Ben Sheets / Presswire

We turn our attention to another of the 1969 expansion teams, although this one was known as the Seattle Pilots back then.

For a franchise that has only made 4 playoff appearances (and finished first in their division only 3 times in 43 seasons), they’ve had a lot of great players.

Let’s take a peek.

Here are the franchise WAR leaders among batters:

Rk Player WAR/pos From To
1 Robin Yount 72.4 1974 1993
2 Paul Molitor 58.0 1978 1992
3 Cecil Cooper 28.2 1977 1987
4 Ryan Braun 27.6 2007 2012
5 Don Money 26.1 1973 1983
6 Jeff Cirillo 24.5 1994 2006
7 George Scott 20.8 1972 1976
8 Geoff Jenkins 20.1 1998 2007
9 Jim Gantner 19.6 1976 1992
10 Ben Oglivie 19.6 1978 1986
11 Sixto Lezcano 17.5 1974 1980
12 Gorman Thomas 16.5 1973 1986
13 Prince Fielder 15.8 2005 2011
14 Jeromy Burnitz 14.5 1996 2001
15 Corey Hart 13.8 2004 2012
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/21/2012.

Ryan Braun would be a great choice for this franchise’s monument, but he’s only 4th in WAR. He’s got two Hall of Famers ahead of him, not to mention Cecil Cooper. I know a lot of Brewers fans love Jim Gantner but he’s way down the line.

Among individual seasons, Tommy Harper‘s 1970 is the 3rd best the team has ever seen, and Greg Vaughn tied for 7th. Bill Hall clocks in at 14th.

Now let’s check out the pitchers:

Rk Player WAR From To
1 Teddy Higuera 28.9 1985 1994
2 Ben Sheets 24.1 2001 2008
3 Chris Bosio 17.3 1986 1992
4 Bill Wegman 16.2 1985 1995
5 Mike Caldwell 15.7 1977 1984
6 Moose Haas 14.2 1976 1985
7 Jim Slaton 13.3 1971 1983
8 Cal Eldred 11.8 1991 1999
9 Dan Plesac 11.5 1986 1992
10 Lary Sorensen 11.4 1977 1980
11 Jim Colborn 11.0 1972 1976
12 Yovani Gallardo 9.6 2007 2012
13 Doug Davis 9.1 2003 2010
14 Ken Sanders 8.5 1970 1972
15 Scott Karl 8.4 1995 1999
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/21/2012.

Slim pickings. Higuera and Sheets both posted some great seasons with the team but stopped short from injuries.

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