Remember Sixto Lezcano?
Now if you have been a Milwaukee Brewer fan for quite some time the name Sixto lezcano should ring a bell. If not that is okay today we are going to look back at a guy who was not the biggest Brewer star, but a class act all the way. Lezcano was signed by the Brewers as an amateur in 1970 and spent four seasons in the minor leagues. Lezcano was promoted to the Brewers in 1974 and would earn the starting job in right field in 1975 which he would hold for six seasons.
Lezcano was a good player who won a gold glove and offensively was very good during his six seasons with the Brewers. His career numbers were not earth shattering as he retired with a .271 batting average, 148 home runs, and 1,122 RBI’s. Not hall of fame numbers, but still a decent player for the Brewers. Lezcano also has hit two grand slam’s on opening day in two different years a feat that stands today.
Sixto also became famous for some of the trades he was involved in, as he was traded for some top stars. Some of those stars that he was part of a trade with was, Ted Simmons, Rollie Fingers, Ozzie Smith, and Gary Templeton. After leaving the Brewers he also played for the Phillies, Pirates, Cardinals, and Padres.
Many times we judge a baseball player by what he does on the field to help a team win, but Sixto Lezcano was more than just a good ballplayer for the Brewers. I met him in Cleveland when I was just 12 years old. He was a guy who answered any question you asked him and always made time to sign autographs and talked with you. He would even tell you players to avoid on the team as they do not sign for fans. He was a very nice young man and took his job seriously, but always had a smile for the fans and made sure they left happy. It’s too bad we do not have more players like Sixto lezcano in the Major Leagues today.