Lost in the shuffle of how awesome 2011 is going to be with the additions of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, was how truly awful 2010 was. Despite our optimism, this team was eliminated by May and had most fans clamoring for a fire sale at the trade deadline. A lot of the reasons for the team's lack of success were stupid ("Ryan Braun is spending too much time on his restaurants and clothing line!"), some of them had basis in reality ("Coffey is eating too much!"), and some of them were just about Ken Macha sucking, but I don't think anyone can deny how much these ten people screwed up the Brewers' 2010 season.
That's right, it's end-of-the-year list time, and instead of looking back on our favorite moments (of which there are two, trading for Shaun Marcum and trading for Zack Greinke), we want to look back on the ten people who screwed the Brewers in 2010 harder than any of the guys your mom brought home. Luckily for us, just like your mom's "night visitors," most of these guys won't be back either.
10. Gregg Zaun
Remember when Gregg Zaun sucked in spring training? Or when he started the season 0 for 60 or whatever? That was annoying, but wasn't exactly the end of the world. He rebounded nicely, raising his OPS all the way to .743, a highly respectable number for a 39 year old catcher. That, combined with his awesome Rush at-bat music, made Gregg Zaun a fan favorite around these parts (we even celebrated his first homerun), but then he had to go and ruin it all by getting a season ending injury. Jonathan Lucroy did a fine job filling in for him, but he definitely could have used one more year of seasoning, and if it wasn't for Gregg Zaun, that might have happened. Thanks a lot, dick.
9. Jeff Suppan
Jeff Suppan had no business being a Brewer in 2010. We knew he sucked, the Brewers knew he sucked, even he knew he sucked. Nobody wanted him here, but the brass insisted on giving him that one last shot. It worked out exactly how we thought it would.
Everybody hated Suppan. Everybody. The end of his Brewer career was a great moment for all of us that is still remembered fondly to this day. The best part of his release? It came soon enough that it didn't ruin our season.
Still, it wasn't soon enough.
8. Doug Davis
Like Jeff Suppan, Doug Davis didn't really make enough starts to hurt the Brewers, but at the same time, he didn't do anything to help them either. The Brewers signed Doug Davis to a 1-year, $4.5 million dollar contract to essentially be their fourth or fifth starter, and he made a whopping eight starts before checking out for the year with a 7.51 ERA. We knew it wasn't the best signing, but we thought he'd be serviceable. He wasn't.
Disappointing? Of course. Bad? You betcha. Crappy facial hair? Naturally.
I liked him better when he had cancer.