In the past, I already made an all-time Milwaukee's Brewers list, with the best of the best.
This has a little twist.
In 41 years, the Brewers (and Seattle Pilots), have had nearly 700 players and dozens more of coaches wear their respective jerseys.
So let's go through the alphabet and find the best player under each letter (minus 'X') for the Brewers (sorry, nobody with Pilots ties made the list).
It's not as easy as it may seem, but I think I came away with some pretty good names. Of course, their were many names left off due to just one player per letter.
Alright, let's get to it.
Hank Aaron played longer in Milwaukee as a member of the Braves than the Brewers, but he is by for the best 'A' of the team.
Not only was he the greatest to come out of Milwaukee, but he was one of the greatest to play in the MLB.
He was a member of the Brewers for the 1975 and '76 season. hitting only 22 HR, with an average of just .231.
Hammerin' Hank will always be the greatest home run hitters in the game, and fans will remember that he ended his career where it began.
Honorable mention: Jerry Augustine
Ryan Braun burst onto the MLB scene in late-May of the 2007 season, and he continued it until he won the '07 NL Rookie of the Year.
He continues his assault on the MLB this year, where an NL MVP Award shouldn't be too far away.
Braun is already signed through the 2015 season, so I think it's safe to assume that he will hold most of the offense power records by the time a new contract needs to be negotiated.
Truly, the best 'B' of the bunch.
Honorable mentions: Jeremy Burnitz and Johnny Briggs
Cecil Cooper stands out in all-time Brewers records, and he was on of the reasons why Milwaukee was able to get past California in the 1982 ALCS.
Coop is fourth in games played (1,490), at bats (6,0190, singles (1,236), home runs (201), third in runs scored (821), hits (1,815), doubles (345), batting average (.302), and second in RBI (944).
He also has the highest single-season hit total at 219 back in 1980, and was in Milwaukee from 1977 to 1987.
Cooper now manages the NL Central rival Houston Astros, but still gets a friendly "Coooooop" from the Brewers crowd.
Honorable mentions: Mike Caldwell and Jeff Cirillo
Jeff D'Amico, aka Big Daddy, played in Milwaukee from 1996 to 2001, and was seventh in AL Rookie of the Year voting in '96.
D'Amico is fifth in all-time winning percentage as a pitcher with a 29-24 record (.547).
In Big Daddy's final season with the Crew, he was the starting pitcher in the first game at Miller Park, which resulted in a Brewers win.
D'Amico had three unsuccessful seasons after he left Milwaukee, but is rarely forgotten by Brewers fans.
Honorable mention: Rob Deer
Cal Edred spent nine years in Milwaukee (1991-99), and finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 1992.
He ranks seventh in starts (169) and strikeouts (686), and ninth in wins (64) and innings pitched (1078.2).
On the short list of 'E' names, Eldred was the only one who played significant years for the Brewers.
Eldred left Milwaukee and ended up pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 and '05 postseasons, with a World Series appearance in '04.
Rollie Fingers was the 1981 AL Cy Young and MVP for the Brewers, the first pitcher to do so since Oakland's Vida Blue in '71.
He is second in all-time saves with 97, and wasn't able to pitch in 1982 postseason.
Finger spent the 1981-'85 seasons in Milwaukee, but he is still a favorite amongst fans. Mostly because his mustache is so darn cool.
Honorable mention: Prince Fielder and Mike Fetters
Jim "Gumby" Gantner has never left the state of Wisconsin throughout his baseball career.
He played for the Brewers from 1976-'92, but also grew up in Eden, Wisconsin, went to UW-Oshkosh and still lives near his hometown to this day.
Gumby ranks third in games played (1,801), at bats (6,189) and singles (1,349), fourth in hits (1,696) and runs scored (726), fifth in doubles (262), seventh in RBIs (568), and is tied for 10th in batting average (.274).
You all know how I feel about No. 17, so there's no surprise that he ends up as my 'G'.
Honorable mention: Yovani Gallardo
Teddy Higuera played for just one team through his nine-year career; the Brewers from 1985-94.
Higuera ranks second in strikeouts (1,081), third in shutouts (12), ERA (3.61) and wins (94), tied for fifth in complete games (50), sixth in innings pitched (1,380), and seventh in starts (205).
He finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 1985, and was second in the Cy Young in 1986 when he finished 20-11 with a 2.79 ERA.
Honorable mention: Moose Haas and Darryl Hamilton
Mike Ignasiak played for the Brewers in 1991, and again from 93-95, and never played in the majors before or after.
With only two 'I's' to have played in Milwaukee, Ignasiak gets the smallest of nods.
In 79 games, Ignasiak was 10-4 in 137 innings pitched, and a career ERA of 4.80.
If all would have went according to plan, Geoff Jenkins would still be on Milwaukee's roster.
Jenkins played for the Brewers from 1998-2007. He ranks second in home runs (212), fourth in doubles (287) and RBIs (704), fifth in hits (1,221), at bats (4,407) and runs scored (661), tied for seventh in batting average (.277) and ninth in singles (700).
Jenks, aka Cankles, never hit more than 30 HR or drove in more than 100 RBIs in a single-season, but he is still beloved by most Brewers fans.
It doesn't hurt that he bares a slight resemblance to Brett Favre either.
Honorable mention: John Jaha
Harvey Kuenn took over in the first half of the 1982 for Buck Rodgers, and the Brewers responded by making it to the World Series.
He even brought a nickname to the team, 'Harvey's Wallbangers', because anybody in the lineup could take the opposing pitcher yard.
