American Family Field, home of the Milwaukee Brewers since 2001
American Family Field, home of the Milwaukee Brewers since 2001

The Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise of the National League (NL) has played in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 1970. The team was established in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots in Seattle, Washington,[1] and they became the Brewers after relocating to Wisconsin in 1970.[2] The franchise played in the American League (AL) until 1998 when it moved to the National League in conjunction with a major league realignment.[3] As of the completion of the 2021 season, the Brewers have played 8,352 regular season games and compiled a win–loss record of 4,037–4,315 (.483). They have qualified for the postseason eight times and have a postseason record of 21–28 (.429). Combining all 8,401 regular season and postseason games, the team has an all-time record of 4,058–4,343 (.483).[4]

The franchise posted losing records each of their first nine seasons. Their first winning season occurred in 1978 when they finished at 93–69 (.574). Three years later, the Brewers qualified for their first MLB postseason by winning the second half 1981 AL East Division title in a season which had been shortened by the 1981 Major League Baseball strike.[5] They lost the American League Division Series to the New York Yankees, three games to two. The following year, Milwaukee won the AL East title and then the 1982 American League Championship Series versus the California Angels, three games to two. In that year's World Series, the Brewers faced the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals. The series went to a decisive game seven and resulted in a Brewers World Series loss.

The team soon began a 25-year postseason drought that stood as the third-longest in the expanded-postseason era. Milwaukee returned to the playoffs in 2008 by winning the National League Wild Card. The Brewers lost the National League Division Series (NLDS) to the Philadelphia Phillies, three games to one. They won the 2011 NL Central Division title and defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, three games to two, in the NLDS. Their postseason run was ended by the St. Louis Cardinals, who won the National League Championship Series (NLCS), four games to two.

In 2018, Milwaukee finished the regular season tied with the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central.[6] The Brewers defeated the Cubs in a tie-breaker game, 3–1, securing the division title and relegating Chicago to the wild card game.[7] Milwaukee then swept the Colorado Rockies in the best-of-five NLDS, advancing to the NLCS, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to three. The following year, they secured one of two NL wild card berths but lost the 2019 National League Wild Card Game to the Washington Nationals, 4–3. The Brewers won another wild card spot in the 2020 season, which had been shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] They lost the 2020 NL Wild Card Series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, two games to zero. Milwaukee won the 2021 NL Central Division title but lost the NLDS versus the Atlanta Braves, 3–1.

The Brewers' best season record occurred in 2011 when they finished 96–66 (.593). Conversely, their lowest season record was 56–106 (.346) in 2002.

Table key

MLB season Each year is linked to an article about that particular MLB season.
Team season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Brewers season.
Finish The team's final position in the divisional standings
GB Games behind the team that finished in first place in the division that season
Apps. Postseason appearances: number of seasons the team qualified for the postseason
World Series champions World Series champions (1969–present)
* League champions (1969–present)
^ Division champions (1969–present)
¤ Wild card berth (1994–present)

