Today’s Sports Stat: July 16, 2018

Brewers’ first baseman Jesus Aguilar will pull double-duty during the All-Star break as he will not only be one of five Brewers players on the National League squad, but he will also be a participant in the Home Run Derby.

Aguilar becomes the ninth Milwaukee Brewer to be in an All-Star Game Home Run Derby. The other eight: Ryan Braun, Jeromy Burnitz, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Carlos Lee, Richie Sexson, Greg Vaughn and Rickie Weeks.

Here are a handful of stats you may not know about Brewers players in the ASG Home Run Derby:

  • Vaughn was the first participant in 1996. The ASG Home Run Derby started in 1985.
  • Vaughn is the only Brewers participant in the event who did not hit a home run in the event. He had zero HRs in the only round he was a participant in ’85.
  • Fielder and Sexson are the only Brewers to have participated in more than one event; Fielder was in three (2007, 2009 and 2011) while Sexson was in two (2002 and 2003).
  • Fielder is the only Brewer to win the event. He did it in 2009.
  • Five different Brewers lost in the semi-finals in the event: Sexson in 2002, Lee in 2005, Braun in 2008, Hart in 2010 and Fielder in 2011.
  • Burnitz is the only other Brewer player to make it to the finals (other than Fielder in 2009) in the event. He lost to Ken Griffey Jr. in the finals in 1999.
  • Miller Park hosted the ASG and Home Run Derby in 2002. Jason Giambi won the event that year.
  • Adding up all the home runs hit by Brewers players in the Home Run Derby, it’s no surprise that Fielder has the most cumulative home runs with 35 in three years. He is followed by Lee with 15, Braun and Burnitz with 14, Hart with 13, Sexson with 11, weeks with three and Vaughn with zero.
  • Two Brewers, Burnitz in 1999 and Fielder in 2011, did not hit a home run in at least 10 games after the All-Star game after participating in the Home Run Derby that year. Burnitz did not hit a HR until the 15th game after the Home Run Derby; it took Fielder 13 games after the Home Run Derby in 2011 before he hit his first HR after the event.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 14, 2018

With the 2018 NFL season less than eight weeks away, how about a quick NFL stat to whet your appetite…

Did you know that 31 of the 32 NFL teams have won at least 10 games in a season at least once since 2000? Do you know which team has not won 10 games in a season this century?

If you guessed the Buffalo Bills, you are correct. The Bills last won 10 or more games in a season all the way back in 1999. On the flip side, do you know the last time the New England Patriots lost 10 or more games in a season? It was in 2000, a remarkable 17 seasons ago!

Here’s a look at the last time each NFL franchise won 10 or more games in a season and the last time each lost 10 or more games in a season.

Team            Last 10-win season   Last 10-loss season

Arizona                   2015                               2012
Atlanta                    2017                               2014
Baltimore               2014                               2015
Buffalo                   1999                               2013
Carolina                  2017                               2016
Chicago                  2012                               2017
Cincinnati               2015                               2010
Cleveland               2007                               2017
Dallas                     2016                               2015
Denver                    2015                               2017
Detroit                    2014                               2012
Green Bay              2016                               2008
Houston                  2012                               2017
Indianapolis           2014                               2017
Jacksonville           2017                               2016
Kansas City            2017                               2012
L.A. Chargers         2009                               2016
L.A. Rams               2017                               2016
Miami                     2016                               2017
Minnesota              2017                               2013
New England          2017                               2000
New Orleans          2017                               2005
New York Giants    2016                               2017
New York Jets         2015                               2017
Oakland                  2016                               2017
Philadelphia           2017                               2012
Pittsburgh              2017                               2003
San Francisco         2013                               2017
Seattle                    2016                               2009
Tampa Bay             2010                               2017
Tennessee              2008                               2015
Washington            2012                               201

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 12, 2018

In the 50-year history of the Milwaukee Brewers, there have now been 60 players who have been selected to play in the All-Star Game Including this year’s four selections). Some had long careers with the Brewers (Molitor, Yount, Braun) while others spent only one season in Milwaukee (Dave Parker, Jim Sundberg). Another interesting category is those Milwaukee Brewers players who made the All-Star team in their first season with the club.

