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BREWERS TIMELINE
1970-1975 | 1976-1982 | 1983-1990 | 1991-1997 | 1998-Present
Timeline
   

A new era in Milwaukee baseball history began with the ceremonial groundbreaking of Miller Park, the Brewers' new state-of-the-art ballpark which opened in 2001.
1998  - On April 2, the Brewers earn their first ever victory in the National League with a thrilling 8-6, extra inning win highlighted by a Jeromy Burnitz grand slam in the 11th inning.

Rookie Geoff Jenkins becomes the first Brewers player ever to homer in his first big league game. He belts a solo homer off San Francisco's Orel Hershiser at 3Com Park on April 24. Jenkins joins Chuck Tanner (1955) as the only players in Milwaukee baseball history to homer in their first game.

Pitcher Bronswell Patrick becomes the first Brewers hurler to swat a home run since 1971 (Skip Lockwood) on August 1 vs. Arizona at County Stadium.

Manager Phil Garner earns his 500th victory at the Brewers helm on August 26 at Colorado. He is the only skipper in team history to reach that milestone.

Fernando Vina and Jeff Cirillo combine for 392 hits for the season, the most by Brewers teammates since 1989 when Paul Molitor and Robin Yount combined for 389.

1999  - Jose Valentin becomes the third Brewer in franchise history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game on July 1 at Wrigley Field with a two-run homer off Dan Serafini in the fourth and a second two-run blast off Scott Sanders in the ninth.

For the first time since 1982, the Milwaukee Brewers have two players represent them at the Mid-Summer Classic as Jeromy Burnitz and David Nilsson are both selected by National League manager Bruce Bochy. Burnitz becomes the first Brewer to compete in the Century 21 Home Run Derby finishing second to Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. Burnitz also becomes the first Brewer to make a start in the Mid-Summer Classic since Paul Molitor was the American League's starting second baseman in 1988. Burnitz makes the start in left field due to Tony Gwynn being sidelined with an injury.

Tragedy strikes Miller Park when a crane collapses, killing three on July 14. This set back construction of Miller Park by a year.

Robin Yount becomes the first player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in a Brewers cap on July 25.

Jeromy Burnitz receives National League Player of the Month honors for July.

Bob Wickman eclipses the Brewers single season saves record previously held by Doug Jones with his 37th save on September 21 in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Pittsburgh.

2000  - In Davey Lopes' managerial debut, the Brewers record their first tie in club history after the season opener at Cincinnati is suspended with the score knotted at three apiece following six innings of play.

The Brewers and Cubs close out a wild four-game series in marathon fashion tying the National League record for a nine-inning game as the final out is recorded after four hours and 22 minutes of play.

Tyler Houston becomes the sixth player in franchise lore to leave the yard three times in the same game. Houston's career high three home runs and six runs batted in lead to a 10-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on July 9 closing out the first half.

The Brewers and Cleveland Indians complete a seven player trade bringing first baseman Richie Sexson, pitchers Paul Rigdon and Kane Davis, and a player to be named later (Marcos Scutaro) to Milwaukee in exchange for pitchers Jason Bere, Bob Wickman and Steve Woodard prior to their game against Colorado on July 28.

An 8-1 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds on September 29 is not enough to take away from the finale as a crowd of 56,354 is treated to an appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist, Ben Sheets, and a 100-minute ceremony emceed by Bob Uecker. Some of the returning heroes include Hall Of Famers Henry Aaron and Warren Spahn of the Braves, Willie Davis and Jim Taylor of the Green Bay Packers and Rollie Fingers and Robin Yount of the Brewers.

2001  - The Brewers open Miller Park in grand fashion defeating the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 with President George W. Bush and Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. "Bud" Selig on hand.

Three Geoff Jenkins' home runs pave the way for Ben Sheets first Major League victory on April 28 vs. Montreal.

Jeromy Burnitz becomes the second Brewer to homer three times in a game accomplishing the feat May 10 vs. Chicago (N).

