Ryan Zimmerman hit career HR #235 last night making him the franchise leader in homers for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise. He is now one of four active players who lead his team in career home runs. The others: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay) and Giancarlo Stanton (Miami).
There are four active players who are within 100 home runs of the career HR lead for their franchise. The closest is David Wright with the New York Mets. Wright, who is currently on the DL due to a neck injury and has not played this season, is only 10 career HRs behind Mets franchise leader Darryl Strawberry who had 252 with the Mets.
Jose Bautista is 55 HRs behind Carlos Delgado’s 336 homers for the Toronto Blue Jays; Paul Goldschmidt has 161 career HRs with the Diamondbacks and is 63 homers behind Luis Gonzalez for the Arizona team record; and Miguel Cabrera has 320 career home runs with Detroit and trails franchise record holder Al Kaline by 79 homers.
With his 12 home runs this season, Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun now has 242 career home runs, all with the Brewers. He is currently second on the team’s career HR list and is just nine homers away from tying Robin Yount for the franchise career mark.
Braun is one of two current players who may take over his team’s career lead for home runs this season. While Braun is 10 HRs away from the Brewers top spot, the New York Mets’ David Wright is 22 four-baggers away from taking over the Mets’ career HR mark. Wright currently has 231 home runs, 21 behind Darryl Strawberry who holds the record.
While Braun and Wright may be the only two current players who could take over their teams’ career HR in the immediate future, here’s a look at the franchises that have a current player within 150 home runs of the team HR record. (Numbers reflect totals through games of May 25)
HRs needed to tie club record for career homers
9: Milwaukee (Ryan Braun 242, Robin Yount 251)
21: New York Mets (David Wright 231, Darryl Strawberry 252)
45: Washington/Montreal: Ryan Zimmerman 189, Vladimir Guerrero 234)
107: Boston (David Ortiz 414, Ted Williams 521)
126: Toronto (Jose Bautista 210, Carlos Delgado 336)
129: Arizona (Paul Goldschmidt 95, Luis Gonzalez 224)
136: Detroit (Miguel Cabrera 263, Al Kaline 399)
138: Miami (Marcell Ozuna 29, Giancarlo Stanton 167*)
142: Tampa Bay (Desmond Jennings 47, Evan Longoria 189*)
* Team leader is still active with team
One final thought: As the title of this blog may indicate, I have some doubts whether or not Ryan Braun will be around to break Robin Yount’s career HR record. Two factors play into my thought; first, the Brewers currently have the worst record in baseball and there are very few signs that a turn-around this season is imminent. That could lead to the club looking to trade some of their higher-priced talent in a rebuilding plan. Braun would be a logical candidate, plus he would have value to teams looking for added punch for the pennant drive. Secondly, Robin Yount is a beloved player in the Brewers history. Braun, on the other hand, had seen his reputation tarnished over the past couple of seasons. It’s possible that some people in the Brewers organization will not want to see Braun take over the career HR mark from Yount. The career HR mark is a very visible record for any franchise. The thought may be that the club would rather have Yount retain that record than see Braun overtake him. Keep an eye on this as the season progresses and Braun gets closer to the record.
I’m just saying…
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