Former Milwaukee Brewer Travis Shaw earlier this week announced that he is retiring. The 32-year-old Shaw played eight seasons in the majors, with 438 of his 733 career games being played in a Brewers uniform. He had 114 career home runs, 366 RBI and a career average of .237.
Travis Shaw had two great seasons in Milwaukee
No one will ever mistake Shaw for one of the Brewers great run producers like Yount, Molitor, Cooper, Thomas, Fielder or Braun, but in his short stint with the club he was productive, especially in his first two seasons with Milwaukee. In 2017, Shaw had 31 HRs, 101 RBI and a .271 average. The following year he hit 32 homers and had 86 RBI.
In portions of two more seasons with the Brewers (2019 and 2021), Shaw added 13 home runs and 44 RBI. His Brewers stats included 76 HRs and 231 RBI. While Shaw may not be remembered with the likes of the greats mentioned above, you can make a case that Travis Shaw was one of the best “short-stint” sluggers in team history.
Here are a couple of numbers to support this claim:
Of all Brewers players with less than 500 career games played as a Brewer (not including players currently on the team’s roster), Shaw has the most home runs (76) and the third-most RBI (231). Here are the Brewer players who played fewer than 500 games in a Milwaukee uniform with the most career home runs and RBI.
Most HRs by Brewers with less than 500 games played with team
60-Jose Hernandez, Carlos Lee, Khris Davis
52-Casey McGehee, Domingo Santana
Most RBI by Brewers with less than 500 games played with team
Shaw led the Brewers in RBI in 2017 and was tied for the team-lead with Eric Thames with 31 HRs. He also led the team in hits that season. In 2018, Shaw finished third on the team in home runs and RBI.
Brewers fans may not put Shaw in the legendary category of former players, but Travis Shaw certainly had his share of great moments in Milwaukee with the Brewers.
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