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The Brewers have Clinched a spot in the 2019 Postseason

After an unrealistic September, the greatest in team history, the Brewers finally clinched a playoff spot Wednesday night with a 9-2 win over the Reds…

 

As soon as Reds pitcher, Tyler Mahle, stepped on the mound, Milwaukee already had the game in the bag. After a grand slam in the first inning by Ryan Braun which was followed up with a solo shot from Eric Thames, the Brewers never took their foot off the gas. Jordan Lyles pitched 5 innings and gave up 2 runs and then the bullpen took over and threw 4 scoreless innings. Once Cory Spangenberg made the final out, the arms went up and the dugout cleared to the field. The celebration ensued in the dugout while there was plenty of champagne, cigars, and Miller Lite to go around. However, there was still a general feeling that this Brewers team was not done. 

Going into September, the Brewers were 3rd in the division at 69-66 and were 6.5 games back of the first place Cardinals. Everybody knew if the Brewers were going to make the playoffs, they would have to go on a remarkable run. The Brewers accepted the challenge and have preceded to go 19-4 in September and 10-1 in their last 11. Christian Yelich went down with an injury on September 10th and that’s when Brewer fans were ready to accept their collective demise. Instead, the team has gone 12-2 since the MVP went down. They have been led by the veteran, Ryan Braun, who has hit .259 in the month of September with 4 home runs and 17 RBIs and they have also been led by the entire pitching staff. The pitching staff has stepped up and is putting on their best performances of the season. 

2019 will be Milwaukee’s 3rd time making the postseason in the past 9 years. If the season ended today, Milwaukee would be going to Washington to matchup against Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg. Although, the season isn’t over, the Brewers are only 1.5 games back of the division lead with 4 games left. No matter what happens, making the postseason in any capacity is great for an organization. Year after year the Brewers are proving themselves to be one of the best franchises in baseball by continuing to make the playoffs. 

MLB Pipeline names Trey Supak Milwaukee’s Top Pitching Prospect

MLB Pipeline is the premier spot for prospect news and rankings. Every year the Pipeline goes through each team and names their best hitting and pitching prospect. To qualify, the players had to have spent half the year in the minors and they had to have appeared on the Pipeline’s Top 30 list for each team. For the Brewers, Trent Grisham was rated the best hitter which was an easy, unsurprising choice, and for the best Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect, MLB Pipeline went with Trey Supak. 

Trey Supak is a 23-year-old, 6’5” 240 pound righty who has been pitching in the minors since he was 18 back in 2014. Supak has four pitches which are a fastball, curveball, changeup, and cutter, that he can throw for strikes. He has confidence to throw each pitch no matter the count which makes him a very effective pitcher. Despite his enormous size, Supak only has average velocity, he throws his fastball in the low to mid 90s but can sometimes reach 95. He is a pitcher who projects to be a number four or five starter in the majors. 

This season, when combining Supak’s AA and AAA numbers, he was 12-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 152.2 innings pitched. He also had 118 strikeouts and a very good WHIP of 1.028. Although he had a very consistent year, Supak demonstrated the ability to dominate at times. In fact, he came one out away from a no-hitter twice in Double-A. 

Next season, Supak is almost a lock to start next season in Triple-A barring any setbacks or incredible spring training play. If he shows success at the Triple-A level, Brewer fans should expect to see the righty as soon as late May or early June.

Aaron Ashby to accept 2019 Robin Yount Performance Award on Saturday

Last week it was announced that Aaron Ashby won the 2019 Robin Yount Performance Award. The award goes to the top minor league performers in the Brewers organization. The award goes to one position player and one pitcher. Trent Grisham won it for hitters which was expected but the pitching award went to lefty, Aaron Ashby. 

The 21-year-old was a 4th round pick in 2018 and excelled in his first full season. Between Single A and A+ ball, Ashby went 5-10 with a 3.50 ERA in 24 games and 23 starts. He threw 126.0 innings and had 135 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.278. Ashby pitched in 68.1 more innings than last season and had a .09 better ERA and a better WHIP by .023. 

