Greg Brock

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Gregory Allen Brock

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Greg Brock was drafted in the 13th round of the 1979 amateur draft. At the end of his ten-year career, he had played 1,013 games split almost evenly between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers; the entire rest of the 13th round from the 1979 draft combined for 77 games.

Greg was a member of two National League West Championship teams with the Dodgers in 1983 and 1985. Those were also the two seasons during which he reached the 20-homer mark. He was a very patient hitter at a time when the skill was not highly valued: for example, he was criticized for batting just .224 as a rookie in 1983, but in fact, thanks to his 83 walks, his OBP was a solid .343 and his OPS+ was 106. Bill James famously contrasted his production to that of Al Oliver, an All-Star that season, who may have hit .300, but whose limited power and inability to draw walks meant that he was in fact no more valuable to his team than the unheralded Brock.

After being dealt to Milwaukee prior to the 1987 campaign for a couple of pitching Tims (Tim Crews and Tim Leary), he enjoyed his finest year in the bigs, slashing .299/.371/.438 with 13 home runs and career bests in hits (159), runs scored (81) and RBI (85). In 1989, doing more part-time work, he hit .333 against lefties (.378 with RISP) versus .244 overall. He was king for a day on April 16, 1990, going 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in a Brewers victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Brock is the major leaguer with the most at-bats to have come out of the University of Wyoming through 2019. His brother, Eric Brock, was a minor league shortstop in the Dodger chain in 1983 and 1984.

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