Milwaukee Brewers reach rare HR-SB milestone

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The Milwaukee Brewers may not have reached their goal of playing in the post-season in 2012, but the team did reach a milestone that hasn’t happened in over a decade.

Led by five players with 19 or more home runs (Ryan Braun, 41; Corey Hart, 30; Aramis Ramirez, 27; Rickie Weeks, 21; and Carlos Gomez, 19) and three players with 30 or more stolen bases (Gomez, 37; Braun, 30; and Norichika Aoki, 30) the Brewers ended the 2012 campaign with 202 HRs and 158 steals. This was the first time since 2001 that a team has collected 200-plus HRs and 150-plus stolen bases in the same season since the New York Yankees did it in 2001.

The Brewers are now the seventh team in MLB history to reach the 200 HR/150 steals mark in a campaign. The seven teams:

1996: Colorado Rockies (221 HRs and 201 steals)

1996: Cleveland Indians (218 HRs and 160 steals)

1998: Toronto Blue Jays (221 HRs and 184 steals)

1998: New York Yankees (207 HRs and 153 steals)

1999: Cincinnati Reds (209 HRs and 164 steals)

2001: New York Yankees (203 HRs and 161 steals)

2012: Milwaukee Brewers (202 HRs and 158 steals)

If we move the criteria down to 200-plus home runs and 100-plus stolen bases in a season, this has happened 51 times in MLB history. In addition to the Brewers reaching those numbers this season, the Chicago White Sox were the only other team to reach that mark. The Chicago SouthSiders had 211 home runs and 109 stolen bases in the just-completed 2012 season.

Here’s a by-franchise breakdown of the 51 times the 200-100 mark has been reached by a team.

Seasons with 200-100, teams

8: New York Yankees

5: Cleveland

4: Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia

3: Cincinnati, Detroit, Texas, Toronto

2: Boston, Colorado, Milwaukee (once in the A.L.), Seattle, St. Louis

1: Arizona, Baltimore, Chicago Cubs, Houston, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami, New York Mets, San Francisco

In addition:

* Of the 51 times this mark was reached, 23 of those teams took first place, 11 took second place.

* Twenty-eight of the 51 teams won 90 of more games in that season.

* Nine of the 51 teams had sub-.500 seasons that year.

* Twenty-nine of the 51 200-100 seasons have happened since 2000. Only five happened in the 1980s, 17 happened in the 1990s.

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