On August 29, a crowd of 24,551 helps the Brewers set a new Milwaukee baseball attendance record of 2,406,147 surpassing the previous standard of 2,397,131 set in 1983.

Richie Sexson equals Gorman Thomas' (1979) franchise record with his 45th home run of the season on October 7 vs. Arizona. In the process, Sexson finishes second to Cecil Cooper (126 in 1983) driving in 125 runs on the season.

2002  - Ben Sheets delivers the Brewers first win aided by home runs from Richie Sexson, Geoff Jenkins and Alex Ochoa in a 9-3 Opening Day victory on April 2 at Houston.

Jerry Royster picks up his first Major League victory after being named interim manager on April 18 vs. St. Louis. Royster would win each of his first four contests in the interim role.

Milwaukee is represented by two of their own in the Mid-Summer Classic for the first time since 1999 as Richie Sexson and Jose Hernandez get the nod. Sexson gives the hometown crowd something to cheer about the day before the big event advancing to the second round of the home run derby falling to eventual champ Sammy Sosa.

Milwaukee plays host to the 73rd annual Mid-Summer Classic on July 9 at Miller Park. The third event of its kind in Milwaukee, and first since 1975, ends in a tie after both teams rosters are exhausted. Sexson goes 0-for-1 and Hernandez finishes 0-for-3.

Richie Sexson drives in his 100th run joining Gorman Thomas (1979 & 80) as the only two righthanders in franchise history to post consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

2003  - Geoff Jenkins' connects for his second career three-homer game on May 21 vs. San Diego overshadowing Wayne Franklin's first career complete game shutout as the Brewers best the Padres 10-0.

Geoff Jenkins becomes the first National Leaguer to get voted into the All-Star game via the internet in the e-Topps Final Vote. Jenkins and Richie Sexson represent the club at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Cries for free George Webb's hamburgers echo through the streets as Milwaukee wins 10 straight games August 19 - 28 for the first time since 1988. The streak falls two shy of the magic number (12) ending the next day at Chicago (N). The streak doesn't come without a price as Geoff Jenkins fractures his left thumb.

Richie Sexson becomes the first player in franchise history to post two 40-homer campaigns September 13 at San Francisco. Just shy of two weeks later, Sexson would equal the club record which he previously set alongside Gorman Thomas (1979) in 2001.

In dramatic fashion, Scott Podsednik becomes the fourth rookie since 1900 to hit .300, steal 40 bases and score 100 runs joining Jimmy Barrett (1900), Shoeless Joe Jackson (1911) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) homering in his final at bat to cross the plate for the 100th time.

2004  - Chad Moeller becomes the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle when he accomplishes the feat on April 27 vs. Cincinnati.

Ben Sheets strikes out a club record 18 batters on May 16 vs. Atlanta.

Milwaukee has four record-setting performances during the season as Scott Podsednik (70) sets the Brewers stolen base record, Lyle Overbay (53) sets the franchise record for doubles, Dan Kolb (39) establishes a franchise mark for saves and Ben Sheets (264) sets a new mark for strikeouts.

Ben Sheets and Dan Kolb represent the Brewers at the All-Star Game in Houston with both pitchers throwing a scoreless inning.

The season's final home attendance of 2,062,382 is the third largest in franchise history.

On October 6, Los Angeles financier Mark Attanasio is introduced as the prospective new owner of the Brewers pending Major League Baseball's approval.

2005  -

The Brewers pass hands from the Selig family to Los Angeles businessman Mark Attanasio on January 13, ending the reign of the longest-tenured ownership group in baseball.

On February 26, the Brewers sell more tickets via the Internet than they had via online, phone and in-person sales combined on any other day in the franchise's 36-year history.

Mark Attanasio and the Brewers' new ownership group accomplish their top priority on April 15 when they sign ace Ben Sheets to a four-year $38.5 million deal -- the richest contract in franchise history.

