The Numbers Game: 2 Can Be As Bad As 1…

Nyjer Morganby Kevin Kimmes

Good morning and welcome back to the second installment of The Numbers Game. Today, I will be looking at the players who have worn jersey number 2 for the Pilots/Brewers over the years. So, let’s get started.

Seattle Pilots:

No player was assigned the number 2 in the Pilots organization in 1969.

Milwaukee Brewers:

Ted Savage – 1970-71: Savage played 114 games in the outfield for Milwaukee in their inaugural season recording 77 hits (12 for homeruns), 57 walks and a batting average of .279. Despite the 1970 campaign being the best of his career, he would only play 14 games in 1971 before being traded to the Kansas City Royals for Tom Matchick.

Bob Heise – 1971-73: Acquired in a trade from the Giants for Floyd Wicker during the 1971 season, Heise is best known for having played on four teams that made the post-season. Unfortunately for Heise, he did not make a single post-season appearance for any of these four squads.

Bob Sheldon – 1974: The first player on the list to spend his entire career with Milwaukee, Sheldon would appear in 94 career games between ’74, ’75 and ’77. He recorded a stat line of .256/.317/.324 with 67 hits and 23 walks. Sheldon would switch his number to 16 for the ’75 campaign.

Kurt Bevacqua – 1975: Bevacqua was acquired from the Kansas City Royals in 1975 to back up 3rd baseman Don Money who had been experiencing arm issues. Bevacqua would take uniform number 11 in 1976.

Fun fact: according to his 1976 Topps baseball card (#564), Bevacqua is the 1975 Joe Garagiola/Bazooka Bubble Gum blowing champion.

No player was assigned the number 2 in either 1976 or 1977.

Lenn Sakata – 1978-79: Lenn switched from number 21 to number 2 for the 1978 campaign. He was only the second Asian-American player to play in the MLB when he debuted with the Brewers in 1977. A utility infielder for most of his career, Sakata holds the dubious distinction of being the Baltimore Orioles starting shortstop when Cal Ripken, Jr. began his consecutive games played streak.

No player was assigned the number 2 from 1980 through 1982.

Randy Ready – 1983-86: A utility infielder, Ready logged 120 games over 4 seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers to begin his career. Ready was traded to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later on June 12, 1986. That October, the Brewers would receive Tim Pyznarski to complete the deal.

Edgar “Kiki” Diaz  – 1986, 1990: Acquired as an undrafted free agent, Diaz appeared in 91 games for Milwaukee in his 2 MLB seasons, primarily at shortstop. He carries a career line of .268/.335/.294 with 62 hits and 22 walks.

No player was assigned number 2 in 1987.

Mike Young – 1988: Young appeared in 8 games for Milwaukee in 1988 registering 0 hits in 14 at-bats and walking twice.

No player was assigned number 2 in 1989 or 1991.

William Suero – 1992-93: A utility infielder who primarily played at 2nd base, Suero played solely for Milwaukee in his two years in the majors. In 33 games for Milwaukee, Suero was 7 for 30 with a line of .233/.324/.267. Suero died at the age of 29 in a fatal car crash in his native Santo Domingo.

Jose Valentin – 1993-99: Acquired on March 26, 1992 from the San Diego Padres with Ricky Bones and Matt Mieske in exchange for Gary Sheffield and prospect Geoff Kellogg, Valentin would see action with Milwaukee in eight consecutive seasons. Despite having a career batting average of .243, his career OBP of .321 is a testament to his plate discipline and willingness to walk.

Tyler Houston – 2000-02:  The second overall selection in the 1989 MLB June draft, Houston played three seasons with Milwaukee. He is best remembered for hitting 3 homeruns on July 9, 2000 against the Detroit Tigers, making him the first back-up catcher in Brewers history to receive a curtain call from the fans.

Bill Hall – 2002-09: Hall made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers on September 1, 2002. He helped the 2005 Brewers have their  first .500 season since 1992, splitting his time among 2nd base, 3rd base and shortstop while maintaining a batting average of .291 with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs.

Despite being named the team MVP in 2006, and signing a 4 year extension in 2007, Hall fell out of favor with both fans and management over the next several seasons. In 2007 he led all MLB center fielders with 9 errors and the lowest zone rating (.837). Struggles against right handed pitching only exacerbated the situation in 2008 leading to Hall being vocal about being traded and falling out of favor with fans due to the remark.

On August 19th 2009, Hall was traded to the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer Ruben Flores.

Joe Inglett – 2010: Inglett appeared in 102 games for Milwaukee in 2010 hitting .254/.331/.401 with 36 hits and 15 walks. More interesting is the fact that on July 27th, 2010, Inglett pitched a complete inning for The Brewers in which he recorded a 0.00 ERA against 3 batters.

Nyjer Morgan – 2011-12: Our final entrant on today’s list is the man known as T-Plush, Nyjer Morgan. Morgan who was acquired from the Washington Nationals prior to the start of the 2011 season was a firecracker in a Brewers lineup that finally brought home the NL Central title. Morgan’s clutch hitting in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks led The Brewers on a collision course with their division rivals, The St. Louis Cardinals, in the NLCS.

Morgan would see his production drop off in 2012 leading to a reduced role in the outfield and his eventual release at the end of the season.

See you all back here tomorrow for part 3.

Kevin Kimmes is a regular contributor to creamcitycables.com and an applicant for the 2013 MLB Fan Cave. You can follow him on Twitter at @kevinkimmes.

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