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Monday, January 09, 2012

Another shutout for Brewers Walk of Fame

For the second consecutive year, no former Milwaukee Brewers or Milwaukee Braves players earned enough votes for induction into the Miller Park Walk of Fame. Candidates must be named on 75% of the returned ballots to be elected.

The closest candidate in 2012 was former Braves shortstop Johnny Logan, who received 61.5% of the vote (24 votes). Top vote-getters among former Brewers were Teddy Higuera (51.3%, 20 votes) and Geoff Jenkins (48.7%, 19 votes). This year marked the first time that Jenkins was on the ballot and eligible for election…

Past winners of the award include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); and Lew Burdette in 2010.

Complete voting totals in the article.  (Is Wes Obermueller a better or worse Walk of Fame candidate than Bill Mueller is a Hall of Fame candidate?  Meditate upon this.)

The District Attorney Posted: January 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. deputydrew Posted: January 10, 2012 at 08:43 AM (#4032984)
So the best way to be elected to the Brewer Walk of Fame is clearly to have been on the 1982 team. Teddy Higuera should make it for sure. His career was short, but he was one of the best lefties in the league until he got hurt.

   2. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: January 10, 2012 at 09:32 AM (#4033021)
If they're willing to include Braves players in the balloting, why not go back to the minor league Brewers and include Bill Veeck?
   3. Hack Wilson Posted: January 10, 2012 at 09:48 AM (#4033029)
I nominate Harveys Wallbangers (and apologize as once posting as Harveys Ballwangers).
   4. The District Attorney Posted: January 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4033057)
A complete list of voting totals:

Former Brewers

Teddy Higuera 20 votes 51.3%
Geoff Jenkins 19 votes 48.7%
Jeff Cirillo 17 votes 43.6%
George Bamberger 16 votes 41%
Mike Caldwell 15 votes 38.5%
Pete Vuckovich 14 votes 35.9%
Ben Oglivie 12 votes 30.8%
Dan Plesac 12 votes 30.8%
Ted Simmons 12 votes 30.8%
Jim Slaton 10 votes 25.6%
Greg Vaughn 9 votes 23.1%
Larry Hisle 7 votes 17.9%
Sal Bando 6 votes 15.4%
Charlie Moore 6 votes 15.4%
Jerry Augustine 5 votes 12.8%
Phil Garner 5 votes 12.8%
Sixto Lexcano 5 votes 12.8%
Moose Haas 4 votes 10.3%
George Scott 4 votes 10.3%
B.J. Surhoff 4 votes 10.3%
Dale Sveum 3 votes 7.7%
Jeromy Burnitz 2 votes 5.1%
Bill Castro 2 votes 5.1%
Rob Deer 2 votes 5.1%
Bill Schroeder 2 votes 5.1%
Juan Nieves 1 vote 2.6%
Wes Obermueller 1 vote 2.6%
Jose Capellan 0 votes 0%
Raul Casanova 0 votes 0%
Brady Clark 0 votes 0%
Ray King 0 votes 0%
Richie Sexson 0 votes 0%
Derrick Turnbow 0 votes 0%
Matt Wise 0 votes 0%


Former Braves

Johnny Logan 24 votes 61.5%
Joe Adcock 19 votes 49.7%
Del Crandall 8 votes 20.5%
Bob Buhl 4 votes 10.3%
Felix Mantilla 4 votes 10.3%
Fred Haney 3 votes 7.7%
Bill Bruton 2 votes 5.1%
Andy Pafko 2 votes 5.1%
Frank Torre 2 votes 5.1%
   5. The District Attorney Posted: January 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM (#4033368)
BTW, I think the Mets claiming Jackie Robinson is at least a lot easier to understand than the Brewers claiming Johnny Logan.
   6. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM (#4033386)
DA

Milwaukee's culture is to consider anyone who has played in the city as one of their own.

I would hope folks consider it quaint versus something negative.
   7. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 10, 2012 at 02:54 PM (#4033398)
Now that Higuera is over 50% he's bound to get in through the Veteran Brewers Committee.

