TBT: Jeff Cirillo

Who do you think of when you think about the Brewers all-time batting average leader? Robin Yount? Paul Molitor? Cecil Cooper? Ryan Braun?

How about Jeff Cirillo?

All-Time Brewer Batting Champion

Cirillo hit .307 in 8 years with the Brewers. He was drafted by the Brewers and made his debut in 1994 and played for them until he was traded to the Rockies after the 1999 season. He signed with the Brewers as a free agent in 2005 and played two more seasons for Milwaukee.

Jeff Cirillo

Cirillo was a fan favorite who always played hard. He was a perfect fit for Milwaukee, a city with blue collar values. He drew an ovation with every at-bat, regardless of where the team was in the standings.

Cirillo owns 2 of the top 10 single season batting averages, .326 in 1999 and .325 in 1996. He also has the fifth highest single season total of 46 doubles (1996, 1997). Cirillo is one of six Brewers to have reached base 275 or more times in a season, and he did it twice (277 in 1998 and 278 in 1999).

Good Defense As Well

Cirillo was not just a good hitter, he played good defense as well. He led American League third basemen in putouts, assists, and double plays in 1997, then led the National League in assists and double plays in 1998.

Jeff Cirillo

Cirillo was part of the team when they moved from the American League to the National League. Unfortunately for him, the Brewers were not a very good team when he was there. He missed the worst stretch, when the Brewers went 191-294 from 2002-2004, but he came back in time to help the Brewers to their first .500 season in 13 years.

Jeff Cirillo

Cirillo was the best player, as far as WAR goes, for 3 straight years from 1997-1999, and he has the seventh highest career WAR in Brewer history. He was one of the few bright spots during a down time for the Brewers.

Braun is right behind Cirillo with a .306 batting average, and he may pass Cirillo with a couple of good seasons. For the time being, Cirillo is the all-time Brewer batting champion.

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