Thursday, November 30, 2017

Brewers Auto Round-Tripper Pt. 4

How about we get back to some of my recently acquired all time Brewers Autos? We're deep in the weeds, now. If you remember any of these guys, you are a True Blue Crew Devotee...

Jack Heidemann was once a hot-shot prospect with the Indians, but failed to produce either at the plate or in the field. He came to Milwaukee in June 1976 from the Mets and became the team’s regular third baseman, despite an atrocious .520 OPS. His career WAR of -6.1 ranks among the worst in baseball history. But Jack is a generous TTM signer. He signed my card and sent along a business card (he now works as a real estate appraiser) that has a picture of him with the Indians on the backside.

Most Impressive Brewers Stat: He hit a homer off Bill “Spaceman” Lee in September, 1976.

Gary Sutherland was no-hit infielder who was a regular with the Expos and Tigers before Detroit sent him to the Brewers for former ROY runner-up Pedro Garcia in the middle of the 1976 season. He played part-time for the rest of the year before being released.

Most Impressive Brewers Stat: Batted .538 during his first week as a Brewer (and .176 the rest of the way).

“Bullet” Bob Reynolds threw six innings for the Brewers in 1971. Over a six year career, he appeared with six teams. For two years with the Orioles, 1973 and 1974, he was dominant, posting a 2.25 ERA over 180 innings and helping the O’s to consecutive AL East titles. His fastball was known to top out at 100 mph.

Most Impressive Brewers Stat: Threw five scoreless innings against the AL West Champion A’s in 1971.

Art Kuysner was one of the less-memorable parts of the huge 1973 trade that send Ollie Brown, Ellie Rodriguez and Skip Lockwood to the Angels for Steve Barber, Ken Berry, and Clyde Wright. He appeared in 15 games for the Brewers in 1976. He was a part of history in 1973 when he caught Nolan Ryan’s second career no-hitter.

Most Impressive Brewers Stat: As noted in his Wikipedia page, he hit a three-run double against the Red Sox. It was the only three runs he drove in for the Brewers.

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