In an offseason that is glaringly absent of news due to the MLB lockout, the Milwaukee Brewers have provided fans with some good news. Prince Fielder will be honored with a place on the Brewers Walk of Fame later this season. In addition, Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy will be added to the Brewers Wall of Honor. Finally, former Milwaukee Braves star Wes Covington will be inducted to the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor.
Prince Fielder Joins Exclusive Company
The Milwaukee Brewers Walk of Fame is the far more exclusive honor. Up until last season, only 20 people had been honored with a spot on the Brewers Walk of Fame. Due to how exclusive it is, there has not been an addition to it since 2018 when Geoff Jenkins was added. It all started in 2001 with the inaugural inductions of Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, and Rollie Fingers.
In 2002, Cecil Cooper and Bud Selig were added. Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton joined in 2003. Over the years, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Harvey Kuenn, Don Money, Eddie Matthews, Warren Spahn, John Quinn, Lew Burdette, Johnny Logan, Teddy Higuera, and Joe Adcock were added.
During his time with the Brewers, Prince Fielder hit .282/.390/.540 with 230 home runs and 656 RBI. He became the youngest Major League player ever to hit 50 home runs in 2007 at the age of 23. Fielder also led the NL in RBI with 141 in 2009 when he hit .299/.412/.602 with 46 home runs. He finished fourth in MVP voting that year.
Fielder played a large role in turning around the fortunes of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise. With him manning first base, the Brewers made the postseason twice (2008 and 2011), something they had not done since 1982. The only full season in which Fielder failed to hit over 30 home runs for the Brewers was his rookie season in 2006. He hit 28 that season. In 2011, Fielder achieved the rare feat of walking more than he struck out. He struck out 106 times, but walked 107 times (including 32 intentional passes).
Braun and Lucroy Join the Wall of Honor
In order to be included on the Brewers Wall of Honor, players must fit these categories:
- 2,000 plate appearances with the Brewers
- 1,000 innings pitched with the Brewers
- 250 appearances as a pitcher
- Win a major award
- Manage the Brewers while winning a pennant
- Have a statue at American Family Field
- People who donned a Brewers uniform then became a primary broadcaster for 20+ years
- General manager for 10+ years with a postseason appearance
With the additions of Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy, the Brewers will have 71 members of the Wall of Honor. Carlos Gomez, Yovanni Gallardo, and Francisco Rodriquez were added last season.