Milwaukee Brewers’ centerfielder Keon Broxton had a pair of home runs in yesterday’s win over Pittsburgh. It was his second career multi-HR game.
What makes Broxton’s two HRs interesting is that Broxton was batting eighth in the batting order… he became the 13th player in team history to hit a pair of home runs in a game while batting in the eighth position. It was the first time since Jean Segura had a pair of home runs for the Brewers while batting in the 8th position in a game on June 20, 2014.
A pair of Brewers players, Bill Schroeder and Gorman Thomas, had two HRs while batting in the eighth spot in multiple games. Schroeder did it three times with the Brewers while Thomas did it twice.
Schroeder had four games in his career (three with Milwaukee, one with the Angels) where he hit two HRs in a game while batting eighth. He is one of only 21 players in MLB history to accomplish this feat. Gabby Hartnett holds the MLB record in this stat… he hit two or more home runs while batting eighth in eight different games in his career
(From August 1 until the first regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10, we’ll give you a daily dose of Packers stats.)
The Packers and New England Patriots could make a little history this year if both (or either team) can make it to the playoffs.
Since 1966 (the start of the Super Bowl era), there have been 17 teams that have made the playoffs in six or more consecutive seasons. Leading the way are the Indianapolis Colts, who made the playoffs in nine straight seasons from 2002-10, and the Dallas Cowboys, who also made a post-season appearance in nine consecutive years from 1975-83. Both the Packers and Patriots are on current streaks of making the playoffs in eight straight years and could join the Colts and Cowboys atop this list if they make the playoffs this season.
Here’s a look at the 17 franchises that have made the playoffs in six or more consecutive seasons (since 1966):
Nine straight playoff appearances: Dallas (1975-83); Indianapolis (2002-10)
Eight straight playoff appearances: Dallas (1966-73); L.A. Rams (1973-80); Pittsburgh (1972-79); San Francisco (1983-90); Green Bay (2009-16); New England (2009-16)
Seven straight playoff appearances: Houston Oilers (1987-93); San Francisco (1972-78)
Six straight playoff appearances: Buffalo (1988-93); Dallas (1991-96); Green Bay (1993-98); Kansas City (1990-95); Minnesota (1973-78); Oakland Raiders (1972-77); Pittsburgh (1992-97)