Burke Badenhop has one lasting memory of the Milwaukee Brewers and their fans.
Sitting in the visitor's bullpen at Miller Park in late September of 2011, Badenhop had a great view as the Brewers clinched the National League Central Division title against his Florida Marlins.
When he got word he was traded to Milwaukee in December, Badenhop's mind raced back to how raucous the domed stadium got when Ryan Braun gave the Brewers the lead in the eighth inning and how fans stuck around long after the game to celebrate with the team.
His memories of Milwaukee told him he was coming to a place where he wanted to be.
"That's what the (fans) expect, the (players) know how to win," Badenhop said. "There's guys that have been here and been to the playoffs. That's unbelievably important because that's what you want to do and why you play. It's not just 162 games, it's more than that."
Acquired from Tampa Bay for a low-level minor leaguer, Badenhop is part of the complete overhaul of Milwaukee's bullpen from a year ago.
He'll draw comparisons to former Brewers reliever Kameron Loe, simply because both are sinkerball pitchers whose job is to come in and get a groundball or a double play.
The sinker is Badenhop's primary pitch -- he threw it 74.4 percent of the time last season according to FanGraphs.com -- but it hasn't always been.
He didn't throw a sinker while pitching in college at Bowling Green and didn't develop the pitch until he was in Single A in the Marlins organization.
Reliever Badenhop glad to play for Milwaukee
Fox Sports Wisconsin | Feb 5