Author Archive: Jerry Tapp

Today’s Sportstat: February 17, 2020

Counsell bringing stability to Brewers dugout

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell in 2020 will be starting his sixth season (yes, he has been the manager for five seasons already!). That is noteworthy from the standpoint that only three other Brewers managers in team history had a stretch of more than five years as manager of the team.

Back in 2015 when Counsell was handed the job after a stint in the Brewers front office, many questioned the move, especially considering that Counsell did not have any managerial experience. But with two consecutive post-season appearances in 2018 and 2019 and a regular season record 24 games above .500, Counsell, with more success in the future, could make a move to challenge the most career games and career wins by a Brewers skipper.

For the record, Counsell is 405-381 record (.515 winning percentage) in his five seasons with the Brew Crew.

Consider this:

  • Counsell is only 53 wins from taking over second place on the team’s list for most wins by a manager. There’s a good chance that could happen this year.
  • He is 158 wins as a manager from the top spot. A pair of good seasons in 2020 and 2021 could launch Counsell into first place on that list.
  • His 786 regular season games managed for the team ranks fourth. He is 34 games out of third place. To take over the top spot from Phil Garner, Counsell will probably have to manage the team well into the 2022 season to surpass Garner.
  • He is one of four Brewers managers with 400 or more career wins. The only Brewers manager with 500 or more wins is Garner with 563.
  • Of the seven Brewers managers who managed the team for 500 or more career regular season games, Counsell’s .515 winning percentage is tied for second with Tom Trebelhorn, only .003 points behind George Bamberger, who tops the list at .518.
  • Counsell last season became the only Brewers skipper in team history to lead the team to two post-season appearances. He also became the 93rd manager in MLB history to have two or more appearances in the post-season on his managerial resume.
  • His six playoff wins as a manager of the Brewers ties him with Harvey Kuenn for most in team history.
  • His 10 playoff games managed with the team is third on the list behind Kuenn with 12 and Ron Roenicke with 11.

Here is a list of the seven men who have managed the Brewers for 500 or more regular season games (also noted is their win-loss record and winning percentage in those games).

Phil Garner, 1180, 563-617 .477

Ned Yost, 959, 457-502 .477

Tom Trebelhorn, 819, 422-397 .515

Craig Counsell, 786, 405-381 .515

George Bamberger, 728, 377-351 .518

Ron Roenicke, 673, 342-331 .508

Del Crandall, 609, 271-338 .445

Note: Of the remaining 12 men who have managed the Brewers in the team’s history, none skippered the team for more than 300 games.


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Today’s Sportstat: February 15, 2020

Antetokounmpo, Middleton represent Bucks at 2020 NBA All-Star Game

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played Sunday at the United Center in Chicago. The Bucks will have a pair of players in the contest: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

Middleton became the 12th Bucks player in team history to make the NBA All-Star Game two or more times in his career with the Bucks. Giannis, on the other hand, became only the fourth Bucks player to make four or more All-Star appearances in a career with the team.

In the Bucks history, 19 different players have made a total of 45 appearances in the All-Star Game. Leading the way is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who, as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, made six appearances in the mid-season contest.

Here is a look at the 19 Bucks players who have been chosen to play in the NBA All-Star Game.

6 appearances: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

5 appearances: Sidney Moncrief

4 appearances: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marques Johnson

3 appearances: Ray Allen, Vin Baker, Bobby Dandridge

2 appearances: Terry Cummings, Khris Middleton, Oscar Robertson, Glenn Robinson, Brian Winters

1 appearance: Bob Lanier, Jon McGlocklin, Ricky Pierce, Jim Price, Michael Redd, Alvin Robertson, Flynn Robinson

For the record, the only time the NBA All-Star Game was played in Milwaukee was in 1977 at the Milwaukee Arena. There were no Bucks in that game. Former Bucks draft choice Julius Erving was the MVP of that game. He was the first-round choice of the Bucks (12th overall pick) in the 1972 draft.



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Today’s Sportstat: February 8, 2020


Brewers players with most HRs in a season versus National League foes

Christian Yelich last season had eight home runs (in 16 games) versus the St.Louis Cardinals. That broke a more-than-a-decade old record held by Ryan Braun who slugged seven homers against the Cards in the 2008 season.

What’s interesting about this stat is that Yelich, due to injury that sidelined him from September 10 to the end of the season, actually missed three games against the Cardinals in the final month and may have added to his record-setting number of eight.

Yelich’s eight HRs against the Cardinals in 2019 is tied for second-most in Brewers team history in a season against one team. Former first baseman Eric Thames, now a member of the World Champion Washington Nationals, holds the team record with 10 home runs in 2017 against the Cincinnati Reds. Yelich’s eight homers against the Cards in 2019 ties him with Prince Fielder who had eight home runs against the Pirates in 2010.

Here is a look at the Brewers players who have the most HRs in a season versus each of the other 14 teams in the National League.

