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25 For 25: Brewers 1970-1994

After the 2009 season, I went through every franchise in the majors and created a 25 For 25 Team for each one for the seasons 1985-2009. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a 25 For 25 Team takes a 25 year stretch, picking a single player from each season, and putting together a 25-man roster. To keep it simple, I pick two players each at C/1B/2B/3B/SS, six outfielders, five starting pitchers (at least half of games pitched as starts), and four relievers; for AL teams, I substituted in the DH for a 1B or OF. Player position is determined by whatever position they had the most games played (combined OF games for outfielders). No player can be picked for multiple seasons or multiple eras (this will come into play momentarily). For this new set, I used the following statistics for comparison: Fangraphs' WAR & WPA and Baseball Reference's WAR & waaWL% (a measure of how well a particular player would impact the win percentage of an otherwise .500 team; kind of like bWAR divided by games played). I tried to restrict low PA/IP players, but in very rare instances I may have needed to expand out based on lack of options.

If you're interested, here are links to all 30 teams for the years 1985-2009: ARI ATL BAL BOS CHC CHW CIN CLE COL DET HOU KCR LAA LAD MIA MIL MIN NYM NYY OAK PHI PIT STL SDP SFG SEA TBR TEX TOR WSN

I also did up fully-researched version (with write-ups & pictures) of the Cardinals for 1910-1934 & 1935-1959, as well as a 30 for 30 All-Star Edition for 1981-2010.

Anywho, I have planned out a 10-year update for these teams for the end of this season, from 1995-2019. I have these basically completed, just waiting for the season to get done so I can add in this year's picks and make any necessary adjustments. I have also completed a full set of teams for the years 1970-1994 (sorry, no COL or MIA) to help make sure I have players in the correct era. That is what I am presenting today. I had to make a slight adjustment to my selection criteria: Fangraphs WPA only goes back to 1974, but B-R has a similar stat for those missing seasons (this is due to play-by-play data being incomplete prior to 1974, but the gaps are very minor for most seasons going back to at least the 1940's).

These teams are a thought exercise - which player-seasons do you keep & which do you leave off? Occasionally you have the Cy Young Award winner & the Most Valuable Player in the same year. Sometimes you have a more deserving player, but you need to pick that catcher because your good options are really limited. Sometimes you have a really bad year, but you have to pick somebody. By pushing these out to 1970-1994, I'm also giving you a look at an era of your team's history that you may not be familiar with.

Take a look at this team, let me know what you think. I look forward to your comments.


1970 – Tommy Harper 3B (6.8 fWAR, 7.4 bWAR, 3.20 WPA, .534 waaWL%)

1971 – John Briggs OF (3.6 fWAR, 3.7 bWAR, 3.00 WPA, .517 waaWL%)

1972 – George Scott 1B (4.2 fWAR, 4.9 bWAR, 4.20 WPA, .517 waaWL%)

1973 – Dave May OF (4.1 fWAR, 4.7 bWAR, 5.60 WPA, .514 waaWL%)

1974 – Tom Murphy RP (0.3 fWAR, 5.2* bWAR, 4.31 WPA, .538 waaWL%) *including batting

1975 – Darrell Porter C (3.6 fWAR, 3.7 bWAR, 1.53 WPA, .515 waaWL%)

1976 – Jim Slaton (4.1 fWAR, 3.7 bWAR, -0.92 WPA, .526 waaWL%)

1977 – Don Money 2B (4.9 fWAR, 5.1 bWAR, 0.87 WPA, .518 waaWL%)

1978 – Mike Caldwell SP (6.3 fWAR, 8.2 bWAR, 6.87 WPA, .649 waaWL%)

1979 – Sixto Lezcano OF (5.2 fWAR, 5.6 bWAR, 5.65 WPA, .527 waaWL%)

1980 – Ben Oglivie OF (6.6 fWAR, 6.5 bWAR, 2.94 WPA, .527 waaWL%)

1981 – Rollie Fingers RP (2.6 fWAR, 4.2 bWAR, 3.59 WPA, .551 waaWL%)

1982 – Robin Yount SS (9.8 fWAR, 10.5 bWAR, 3.75 WPA, .554 waaWL%)

1983 – Cecil Cooper 1B (3.5 fWAR, 4.0 bWAR, 3.79 WPA, .510 waaWL%)

1984 – Jim Sundberg C (3.3 fWAR, 3.1 bWAR, 1.44 WPA, .517 waaWL%)

1985 – Bob Gibson RP (-0.4 fWAR, 1.0 bWAR, 1.27 WPA, .506 waaWL%)

1986 – Teddy Higuera SP (5.1 fWAR, 9.4 bWAR, 4.11 WPA, .713 waaWL%)

1987 – Paul Molitor DH (6.0 fWAR, 6.0 bWAR, 3.94 WPA, .537 waaWL%)

1988 – Dan Plesac RP (1.9 fWAR, 1.7 bWAR, -0.05 WPA, .518 waaWL%)

1989 – Chris Bosio SP (5.5 fWAR, 5.5 bWAR, 1.58 WPA, .601 waaWL%)

1990 – Gary Sheffield 3B (2.9 fWAR, 3.1 bWAR, 2.90 WPA, .510 waaWL%)

1991 – Willie Randolph 2B (4.0 fWAR, 4.3 bWAR, 2.63 WPA, .523 waaWL%)

1992 – Cal Eldred SP (2.6 fWAR, 4.3 bWAR, 3.26 WPA, .735 waaWL%)

1993 – Greg Vaughn OF (5.0 fWAR, 6.7 bWAR, 2.48 WPA, .528 waaWL%)

1994 – Jose Valentin SS (2.2 fWAR, 2.5 bWAR, -1.25 WPA, .514 waaWL%)


C – Darrell Porter (75), Jim Sundberg (84)

1B – George Scott (72), Cecil Cooper (83)

2B – Don Money (77), Willie Randolph (91)

3B – Tommy Harper (70), Gary Sheffield (90)

SS – Robin Yount (82), Jose Valentin (94)

OF – John Briggs (71), Dave May (73), Sixto Lezacano (79), Ben Oglivie (80), Greg Vaughn (93)

DH – Paul Molitor (87)

SP – Jim Slaton (76), Mike Caldwell (78), Teddy Higuera (86), Chris Bosio (89), Cal Eldred (92)

RP – Tom Murphy (74), Rollie Fingers (81), Bob Gibson (85), Dan Plesac (88)


Here are (or will be) the links to each of the 1970-1994 teams: NL East STL CHC MON NYM PHI PIT; NL West ATL CIN HOU LAD SDP SFG; AL East BAL BOS CLE DET MIL NYY TOR; AL West CAL CHW KCR MIN OAK SEA TEX