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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Jorge Fabregas

The veteran journeyman catcher closed out his major league career as a 2002 Brewer.

On this day in 1970 Jorge Fabregas was born in Miami, Florida. He went to the University of Miami before the (then) California Angels made him the #34 overall pick in the 1991 draft, and made his major league debut in 1994.

Despite being just a .241/.284/.315 career hitter, Fabregas appeared in 646 major league games over nine seasons as a member of eight franchises. His best season was 1997, when he appeared in 100 games with the White Sox and hit .280/.302/.382.

Fabregas wrapped up his career with 30 games with the woeful 2002 Brewers, who went 8-22 in his appearances. He hit .164/.178/.343 over that span, but did have a five-game stretch where he hit a pair of home runs and was a key part in four Brewer wins.

Fabregas is one of just 49 players in major league history who have batted left handed, thrown right, and caught at least 595 major league games. Other former Brewers on that list include B.J. Surhoff, Darrell Porter and Paul Bako.

Thanks to the B-Ref Play Index for reminding me that a) Fabregas was a Brewer and b) he turns 43 today. With help from Brewerfan.net, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to 2012 Brevard County Manatee Jason Rogers. He turns 25.

Today is also the 60th anniversary of the Boston Braves announcing their plan to move to Milwaukee in 1953. We covered that event in this space last year.