Braves: Richie Sexson, 5, 2003

Cardinals: Christian Yelich, 8, 2019

Cubs: Richie Sexson (2002 and 2003), Jeromy Burnitz (2006) and Ryan Braun (2016)… 6 each

Diamondbacks: Jeromy Burnitz, 5, 2001

Dodgers: Geoff Jenkins, 5, 2000

Giants: Richie Sexson, 4, 2003

Marlins: Prince Fielder (2009, 2010, 2011), Mike Moustakas (2019)… 4 each

Mets: Carlos Lee (2005), Corey Hart (2010), Prince Fielder (2011)… 4 each

Nationals: Geoff Jenkins, 5, 2001

Padres: Geoff Jenkins (2003), Ryan Braun (2012)… 4 each

Phillies: Ryan Braun, 6, 2012

Pirates: Prince Fielder, 8, 2010

Reds: Eric Thames, 10, 2017

Rockies: Travis Shaw, 4, 2018



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Today’s Sportstat: February 3, 2020


Bucks hoping a win in Game #50 will be portend to the end of the season

The Milwaukee Bucks defeat of the Phoenix Suns on Sunday upped their record to 42-7 for the season.

The Bucks will go to New Orleans on Tuesday to face the Pelicans in Game #50 for the 2019-20 season. It may just be another game on the schedule, but a win putting the Bucks record at 43-7, 50 games into the season, may be just the omen the team is hoping for.

With a win on Tuesday the Bucks would become just the eighth team in league history to have 43 or more wins on their 50th game of the season. What makes this accomplishment all the more interesting is that of the seven teams that had 43 or more wins at Game #50, all seven went to the NBA Finals that season… and better yet, six of the seven actually won the title that season.

Here’s a look at the teams who on Game #50 of an NBA season had 43 or more wins.

Philadelphia, 1966-67, 46-4, won the title that season
Golden State, 2015-16, 46-4, lost in the NBA Finals that season
Chicago, 1995-96, 45-5, won the title that season
Chicago, 1996-97, 44-6, won the title that season
L.A. Lakers, 1971-72, 43-7, won the title that season
Philadelphia, 1982-83, 43-7, won the title that season
Golden State, 2016-17, 43-7, won the title that season

Should the Bucks lose to New Orleans on Tuesday, they would be 42-8 on their 50th game of the season. They would become the fifth team to have 42 wins at Game #50. The big difference, however, is that of the four teams that were 42-8 at the Game #50 milestone, only one made it to the NBA Finals that year.

Here are the four teams that were 42-8 and how well they did in the playoffs that season.

Boston, 1964-65, 42-8, won the title that season
Portland, 1977-78, 42-8. lost in the Western Conf. semifinals that season
San Antonio, 2010-11, 42-8, lost in the Western Conf. 1st round that season
San Antonio, 2015-16, 42-8, lost in the Western Conf. semifinals that season

The Bucks are hoping a victory for win #43 at the 50-game mark this season will be good luck like it was for the other seven teams who reached 43 or more wins at game #50 in a season.


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Today’s Sportstat: February 1, 2020

Super Bowl starting quarterbacks

Quick trivia quiz: Can you name the 12 QBs who have won two or more Super Bowls? Can you also name the eight starting QBs who lost two or more Super Bowls? Finally, who are the four starting quarterbacks that have won two or more Super Bowls and lost two or more Super Bowls?

Answers below.

Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting QBs in this year’s Super Bowl, both making their first starting appearance in the big game.

For the Chiefs, this will be their third appearance in the Super Bowl. The starting QB in their other two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl I and IV) was Lenny Dawson. For the 49ers, Garoppolo becomes the fourth QB to start a Super Bowl for the franchise (Joe Montana, Steve Young, Colin Kaepernick). This is the 49ers seventh appearance in the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady has made the most Super Bowl starts for a QB with nine… he is followed by John Elway with five. Brady is one of 12 Super Bowl starting QBS with two or more wins in the Super Bowl. The list of Super Bowl QBs who won two or more:

6-Tom Brady
4-Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana
3-Troy Aikman
2-John Elway, Bob Griese, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Jim Plunkett, Ben Roethlisberger, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach

Of these 12 QBs who have won two or more Super Bowls, only Jim Plunkett is not in the Hall of Fame. Brady and Roethlisberger are still active; Eli Manning just retired, and Peyton has been retired for a couple of years.

There have also been eight starting QBs who have lost two or more Super Bowls. They are:

4-Jim Kelly
3-Tom Brady, John Elway, Fran Tarkenton
2-Peyton Manning, Craig Morton, Roger Staubach, Kurt Warner

The only quarterbacks to win two or more Super Bowls and lose two or more Super Bowls? Tom Brady, John Elway, Peyton Manning and Roger Staubach.

It’s interesting to note that there have been three times when a pair of QBs faced off against each other twice in the Super Bowl… Staubach and Bradshaw, Aikman and Kelly, and Brady and Eli Manning. The same QB won both games… Bradshaw, Aikman and Eli Manning.


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