Features of each member of the 1990 Denver Zephyrs, then the AAA team for the Milwaukee Brewers.
1 - Mike Birkbeck, Always a Dream
Mike Birkbeck's dream as a youth was like those on his Kent State team, to turn pro.
2 - Dave Machemer, Credit to Others
Dave Machemer credits his playing days and managerial days to those who taught him the game.
3 - Joe Xavier, First Love
Joe Xavier followed his uncle Bobby Cox into the pros. He couldn't follow him to the majors.
1990 Denver Zephyrs (27)
1 - Don August, Enjoyed It
Don August got first his major league shutout and knew he'd have five days to enjoy it until his next start.
2 - Mike Birkbeck, Fifth Starter
It took Mike Birkbeck a little while to get going in 1988, but when he did, he won eight. He then never won again.
3 - George Canale, Looking Out
George Canale asked to play on the team that had a spot for him. He never got on one.
4 - Mike Capel, Adjustment Try
Mike Capel tried to be aggressive. He then got his first of three major league saves for the Astros.
5 - Logan Easley, Proved 'Em
Logan Easley proved 'em wrong with time in two major league seasons.
6 - Tom Edens, Offer Accepted
Tom Edens wanted to do both, finish his AAA start and make his next in the bigs. He chose the second option.
7 - Ruben Escalera, Rookie Manager
Ruben Escalera has served as Athletics scout and rookie league manager. He played seven seasons, never made the bigs.
8 - Don Gordon, Streak Extended
Don Gordon gave up Paul Molitor's last hit in his 39-game hit streak. Gordon played in three major league seasons.
9 - Mark Higgins, Crucial Situation
Mark Higgins set up the tie-breaking run with his first major league hit. It ended up being his only major league hit.
10 - Dave Machemer, Nothing Else
Dave Machemer knew what he wanted to do and that was manage.
11 - Frank Mattox, Very Patient
Frank Mattox worked hard trying to find major league prospects, after seven seasons playing. He passed away in Feb 2012.
12 - Chuck McGrath, Shored Up
Chuck McGrath was picked up by the Brewers to shore up upper minors staff. He never made the bigs in seven seasons.
13 - Tim McIntosh, So Long
Tim McIntosh made the majors for parts of five seasons. His first career hit went for a home run.
14 - Joe Mitchell, Noteworthy Attendee
Joe Mitchell hoped becoming a utility man would get him to the majors. He never made it.
15 - Mario Monico, Prolific Hawaiian: Mario Monico is said to have been able to hit a ball bearing with a No. 2 pencil. He never made majors.
16 - Billy Moore, Inherent Aggressivness
Billy Moore gave a good effort with men on base. He did so in the majors for just six games.
17 - Jeff Peterek, Great Game
Jeff Peterek shut down the Yankees in his 1988 major league debut. He got just four starts in the majors.
18 - Dennis Powell, Big-League Pitcher
Dennis Powell was seen by Pete Rose as a big-league pitcher. He was for eight seasons.
19 - Ed Puig, Strong Start
Ed Puig pitched well enough to make AAA, but not well enough to make the majors.
20 - Joe Redfield, Played Hard
Joe Redfield went through hard times in the minors to make majors twice, for 12 games.
21 - Alan Sadler, Not One Thing
Alan Sadler served as the punter on his college football team. He played eight seasons in pro baseball, never made the bigs.
22 - D.L. Smith, In Motion
D.L. Smith was an option for the Brewers in 1991. He didn't get his call then, or ever.
23 - Jackson Todd, Playing Again
Jackson Todd came back from cancer to return to the majors. He played with the Mets and Blue Jays. He also coached.
24 - Tim Torricelli, Good Rapport: Tim Torricelli wasn't a good hitter, but for a catcher, hitting wasn't as important.
25 - Darryel Walters, No Room
Darryel Walters got stuck behind other outfielders in the Brewers system. He never made the majors.
26 - Tim Watkins, This Far
Tim Watkins almost made the Brewers out of spring training 1988. Sent to AAA Denver, Watkins never made the majors.
27 - Joe Xavier, Made Them Go
Joe Xavier made the Denver Zephyrs go in early 1989. He couldn't make himself go to the majors.