Who says you can’t go home? Well whoever said it was wrong. Owen Miller, a native of Mequon, Wisconsin, is heading home after being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week. Formerly of the Cleveland Guardians, Miller is a career .231/.283/.338 hitter across 190 MLB games. Of course, as a kid growing up in the North Shore, Miller was a Brewers fan during a time when the team started to make the playoffs and compete for the first time in decades. Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy revealed that Miller told him who his favorite players were growing up:
Owen Miller says he always dreamed of playing for the Brewers and was a big fan all through high school and college. The favorite players he mentioned: Ryan Braun and… wait for it…
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) December 15, 2022
2011 Brewers Nyjer Morgan Was Fun
How could any Brewers fan not love Nyjer Morgan in 2011? As the team’s fourth outfielder, he hit .304/.357/.421 in 119 games. His alter-ego, Tony Plush, kept the dugout and press conferences light. The Brewers, of course, went all the way to the National League Championship Series that season, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals. Morgan played for the Brewers again in 2012, but was far less productive. He hit just .239/.302/.308 that year and was not brought back in 2013.
Prime Ryan Braun Was One of the Best Players in the Game
There is a reason why Ryan Braun is still so beloved by Brewers fans. His 2007-2012 seasons were exciting! In those seasons, he averaged .313/.374/.568, 34 home runs, and 107 RBI a season. He was the National League MVP in 2011 while hitting .332/.397/.597 with 33 home runs and 111 RBI.
Even after the BALCO scandal and what followed, Braun continued to be supported and loved by fans. He dedicated his career to Milwaukee, something that fans (particularly Owen Miller) appreciated and respected.
Hopefully Miller can bring similar excitement to this Brewers team this year.
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