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Alphabet Soup: Best Milwaukee Brewers player's names since 2000

It's no secret that Major League baseball has had plenty of fun names over the years. The Milwaukee Brewers are no exception: They've featured some interesting surnames over the years. When you need to put an arch in your last name to fit on the back of a jersey, you know it's a good one. Prepare your autocorrect: Here's some of the best Brewers names since the year 2000.

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Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (2016-17)

Nieuwenhuis is the most recent Brewers player on this list. He batted just .200 in 140 games over two years for the Brewers, before being DFA'd last month.

Pitcher Damien Magnifico (2016)

Magnifico appeared in only three games as a Brewer in 2016, pitching just three innings. He was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Infielder Tony Graffanino (2006-2007)

Graffanino played 13 years in the Majors, and two with Milwaukee. In his 146 games with the Brewers, he hit .259 with 11 home runs.

Pitcher Wes Obermueller (2003-2005)

Obermueller pitched most of his five years in the MLB with Milwaukee, appearing in 60 of his 78 career games for the Crew. He had a 5.47 ERA and went 9-17 as a starter.

Pitcher/Pinch Hitter Brooks Kieschnick (2003-2004)

Kieschnick was an intriguing player, as he pitched and played the field. He appeared in 74 games as a relief pitcher over two years, with a 4.59 ERA. He also had 144 plate appearances as a Brewer, batting .286 with eight home runs.

Outfielder John Vander Wal (2003)

Vander Wal's career in the major leagues spanned 14 years with eight teams and one World Series appearance. He played for the Brewers in the twilight of his career for one season, batting slightly below his career .261 average at .257, although he did hit his second-most career home runs in a season with 14 that year.

Pitcher Gus Gandarillas (2001)

Gandarillas appeared in just 16 games as a major leaguer, all with the Brewers in 2001. He had a 5.49 ERA in 19 and 2/3 innings pitched.

Outfielder Peter Zoccolillo (2003)

It was a good year for names back in 2003. Zoccolillo hit just .108 in 39 plate appearances, the 20 games with the Brewers the extent of his Major League career.

Pitcher Ricky Bottalico (2005)

Bottalico wrapped up his 12-year career with the Brewers, going 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA. Bottalico spent seven of his 12 years in the MLB with the Phillies.

Pitcher Joe Winkelsas (2006)

Winkelsas appeared in one game with Atlanta in 1999, then had to wait until 2006 with the Brewers for his next shot at the Majors. He appeared in seven games for Milwaukee and had a 7.71 ERA.

Outfielder Frank Catalanotto (2009)

Catalonotto had a productive 14-year major league career, playing with the Brewers near the end of it. He batted .278 in his lone campaign with Milwaukee.

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