Bump in road slows Brewers

Originally Published: February 10, 2005
By Tom Haudricourt | Baseball America
Heading into the 2004 season, the Brewers' braintrust felt confident its plan to build around a farm system that Baseball America rated as the best in the game was proceeding at a promising pace.

Then disaster struck, at both the big league and minor league levels. After making it to the all-star break with a 45-41 record, Milwaukee suffered baseball's worst-ever second-half collapse among teams with a winning first half. The Brewers lost 53 of their final 75 games to finish last in the National League for the third straight year. It also was their 12th consecutive losing season, tying the Pirates for the longest streak in baseball.