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Today In Brewer History: Goodbye For Now, Kevin Seitzer

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Here's Kevin Seitzer missing a high five as part of his new job as the Royals' hitting coach.
Here's Kevin Seitzer missing a high five as part of his new job as the Royals' hitting coach.

On this day in 1993, Oakland signed third baseman Kevin Seitzer as a free agent. Seitzer had played the previous season as a Brewer, hitting .270/.337/.367 in 1992 before leaving as a free agent and waiting all the way into February to find a job.

Seitzer would be back in Milwaukee before long, though: He played in just 73 games for the 1993 A's before being released and returning to the Brewers. His second tour of duty in Milwaukee was much more memorable: He appeared in 391 games as a Brewer between 1993 and '96, posting an OPS of .815 or higher each season and batting .311 or better in 1994, '95 and '96.

Over his final three seasons as a Brewer Seitzer was a .318/.400/.447 hitter and made one of his two career All Star appearances. Even after leaving, he continued to pay dividends for Milwaukee: He was traded to the Indians late in the 1996 season in a deal that brought Jeromy Burnitz to the Brewers.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • Erick Almonte, who turns 34.
  • 1999 Brewer Rich Becker, who turns 40.
  • Oakland, WI native Billy Sullivan, who would have turned 137. Sullivan played 16 major league seasons between 1899-1916 as a member of the White Sox and two other teams.