Today In Brewer History: Before Doug, There Was Dean

On this day in 1951, Dean Taylor was born in Brawley, California. After four years as a minor league general manager and holding various front office jobs with the Royals, Braves and Major League Baseball, Taylor was hired to replace Sal Bando as the Brewers' GM on September 21, 1999.

After the Bando era, the Brewer organization was pretty bereft of talent. With that said, things didn't get significantly better under Taylor as the Brewers went 197-289 during his tenure and set a franchise record with 106 losses in 2002. 

Here are some of the lowlights of Taylor's run:

Obviously, not all of Taylor's moves were bad (he also pulled off the trade that brought Richie Sexson to Milwaukee). But most of them were, bringing about the dark days that led to Taylor's firing in 2002 and the hiring of Doug Melvin to take his place.

Since leaving the Brewers, Taylor has returned to the Royals front office as their Assistant GM and VP of Baseball Operations.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to Seattle Pilot and 1970-71 Brewer Gus Gil, who turns 72.

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