I don't know what Kuenn brought to the table that made the Brewers unstoppable in the second half of the '82 season, but it worked.
Kuenn is forever immortalized because of what he did that one special year in Milwaukee.
Sixto Lezcano played for the Brewers from 1974-80, and appears on this list because his name is awesome.
All the announcers had fun with it too, "Now batting, Sixtoooooooo Lezcanoooooo."
He drove in 100 RBI just once in '79, is tied for eighth in all-time triples with 22 and ninth in batting average (.275).
Honorable mention: Pat Listach and Mark Loretta
Paul Molitor wears the ball in glove logo in Cooperstown, and was a no doubter for the 'M's'.
The Ignitor played in Milwaukee from 1978-92 and sits atop most records.
He ranks first in stolen bases (412), second in games played (1,856), hits (2,281), at bats (7,520), singles (1,630), runs scored (1,275), doubles (405) and career batting average (.303), third in RBI (790), and eighth in home runs (160).
It's too bad he couldn't stay long enough to get hit No. 3,000 as a member of the Brew Crew.
Honorable mention: Don Money and Charlie Moore
Juan Nieves played three years in the MLB (1986-88), all with the Brewers.
He is still the only Milwaukee pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history, but hopefully that honor soon falls.
Nieves did not pitch long enough to get into the all-time ranks, but he's without a doubt another fan favorite.
Honorable mention: Dave Nilsson
Ben Ogilvie spent 1978-86 in Milwaukee,as is often the forgotten outfielder in all-time talks.
Ogilvie ranks fifth in home runs (176) and RBI (685), sixth in runs scored (567), seventh in hits (1,144) and at bats (4,136), eighth in games played (1,149), singles (753) and doubles (194).
He is also tied for seventh with a batting average of .277, and hit 41 HR in 1980; one of only four Brewers to accomplish the feat so far.
Dan Plesac played in Milwaukee from 1986-92 and was a dominant force in the bullpen.
He is the Brewers' all-time leader in saves (133), games pitched (365) and ERA (3.21).
There was no second thought about Plesac representing the 'P'.
Plesac is now an analyst on the MLB Network.
Like the 'I', there were only two players to choose from in 'Q', so Ruben Quevedo gets the slot.
He played from 2001-'03, and had less than stellar performances as a Brewer, but still had a following of guys who wore sombreros every time "Q" stepped on the mound.
His only other year in the MLB was in 2000 with the Chicago Cubs, and has an overall record of 14-30.
Ed Romero played in Milwaukee from 1977-'85 and again in '89, but very few fans outside those years remember who he was.
Romero was pretty much a guy who came off the bench to provide a pinch-hit somewhere.
There aren't many stats that make Romero look good, but he was a solid piece to the puzzle.
Jim Slaton played from 1971-77 and again 1979-83 and might be the best pitcher so far for the Brewers.
Slaton ranks first all-time in starts (268), wins (117), losses (121), shutouts (19) and innings pitched (2,025.1), second in games played (364) and complete games (69) and third in strikeouts (929).
Despite the losing record, Slaton was the best option that the Brewers had outside of Mike Caldwell.
Honorable mention: Ben Sheets, George Scott, B.J. Surhoff and Ted Simmons
"Stromin'" Gorman Thomas played 1973-83 and '86, and was the most unconventional looking center fielder that you will ever see.
Thomas ranks third in home runs (208), sixth in RBI (605), ninth in runs scored (524), and 10th in at bats (3,544).
Stormin' Gorman wasn't going to hit for average, but rather power, and he had plenty of it.
He maintained the ultimate Mountain Man look, with the flowing locks and all that facial hair.
Thomas still has a corner grill in Miller Park and makes regular appearances around the team.
Tim Unroe was the only 'U' to suit up for the Brewers, so this was the easiest choice of all.
Unroe played from 1995-97, only appearing in 48 games. He collected just eight hits in 36 total at bats, with two HR and five RBI.
I never recalled him playing in Milwaukee, but honestly, does anybody?
Pete Vukovich was the AL Cy Young winner in 1982, as he played for the Brewers from 1981-86.
Vook was a fierce competitor, and made sure that all opposing batters were afraid of him.
The character of Rick "The Wild Thing" Vaughn from 'Major League' was loosely based on Vukovich.
You could say that Vook was crazy, but he would do anything for a win.
Honorable mention: Greg Vaughn and Fernando Vina
Rickie Weeks is slowly becoming the player everybody thought he was...very slowly.
Weeks came up to the big leagues in 2003, and continues to impress people with his speed and base running abilities.
He is finally learning how to get on base at a better clip than he has been in the past.
After the 2008 season, Weeks already ranks in a tie for 10th in stolen bases (78).
Weeks also has the quickest bat in all of the major leagues, besides perhaps Gary Sheffield.
Honorable mention: Bill Wegman
Robin Yount played 20 years in Milwaukee from 1974-93 and owns most of the records.
He ranks first in games played (2,856), hits (3,142), triples (126), at-bats (11,008), singles (2,182), home runs (251), runs scored (1,632), doubles (583) and RBI (1,406), and is fourth in batting average (.285).
Yount can be considered not only one of the best shortstops, but also one of the best center fielders. He won an AL MVP at both positions ('82 as a SS, '89 as a CF)
He played the game the right way and sits in Cooperstown because so.
With just two options yet again, Eddie Zosky is the 'Z' man.
He played just one season in Milwaukee in 1999. Zosky actually appeared in just eight games wearing a Brewers uniform.
He had only seven at-bats, with one hit, yet I always remember that he played for the Crew.
And there you have it, the all-time Milwaukee Brewers from A to Z.