For the second time in two years the Milwaukee Brewers have said good-bye to a player who had 20 or more home runs after just one season with the club.
With the trade of Adam Lind to Seattle, the Brewers traded his 20 home runs in 2015 to the Mariners for three teenage prospects. Lind spent one year with the team. In 2014 the Brewers signed Mark Reynolds to a free agent contract. He went on to hit 22 home runs in his only season with the Brewers; he signed a free agent contract with the division-rival Cardinals for 2015.
In the Brewers history there have been 11 players who played only one season with the Brewers and had 12 or more home runs in that lone season with the club. Leading the way for the franchise was Don Mincher who hit 25 home runs for the Seattle Pilots (the precursor to the Brewers) in 1969. That off season the Pilots/now Brewers traded Mincher to the Oakland A’s.
Here’s a look at the players who played only one season for the franchise yet hit 12 or more home runs in that season.
Player, HR’s, only season with team (games played that season)
Don Mincher, 25, 1969 (140)
Mark Reynolds, 22, 2014 (130)
Dave Parker, 21, 1990 (157)
Adam Lind, 20, 2015 (149)
Matt Stairs, 16, 2002 (107)
John Vander Wal, 14, 2003 (117)
Devon White, 14, 2001 (126)
Juan Francisco, 13, 2013 (89) *
Kevin Reimer, 13, 1993 (125)
Corey Koskie, 12, 2006 (76)
Joe Oliver, 12, 1995 (97)
- Most home runs in Brewers history with fewer than 100 games played for the team in a career.
In addition, eight players played multiple seasons with the Brewers but had less than 162 games played and hit 12 or more home runs for the club. Those players:
Joey Meyer, 18 HRs in 1988-89 (156 games)
Wayne Comer, 15 HRs in 1969-70 (160 games)
Phil Roof, 14 HRs in 1970-71 (151 games)
Gerardo Parra, 12 HRs in 2014-15 (146 games)
Junior Spivey, 12 HRs in 2004-05 (108 games)
Bobby Hughes, 12 HRs in 1998-99 (133 games)
Paul Householder, 12 HRs in 1985-86 (121 games)
Ted Savage, 12 HRs in 1970-71 (128 games)
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