13 (2014-2016 Active), Brent Suter #21/#35 (2016-Present Active), Tyler Thornburg #30/#37/#63 (2012-2016 Active), Devin Williams #38 (2019-Present Active)