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Ryan Braun: Celebrating the 5th anniversary of his first career HR!

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This weekend many of us will be celebrating Memorial Day and the contributions of the countless men and women who served our country and fought for our freedom.

Brewers fans this weekend also have something else to celebrate. Today, May 26, 2012, is the fifth anniversary of Ryan Braun‘s first career home run. On May 26, 2007, Braun hit a solo HR off Padres pitcher Justin Germano in the third inning in San Diego.

In honor of the fifth anniversary of Braun’s first round-tripper, here’s a few stats regarding the 174 homers Braun has hit up to this point in what many Brewers fans hope will be a long career with the club.

* Braun was hitting second in the order when he hit his first career home run. It is the only time that he has hit an HR while batting second in the order. He has hit 163 from the third spot, nine from the clean-up spot, and one from the eighth spot in the order.

* Braun has hit most of his home runs in the first three innings (72). He has 62 four-baggers in innings four through six, and 40 HRs from the seventh inning on.

* Braun has hit 101 home runs when he has seen three or less pitches. He has 73 home runs when he has seen four or more pitches in an at-bat.

* Braun has hit the most home runs (64) when the Brewers are behind in the game. He has hit 62 when the Brewers are ahead and has hit 48 when the game is tied.

* He has 92 HRs at Miller Park and 82 in away games.

* When it comes to strikes in the count, Braun’s home run stroke has been most successful with one strike. He has 68 homers with one strike in the count; 57 home runs with two strikes in the count; and 49 four-baggers when there are no strikes in the count. When it comes to balls in the count, Braun has hit more HRs when there are no balls in the count (59). He has 48 home runs with one ball in the count; 47 home runs with two balls in the count; and 20 long balls with three balls in the count.

* Braun has 64 home runs with no outs in the inning… 56 home runs with one out in the inning… 54 home runs with two outs in the inning.

* Braun has hit the most home runs in July (35). Other monthly HR counts: March (1), April (29), May (27), June (26), August (26), September (28), October (2).

* Braun’s 173rd home run was on May 21 when he hit a two-run homer in the 8th inning against the Giants to tie the score at 3-3. It was the 12th time in his career that he has hit a home run in the 7th inning or later to tie the score or put the Brewers ahead in the game.

* Of the 15 National League teams, Braun has hit the fewest home runs against the New York Mets (2). He has hit the most HRs against the Houston Astros (24).

Research Source: baseball-reference.com

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The majors 250+ HR Club: Which members hit home runs as Brewers?

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

Robin Yount (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Most diehard Brewers fans know that Robin Yount has hit the most home runs in Brewers history with 251. With Prince Fielder moving to the Detroit Tigers, chances are that record will remain Yount’s for a couple more years. Fielder left Milwaukee second on the list with 230 HRs. Ryan Braun is the active player with the most home runs as a Brewer with 172.

Yount is also one of 204 MLB players who have hit 250 or more four-baggers in their career. Did you know that of the 204 on that list, 16 of those players hit one or more home runs with the Brewers in their career?

Before you read any further in this blog, take a pen and paper and see if you can write down the 16 members of the 250-HR club who hit home runs in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

So… how many did you remember? Well, here’s the list (for active players, totals are through games of May 19).

Hank Aaron (755 career HRs; 22 with the Brewers): “Hammerin Hank” came up with the Milwaukee Braves and hit 400 home runs while the club was in Milwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1975 after nine years with the Braves in Atlanta. He was primarily the DH with the Brewers the last two years of his career.

Gary Sheffield (509 career HRs; 21 with the Brewers): The Brewers first-round pick in the 1986 draft, Sheffield made his big league debut as a 19-year-old in 1988. He played four less-than-stellar years with the Brewers playing in 294 games with a .259 batting average. He was traded by the club to San Diego before the start of the 1992 season.

Jim Edmonds (393 career HRs; 8 with the Brewers): Signed as a free agent with the Brewers in 2010. Played 73 games with the team batting .286 before he was traded in August to the Reds.

