The Winter Meetings are baseball's biggest chance for a team to make a splash during the offseason, and that's what the Brewers did on this day in 1989 when they signed DH/outfielder Dave Parker as a free agent.
Parker was 38 at the time of the signing and had already played 17 major league seasons, including hitting .264/.308/.432 with 22 home runs for the 1989 World Champion A's. He was a two-time batting champion, six time All Star, three time Gold Glove award winner and the 1978 NL MVP.
Parker's lone season in Milwaukee was a very good one: He appeared in 157 games for the 1990 Brewers and hit .289/.330/.451, making his final All Star appearance and winning a Silver Slugger award. In spring of 1991 the Brewers traded Parker to the Angels, and he split his final major league season between California and Toronto.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2002 Brewer Matt Childers, who turns 34.
- 2004-05 Brewer Gary Glover, who turns 36.
- 1988-95 Brewer Darryl Hamilton, who turns 48. We covered his birthday in this space last year.
- 1974-75 Brewer Larry Anderson, who turns 60.
- 1975 Brewer Lafayette Currence, who turns 61.