Ashby has a very deceptive delivery as a lefty which will help him throughout the minor league system and in the majors. He throws a low 90s fastball that looks like it’s in the mid 90s due to his funky delivery. He also throws an extremely nasty curveball that is already MLB ready. He can throw it at different speeds, with different kinds of break and locate it well against lefties and righties. He gets a lot of swings and misses on the pitch and it’s the pitch that will propel him to the majors. Ashby also has a changeup but he doesn’t throw it often enough to be effective, he is mainly a two pitch pitcher. 

The Brewers seem excited about what Ashby can bring in the future. According to Brewers’ Farm Director, Tom Flanagan, Ashby has an “advanced feel to pitch” and a quality pitch repertoire that will help him move quickly through the minor league system. It is very tough to find good lefty pitchers in any team’s farm system but Milwaukee has their hidden gem with Aaron Ashby. Fans can expect to see the future starter as early as Mid-2020 in a lefty specialist/long reliever role. 

 

All-Star, Brandon Woodruff, is back for the Brewers

Tuesday night, Brandon Woodruff made his triumphant return to the field after being out since July 21st with an oblique strain. He was going up against Padres’ ace and rookie sensation, Chris Paddack. Before his injury, Woodruff was Milwaukee’s ace and the anchor of the pitching staff. He was 11-3 with an ERA of 3.75 in 117.2 innings. He had struck out 136 batters and had a WHIP of 1.173. His best stretch came from April 27th through May 26th. In that span, Woodruff had made 6 starts and went 6-0 with an elite ERA of 1.42 in 38 innings pitched. He had also recorded 43 strikeouts and held opponents to a batting average of just .178. Because of his incredible start to the season, Brandon Woodruff made the 2019 All-Star game in a move that nobody would have predicted in the preseason. 

It wasn’t just his pitching that made Woodruff a fan-favorite. He had a very good bat too, if it wasn’t for his injury he would be the front runner for the pitchers Silver Slugger Award. In 50 plate appearances he had a .267 BA with 4 doubles and 4 RBIs. He was even put in the game as pinch hitter on some occasions. Woodruff provided a lot to the Brewers when it came to pitching and hitting so when he went down, it was a devastating blow to the team and fans alike. 

Going into Tuesday’s game, Woodruff was put on a pitch count. On his rehab tour he was throwing 40-45 pitches during simulated games and that was his limit on Tuesday. He ended up throwing 37 pitches, 23 of them were strikes, in 2 complete innings pitched. His final stat line read, 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. He lowered his season ERA from 3.75 to 3.69. The first batter Woodruff faced was San Diego’s utility man, Greg Garcia, who he struck out and then received thunderous applause from the Milwaukee faithful. The next batter, Nick Martini, hit a dribbler to Eric Thames in which Woodruff had to make the cover which he successfully did. Manny Machado was up next who he walked on a 3-2 count but it wasn’t before Woodruff threw his hardest pitch of the night which was a 99 mph fastball. With 1 on and 2 outs, Woodruff had to pitch from the stretch and made quick work of Eric Hosmer by striking him out to end the inning. 

After a strikeout to end the 1st, Woodruff started the 2nd the same way. He struck out 31-homer hitter, Hunter Renfroe, on a nasty moving slider. Manuel Margot was up next and the Brewer pitcher got him to break his bat and hit a weak ground ball to Cory Spangenberg for the 2nd out. The final batter of his 2 inning outing was Fernando Tatis Jr.’s replacement, Luis Urías. Woodruff started the at-bat down in the count 3-0 but was able to come all the way back to strike out Urías on a 97 mph, high-outside fastball. 

Woodruff’s return to the mound was very promising. His fastball had great velocity and his slider had great movement. He was able to locate these pitches on the corners to each hitter he faced. I don’t want to overreact based on 2 innings but I’m going to anyways. It looks like we got our ace back. 

 

Cory Spangenberg: Mr. September

Entering the month of September the Brewers were 2.5 games back of the Cubs and 6.5 games back of the Cardinals. Everybody knew if Milwaukee wanted a shot to make the playoffs, they would have to go on a run during the month of September. Well, that’s exactly what they have been doing. However, it hasn’t been Christian Yelich leading the team at the plate, or Grandal or Moustakas, it has been super utility man, Cory Spangenberg. 

