As a kid growing up in the 1990’s, Greg Vaughn was my first Milwaukee Brewers favorite. Spending countless days with my dad at County Stadium, I was always watching in earnest for Vaughn to pepper a ball into “Vaughn’s Valley” in left field. In my back yard playing whiffleball I often would stand in his pigeon-toed stances and try to drive the ball like I often saw Vaughn do.
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This week the Brewers have started announcing their all fan-giveaways and a Greg Vaughn bobble head is one of them. Here is a look back at Vaughn, one of the Brewers’ of the 90’s.
Vaughn spent a total of eight years as a Brewer and in that time he was often the team’s most feared bat. As a two-time all-star with the Brewers (4 all-star appearances in his career) Vaughn often displayed pure power in the middle of the lineup. His best season in Milwaukee came in 1996, when in 102 games he batted .280 with 31 homers and a .948 OPS, before he was dealt to the San Diego Padres.
In all as a Brewer, Vaughn batted .246 with a .333 OBP and .792 OPS. His 169 homers as a Brewer ranks eighth all-time in Brewers’ history.
After being traded, he had several solid season’s in San Diego and was even an MVP candidate in back-to-back seasons with the Padres and Cincinnati Reds, finishing fourth in the voting in both 1998 and 1999. He finished his 15-year career with 355 career home runs and an .807 OPS.
Vaughn was one of the greatest Brewers in a dark and rough time for the franchise. I loved watching Vaughn and remember not only seeing him star as a Brewer, but feeling the pain when his name was taken out of the lineup at the deadline and seeing him dealt to San Diego as the Vaughn’s Valley sign was torn from the bleachers. It should be very fun to see him be honored later in 2016.