3. Jeff Cirillo
Years as a Brewer: 1994-1999, 2005-2006
Jeff Cirillo was also stuck on some mediocre Brewers teams, but he was the lone bright spot on those ’90s teams.
During eight seasons in a Milwaukee uniform, Cirillo had a .307/.383/.449 slash line. He was never much for power, hitting only 73 homers, but he had a special talent for getting on base. Cirillo had an OPS+ over 120 in three seasons in Milwaukee, with those coming in 1996, 1998, and 1999.
An All-Star in 1997, Cirillo was a player who didn’t strike out much and drew a lot of walks. He was always on base.
He was also a strong defender, and could play anywhere on the field, but he mostly stuck at third base for his career.
Cirillo returned to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005 as a free agent and put up pretty good numbers as a 35 year old. He slashed .281/.373/.427 that year and signed with the Crew one more time for 2006. That year, Cirillo hit .319 and played his final game as a Brewer before retiring in 2007 with Arizona.
In eight seasons with the Crew, Cirillo finished with an above-average OPS+ in every year except his rookie year in 1994. His offensive numbers are good enough for third on this list of best third basemen in Brewers history.