The Brewers signed Cory Spangenberg last offseason after he was released by the Padres after he was there for 5 seasons. His best season came in 2017 when he hit .264 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs. He also scored 57 runs and was the Padres starting third baseman. He was released because his production just wasn’t good enough for the rebuilding San Diego Padres. 

This season, with the Brewers, Spangenberg played with their Triple-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions for 113 games before being called up on August 24th. Spangenberg was actually one of the best players for San Antonio all season, he hit .309 and had an OPS of .876. He hit 14 homers, drove in 62 runs, and had 28 doubles. He did all of this while playing every single position except pitcher and catcher. When the Brewers added Spangenberg to their September roster, not many people expected him to play well. He was just a guy to backup Mike Moustakas and Keston Hiura and hopefully get on base here or there. Spangenberg has done way more than that. 

From September 1st through September 16th, Spangenberg has hit .275 with 2 home runs, 2 triples, and 8 RBIs. There have been only 2 games in the entire month of September where he hasn’t registered a hit. His biggest hit came on September 15th when the Brewers were playing the Cardinals in one of the most important series of the season. In the top of the seventh, the Brewers were down by 1 and Spangenberg smoked a line drive for a 2-run homer that put Milwaukee in the lead. On a side note, he has also scored 6 runs and stolen 2 bases during his hot streak. In September, Milwaukee has a dominant record of 11-3 when Spangenberg plays which very well could be the most important stat. 

Spangenberg is a true professional and a player every young, minor league player should look up to. He has never complained about not being on the Major League squad and did his job at the highest level in Triple-A. For someone to stay focused throughout the long season and step up for his team when it matters most, that’s something only the purest of professionals can do. Now it is time for Spangenberg to stay consistent and lead the Brewers to the Postseason.

Where does Grandal’s Season rank among the 15 best in Brewers’ Franchise History

The Brewers have been a franchise since 1969 and have used numerous different catchers throughout the years. Yasmani Grandal was signed this offseason to a huge contract and had high expectations to produce in Milwaukee as their everyday catcher. Grandal responded to the high expectations by having one of the greatest seasons the franchise has ever seen by a catcher. His extraordinary year raises the question, where does Grandal’s 2019 season rank among the greatest ever by a Brewer catcher?

15. Charlie Moore (1980)

Charlie Moore played in Milwaukee for 14 years and was the team’s primary catcher for just a few of those. In 1980, Moore played in 111 games and had 93 hits in 320 at-bats. He added 2 home runs, 30 RBIs, 13 doubles and 42 runs scored. Although the numbers don’t look like much, they were enough to get Moore’s 1980 season in the Top 15 of greatest ever by a Brewer catcher. 

14. B.J. Surhoff (1987)

Surhoff exploded onto the scene as a 22-year-old rookie in 1987. He batted .299 with an OPS+ of 102. He hit 7 homers, batted in 68 runs, and scored 50 runs. In 1987, it looked like Surhoff was going to be one of the best catchers in the league for a long time. 

13. Bill Schroeder (1987)

Most Brewer fans know Bill Schroeder as Milwaukee’s color commenter on FS Wisconsin but before that, he was a solid backup catcher for the Brewers. 1987 was easily his best season in Milwaukee. That year he only played in 75 games but he made a tremendous impact backing up the rookie, B.J. Surhoff. He hit .332 and had an OPS of .927 which are both elite numbers for an MLB hitter. He had 14 home runs, 42 RBIs, and 12 doubles in a very limited role. If Schroeder played in more than 75 games, his 1987 season would have been much higher than 13th.

12. Ellie Rodriguez (1972)

The 1972 Brewers only won 65 games but that was not due to poor play from their catcher. Ellie Rodriguez made the 1972 All-Star Game and joined guys like Rod Carew, Willie Stargell, and Hank Aaron in the summer classic. This was Rodriguez’s second All-Star appearance but his first as a Brewer. In 1972, he batted .285 with an OPS+ of 123 which was the best mark of his career. He also added 35 RBIs, 14 doubles, and 31 runs en route to the 12th best season by a Brewer catcher. 

11. Charlie Moore (1979)

Charlie Moore finds himself on the list again, but this time a little bit higher. In 1979, he hit .300 and added 5 home runs, 38 RBIs and 45 runs scored. The Brewers were just starting their run of consecutive solid seasons and Moore was a big part of that. 

