MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Milwaukee Brewers have brought back an old fan favorite. Veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay signed a minor league contract, with a chance to make the Crew at Spring Training.
He'll compete with Mark Reynolds and Juan Francisco for the first base job vacated when Corey Hart left for Seattle as a free agent. Overbay will be 37 next week. He batted .240 for the New York Yankees last season with 14 homers and 59 R-B-I's in 142 games.
General manager Doug Melvin said Overbay had two of his best seasons in Milwaukee in 2004-and-'05. He still holds the Brewers' record for doubles in a season with 53. His hustle and talent endeared him to Milwaukee fans who often shouted "Oooooooh" when Overbay came to the plate.
The Brewers traded him to Toronto after the '05 season to make way for Prince Fielder at first. Milwaukee fans then gave Overbay a nice reception when he came to town to play as a visitor.
He has played just over 11 seasons in the Majors with a .267 career batting average. a .348 on-base percentage, 342 doubles, 147 homers, and 640 R-B-I's. Overbay has been relatively solid in the field, too, with a .995 percentage at first.