Milwaukee Brewers: Who Will Be The Next Brewers Hall Of Famer?

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Former baseball player Robin Yount prepares to throw out the first pitch prior to Game Seven of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Former baseball player Robin Yount prepares to throw out the first pitch prior to Game Seven of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – SEPTEMBER 01: Francisco Rodriguez #57 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Jonathan Lucroy after the 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on September 01, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – SEPTEMBER 01: Francisco Rodriguez #57 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Jonathan Lucroy after the 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on September 01, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) /

Francisco Rodriguez

Eligible: 2023

K-Rod, as he was affectionately known, was one of the best relievers in the game in the 2000s. His 62 save season in 2008 with the Angels is still a league-record. Francisco Rodriguez spent parts of five seasons in a Brewers uniform and compiled 95 saves.

For his career, Rodriguez totaled 437 saves and a 2.86 ERA. Those are some pretty good numbers, but will it be enough to get in? Take a look at Billy Wagner, who had similar production with 422 career saves and a 2.31 career ERA. He’s on his 4th year on the ballot and is currently polling at 16.6%. That doesn’t look good for Wagner’s chances of induction.

Wagner and K-Rod have similar numbers, and unless closers are going to get a lot more respected by BBWAA voters in the next couple years, Rodriguez will likely follow the same path as Wagner, sticking around the ballot for a few years, but ultimately won’t get in.

Despite Mariano Rivera seemingly headed for a unanimous selection, he’s an extreme case, and had over 200 more saves than Rodriguez.

Even if Rodriguez were to get in, would he wear a Brewers hat or an Angels hat? Considering he spent 7 years with the Angels and had 208 saves with them and only 95 with the Milwaukee Brewers, he would likely wear an Angels hat.

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