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Today In Brewer History: So Long, Bill Spiers

The Brewers lost the former first round pick on waivers on this day in 1994.

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Back in 1987 the Brewers selected Clemson infielder Bill Spiers with the 13th overall pick in the June draft, starting his eight year run in the Brewer organization. Spiers was a major league regular for the first time with the Crew in 1989 and spent six years as a utilityman in Milwaukee, appearing at seven different defensive positions and DH.

Spiers' last couple of seasons in Milwaukee, though, were nothing to write home about. He hit just .244/.308/.305 over a combined 186 games in the 1993 and 1994 seasons, prompting the Brewers to put him on waivers. On this day in 1994 the Mets claimed him, ending his Brewer career.

Spiers wasn't much better as a Met in 1995 but resurrected his career in Houston the next year and went on to play six more major league seasons, hitting .288/.375/.408 in 632 games as an Astro.

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