Milwaukee Brewers: The top five center fielders in franchise history
By Max Neibaur
List Of Milwaukee Brewers Best Center Fielders And Analysis
- Robin Yount
- Gorman Thomas
- Carlos Gomez
- Darryl Hamilton
- Lorenzo Cain
Gorman Thomas played nine-plus seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. He led the league in home runs twice. He bombed his career high of 45 in 1979. Thomas also led the league in homers in 1982 when the Brewers made their one and only World Series run.
Brewers fans still lovingly remember him by his nickname, “Stormin’ Gorman.” The organization carried over the memory of Thomas to Miller Park. There, fans can find Gorman’s Grill. He has also had food and sauce named after him.
The Milwaukee Brewers took a chance on Carlos Gomez when they traded fan-favorite J.J. Hardy for him. Then, they took a chance when they signed him to a 3-year extension after the 2012 season. Gomez came through for the Brewers and played well.
Fans remember Gomez for his power/speed combination and brilliant defense in center field.
In 2013, Gomez led the league in WAR. He also won the first Gold Glove for the Milwaukee Brewers since Yount in 1982. His great seasons with the Brewers made him a perfect trade chip.
The Brewers turned Gomez into Domingo Santana, Josh Hader, Brett Phillips, and Adrian Houser.
Darryl Hamilton never put up spectacular numbers. However, Brewers fans of the 1990s remember him as their consistent center fielder and lead-off man.
Hamilton always hit around .300. In 1992, he pulled off the remarkable feat of stealing 41 bases and only striking out 42 times.
Hamilton never hit for power or reached the playoffs with the Brewers like the first three names on Milwaukee’s GOAT center fielders list. That being said, he was an important player for the club for a long time.