40 years ago, the Milwaukee Brewers took part in what remains the only World Series trip in the franchise’s history. Tonight, the 2022 World Series begins with the Crew absent from the championship series once again.
That honor belongs to the Houston Astros, who are representing the American League, and the Philadelphia Phillies, who grabbed the final Wild Card spot in the National League and rallied to a World Series berth.
Both teams come with a mix of homegrown prospects and players acquired from other teams. As such, there are a handful of former Brewers players with the chance to add World Series champion (not the first time for one of them) to their resumes.
Which former Brewers players were named to the 2022 World Series rosters?
Philadelphia Phillies – SS Jean Segura
It might feel hard to believe for some, but it’s been seven years since Jean Segura roamed the infield for the Milwaukee Brewers. Now, as a 32-year-old, he is playing in his first World Series as the only ex-Brewer on the Phillies roster.
Segura spent just over three seasons in Milwaukee after being acquired from the Angels at the 2012 trade deadline in a deal that sent away pitcher Zack Greinke. In his 478 games in a Brewer uniform, he compiled a 5.8 bWAR and hit .266 with a .663 OPS while scoring 211 runs and stealing 96 bases.
Segura would be traded to the Diamondbacks after the 2015 season in the now-departed David Stearns‘ first offseason as GM. After a year there and two with the Mariners, he would land in his current home where he has put up an 8.4 bWAR in four seasons with the team.
Houston Astros – C Martin Maldonado, LHP Will Smith, INF Mauricio Dubon
When you think former Brewers on the Astros, the first player that comes to mind has to be catcher Martin Maldonado. The 36-year-old is on his fifth Astros team and has been their primary catcher for the last two seasons.
Maldonado began his career in Milwaukee in 2011 and spent six years there as a backup before being traded after the 2016 season. This will be his third World Series appearance with Houston after also doing so in 2019 and 2021. He is 6-for-24 with a homer and five RBIs in nine career World Series games.
Joining him as a former Brewer with World Series experience is pitcher Will Smith, who was a key reliever for Milwaukee from 2014 to 2016. After becoming a World Series champion with the Braves last season, he was traded to the Astros at this year’s trade deadline. Smith was not on the NLCS roster but was added in time for the World Series.
Rounding out the ex-Brewer contingent is utility man Mauricio Dubon. The former top five Milwaukee prospect only appeared in two games for them before being traded to the Giants in 2019 who then sent him to Houston this May. Dubon has appeared in four games so far in his first career postseason, though he has not yet logged a plate appearance.
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It might not feel great watching other teams in the World Series. These ex-Brewers might give Milwaukee fans someone to root for, though.