In the span of one week, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit three milestone home runs. On August 12 he homered off of the Cubs’ Jason Hammel for his 250th HR, making him the 84th player in MLB history to hit 250 or more home runs for one team. On the 16th he hit a home run off the Phil’s Aaron Harang for his 251st HR as a Brewer, tying him with Robin Yount for the franchise career home run record. Then on August 19th against the Marlins Braun hit a solo HR off former teammate Chris Narveson in the bottom of the sixth for his 252nd HR, most career HRs in Brewers history.
The Brewers are now one of 21 MLB franchises to have two (or more) players with 250-plus career HRs with the club. There are still five franchises that have not had a player hit 250 home runs with their team. The five: Arizona, Miami, San Diego, Tampa Bay and Washington.
Here’s a quick look at the teams with the most players who have hit 250+ home runs with their team.
10: N.Y. Yankees
5: Atlanta, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati, Detroit, Oakland
4: Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco
3: Houston, L.A. Dodgers, Minnesota, St. Louis, Seattle
2: Chicago White Sox, Colorado, L.A. Angels, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Texas
1: Cleveland, Kansas City, N.Y. Mets, Toronto
0: Arizona, Miami, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Washington
Who might be the next player added to the list of players to hit 250 HRs with a team? Up until a few days ago, Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies was a good choice to be the next man up. He, however, was traded to the L.A. Dodgers on August 19. Utley had 233 homers with the Phillies.
Barring any trades or retirements, there are two good candidates to join the list, most likely next season. Toronto’s Jose Bautista has 233 HRs with the Blue Jays; N.Y. Nets third baseman David Wright has 232 long balls with the Mets.
One final note: There are 26 players in MLB history with 500 or more home runs. The player that has come the closest to hitting 250 home runs with two teams is Manny Ramirez. He had 236 HRs with the Indians and 224 with the Red Sox.
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