Season-by-season records

MLB
season
Team
season
League Division Regular season Postseason Ref.
Finish Wins Losses Win % GB Wins Losses Win % Result
1969 1969 AL West 6th 64 98 .395 33 [9]
1970 1970 AL West 4th (tie) 65 97 .401 33 [10]
1971 1971 AL West 6th 69 92 .429 32 [11]
1972 1972 AL East 6th 65 91 .417 21 [12]
1973 1973 AL East 5th 74 88 .457 23 [13]
1974 1974 AL East 5th 76 86 .469 15 [14]
1975 1975 AL East 5th 68 94 .420 28 [15]
1976 1976 AL East 6th 66 95 .410 32 [16]
1977 1977 AL East 6th 67 95 .414 33 [17]
1978 1978 AL East 3rd 93 69 .574 6+12 [18]
1979 1979 AL East 2nd 95 66 .590 8 [19]
1980 1980 AL East 3rd 86 76 .531 17 [20]
1981[a] 1981 AL East 3rd 31 25 .554 3 2 3 .400 Lost ALDS vs. New York Yankees, 3–2 [21]
1st ^ 31 22 .585
1982 1982 AL * East ^ 1st 95 67 .586 6 6 .500 Won ALCS vs. California Angels, 3–2 *
Lost World Series vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 4–3
[22]
1983 1983 AL East 5th 87 75 .537 11 [23]
1984 1984 AL East 7th 67 94 .416 36+12 [24]
1985 1985 AL East 6th 71 90 .441 28 [25]
1986 1986 AL East 6th 77 84 .478 18 [26]
1987 1987 AL East 3rd 91 71 .562 7 [27]
1988 1988 AL East 3rd (tie) 87 75 .537 2 [28]
1989 1989 AL East 4th 81 81 .500 8 [29]
1990 1990 AL East 6th 74 88 .457 14 [30]
1991 1991 AL East 4th 83 79 .512 8 [31]
1992 1992 AL East 2nd 92 70 .568 4 [32]
1993 1993 AL East 7th 69 93 .426 26 [33]
1994[b] 1994 AL Central 5th 53 62 .461 15 [35]
1995[c] 1995 AL Central 4th 65 79 .451 35 [37]
1996 1996 AL Central 3rd 80 82 .494 19+12 [38]
1997 1997 AL Central 3rd 78 83 .484 8 [39]
1998 1998 NL Central 5th 74 88 .457 28 [40]
1999 1999 NL Central 5th 74 87 .460 22+12 [41]
2000 2000 NL Central 3rd 73 89 .451 22 [42]
2001 2001 NL Central 4th 68 94 .420 25 [43]
2002 2002 NL Central 6th 56 106 .346 41 [44]
2003 2003 NL Central 6th 68 94 .412 20 [45]
2004 2004 NL Central 6th 67 94 .416 37+12 [46]
2005 2005 NL Central 3rd 81 81 .500 19 [47]
2006 2006 NL Central 4th 75 87 .463 8+12 [48]
2007 2007 NL Central 2nd 83 79 .512 2 [49]
2008 2008 NL Central 2nd ¤ 90 72 .556 7+12 1 3 .250 Lost NLDS vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 3–1 [50]
2009 2009 NL Central 3rd 80 82 .494 11 [51]
2010 2010 NL Central 3rd 77 85 .475 14 [52]
2011 2011 NL Central ^ 1st 96 66 .593 5 6 .455 Won NLDS vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 3–2
Lost NLCS vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 4–2
[53]
2012 2012 NL Central 3rd 83 79 .512 14 [54]
2013 2013 NL Central 4th 74 88 .457 23 [55]
2014 2014 NL Central 3rd 82 80 .506 8 [56]
2015 2015 NL Central 4th 68 94 .420 32 [57]
2016 2016 NL Central 4th 73 89 .451 30+12 [58]
2017 2017 NL Central 2nd 86 76 .531 6 [59]
2018 2018 NL Central ^[d] 1st 96 67 .589 6 4 .600 Won NLDS vs. Colorado Rockies, 3–0
Lost NLCS vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4–3
[60]
2019 2019 NL Central 2nd ¤ 89 73 .549 2 0 1 .000 Lost NLWCG vs. Washington Nationals, 1–0 [61]
2020[e] 2020 NL Central 4th ¤ 29 31 .483 5 0 2 .000 Lost NLWCS vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 2–0 [62]
2021 2021 NL Central ^ 1st 95 67 .586 1 3 .250 Lost NLDS vs. Atlanta Braves, 3–1 [63]
Totals 4,037 4,315 .483 21 28 .429

Postseason records

The Brewers have made the postseason eight times in their history, with the first being in 1981 and the most recent being in 2021.

Season Finish Round Opponent Result Wins Losses
1981 AL East Champions (second half) ALDS New York Yankees Lost 2 3
1982 AL Champions ALCS California Angels Won 3 2
World Series St. Louis Cardinals Lost 3 4
2008 NL Wild Card NLDS Philadelphia Phillies Lost 1 3
2011 NL Central Champions NLDS Arizona Diamondbacks Won 3 2
NLCS St. Louis Cardinals Lost 2 4
2018 NL Central Champions NLDS Colorado Rockies Won 3 0
NLCS Los Angeles Dodgers Lost 3 4
2019 NL Wild Card Wild Card Game Washington Nationals Lost 0 1
2020 NL Wild Card Wild Card Series Los Angeles Dodgers Lost 0 2
2021 NL Central Champions NLDS Atlanta Braves Lost 1 3
Totals 3–8 21 28

Franchise totals

Franchise totals by decade
Decade Regular season Postseason Composite
Wins Losses Win % Apps. Wins Losses Win % Wins Losses Win %
1960s 64 98 .395 0 64 98 .395
1970s 738 873 .458 0 738 873 .458
1980s 804 760 .514 2 8 9 .471 812 769 .514
1990s 742 811 .478 0 742 811 .478
2000s 741 878 .458 1 1 3 .250 742 881 .457
2010s 824 797 .508 3 11 11 .500 835 808 .508
2020s 124 98 .559 2 1 5 .167 125 103 .559
All-time 4,037 4,315 .483 8 21 28 .429 4,058 4,343 .483
Franchise totals by league
League Regular season Postseason Composite
Wins Losses Win % Apps. Wins Losses Win % Wins Losses Win %
American League (1969–1997) 2,200 2,367 .482 2 8 9 .471 2,208 2,376 .482
National League (1998–present) 1,837 1,948 .485 6 13 19 .387 1,850 1,967 .485
All-time 4,037 4,315 .483 8 21 28 .429 4,058 4,343 .483

Notes

  1. ^ The 1981 Major League Baseball strike resulted in a shortened season. Major League Baseball split the season into two halves with the division winner of each half playing in a divisional round of the playoffs.[5]
  2. ^ The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike ended the season on August 11 and resulted in the cancellation of the postseason.[34]
  3. ^ The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike caused the 1995 season to be shortened to 144 games.[36]
  4. ^ The Brewers finished the 2018 season tied for first with the Chicago Cubs, each with a 95–67 record.[6] On October 1, the Brewers defeated the Cubs in a one-game playoff, 3–1, to win the NL Central Division title.[7]
  5. ^ The COVID-19 pandemic caused the 2020 season to be shortened to 60 games.[8]

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