Category Archives: Baseball

Today’s Sports Stat: July 21, 2018

A carousel at shortstop; 30-100 Brewers

Are there any more players who will take a shot at shortstop for the Brewers this season? So far in 2018, the Brewers have had six different players who have taken a turn playing short: Orlando Arcia, Brad Miller, Nate Orf, Hernan Perez, Tyler Saladino and Eric Sogard.

The six different players at shortstop are tied for the third most by the team in a season (six players also played short in 1986, 1978 and 1971). The most shortstops used by the Brewers franchise in a season was eight. That happened in 1969 when the team was in Seattle as the Seattle Pilots. The second most shortstops used was in 2012 when seven players played short for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Here are the names of the shortstops used by the franchise in those 1969 and 2012 seasons.

1969 (eight shortstops used): Ron Clark, John Donaldson, Gus Gil, John Kennedy, Gordy Lund, Ray Oyler and Fred Stanley.

2012: (seven shortstops used): Jeff Bianchi, Brooks Conrad, Alex Gonzalez, Cesar Izturis, Edwin Maysonet, Cody Ranson, Jean Segura

In case you were wondering, there has never been a season for the Brewers where they used only one shortstop the whole season. There have been, however, six different seasons where they used only two shortstops in a campaign… 1970 (Ted Kubiak and Roberto Pena), 1976 (Tim Johnson and Robin Yount), 1981 (Robin Yount and Ed Romero), 1991 (Bill Spiers and Dale Sveum), 1998 (Mark Loretta and Jose Valentin) and 2005 (Bill Hall and J.J. Hardy).

30-100 Brewers
Last season Travis Shaw became the first Brewers player since 2012 (Ryan Braun) to have 30 or more home runs and 100 or more RBIs in a season. Shaw had 31 HRs and 101 RBIs in 2017.

Through games of July 20, Shaw has 18 homers and has driven in 55. He is on pace to end the season with 29 HRs and 90 RBI.

If he can reach 30-100 again this season, Shaw would become the first Brewers player since Braun (2011 and 2012) to have back-to-back 30-100 seasons for the Brew Crew.

There have been five Brewers players who had back-to-back 30-100 seasons: Gorman Thomas (1979 and 1980), Cecil Cooper (1982 and 1983), Jeromy Burnitz (1998 and 1999), Prince Fielder (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Braun, who did it twice (2008 and 2009; 2011 and 2012).

Braun and Fielder are tied for the most 30-100 seasons with the club; each had four in a Brewers uniform. Burnitz and Thomas each had three 30-100 seasons in Milwaukee, while Cooper, Ben Oglivie and Richie Sexson are the only other Brewers to have multiple 30-100 seasons with the Brew Crew, each with two.

Alex Rodriguez leads the majors with the most 30-100 seasons with 14. He is followed by Jimmie Foxx, Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez and babe Ruth, each who had 12 such seasons.

 

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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 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 2, 2018

In less than two seasons in Milwaukee, Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar has slugged 35 home runs in just 561 plate appearances, a long ball every 16 plate appearances.

How does that rank with other Brewers players? Aguilar’s 16.0 plate appearances for every home run are currently second on the franchise list. Topping the list is a recent former first baseman, Chris Carter, who spent all of one season with the team in 2016. He had 41 HRs in 644 plate appearances, one homer for every 15.7 plate appearances.

Following are the Brewers players who have the fewest plate appearances per home runs in a career with the team (minimum of 35 career home runs to qualify for the list).

Chris Carter, 15.7 (644 plate appearances, 41 HR)
Jesus Aguilar, 16.0 (561-35)
Eric Thames, 16.4 (687-42)
Russell Branyan, 16.5 (576-35)
Richie Sexson, 17.2 (2288-133)
Prince Fielder, 18.3 (4210-230)
Carlos Lee, 18.7 (1123-60)
Larry Hisle, 18.7 (917-49)
Khris Davis, 19.0 (1142-60)
Jeromy Burnitz, 19.8 (3269-165)
Rob Deer, 19.8 (2711-137)
Gorman Thomas, 19.9 (4133-208)

 

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