10. Johnny Estrada (2007)

To start of the Top 10, we finally get our first player from this century in Johnny Estrada. A former All-Star with the Atlanta Braves, the Brewers we’re getting Estrada in 2007 as a one year rental. Estrada made the most of it by batting .278 with an OPS of .699. He hit 10 homers, added 54 RBIs, 25 doubles, and 40 runs scored. Estrada was traded in the next offseason for reliever, Guillermo Moto, and was out of the league by mid-season of 2008.

9. Jonathan Lucroy (2012)

One cannot simply make a list of greatest Brewers’ catchers seasons without fan favorite, Jonathan Lucroy. 2012 was Lucroy’s breakout season in the majors, he hit a remarkable .320 with an OPS+ of 132 in 96 games. A great season no doubt, but it could have been better if Lucroy played more than 96 games. 

8. B.J. Surhoff (1991)

B.J. Surhoff is back on the list at number eight. In 1991, Surhoff played in 143 games and hit .289 with 5 home runs and 68 RBIs. He registered 146 hits that season and scored 57 runs thanks to teammates like Greg Vaughn, Dante Bichette, and Robin Yount. 

7. Dave Nilsson (1994)

The Australian born catcher had himself a fantastic season in 1994. He hit .275 with 12 homers, 69 RBIs, 28 doubles, and 51 runs scored. It was Nilsson’s best season to date that the 53-win Brewers desperately needed. 

6. Dave Nilsson (1999)

In 1999 Dave Nilsson became the first Australian born player to become an MLB All-Star. After a few seasons off of being Milwaukee’s primary catcher, Nilsson resumed the role in 1999. Surprisingly, 1999 was Nilsson’s final season in the MLB even though it was his best. He hit 21 home runs, which is very good for a catcher, and drove in 62 runs. He also had a batting average of .309 with an OPS of .954 and an OPS+ of 141 which was higher than guys like Todd Helton, Mike Piazza, and Luis Gonzalez. Nilsson has a season for the books in 1999 but it still wasn’t enough to crack the top five. 

5. Jonathan Lucroy (2013)                          

Lucroy followed up his breakout season in 2012 with a dominant 2013 campaign. He played in 147 games and batted .280 with 18 home runs and a career high, 82 RBIs. This was the season that solidified Lucroy’s place as one of the best catchers in the National League. 

4. Yasmani Grandal (2019)       

Grandal’s first season in Milwaukee has been phenomenal. As of September 16th, Grandal has an .869 OPS with 27 homers and 72 RBIs. He made the 2019 All-Star game and is having the greatest season of his career. Grandal has been one of the main reasons Milwaukee is still in the playoff race in Mid-September. 

3. Ted Simmons (1982)

1982 was the most successful season in Brewer franchise history. The 82’ squad was led offensively by Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Gorman Thomas and the often forgotten, Ted Simmons. In 1982, Simmons had already established himself as one of the best power hitting catchers in the entire MLB. His name was often put in the group of all-time great catchers of his time like, Carlton Fisk, Gary Carter, and Lance Parrish. In 82’, Simmons hit .269 with an OPS of .759. He hit 23 home runs, 29 doubles and had 97 RBIs. Without Ted Simmons, Milwaukee’s catcher would have been an afterthought during their World Series run. 

2. Jonathan Lucroy (2014)

Lucroy made his first All-Star game in 2014 while leading the entire league in doubles with 53. He also scored 73 runs, hit 13 homers, and drove in 69 RBIs. He had a batting average of .301 with an OPS+ of 131. Also, what makes 2014 even more impressive for Lucroy is that he played in 153 games. Many catchers take regularly scheduled off days but Lucroy didn’t which made him even more valuable. He finished 4th in MVP voting in 2014 behind Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton, and Clayton Kershaw. 

1. Ted Simmons (1983)

The greatest season in Brewer catcher history goes to Ted Simmons’ 1983 season. He finished 6th in the AL in RBIs with 108 while hitting 13 home runs. He also rocked 39 doubles which was good for 8th in the American League and had an elite batting average of .308. Simmons made his 8th and final All-Star game in 1983 and was perhaps the most effective player for the Brewers during the season. 

