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Management can take some of the blame for the lack of success in the 90s. Although there were some good moves made, including trading for Jeromy Burnitz, Marquis Grissom, Bob Wickman, Alex Ochoa, and signing Doug Jones and David Weathers, there were just as many missteps. Seasons were hurt by Bryan Harper, who played just 64 games in 1994, David Hulse, who hit .243 in 2 seasons, Rob Dibble, who had an 8.25 E.R.A. in 1995, Mike Potts and his 7.15 E.R.A. in 1996, Jack Voigt, who hit .245, Jeff Huson, who hit .203, Chuck Carr, who hit .130, Julio Franco, who hit .241, Mark Davis and his 5.51 E.R.A., all in 1997, Bob Hamelin, who hit .219 in 1998, and Sean Berry, who hit .228 in 1999.
In the process the Brewers traded away cleanup hitter Greg Vaughn, solid reliever Graeme Lloyd, third baseman Kevin Seitzer, closer Mike Fetters, and starting catcher Mike Matheny, followed by the mass exodus after 1999 that included hitters Fernando Vina, Jose Valentin, Dave Nilsson, Jeff Cirillo, Alex Ochoa, and Brian Banks, and pitchers Cal Eldred, Scott Karl, Bill Pulsipher, Mike Myers, Al Reyes, and Hideo Nomo.
Management tried for years to fix the starting pitching problem, blowing through Brian Givens, Paul Wagner, Jeff Juden, Jim Abbott, Hideo Nomo, Jason Bere, Bill Pulsipher, Brad Woodall, Ben McDonald, Joel Adamson, Bryce Florie, Pete Harnisch, and Tim VanEgmond without much success.