Plenty is written about baseball’s jerks. I’ve met and interviewed plenty of them.
But rarely do people talk about how nice some players are. They may not have been the best players, but if personality counts (which it doesn’t), they’d be in the Hall of Fame.
To compile a list of the all-time nicest Brewers, I spoke with a smattering of fans, media types and former front office people, all who wished to remain nameless – my former colleague Drew Olson broke a lot of ties. Here’s what we came up with. And imagine this as a September roster, with 40 men on the team crowding the dugout. I venture to guess this friendly squad would win a bunch of games, too.
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C Bill Schroeder / David Nilsson / Mike Matheny
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Jim Gantner / Fernando Vina
SS Robin Yount / Jose Valentin / JJ Hardy
3B Casey McGehee / Kevin Seitzer / Jeff Cirillo
LF Geoff Jenkins
CF Mike Cameron, Darryl Hamilton
RF Jeromy Burnitz
DH Paul Molitor
Bench: Jack Voight, Brady Clark, Matt Stairs, Mark Loretta, Pat Listach, Henry Blanco, Damian Miller, Sean Berry, Mike Coolbaugh, Eddie Zosky
SP Don Sutton
SP Ricky Bones
SP Seth McClung
SP Randy Wolf
SP Steve Sparks
SP Cal Eldred
SP Chris Capuano
RP Curtis Leskanic
RP John Axford
RP Ray King
RP Mike Fetters
RP Matt Wise
RP Trevor Hoffmann
Sherman | May 14, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. (report)
Bob Wickman. Had a great conversation with him at the Pifster one morning. Seemed like a nice guy.
George Kottaras. always saw him out on the town, very friendly, good tipper.
I have to 2nd the vote for Cappy. One year at Spring Training I tried my hardest to get his autograph before the game but it wasn't happening. The game started. He pitched four really horrible innings, came off the mound, clearly PO'ed at himself and walked towards the tunnel where the players leave. I tried one more time - "Cappy!" and waved my baseball frantically in the air. He told me to meet him near the fence where the players leave. He signed my baseball and my friend's hat and then left. Love him.
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