All-decade teams are all the rage right now, especially with the sports world currently on pause. So, let’s create one for the Brewers based on arguably the most successful decade of their existence.
The 2010s were a new golden age for Milwaukee Brewers baseball. The decade saw playoff appearances in 2011, 2018, and 2019 and generated far more optimism in the fan base than they were used to in decades prior.
The talent level on the team was at a level that hadn’t been seen since the 1980s. This 2010s began with names like Fielder, Weeks, and Braun, and it ended with names like Yelich, Cain, and….well, also Braun.
So as often happens at the end of decades, let’s look back at the top players of the 2010s and create the Reviewing the Brew All-Decade Team based on the best of them. For our exercise, we will be taking the top single-season performances from the best players of the decade as determined by fWAR to decide who makes the team.
A few more ground rules for our squad:
- Since this is pre-2020, 26-man rosters don’t exist yet, so we will be working with a 25-man roster.
- Also, in honor of Craig Counsell, who managed a majority of Brewers games in the decade, we’ll be picking 13 pitchers and 12 position players
- Players can only make the team once. Christian Yelich had two of the top three fWARs of the decade, but that doesn’t mean he gets to occupy two outfield spots. What fun would that be?
The resulting squad combined for a total of 13 All-Star appearances, four Silver Sluggers, an All-Star Game MVP, a Gold Glove, and a National League MVP. Amazingly, every year of the decade was represented by at least one player.
The 2018 team that was just a Game 7 loss away from a World Series berth led the way with four representatives on our All-Decade team. Who will join them? Let’s get to it!