Lyle Overbay sets a career high with five hits, including a three-run home run, and the Brewers finish off a three-game sweep by beating up on the Reds, 13-3, on May 1.

Doug Davis twirls a seven-hit shutout and Carlos Lee drives in four runs on three hits, including the 1,000th of his career, leading the Brewers past the Twins, 6-0, on May 21.

For the first time in six drafts under scouting director Jack Zduriencik, the Brewers move to fill an organizational need on June 7. With the fifth overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player draft, the Brewers select University of Miami third baseman Ryan Braun.

On June 25, Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder each blast their first Major League home runs to beat the Twins at Miller Park.

Carlos Lee and manager Ned Yost represent the Brewers at the All Star Game.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin on August 1 picks up the 2006 option on manager Ned Yost's contract, ensuring that the 49-year-old will manage a fourth season at Miller Park.

Geoff Jenkins and Damian Miller delivered two-run home runs in the seventh inning as the Brewers rally for a 6-5 win over the Pirates on October 1 and snap their 12-year losing streak.

On the heels of the Brewers' best season since 1992, the club announces a three-year contract extension for GM Doug Melvin, locking up the veteran executive through 2009.

2006  -

A season of hope ended in disappointment after the team lost two-fifths of its starting rotation (Ben Sheets and Tomo Ohka) and three-fourths of its regular infield (J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks and Corey Koskie) for a significant part of the season to injuries. The team's 27-54 road mark also hurt. Bright spots included club MVP Bill Hall, who led the team with 35 home runs and 85 RBIs, and first baseman Prince Fielder, who led National League rookies with 28 home runs and ranked third with 81 RBIs.

2007  -

The Brewers led the National League Central or shared first place for 130 days and opened a division lead as wide as 8 1/2 games in June. But it slipped away beginning with the final road trip before the All-Star break, and the team missed the postseason for the 25th consecutive year. Still, 2007 will be a season fondly remembered for the break-out seasons of first baseman Prince Fielder and third baseman Ryan Braun.

Fielder ran third in National League MVP balloting, the best finish by a Brewer since Robin Yount won the American League MVP for the second time in 1989. Fielder surpassed the great Willie Mays as the youngest player in baseball history to reach the 50-home run plateau and he improved over his rookie numbers in every statistical category including batting average (.288, up from 271 in 2006), homers (50, nearly doubling his rookie total of 28) and RBIs (119, up from 81). His walks were up 52 percent (59 to 90) and his strikeouts were slightly down (125 to 121).

Braun, meanwhile, was promoted from Triple-A in late May and went on to win NL Rookie of the Year honors. He batted .324 and led NL rookies with 34 home runs and a .634 slugging percentage, breaking the Major League rookie record set by Mark McGwire, who slugged .618 for Oakland in 1987. Braun drove in 97 runs and stole 15 bases and he ranked in the top four among NL rookies in average, slugging percentage, extra-base hits, RBIs, runs, total bases, triples, multi-hit games, hits, batting average, stolen bases and on-base percentage.

2008  -

For the first time in 26 years, since Harvey's Wallbangers made it to Game 7 of the 1982 World Series, the Brewers won a spot in the postseason. They squeezed their way in on the final day of the regular season with a win over the Cubs behind CC Sabathia and a Mets loss to the Marlins that gave Milwaukee the National League Wild Card and a NL Division Series matchup against the Phillies. The Brewers went on to drop that series, three games to one.

The decision to dismiss manager Ned Yost with only 12 regular-season games remaining certainly stands out, but 2008 will mostly be remembered in Milwaukee as the "CC season" after a July 7 trade brought reigning American League Cy Young winner Sabathia from Cleveland. The deal signaled, "We're going for it," general manager Doug Melvin said, and Sabathia, a free agent-to-be, did not disappoint while going 11-2 in his 17 Brewers starts with a 1.65 ERA and seven complete games. He got an assist from Ryan Braun in the regular season finale, as the slugger, who would finish third in NL MVP balloting, belted a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning that ignited a sellout crowd and proved the game-winner.

