Milwaukee Brewers: Top Ten Relievers in Franchise History
7. Bob Wickman
315 IP, 3.89 FIP, 1.40 WHIP
The Wisconsin native came to the Brewers in a trade with the Yankees in 1996. Wickman began as an innings eater out of the bullpen and worked himself into the closer’s role with the Crew. Wickman’s 1997 was his most effective year with the team as he worked a team-high 95.2 innings of relief work. Wickman formed a nice one-two punch with closer Doug Jones during the 1997 season giving the Brewers one of the more formidable backends in the majors.
Wickman took over as the Brewers closer in the 1998 season and he earned 78 saves over the next three seasons. 1998 and 1999 weren’t eye-popping numbers for Wickman, but he provided a consistent option in the Brewers pen. In 2000, Wickman earned his first All-Star appearance after an impressive first half which saw him pitch to a tune of a 2.87 FIP and a 1.24 WHIP. The Brewers saw this as an opportunity to cash in on Wickman and sent him to the Indians in a trade that brought Richie Sexson to Milwaukee.