Over the course of the 2021 regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers have used 60 different players on their 26 man roster at some point. Some are more memorable than others.
There’s been a lot of turnover with this roster through the year as David Stearns and the front office have tinkered with this roster to get it as best as it can be. However, there have been some players that did not stick around very long or did not perform well enough to be remembered.
It’s almost a little difficult to remember the pre-Willy Adames era as the same season as the one that’s concluding right now. That’s how much things have changed over the summer.
Here are five players that most Brewers fans completely forgot were even on the roster at any point in the 2021 season.
1. Jordan Zimmermann
Yes, that was this season, and no it wasn’t a dream. Jordan Zimmermann was once on this Brewers roster in 2021.
Signed shortly before spring training on a minor league deal, Wisconsin-born Jordan Zimmermann didn’t make the team out of camp as he was trying to get stretched out as a starter but went to the alternate site as a reliever to help out this team.
He was called up right before he had decided to retire, actually, shortly after he decided to retire. As the alternate site wound down and the Triple-A season was set to begin, Zimmermann decided to hang up his cleats and drove home, and then the Brewers called and said they wanted him in Milwaukee.
Zimmermann made two appearances for the Brewers out of the bullpen, allowing five earned runs in 5.2 IP. Ironically, he also allowed five earned runs in 5.2 IP in 2020 in his final season with the Tigers.
He pitched in the games on May 2nd and May 7th and had a scoreless two innings on the 7th. Four days later, on May 11th, Zimmermann announced his retirement, having his final appearance in the big leagues be a scoreless outing. A good way to end it for a pitcher who had some great seasons with the Nationals from 2011-2015.
He made some final appearances in the big leagues with the team he grew up rooting for, got a final farewell in the big leagues, and he went out on his own terms. Not many players can say that.
From the beginning, everyone knew Zimmermann was near the end, if not already there. But the Brewers were able to provide one final opportunity for him.