The postseason run was short-lived, thanks to the eventual World Champion Phillies. The Brewers dropped Games 1 and 2 in Philadelphia, but scored a Game 3 win behind Dave Bush at Miller Park in Milwaukee's first postseason home game since Game 5 of the 1982 series. The Phillies closed out the series the next day.

Shortly after the season, the rebuilding began. Melvin, having just signed a three-year contract extension, hired former A's skipper Ken Macha to be the Brewers' full-time manager.

2009  -

Three million fans passed through the turnstiles at Miller Park for the second straight season but the Brewers didn't have the depth to overcome a series of injuries in manager Ken Macha's first season at the helm. Second baseman Rickie Weeks seemed ready to tap his potential before suffering a season-ending wrist injury in May, and starters Dave Bush (arm) and Jeff Suppan (rib cage) missed significant chunks of June, July and August. For much of the first half of the season, it appeared the reigning National League Wild Card winners would make a return trip to the postseason. The Brewers owned first place in the NL Central from mid-May through July 4, when a blowout win at Chicago's Wrigley Field left Milwaukee percentage points ahead of the Cardinals. The Brewers slipped into second place the next day and slipped as low as fourth before finishing third at 80-82.

There were individual milestones along the way. Prince Fielder broke Cecil Cooper's franchise RBI record when he drove in No. 127 with 14 games to play and Cooper managing the Astros in the visitors' dugout at Miller Park. Fielder homered twice in the season finale to finish with 46 home runs (second-most in club history to his 50-homer season in 2007) and 141 RBIs (tied with the Phillies' Ryan Howard for the Major league lead). Fielder became the first Brewer to lead the league in RBIs since Cooper tied Boston's Jim Rice for the American League crown in 1983. Ryan Braun got hot in September and led the NL with 203 hits, becoming the fourth Brewer ever to lead his league in hits and the first since Paul Molitor in 1991.

2010  -

For the second straight season, the Brewers hit but didn't pitch, leading to a second consecutive sub-.500 finish and the club's second managerial change in a bit more than two years. Unlike Ken Macha's first season at the helm, when the Brewers owned first place into July, the '10 club was out of the race very early, burdened by the injury-marred or just inconsistent first halves put together by Randy Wolf, Jeff Suppan and Doug Davis, veterans who were counted on going into the year. The team didn't spend a single day in first place, and never got more than one game over .500 despite another solid season from left fielder Ryan Braun and something of breakthrough years from second baseman Rickie Weeks and third baseman Casey McGehee. Weeks stayed healthy and production followed to the tune of 29 home runs, 83 RBIs and a team-high 112 runs scored. McGehee avoided the sophomore slump and led the team with 104 RBIs, giving the Brewers three 100-RBI men (also Braun and Corey Hart). Hart made his second All-Star team, and he and pitcher Yovani Gallardo signed long-term contract extensions.

The season's signature moment may have come Sept. 8, when Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman logged save No. 600. Hoffman lost the closer's job in May and admitted he was one of the contributors to the Brewers' poor start, but pitched his way back into a prominent role after the All-Star break and began picking up some saves from rookie closer John Axford. Historic No. 600 came against the Cardinals in a moment of celebration at Miller Park that was all too rare in 2010.

2011  -

The 2011 "Beast Mode" Brewers set a franchise record with 96 regular-season wins, won their first division title in 29 years, featured the franchise's first league MVP in 22 years and played to within two wins of a return to the World Series before falling to the eventual World Series champion Cardinals. By nearly every measure, it was Milwaukee's best summer since 1982.