 

It’s Time to Recognize what Jordan Lyles is Doing

With All-Star, Brandon Woodruff, down for the count, Gio Gonzalez on and off the IR list, and Zach Davies struggling to have any sort of success, the Brewers needed to acquire a pitcher at the trade deadline. They got their guy when they traded minor league reliever, Cody Ponce, for Pittsburgh’s, Jordan Lyles. Many Brewer fans, including me, most likely had the thought…“Really Brewers? This is the best help we could get? Laboring starter, Jordan Lyles?” 

When the Brewers acquired Lyles at the end of July, he was struggling mightily for the Pirates. From May 23rd through July 24th, he started 9 games for Pittsburgh and the Pirates were 1-8 in those games. Lyles threw 36.2 innings and had an ERA of 9.57. This was largely because hitters were batting .341 off him with an OPS of 1.108. Jordan Lyles was subjectively, the worst starting pitcher in all of baseball. 

Oddly enough, the Brewers still traded for Lyles and thought he could be a positive contributor to the rotation. Well, since July 31st, Jordan Lyles has been nothing short of spectacular as a Brewer starting pitcher. During this span, he has started 8 games in which Milwaukee is 7-1 in those games. He has thrown 43.0 innings and has a 2.51 ERA with 37 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting an unimpressive .201 against the big righty. Without Jordan Lyles, the Brewers wouldn’t even be in the conversation of making the playoffs. 

So the question is, why is Jordan Lyles finding so much success with the Brewers? The answer is simple. Throughout his career, Lyles has been and is a very streaky pitcher who relies on rhythm and confidence to get going on the mound. He’s the perfect example of how a career 5.15 ERA guy can stay in the league for 9 years. It’s because Lyles is the type of pitcher who can get hot and when he’s hot, he can dominate. His highs are high and his lows are low, but for some teams like the Brewers, he’s worth the risk. Who knows when his luck will run out but I’ll definitely be along for the ride and captain of the Jordan Lyles hype train.

Brewers Lose Yelich for Remainder of Season

Disaster struck the Crew on Tuesday night in their 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins. In his second at-bat of the game, MVP-candidate Christian Yelich fouled a pitch off his knee and was removed from the game. President of Baseball Operations David Stearns revealed the extent of the injury post-game: Yelich had fractured his knee cap and would miss the remainder of the season.

Just two days from the date on which Jimmy Nelson suffered his own freak injury two years ago, the Brewers once again face yet another hurdle on their road to the playoffs. Over the past ten games, the Brewers have made a playoff push that has seen them cut the Chicago Cubs’ lead on the second wild card spot from five games to just one. However, with Yelich sidelined, the Crew lose their best player and their clubhouse catalyst, making it that much harder to continue to separate themselves from the pack of teams competing for the playoffs.

The injury of Yelich will significantly hurt this lineup– you can’t replace arguably the best season in franchise history with the snap of your fingers – but they are not without options to fill in the gaping hole that now exists. Trent Grisham has proven to be a major-league caliber hitter and should now slot into a near-everyday role. Through 33 games and 111 plate appearances, he carries a respectable .263/.324/.455 slash line and can play adequate defense at all three outfield positions.

Veterans Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun will also see an increased pressure to play to their potential. Cain has scuffled for much of the year before recently starting to turn it around, hitting .304 over the Brewers’ past seven games. He still has little to show in terms of power, but him operating as an on-base threat that sets the table for the middle-of-the-order will be adequate for his offensive contributions given how much value he adds on defense. Ryan Braun is on the opposite – he has seen a resurgent offensive year that he will need to continue building upon in order to fill in for Yelich, hitting .282/.338/.484 with 18 home runs. However, he has not been playing every day, and will likely need to take on a larger role for the Brewers’ to continue to roll out their best lineup down the stretch.

Past those three, manager Craig Counsell still has outfield options on the bench like Ben Gamel, Tyrone Taylor, and even Tyler Austin if he’s needed in a pinch. With only one series remaining against a team with a winning record, the hope is that the Crew will be able to hide the loss of Yelich with timely contributions from all of these players and sneak into the playoffs.