Greg Vaughn (355 career HRs; 169 with the Brewers): A 1988 draft choice of the Brewers. Made his debut with the club in 1989. Played 8 seasons with the Brewers. Was an all-star in 1993. Was traded by the Brewers to San Diego in July 1996.

Carlos Lee (352 career HRs; 60 with the Brewers): “El Caballo” was traded to the Brewers after the 2004 season. He was an all-star and received a Silver Slugger award while with the Brewers in 2005. He was traded to the Texas Rangers in July 2006.

Dave Parker (339 career HRs; 21 with the Brewers): A free agent who signed with the team in December, 1989, Parker played only one season with the Brewers. He was an all-star and received a Silver Slugger award that season after driving in 92 runs as the team’s primary DH.

Aramis Ramirez (318 career HRs; 3 with the Brewers): Ramirez was the big free agent signing for the club after the 2011 season. He hit 239 HRs with the Cubs in nine seasons.

Jeromy Burnitz (315 career HRs; 165 with the Brewers): Played six seasons with the Brewers after coming to the team in a trade in August 1996. He was an all-star in 1999. Was traded by the Brewers in January 2002 as part of a three-team trade.

Richie Sexson (306 career HRs; 133 with the Brewers): Came to the Brewers in a trade from the indians in 2000. Hit 45 home runs in a season twice with Milwaukee (45 in a season ranks third all-time with the Brewers) and was a two-time all-star with the club. Was traded by the Brewers to Arizona in 2003.

Mike Cameron (278 career HRs; 49 with the Brewers): Signed as a free agent with the Brewers in 2008. Spent two seasons with the team. Left the Brewers after the ’09 season signing with the Boston Red Sox.

Dante Bichette (274 career HRs; 20 with the Brewers): Came to the Brewers from the Angels in a March 1991 trade. Played two years with the team and was then traded to Colorado after the 1992 season.

George Scott (271 career HRs; 115 with the Brewers): “Boomer” came to Milwaukee from Boston in a 10-player trade after the 1971 season. He spent six seasons with the Brewers. He was a five-time Gold Glover with the team and an all-star in 1975 when he led the A.L. in home runs and RBIs. Was traded back to Boston after the 1976 season in exchange for Cecil Cooper.

Tom Brunansky (271 career HRs; 6 with the Brewers): Played 96 games with the Brewers in 1993-94. Signed as a free agent with the team in January 1993 and then was traded to Boston mid-season in 1994.

Gorman Thomas (286 career HRs; 208 with the Brewers): Fourth on the Brewers all-time home run list with his 208 HRs. Made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 1973. “Stormin Gorman” played 11 seasons with the team. Was traded to Cleveland in June 1983. Finished his career as a Brewer in 1986 playing in 44 games that season.

Matt Stairs (265 career HRs; 16 with the Brewers): Played one season with the Brewers in 2002. He played with 12 major league teams in his 19-year career.

Robin Yount (251 career HRs; 251 with the Brewers): “The Kid” spent his entire career with the Brewers. Holds the Brewers career records in games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, home runs and RBIs. Inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Did you know: Another member of the 250 HR Club played with the Brewers in 1977 but did not hit a home run during his time with the Brewers. Jimmy Wynn, who had 291 career HRs, played 36 games with the Brewers in ’77 but did not homer.

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Milwaukee Brewers all-time “stolen base” team… by position

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Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Milwaukee Brewers have 21 stolen bases this season which is right at the National League average. Carlos Gomez leads the team with five steals.

Over the course of the Brewers 43-plus year history, the team has not really been known as a base-stealing team. There were, however, pockets of time in their history when stolen bases were a major part of their offensive arsenal. They led the league in steals in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots and then did not lead the league in stolen bases until 1987. It was that period from 1987-92 where the Brewers led the league five out of six seasons in stolen bases.

