You know, we (and by we, I of course mean me) were supposed to get this out before Opening Day, but with all the excitement we simply pushed it back. If you can find a way to forgive us, please continue to send in your votes now as we reveal the Sweet Sixteen of All-Time Brewers players.
So this is what it looks like today – the field is getting ever smaller, and the choices are going to get even tougher for those of you that continue to vote for your favorite players.
Here’s a clearer breakdown per division:
Eddie Mathews Division
Scotty Pods continues to defy expectations, beating out fifth-seeded Ben Oglivie. Now he goes up against odds-on favorite Braun – can he continue his upset streak?
Teddy and Jeff have coasted through the first two rounds, but now they meet up in their biggest match-up in an increasingly tough division. Who will win – one of the best Brewers defensive players, or one of the greatest pitchers in the franchise?
Warren Spahn Division
Jim Slaton is the all-time wins leader in Brewers history – can he muster up another W against Corey Hart? Hart has already ousted five-seed Pete Vuckovich and four-seed Don Money to get this far and is unquestionably a fan favorite.
3. Jim Caldwell vs. 2. Paul Molitor
This is what the bracket is all about – two of the Brewers best players vying for a chance at the title. Paul Molitor – a Hall of Fame Player – barely survived a bout with 10-seeded Geoff Jenkins – does he have enough in the tank to take down Caldwell?
Lew Burdette Division
Two prolific pitchers meet-up in this Sweet Sixteen match-up. Plesac has the Brewers save record and that might give him an edge, but Greinke pushed this team towards the post-season.
Two titans from the Golden Era of Brewers baseball and neither of them had much trouble getting this far. Unfortunately, only one can move on.
Red Schoendienst Division
I swear my man crush on Lucroy has nothing to do with this. He’s passing the bracket with flying colors, beating a fourth-seeded Chris Bosio and fifth-seeded Jim Gantner in the process. Now he faces the biggest test – Hall of Fame Brewer Robin Yount.
Fielder beat back Cal Eldred in a tough second-round match to square off with former teammate Ben Sheets – who snuck past Jeromy Burnitz in a near-upset. Who will come out on top in the biggest battle of Modern Brewers players we’ve seen so far?
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