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Five Fun Facts About Brian Shouse

  1. Brian Shouse was born on September 26th, 1968.  Other famous athletes born on September 26th include Rich Gedman and Serena Williams.  Other notable people born that day include T.S. Eliot, George Gershwin, and Jeff Sackmann.
  2. The guy drafted right before Brian in the 13th round of the 1990 amateur draft was Rodney Bolton.  Shouse and Bolton were among the six players drafted in that round to make it to the majors, they were born three days apart in 1968, and debuted in the majors in 1993.  
  3. In 1998, Shouse went where American pitchers go to die: Japan.  He pitched for the Kintetsu Buffaloes as a teammate of future major leaguer Akinori Otsuka.  He came back the following year, but spent nearly four full seasons after that in the minors (in five different organizations!) before making it back to the big time.  Even then, he was pitching for Kansas City.
  4. In Texas, Shouse wore #58.  I don't know whether he wanted #58 when he arrived in Milwaukee, but he didn't get it--he switched to #51.  Surely, you're thinking, someone famous and important on the Brewers must wear #58, preventing Shouse from keeping his number, right?  Nope.  #58 in Milwaukee last year was Chris Demaria.  I know Shouse is pretty low on the totem pole, but come on: however low he is, Demaria's lower.
  5. He has appeared in 280 major league games, all in relief.  He has never gotten a single major-league plate appearance.  His last at-bat came in New Orleans in 2001; his last hits (his only hits, in fact) were in 1995 when he was pitching for Calgary. Calgary!  They had a triple-A team then!