Brad recently asked the question - "why not Brian Shouse?"
I can answer that question in two words. Trevor Hoffmann.
No, not because of Hoffmann's salary. And not because he took the final spot in the bullpen.
It's because of the #51, Hoffmann's uniform number forever, which, not coincidentally, was the number that Shouse wore so proudly for the Brewers from 2006-08. Do you think Shouse, who is currently the best Brewers player who ever donned #51, would come back now and be forced to wear some other number?
Don't believe me that Shouse was the best 51 the Brewers had to offer? Check this list out:
Brian Shouse (2006-08)
Kane Davis (2005)
Luis Vizcaino (2002-04)
Jimmy Haynes (2000-01)
Carl Dale (1999)
Eddy Diaz (1997)
Ramon Garcia (1996)
Sid Roberson (1995)
Josias Manzanillo (1993)
Wow. Josias Manzanillo, huh?
Surprisingly, there were no #51s on the Brewers in 1998, 1994, or from 1982-1992. Obviously, I didn't go back before 1982, since Brewers history began that year.
So K Bye Shouse.