Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Casey McGehee

Casey McGehee in happier times, celebrating a spring training home run with teammates on March 3.

On this day in 1982, Casey McGehee was born in Santa Cruz, California. The Cubs drafted him in the tenth round of the 2003 draft, but he played in just nine major league games for them before the Brewers claimed him off waivers following the 2008 season.

McGehee is having a nightmarish 2011 season, which frequently makes us forget how good he was the previous two years. Despite not really cracking the everyday lineup until mid-May in 2009, he hit .301/.360/.499 with 16 home runs and received votes for Rookie of the Year. And the 2010 season was his best as a pro: He appeared in 157 games and was worth 3 rWAR.

Despite the fact that his 2011 numbers have been pretty poor, McGehee played in 155 regular season games and 147 of them at third base. He's now played 371 games at the hot corner, fifth most in franchise history:

Player Seasons Games
Jeff Cirillo 1994-99, 2005-06 1002
Paul Molitor 1978-90 791
Don Money 1973-83 687
Sal Bando 1977-81 450
Casey McGehee 2009-11 371

McGehee turns 29 today. With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:

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