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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Closer: Dan Plesac #37 (1986-1992)

Dan Plesac served as the Milwaukee Brewers’ closer for five seasons before shifting into a starting role and then later more of a swingman role with the club. A three-time All Star with the crew in each season from 1987-’99, Plesac wasn’t necessarily a high-strikeout pitcher throughout his career but he limited walks very well. The Brewers could consistently count on him to slam the door in the ninth inning of close games.

Registering a total of 133 saves in his Brewers career, Dan Plesac pitched in a total of 365 games with the team and over 520 innings, keeping his HR/9 totals below 1.0 in every year as a Brewer aside from 1991.

Plesac’s best year came in 1988 when he appeared in 50 games, notching 30 saves and allowing just two home runs over 52 innings. This performance earned him a spot in the All Star game and a 22nd place finish in that year’s AL MVP voting.

Dan Plesac’s career went on to last a decade more after his departure from Milwaukee, he finished his career with over 1,000 appearances and 1,000 strikeouts. He is a part of the Brewers Wall of Honor as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Honorable mention(s): Francisco Cordero #48 (2006-2007), Derrick Turnbow #59 (2005-2008), Francisco Rodriguez #57/#75 (2011-2013, 2014-2015), Bob Wickman #27/#37 (1996-2000)                                                                                                                                                                                    Ineligible: Josh Hader #71 (2017-Present Active), John Axford #59 (2009-2013, 2021 Active), Trevor Hoffman #51 (2009-2010 Hall of Fame), Corey Knebel #46 (2015-2018, 2020 Active), Rollie Fingers #34 (1981-1982, 1984-1985 Hall of Fame, Number Retired)