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Michael Brooks Kieschnick

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A two-way throwback, known as "Toolshed" in Milwaukee, Brooks Kieschnick emerged as a pitcher and pinch hitter with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003, after several cups of coffee as an outfielder with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies from 1996 to 2001. In 2003, Kieschnick hit an even .300 with 7 HR in 90 AB while logging 53 innings in relief and posting a 5.26 ERA. He is a third cousin of Roger Kieschnick.

In 2004, his last year in the majors, he hit .270 and had an ERA of 3.77. He continued in the minors in 2005, hitting over .300 but his ERA was above 5.00. He retired after that season. During twelve seasons of minor league play, he had a slugging percentage of .491.

In 2003, Kieschnick became the first player in major league history to hit home runs as a pitcher, designated hitter, and pinch hitter in the same season.

He hit .414 with two homers and 10 RBI for the USA in the 1990 World Junior Championship as they got the Bronze; he tied Paul Petrulis for third on the US in RBI, behind Jay Powell and Shawn Green. He also pitched two shutout innings. He was a two-time Dick Howser Trophy winner as the college baseball Player of the Year (1992 and 1993) at the University of Texas.

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