Fingers, Molitor need ballot box support

Fingers, Molitor need ballot box support

Fingers, Molitor need ballot box support
Rollie Fingers and Paul Molitor were at different stages in their careers when the Brewers appeared in the 1982 World Series. The mustachioed Fingers already had a World Series MVP Award and three titles under his belt from his days in Oakland while '82 marked Molitor's first World Series appearance.

The relief pitcher and eventual designated hitter ultimately earned their championships in towns other than Milwaukee, as Molitor was named World Series MVP in 1993 during his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays. However, both Hall of Famers' legacies are still deeply rooted with the Brewers.

Their careers haven't been lost on Brewers fans either, as many sport T-shirts and retro jerseys of Fingers and Molitor at games. Now there's hope of seeing both of the former stars reunited on the diamond as they represent the Brewers in a once-in-a-lifetime contest.

From now through Aug. 31, vote up to 25 times a day for your favorite living legends and help create the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Team. All-time greats have been nominated at each position, from catcher to reliever. For each ballot cast, you will be entered to win the chance to take on the winning Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Team with 10 of your friends on your home turf next spring, surrounded by family, fans and media.

Both players had their respective numbers retired with the Brewers. Fingers' No. 34 and Molitor's No. 4 hang above left and right field at Miller Park as a constant reminder of their legacies in Milwaukee. Fingers and Molitor, along with Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Jackie Robinson and legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker are all members of the Brewers' Ring of Honor.

Fingers is one of five relief pitchers in the Hall of Fame and Molitor stayed true to a promise he made when his jersey was retired and entered the Hall of Fame in 2004 as a Brewer. Molitor's 12 seasons with Milwaukee were highlighted by a 39-game hit streak in 1987 and his lifetime .306 batting average during his 21-year professional career helped him become just the second Brewer in Cooperstown. He batted over .300 during eight seasons with the Brewers and his five hits in Game 1 of the '82 World Series further proved his ability to come through in the clutch.

Molitor concluded his career with the Minnesota Twins where he notched his 3,000th career hit with a triple and added another Silver Slugger Award to bring his career total to four.

For Fingers, it was the handlebar mustache and his dominance out of the bullpen that was etched in the minds of baseball fans when his stellar career came to an end in 1985. The seven-time All Star made 16 appearances in World Series games and earned both the American League MVP Award and Cy Young Award in '81 with the Brewers. Fingers' sinking fastball helped him notch 341 career saves during his 17-year career with the A's, Padres and Brewers.

Both former Brewers may be past their prime, but fans could have the chance to see the Hall of Famers compete on a field neither Brewer played on before.

So, what are you waiting for? Cast your ballots for these legends now, and you could end up playing against them in your own backyard.

Audrey Snyder is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.