So the best way to be elected to the Brewer Walk of Fame is clearly to have been on the 1982 team.

It's not working for Ben Ogilvie!
   8. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: January 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM (#4033623)
How about Bill Veeck?
   9. Walt Davis Posted: January 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM (#4033845)
Also Jack Morris got 54.6%.

I know, I know, he never played for Milwaukee but he certainly pitched in Milwaukee and, well, he's just so ... Morris-y.

No, not Morrisey. No man who has ever scuffed a ball, pushed off the rubber and worked the corners could be less Morrisey than Morris.
   10. Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: January 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM (#4033866)
I'm surprised Andy Pafko did so poorly. He's a Wisconsin native, and he is on the Cubs' "Walk of Fame." Admittedly, he was never probably never a _____ of Fame player, but he gets World Series winner and Native Son credits. It's not like the Brewers have an overwhelming history of great players.

And my grandfather grew up with him. So just do it to make me feel relevant, dammit.
   11. Bunny Vincennes Posted: January 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM (#4033871)
I'm surprised Brett Favre hasn't been elected there. He played a handful of games at County Stadium.
   12. OCF Posted: January 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM (#4033879)
I was looking at names like Charlie Moore and Dale Sveum on that list and my first reaction was "where's Jim Ganter?" And then I thought to check the header for the list of those already elected.
   13. RMc accompanies the Griffmen to Augusta Posted: January 11, 2012 at 08:15 AM (#4033958)
And no love for John Anderson? He was the best player on the 1901 Brewers!
   14. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:06 AM (#4033975)
Is it me or have the Brewers had an inordinate number of great baseball names play/star for them?

Growing up, I always thought Moose Haas was the best name ever... Teddy Higuera rolls off the tongue. Ben Ogilve just sounds like a thumping OF. Sixto Lezcano would be a legendary name in any sport... the eastern European in me loves names like "Vukovich". Rollie Fingers has to be pictured with a handlebar mustache even if he had never had one. I'm very glad that Brooks Kieshnick was able to get a couple cups of coffee in Milwaukee.

   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:27 AM (#4033987)
What about Jack Morris?

EDIT: Dammit Walt beat me to it! And did it better.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:32 AM (#4033992)
Milwaukee's culture is to consider anyone who has played in the city as one of their own.

I would hope folks consider it quaint versus something negative.


Makes sense to me. Certainly makes more sense for the players to be honored in the city they played.
   17. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4034036)
I would hope folks consider it quaint versus something negative.


Like Snapper, I consider it logical rather than quaint. I don't see any reason why former Milwaukee Braves shouldn't be celebrated by both the franchise they played for and the city they played in.

To me, the problem with the Mets isn't that they want to honor Jackie Robinson and the other Brooklyn Dodgers. It's that they seemingly ignore the history of the other NL club that played in New York.

   18. The District Attorney Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM (#4034726)
he's just so ... Morris-y.

No, not Morrisey. No man who has ever scuffed a ball, pushed off the rubber and worked the corners could be less Morrisey than Morris.
Who is the most Morrissey pitcher?

I suppose in terms of eloquence, maybe R.A. Dickey, and in terms of brooding and pettiness, maybe Kevin Brown.

To me, the problem with the Mets isn't that they want to honor Jackie Robinson and the other Brooklyn Dodgers. It's that they seemingly ignore the history of the other NL club that played in New York.
But the thing is that Jackie Robinson is Jackie Robinson and I have no idea who the #### Johnny Logan is. :-)

I struggled to recall Jose Capellan, but I think I pulled it out (without looking: righty reliever, came from Braves, was a bit of a prospect, probably threw hard). I do remember the name "Raul Casanova", if not much of anything else about him, and it's amazing he'd be on a ballot for anything. Bill Castro, don't know him either (and yet he got more votes than Richie Sexson, who was really pretty good.)

   19. Howie Menckel Posted: January 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM (#4034751)

The Brewers should have just elected one per year.

That would have carried them through 2016, with no awkward skips.
And at that point, they could do one every other year, roughly.

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