There are no words that sufficiently describe the Brewers’ “luck” this year. They lost star reliever Corey Knebel prior to the season, have seen miniscule contributions from several players thought to be key cogs (Aguilar, Chacin, Jeffress, Nelson, Shaw), and now need to make a playoff push without the MVP. The injury to Yelich simply adds to the heap of misfortune. However, there is still a lot of baseball yet to be played and a wild card berth to win, and if this bad luck has taught us something, it is that anything can happen in baseball.

Trent Grisham makes the 2019 MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Year

Every year, MLB Pipeline, the premiere spot to find out about your team’s prospects, comes out with a team highlighting the best players in the minors. This season, Brewer prospect, Trent Grisham, made the First Team as the best left fielder in the minors. He joined elite prospects like Luis Robert, MacKenzie Gore, and Kenosha’s very own, Gavin Lux on the First Team. 

This is a huge honor for Trent Grisham who seemed like a first round bust just last year. He was the 15th overall pick in 2015 and before this season, never lived up to expectations. That changed in 2019 when he dominated both Double-A and Triple-A. He combined for 26 homers, 71 RBIs, and 71 runs in 97 total minor league games. He registered a slash line of .300/.407/.603 which according to MLB Pipeline, Grisham was just one of seven qualified players to reach the .300/.400/.600 slash line mark. Grisham was the only player in the Brewers system to make the First or Second Team while the Padres and Diamondbacks had the most. 

Once Grisham was called up to the majors on August 1st, he started out hot. In his first 11 games with the Brewers he was batting .314 with an OPS of .893. He also had 2 home runs, 8 RBIs and 6 runs scored. He has since cooled off in his last 21 games (12 of which he has started). In those games Grisham has hit .230 with an OPS of .702 with 2 home runs and only 5 RBIs. He has also struck out 20 times in that span. 

With the playoff race heating up, it is important for every Brewer player to get hot. Grisham may very well be on his way. Last night, he tied the Brewers rookie record for hits in a game with 5 and was only a home run away from the cycle. If Grisham starts hitting like he did in the minors, the Brewers will have a deadly bat in the leadoff spot during the hunt for October. 

ICYMI: Bill Hall Retired as a Brewer

Bill Hall officially retired last Thursday, September 5th, as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Bill Hall was known as a fan favorite in Milwaukee because of his batting stance, his ability to be the ultimate utility man, and his game day heroics on Mother’s Day. During his time with the Brewers, Hall had a .300 batting average on Mother’s Day along with 5 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 doubles, 2 walks, and 2 home runs with one of them being a walk-off with his mother in attendance. 

Bill Hall started his career in 2002 with Milwaukee and played with them until the middle of 2009 when he was traded for middling reliever, Ruben Flores. Hall played in 831 total games for the Brewers and batted .253 with an OPS of .758. He also hit 102 home runs, had 367 runs batted in, and scored 370 runs. He put up these numbers while being the utility man for the Brewers. He spent time as the shortstop, third baseman, second baseman, left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder all while maintaining a career fielding percentage of .962%. 

Hall’s best season came in 2006 when he was one of the best shortstops in the entire National League. Many people believed he was snubbed by not making the All-Star team that year behind guys like Edgar Rentería and David Eckstein. In 2006, Bill Hall played in 148 games with the Brewers and hit .270 with an OPS of .899 and an OPS+ of 125. He had 35 home runs, 85 RBIs, 39 doubles, 4 triples, and scored 101 runs while playing solid defense. 

The best stretch of Hall’s career began in 2005 and went through 2008. In this span he batted .262 with an OBP of .326. During those four seasons he also hit 81 home runs for an average of about 20 per season and drove in 265 runners for an average of about 66 per season. All of these are very solid numbers for a utility man who doesn’t always get the added rhythm of playing everyday. 

After being traded from Milwaukee in 2009, Hall was never able to recapture the consistent success he had as a Brewer. He played in 222 games with 5 different teams after Milwaukee. The teams were the Mariners, Red Sox, Astros, Giants, and Orioles. He was able to be decent with one of these teams and that was in 2010 with the Red Sox. That year, he batted .247 while hitting 18 home runs with 46 RBIs. 

Bill Hall was one of those players that if you were a fan of the Brewers in the early to mid 2000s, you remember him. He had some great, memorable moments with the Brewers and I’m glad he was able to reconcile with the franchise and end his career with the team he started with.