The Brewers' "Wall of Honor:" Who's not on it?

Tommy Harper, as a member of the 1975 Angels. - Darryl Norenberg-US PRESSWIRE

Even with 58 inductees, some fell just short.

Earlier this morning the Brewers announced plans to add a Walk of Honor outside Miller Park. Unlike Miller Park's "Walk of Fame," this new space near the left field gate will feature every Brewer who meets any of a set of seven criteria. 55 players, a manager, a broadcaster and an owner will be inducted in the inaugural class, with seven more players scheduled to be inducted after their retirements.

Obviously, lines had to be drawn somewhere to keep this new feature from covering every exterior surface of Miller Park. I wanted to take a moment, though, to consider some of those who are falling just short of induction.

Criteria 1: 2000 plate appearances

Qualifying: 31 players, plus five more active. The lowest among them are Fernando Vina (2187), Craig Counsell (2063) and Darrell Porter (2009)

Top three missing out:

  1. Tommy Harper, 1984 PA. This might be one of the Wall's most glaring omissions. Harper led all of baseball with 73 stolen bases as a Seattle Pilot in 1969 and became the team's first 30 HR/30 SB player in their inaugural season in Milwaukee.
  2. Greg Brock, 1958 PA. Brock spent the final five seasons of his MLB career playing first base for the Brewers. His best season was 1987, when he hit .299/.371/.438 in 141 games.
  3. Brady Clark, 1933 PA. Clark spent four seasons patroling the outfield in Milwaukee, including a 2005 campaign when he hit .306/.372/.426 in 145 games.

Others of note: Ronnie Belliard (1930 PA), Dale Sveum (1878 PA), Marquis Grissom (1873 PA), Bill Spiers (1867 PA), Mike Hegan (1823 PA)

Criteria 2: 1000 innings pitched

Qualifying: Eleven pitchers, plus one active. The lowest among them are Cal Eldred (1078.2 IP), Bill Travers (1068.1) and Jaime Navarro (1061.2).

Top three missing out:

  1. Scott Karl, 914.2 IP. Karl pitched 192 or more innings for the Brewers for four consecutive seasons from 1996-99 before being included in the trade that sent Jeff Cirillo to the Rockies.
  2. Ricky Bones, 883 IP. Bones posted a 4.64 ERA over 151 appearances for the Brewers between 1992-96, and represented the Crew in the 1994 All Star Game.
  3. Dave Bush, 870 IP. Bush pitched five seasons as a Brewer with a 4.80 ERA. He worked 210 innings in his first season with Milwaukee in 2006 and led the NL with 4.37 strikeouts per walk.

Others of note: Lary Sorensen (854 IP), Chris Capuano (744.2 IP), Skip Lockwood (729.1 IP)

Criteria 3: 250 games pitched

Qualifying: Nine pitchers, including two already qualifited under Criteria 2, plus one active pitcher. The lowest three among them are John Axford (268 G), Bill Wegman (262 G) and Bill Castro (253 G)

Top three missing out:

  1. David Weathers, 237 G. Weathers spent parts of five of his 19 MLB seasons as a Brewer, joining the team from 1998-2001 and again in 2009. He's 18th on baseball's all-time list with 964 pitching appearances, and 237 of them came as a Brewer. He had a 3.53 ERA for Milwaukee.
  2. Eduardo Rodriguez, 235 G. Rodriguez spent six seasons as a swingman with the Brewers from 1973-78, recording 30 saves but also making 38 starts. He finished his Milwaukee career with a 3.78 ERA over 659.2 innings.
  3. Carlos Villanueva, 230 G. Like Rodriguez, Villanueva bounced back and forth between starting and relieving for his Brewers career, which spanned from 2006-10. He posted a 4.34 ERA for the Brewers but also struck out 8.1 batters per nine innings.

Others of note: Luis Vizcaino (224 G), Derrick Turnbow (218 G), Ray King (206 G)

Criteria 4: Winner of a major award

Qualifying: Rollie Fingers (MVP, Cy Young, Fireman of the Year), Robin Yount (MVP), Pete Vuckovich (Cy Young), Pat Listach (Rookie of the Year), plus John Axford (Fireman) and Ryan Braun (MVP) post-retirement.

Notables missing out:

  1. Scott Podsednik. He finished second to Dontrelle Willis in the voting for NL Rookie of the Year in 2003, then went on to lead all of baseball with 70 stolen bases in 2004. He spent just two seasons as a Brewer, though, leaving him well short of 2000 plate appearances.
  2. Larry Hisle. Hisle spent five seasons as a Brewer but his only healthy one was 1978, when he hit 34 home runs, drove in 115 and finished third in the voting for AL MVP.
  3. Pedro Garcia. Garcia led the American League with 32 doubles during his rookie season in 1973, finishing second in the RoY voting. He made 1581 plate appearances in four seasons as a Brewer second baseman and hit .224/.273/.360.
  4. Bill Parsons. Most 22-year-old rookies don't pitch 244.2 innings, but that's what Parsons did in 1971 with a 3.20 ERA. He finished second in that season's Rookie of the Year voting, and two years later he was done as a consistent big leaguer.

Criteria 5: Manager of a pennant-winning team

Qualifying: Harvey Kuenn (1982)

Notables missing out:

  1. Phil Garner. Garner is the Brewers' all time leader in games managed (1180) and managerial wins (563). He led the Brewers to within a few games of the playoffs in 1992, finishing just behind the eventual World Champion Blue Jays. He's managed about 17% of the games in franchise history.
  2. Ned Yost. Yost is second to Garner in both games managed (959) and wins (457). The third, fourth and fifth winningest managers in franchise history (Tom Trebelhorn, George Bamberger and Del Crandall) are also not featured on the Wall.
  3. Ron Roenicke. In the 31 years since the 1982 World Series, Roenicke is the only other manager to take the Brewers to a League Championship series. He's sixth all-time with 253 managerial wins.

Criteria 6: Subjects of statues on the Miller Park Plaza

Qualifying: Bob Uecker, Hank Aaron, Bud Selig, Robin Yount

Notables missing out:

  1. Mark Attanasio. Is a current owner eligible here? Given Ryan Braun's recent issues, Attanasio and Paul Molitor (who already qualifies under Criteria 1) are probably the most likely to be the next subject of a statue.

Criteria 7: Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who played for or managed the Brewers

Qualifying: Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Don Sutton, Robin Yount

Notables missing out:

  1. Dave Parker. The 1978 NL MVP was an All Star and won a Silver Slugger Award as a member of the 1990 Brewers. He appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot 15 times between 1997-2011 but never received more than 25% of the vote.
  2. Jesse Orosco. Orosco holds the MLB record with 1252 career pitching appearances, including 156 as a member of the 1992-94 Brewers. He received one vote for the Hall of Fame when he was eligible as a first-timer in 2009.
  3. Marquis Grissom. Grissom falls just short of Criteria 1 with 1873 plate appearances as a Brewer between 1998-2000, but is almost certainly better remembered for his seasons with the Expos and Braves earlier in the 90's. He received four votes for the Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility in 2011.

So who are we missing?

Obviously, anytime you build something like this you have to draw the line for induction somewhere. However, I'm disappointed to see something like this being done without Tommy Harper and Phil Garner, at the very least.

What do you think? Is the new Wall missing anyone?

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