Credit for the team's solid season was spread around. General manager Doug Melvin swung bold trades in December 2010 for starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, who solidified a starting rotation that had dragged the Brewers down in the two previous seasons under manager Ken Macha. His replacement, rookie skipper Ron Roenicke, brought a calm demeanor that meshed well with the characters in the clubhouse, including stars Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Those stars produced at a remarkably high level, with Braun batting .332 with 33 homers, 111 RBIs and 33 stolen bases, and Fielder hitting .299 with 38 home runs and 120 RBIs in his final season before free agency. The pair wound up running first and third in NL MVP balloting, with Braun becoming the Brewers' first league MVP since Robin Yount won for the second time in 1989.

Then there were the supporting players. Second-year closer John Axford set a club record with 46 saves, tying Atlanta rookie Craig Kimbrel for the NL lead and teaming with setup men Francisco Rodriguez, Takashi Saito and LaTroy Hawkins to give the Brewers one of baseball's best bullpens in the second half. Outfielder Nyjer Morgan, a Washington Nationals castoff four days before Opening Day, batted .304 and became a fan favorite for his high-energy play and his alter egos. Braun, Fielder and Rickie Weeks were all elected All-Star starters (Braun didn't play because of a leg injury) and Fielder won All-Star Game MVP honors.

The Brewers won the NL Central by a six-game margin over the Cardinals and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in a decisive fifth game of the NL Division Series, with Gomez scoring the winning run on Morgan's 10th-inning hit. That set up an all-Central NL Championship Series that opened at Miller Park, with the Brewers and Cardinals splitting the series' first four games. Sloppy defensive play doomed Milwaukee in Game 5 in St. Louis and Marcum's rough first inning set the tone for a season-ending, 12-6 loss at home in Game 6.

2012  -

The Brewers hung their 2011 National League Central championship banner at Miller Park in January, but similar success in 2012 proved elusive. Injuries dogged the team in April and May, costing pitcher Chris Narveson, first baseman Mat Gamel and shortstop Alex Gonzalez the rest of their seasons, and sidelining catcher Jonathan Lucroy for two months. At the same time, the team's relief corps, so reliable the season before, faltered, costing closer John Axford his job for a stint in July. The Brewers finished with a club-record and Major League-worst 29 blown saves, including three in a row in late July that prompted the team to trade right-hander Zack Greinke to the Angels for three prospects, rather than risk losing him via free agency after the season.

It was not all bad news. Yovani Gallardo reached 30 starts and 200 strikeouts for the fourth straight season. Corey Hart was excellent after moving to first base to replace Gamel, and newcomer Norichika Aoki took over in right field and made a successful transition from Japan. The team's biggest acquisition from the previous offseason, Aramis Ramirez, batted .300 with 27 home runs and 105 RBIs. And left fielder Ryan Braun, whose successful appeal of a suspension dominated the news early in the year, put together his usual solid season, leading the NL in home runs (41), total bases (356), runs (108) and OPS (.987) and finishing second to Buster Posey in NL MVP balloting. The Brewers climbed back into contention with a 24-6 run in August and September, pulling to within 1-1/2 games of the NL's second Wild Card on the night of Sept. 21. They were not formally eliminated from postseason consideration until Game No. 159.

2013  -

Shortstop Jean Segura and center fielder Carlos Gomez provided bright spots for the 2013 Brewers, both enjoying sensational first halves and earning trips to the All-Star Game in New York. Gomez, who signed a contract extension during Spring Training, became the first player in Brewers history to top 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season, and ended Milwaukee's 31-year drought when he was awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove.

But the team's performance suffered because of early-season pitching troubles, especially during a 6-22 month of May, and losses in the middle of the lineup, as Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart all dealt with injuries. Braun's season ended in July when he was suspended by Major League Baseball for violating the league's drug program. Braun admitted his wrongdoing in a written statement one month later, saying he took a cream and a lozenge to help him recover from an injury during the 2011 season.

Strong late-season pitching performances from the likes of Wily Peralta and Tyler Thornburg helped the Brewers go 33-32 after Braun was suspended, but the team finished in fourth place.

1970-1975 | 1976-1982 | 1983-1990 | 1991-1997 | 1998-Present