Christian Yelich is the latest Brew Crew member to be selected to play in the ASG in his first season with the team; in fact, Yelich becomes the 12th Milwaukee Brewers player to be selected in his first season with the team.

Here’s a look at the Brewers players who made the All-Star team in their first season with the team.

1969: Don Mincher and Mike Hegan (this was the first year as the expansion Seattle Mariners before the team moved to Milwaukee in 1970… for Mincher, it was his only year with the franchise)

1975: Hank Aaron (Aaron made several All-Star appearances as a member of the Milwaukee Braves, but this was his first and only ASG as a member of the Brewers)

1978: Larry Hisle (he made the All-Star team the previous year as a member of the Minnesota Twins)

1981: Rollie Fingers and Ted Simmons

1984: Jim Sundberg (this was his only year with the Brewers)

1990: Dave Parker (this was his only year with the Brewers)

2001: Ben Sheets (this was Sheets’ rookie campaign)

2005: Carlos Lee

2009: Trevor Hoffman

2018: Christian Yelich

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 9, 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers have won 54 games (as of July 8), tops in the National League. Did you know that since the Brew Crew joined the N.L. in 1998 they have never had the most wins in the National League at the end of the year?

In fact, since the Brewers franchise came into existence in 1969 as the Seattle Mariners, the Brewers have led the majors in wins only once… in 1982. As a member of the American League East, the Brewers won 95 games that season, tops in all of baseball. It was also the only time the Crew played in the World Series.

Here is a look at the number of times each of the National League teams has led (or tied) the league (the N.L.) in wins since the Brewers joined the N.L. in ’98.

5: St. Louis
4: Atlanta
2: Chicago Cubs, L.A. Dodgers, Philadelphia, Washington
1: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, N.Y. Mets, San Francisco
0: Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Miami, Pittsburgh, San Diego

Since 1969, the New York Yankees have had the most wins (or tied for the most wins) in the majors seven times, most of all teams. Twenty-one of the 30 MLB franchises have led or tied for the most wins in baseball at least once since ’69; nine have never done so in this timeframe.

Following are the seasons teams have led or tied for the most wins in baseball since 1969.

7: New York Yankees

5: Atlanta, Oakland, St. Louis

4: Baltimore, Cincinnati

3: Cleveland

2: Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers. New York Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

1: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Seattle

0: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Texas, Toronto

Note: Through games of July 8, the Boston Red Sox lead the majors with 62 wins.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 5, 2018

Barring a total collapse in the 2018-19 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs will end this decade as the NBA’s winningest team in the 2010’s. The Spurs have won 511 games this decade (2009-10 season to 2017-18 season), 45 more victories than the team second on this list, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with 466.

Considering that Golden State and Cleveland played for the NBA title in the last four seasons, it’s a testament to the Spurs’ consistency this decade that they will be known as the NBA’s best team of the 2010’s. The Spurs appeared in the NBA Finals twice this decade (2013 and 2014).

Following are the number of victories each of the 30 NBA teams had the past nine seasons this decade (teams are listed by their current franchise city).

San Antonio, 511

Oklahoma City, 466… Golden State, 448… Miami, 441… Houston, 435… Los Angeles Clippers, 416… Boston, 407… Chicago, 406

Portland, 398… Memphis, 395… Atlanta, 394… Indiana, 389… Dallas, 387… Denver, 383… Toronto, 382… Utah, 373… Cleveland, 369… Los Angeles Lakers, 326… Milwaukee, 325… New Orleans, 322… Washington, 321… New York Knicks, 307… Phoenix, 307… Orlando, 305… Charlotte, 302

Detroit, 292… Philadelphia, 264… Brooklyn, 258… Minnesota, 252… Sacramento, 248.

 

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