Bill Schroeder (baseball)
September 7, 1958 |
|July 13, 1983, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 9, 1990, for the California Angels|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bill "Rock" Schroeder (born Alfred William Schroeder on September 7, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball player and a current television sports broadcaster. He currently provides color commentary for the Milwaukee Brewers, for whom he played six of his eight Major League seasons.
Schroeder was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. He is a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School (now WW-PHS South). While playing high school baseball, he earned All-State honors in his junior and senior years. He attended Clemson University, and assisted the Clemson Tigers in capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in 1978 and 1979.
He was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth round of the 1979 amateur draft. Throughout his career, he was typically used as a platoon or bench player, a common subject of jokes by Schroeder and others.
Until the 2007 season, Schroeder was the fastest Brewers rookie to reach 15 home runs, achieving the milestone in only 71 games. In 2007, the record was bested by Ryan Braun, who hit 15 home runs in his first 50 games.
The 1987 season was Schroeder's best. He batted .332, and was a key member of "Team Streak", the Brewers team that won its first 13 games, tying an MLB record. On April 15, 1987, Schroeder caught the only no-hitter in Brewers' history, pitched by Juan Nieves. On May 16, 1987, with the Brewers playing the Kansas City Royals, Schroeder broke up a no-hitter by Royals pitcher Charlie Leibrandt with a bunt single. That would prove to be the only hit of the game.
In 1988, he was traded to the California Angels, where he played less and was less productive than in Milwaukee. In 1990, he was released by the Angels, retiring shortly thereafter.
Schroeder began his post-playing career by appearing as an analyst for a Milwaukee-area baseball television show, Baseball Sunday, in 1994. For the following season, he was asked to be the color commentator for the Milwaukee Brewers' television broadcasts, a position he has held ever since.
In addition to his television duties, Schroeder appeared on WTMJ Radio's Talking Brewers from 1998 to 2000.
Schroeder also manages the Brewers Fantasy Camp in Maryvale, Phoenix, Arizona, and will often discuss it during broadcasts.