Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Greg Brock

On this day in 1954, Greg Brock was born in McMinnville, Oregon. (I'd never heard of it either.) The Dodgers drafted him in the 13th round of the 1979 draft and he made his major league debut in 1982, playing 18 games as a September callup. He played five seasons as a Dodger before being traded to the Brewers for pitchers Tim Crews and Tim Leary before the 1987 season. The price was pretty steep: Crews and Leary pitched a combined nine seasons for the Dodgers and were worth 7.9 rWAR.

Brock, meanwhile, played the next five seasons in Milwaukee and was the Brewers' primary first baseman for four of them. His best season was 1987, his first in Milwaukee, when he hit .299/.371/.438 in 141 games and was worth 1.9 rWAR.

Brock is actually probably most notable for what he didn't do: hit for power. There have been seven players in Brewer history to play 300 or more games at first base, and Brock is the one that's not like the others:

Player SLG
Prince Fielder .541
Richie Sexson .536
Cecil Cooper .470
Lyle Overbay .464
John Jaha .463
George Scott .456
Greg Brock .387

Thanks to the B-Ref Play Index for letting me know that Brock turns 54 today.

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