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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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Can Cubs sluggers finally make a dent in MLB’s Home Run Derby?

HRD

After being shutout of Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby for over a decade, a pair of Chicago Cubs players will get the chance to launch a few balls in tonight’s kickoff to the MLB’s All-Star Game festivities.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant will represent the Cubs in the long-ball competition, the only team with two players in the event. The Cubs have not had a player in the Home Run Derby since Sammy Sosa in 2004. In fact, of the Home Run Derby events held since 2005, 26 of the 30 MLB teams have had at least one player represented. The four that did not: the aforementioned Cubs, San Francisco, Kansas City and Seattle. The Giants have not had a player in the HRD since 2004, while the Mariners have not had a player in the event since 2003. The longest drought belongs to the Royals; the last player they had in the HRD was in 1991 when Danny Tartabull was their rep in the contest.

Since 2005, Boston Red Sox players have hit the most HRs in the HRD with 105. The Phillies rank second with 87 HRD homers since 2005. Here’s a look at the number of Home Run Derby home runs hit by each of the 30 MLB franchises from 2005-2014 (the last 10 years of the event).

105: Boston
87: Philadelphia
80: Milwaukee
67: Detroit
63: Oakland
60: Toronto
58: Texas
53: Miami
46: St. Louis
41: N.Y. Yankees
40: Colorado
33: Minnesota
30: L.A. Angels
27: N.Y. Mets
24: Washington
22: Baltimore
17: Houston
10: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh
8: L.A. Dodgers, Tampa Bay
7: Chicago White Sox
6: Cleveland
5: Atlanta
2: San Diego
1: Arizona
0: Chicago Cubs, Kansas City, San Francisco, Seattle

Three teams have had five different players represent their team in the Home Run Derby in the last 10 years. The three teams are Colorado (Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Holiday, Justin Morneau, Troy Tulowitzki), Detroit (Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Brandon Inge, Magglio Ordonez, Ivan Rodriguez) and  Milwaukee (Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Carlos Lee, Rickie Weeks).

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Will Brewers’ bats be missed at this year’s All-Star Game?

ASG

The lone Brewers’ representative for this year’s All-Star Game will be closer Francisco Rodriguez. The National League may regret not adding a Brewer bat like Adam Lind, Gerardo Parra or even Ryan Braun to this year’s squad.

Over the last five All-Star Games, players representing the Milwaukee Brewers have been the most productive of the 30 MLB teams. Need proof? Here’s a look at the number of All-Star Game hits and RBIs from players representing each of the 30 MLB teams in the last five ASG (2010-14).

Hits
7: Milwaukee, St. Louis
5: Detroit, NY Yankees
4: Atlanta, Boston, LA Angeles, NY Mets, San Francisco, Texas
3: LA Dodgers
2: Baltimore, Colorado, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto
1: Arizona, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia
0: Chicago Cubs, Miami, San Diego, Seattle, Washington

RBIs
6: Milwaukee, San Francisco
4: Atlanta
2: Detroit, LA Angels
1: Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, LA Dodgers, NY Yankees, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto
0: Arizona, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati, Colorado, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, NY Mets, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Texas, Washington

Brewers players are one of 10 teams that have a All-Star Game batting average over .300 in the past five All-Star Games. The Brewers are seven-for-21, a .333 average. The other teams: Atlanta (four-for-13 .308), LA Angels (four-for-12 .333), LA Dodgers (three-for-nine .333), Minnesota (two-for-six .333), NY Mets (four-for-10 .400), NY Yankees (five-for-16 .313), San Francisco (four-for-10 .400), St. Louis (seven-for-20 .350), Tampa Bay (two-for-five .400).

Of the five teams listed above that did not have a hit in an All-Star Game from 2010-14, the Chicago Cubs and Washington have had the longest drought at the ASG. Both the Cubs and Nationals have not had a hit from one of their players in the All-Star Game since 2007. The Marlins and Padres have not had an All-Star Game hit since 2008; the Mariners have not had a hit in the ASG since 2009.

One final note: The Royals this year will have four players in the starting line-up for the American League. Hopefully they can tack on a few ASG hits considering that the Royals bats have been virtually absent over the past several years. Consider this: KC’s Salvador Perez got a hit in the 2013 ASG for the Royals. It was the first hit for a Royals player in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson had a pair of hits in the 1989 ASG.

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MLB All-Star Game: The Hall of Fame connection

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Derek Jeter bats against the Orioles on 4-19-08.

Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was one of the 60 players named to the respective American League and National League all-star teams yesterday. For Jeter, a likely first-year Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible, it will be his 13th All-Star Game.

The All-Star Game was first played in 1933. In taking a look at the Hall of Famers who played in All-Star Games, there are some interesting facts that pop out.

First, Bert Blyleven was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year on his 14th attempt. Blyleven had a 22-year career in the majors with 287 wins, over 3,700 strikeouts, and a career ERA of 3.31. He was an American League all-star in only two seasons, 1973 and 1985. He became the Hall of Famer with the fewest All-Star Games. (He was credited with the loss in that ’73 contest.)

Another surprise was that Milwaukee’s Robin Yount, inducted into the Hall in 1999 in his first year on the ballot, played in only three All-Star Games, 1980, 1982 and 1983. He was a starter in two of the three games. Another interesting fact is that Yount won the 1989 A.L. MVP without making the all-star team that year.

Following are the Hall of Famers who had the fewest All-Star games on their resume.

All-Star Games, Players

2: Bert Blyleven

3: Ferguson Jenkins, Robin Yount

4: Don Sutton

5: Richie Ashburn, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Phil Rizzuto, Hoyt Wilhelm

Hank Aaron tops the list with 21 All-Star Games. There are 16 players who had 10 or more All-Star Games but are not in baseball’s Hall of Fame. For some of these players, the jury is still out on whether they will ever be enshrined in Cooperstown.

All-Star Games, Players

17: Pete Rose

14: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez

13: Ken Griffey, Derek Jeter

12: Mark McGwire. Mike Piazza, Manny Ramirez, Mariano Rivera

11: Roger Clemens, Bill Freehan

10: Steve Garvey, Tom Glavine, Randy Johnson, Ichiro Suzuki

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