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Today In Brewer History: So Long, Tony Gwynn Jr.

May 15, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. (10) before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
May 15, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. (10) before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Brewers had really good luck in the 2000's with a high draft pick spent on the son of a longtime former major leaguer, getting 6+ seasons of Prince Fielder. Unfortunately those picks don't always work out, and Tony Gwynn Jr. is a perfect example of the opposite.

Gwynn the Younger was 26 years old and a career .248/.300/.298 major league hitter on this day in 2009 when the Brewers gave up on him and traded him to the Padres. Gwynn was (and still is) a very solid player defensively and his AAA numbers (.309/.387/.395 in 38 games for Nashville before the trade) suggested that he might have turned a corner offensively, but the Brewers could no longer afford to wait for him to figure it out.

Since leaving the Brewers Gwynn hasn't done a lot to make the front office regret their decision. He's hitting reasonably well for the Dodgers this season but is still just a .250/.325/.335 hitter over 410 games since leaving Milwaukee. Of course, the Brewers didn't get much for him either: Outfielder Jody Gerut hit .224/.279/.371 over two seasons as a Brewer (hitting for the cycle once) and is now out of baseball.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 1996-97 Brewer Bryce Florie. He turns 42.

Today is also the ninth anniversary of Geoff Jenkins hitting three home runs as the Brewers beat the Padres 10-0 in 2003. We covered that event in this space last year.