Since their move to the National League in 1998, stolen bases have not been a significant focus for the team. They did lead the N.L. in steals in 2004 led by outfielder Scott Podsednik’s 70 swipes. That year and a third-place spot in steals in 2003 are the only times the Brewers have finished in the top three in the N.L. in steals since 1998.

Here’s a look at what an all-time Brewers stolen bases team might look like… by position.

First Base: Cecil Cooper (77 stolen bases). Cooper had only 12 stolen bases in his first six seasons with the Red Sox. As a Brewer, “Coop” stole 48 bases in his first four seasons with the team. His career-high was 17 steals in 1980. Reserve: George Scott (40 stolen bases)

Second Base: Jim Gantner (137 stolen bases). Gantner will likely be supplanted by Weeks in the next couple of years in this category. Gantner averaged nearly 15 steals per season from 1985-90. His year-high was 20 in both 1988 and ’89. Reserve: Rickie Weeks (102 stolen bases)

Shortstop: Pat Listach (112 stolen bases). A.L. Rookie of the Year in 1992 stole 54 bases in his award-winning season. Reserve: Jose Valentin (78 stolen bases)

Third Base: Paul Molitor (412 stolen bases). The Brewers career leader in stolen bases. He finished his career with 504 steals. He has four of the top 10 best single-seasons for steals in team history. Reserve: Don Money (66 stolen bases)

Outfield: Robin Yount (271 stolen bases). Had 10 or more steals in 16 of his 20 seasons with the Brewers. The only Brewers player in history to have over 200 career home runs and over 200 career steals.

Tommy Harper (136 stolen bases). More than half of his steals as a Brewer came in 1969 when he led the league with 73 bases with the Seattle Pilots. His 73 steals is the Brewers single-season record.

Scott Podsednik (113 stolen bases). Spent only two seasons with the Brewers. Had 70 steals in 2004 that led the National League. He and Harper are the only two Brewers to have 70-plus steals in a season.

Outfield Reserves: Darryl Hamilton (109 stolen bases); Mike Felder (108 stolen bases); Ryan Braun (100 stolen bases).

Catcher: B.J. Surhoff (102 stolen bases). Had a career-high 21 steals in 1988 with the Brewers. Reserve: Charlie Moore (51 stolen bases)

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50 games without Ryan Braun: What do the Brewers need to do to stay in the playoff race?

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun... Image via Wikipedia

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At the time I post this, the Milwaukee Brewers are still waiting to hear the fate of their NL MVP Ryan Braun. Will he serve the entire 50-game suspension? Will it be reduced to 25 games? Or will a reversal of the suspension answer the Brewers prayers?

As the Brewers and Braun wait, the Brewer faithful are anticipating the worst… 50 games without Braun. If that is the case, the question becomes, what do the Brewers have to do in the win-loss column to stay above water until Braun returns? To help answer that question, here’s a look back at the last 12 seasons and how each of the eight playoff teams (four in the American League and four in the National League) were doing after 50 games.

* Of the 96 teams that made the playoffs in the last 12 seasons, 78 were above .500 at the 50-game mark.

* Of the 96 teams that made the playoffs from 2000-2011, 6 had 25 wins and 25 losses after 50 games.

* Of those 96 teams, only 12 (12.5%) were under .500 after the first 50 games.

Here’s a look at the 12 teams that were under .500 after 50 games yet made the playoffs in the last 12 seasons.

Team, season, 50-game record

Houston, 2005, 18-32

Colorado, 2009, 20-30

Florida, 2003, 21-29

New York Yankees, 2007, 21-29

Chicago Cubs, 2007, 22-28

Minnesota, 2006, 23-27

Oakland, 2006, 23-27

Colorado, 2007, 23-27

Milwaukee, 2008, 23-27

Oakland, 2001, 24-26

Oakland, 2002, 24-26

Minnesota, 2009, 24-26

Did you know? The average record after 50 games of the 96 teams that made the playoffs from 2000-2011 was 28-22.