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The Brewers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Robin Yount’s retirement tonight

Aug 2, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

Robin Yount

2013 wasn’t a very good year for the Brewers to come up with anniversaries. 2012 was the 30th anniversary of the best team the franchise has ever put together, the 1982 Brewers that won 95 games and lost the World Series to the Cardinals in seven games.

But 2013?

30 years ago: 87-75, fifth place in the AL East
25 years ago: 85-75, third place in AL East
20 years ago: 69-93, seventh place in the AL East
15 years ago: 74-88, fifth place in the NL Central
10 years ago: 68-94, sixth place in the NL Central

So, yeah, picking out a player to honor from the group was the best idea, and there’s no better player in Brewers history than Robin Yount, who played his final game on Oct. 2, 1993 for that 69-93 team. Yount started so young that he was just 37 when he retired and still got 20 years in. He was a decent enough player when he called it quits, too, hitting .258/.326/.379 in 454 at-bats in his final year. 20 years later, he still ranks as the Brewers’ all-time leader in hits (3,142), runs (1,632), doubles (583), triples (126), homers (251), RBI (1,406) and walks (966), and the only one of those marks that will fall anytime soon is the homers, with Ryan Braun 40 away.

The ceremony for Yount will begin at 6:45 p.m. CDT tonight and stream live on MLB.com.

  1. theinconvienenttruth - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Celebrating a retirement is a bit strange…unless you are Yankee fans and ARod retires

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Why not? Nothing else to celebrate unless a free sausage day comes up.

    • chiadam - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      drop bat. circle bases in slow motion. pump fist.

  2. chiadam - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    How to feel really old: read that Robin Yount somehow retired twenty !@%%ing years ago.

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Yup

  3. detroitfanatic - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Hardballtalk just passed 2000 pages two days ago. Why no celebration here, or did you guys lose count?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Not only did I not know that, but I’m curious how anyone would find it. I’m actually getting stuck right around 1,900. Looks like everything after 1,300 or so was pre-wordpress, so lots of messed up formatting and such.

      • detroitfanatic - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        I’m on a slow connection. Sometimes the page times out and doesn’t fully load, especially if multiple videos are embedded. Down at the bottom where the “newer / older” buttons are, I assume the buttons are java of some sort. It the page only partially loads, it gives you the choice of “page 1, 2 ,3 ….. 1994, 1995, 1996). I can’t replicate what I saw 2-3 days ago, but I saw it. I assumed page 1996 was the last page, and since then, another 5-6 pages have come up.

        Not very scientific. It will undoubtedly happen. I’ll post a screen cap if it does.

      • detroitfanatic - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        I can’t get past 1917. I hope I wasn’t mistaken. I suspect it goes back further, because the oldest post on the oldest page is “Chipper Jones gets golden sombrero”

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/05/28/chipper-finally-wears-the-golden-sombrero/

        I find it very unlikely that was Craig’s first ever post when he transferred the blog to NBC.

  4. timmons94 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    You should mention that the Brewers had a great team in 1992. But bud who makes 17 mill a year as commish selig was too cheap to resign Molitor, brewers stunk in 93 and Toronto won world series. The seligs, selig-prieb ownership is the model Loria uses today in miami

    • mjames1229 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Ah, the ’93 Brewers. The Juan Bell era…

  5. onbucky96 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Gooood. Bash Bud, Wendy Selig-Prieb, and I’ll throw in Laurel Prieb as well. These idiots were good at 2 things during the end of their reign in Beer City: Losing baseball games and losing money. Oh well, does Laurel still work in the Commissioners office? I don’t know how he got that job, oh wait, he married the bosses daughter. Thank you Mr.Attanasio for saving our team.

  6. timmons94 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Amen .. Selig makes a ton today based on baseballs popularity since the steroid era when he turned a blind eye away from the happenings. But now that he is making 17 mill a year, all of a sudden he is mr. Clean. Mark handed a bad contract to suppan. But that Jeffrey Hammond deal was brilliant !!!!!!seligs are a disgrace

  7. timmons94 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I know one thing, if selig was still owner I would not be going tonight or be a sth.

  8. turdfurgerson68 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Robin Yount was the ill sh★t back in the day.

  9. onbucky96 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Robin Yount. A true professional who DIDN’T take the other guys’ cash. Yes Mr.Molitor, I’m referring to you.

  10. bla bla bla - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Yount was as cool as it gets as well as a true ambassador for the Crew and baseball in general. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say anything negative about “The Kid.”

    • mjames1229 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      I am sure someone in the Brewers front office had some negative things to say back in ’78 when he (ahem) “retired” to join the PGA (when in reality he got hurt in an off season motor bike accident and was afraid to ‘fess up).

      Since ’82, though, I concur. Not a bad thing to be said about Yount.

      • airassault101 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        I forgot all about that little incident. I’ve been a Brewer fan since the very beginning. I was ten when they came to Milwaukee. Waited all this time for a WS win. Yet they were in only one and lost even though I insist to this day, they were better than the Cards. Vuckovich and Fingers injured, otherwise. I know you can’t play “what if” games, but “what if…”

  11. DJ MC - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I assume next season will see a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the release of Mr. 3000?

    I’ll fly to Milwaukee to attend that game.

  12. spudchukar - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Robin Yount ought to be eligible for another HOF. The ugliest stash HOF. First Ballot, no problem.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Meh…
      It depends on your definition of ugly. I consider it an 80’s thing as pretty much all stash’s were hideous then.

  13. timothynoble41 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    If he retired after the last out of 1993, then tonight is not his 20th anniversary.

  14. stlouis1baseball - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I have always been a huge Robin Yount fan. One the games best.
    I remember him as a SS (stud). I remember him as a CF (stud).
    And if I am not mistaken…dude won an MVP at both positions!

  15. mvp43 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Yount was my hero as kid. He’s as gracious now as he was back in the day. He comes back to Milwaukee quite often for charity functions etc. Part of what pisses me off about Braun so much is I really thought he was cut out of the same cloth as Robin……………NOT

  16. padraighansen - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Both my boys (9 & 4) have autographed Yount baseballs, Yount pictures in their rooms, Yount replica jerseys, and my oldest learned to read with the Yount 3000 hit book. The guy was a ballplayer, plain and simple. Great player, better ambassador for the game.

    Growing up a Brewers fan, though, you’ve got Yount & Molitor – the only two members of the 3,000 hit club that were teammates for 15 or more years – and they’re hitting 1-2 in the line-up, and only 1 WS berth? That’s frustrating. And it’s not like the guys hitting behind them – Coop, Benji, Gorman – were weak…those guys could all rake as well.

  17. barkleyblows - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Why not? Brewer fans have had nothing else to celebrate for that 20 years. Wait…. 29 years now?

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