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Today’s Sports Stat-July 27, 2017

Here’s a trivia question for today (the answer will appear at the end of this column)… Can you name the youngest and oldest players to hit a home run for the Brewers?

Last night top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston Red Sox player to hit a home run in more than 50 years at age 20 years and 275 days. In case you were wondering, the youngest player ever to hit an HR in a major league game was Tommy Brown on August 20, 1945. Brown was 17 years, 257 days old when he homered that day for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since 2000, the youngest player to hit a home run in the majors was Jurickson Profar of Texas. He was 19 years and 195 days when he hit his long ball on September 2, 2012.

Now to answer the above trivia question… if you answered Robin Yount and Hank Aaron, you know your Brewers trivia. Yount was 18-209 when he hit his first homer for the Brewers. Aaron was 42-166 when he hit his last HR for the Brew Crew.

Here’s a look at the six youngest and six oldest Brewers to ever hit a home run for the team.

Youngest (Years-Days) Robin Yount 18-209 Darrell Porter 19-240 Gary Sheffield 19-296 Sixto Lezcano 20-296 Prince Fielder 21-047 Yovani Gallardo 21-174

Oldest (Years-Days) Hank Aaron 42-166 Rick Dempsey 41-342 Craig Counsell 41-013 Jim Edmonds 40-029 Jim Gantner 39-222 Dave Parker 39-093

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Players who played their entire MLB career with the Brewers

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Here’s a great trivia question for Brewers fans:

Can you name the five players who played their entire career with the Brewers (minimum of 500 games)? Hint: Two of them are currently on the Brewers roster. (Answer to follow)

It’s pretty rare to find a player who spends their entire MLB career with one team, especially if that career has a lot of mileage. Of the 22 players who played 2,800 or more games in the majors in their careers, only seven played all of their games with one team (Carl Yastrzemski, Stan Musial, Cal Ripken, Jr., Brooks Robinson, Robin Yount, Craig Biggio and Al Kaline).

As most avid Brewers fans know, Yount spent his entire career with the Brewers and holds the number one spot in this stat with 2,856 career games, all with the Brewers. One of Yount’s running mates during his career, Jim Gantner, holds the number two spot on this list with 1,801 career games, again, all with the Brewers.

Here goes… the 12 players who played (or have played) 200 or more career games in the majors, all with the Brewers.

1. Robin Yount, 2,856

2. Jim Gantner, 1,801
3. Ryan Braun, 1,219 (currently on Brewers roster)

4. Dave Nilsson, 837
5. Jonathan Lucroy, 710 (currently on Brewers roster)
6. Scooter Gennett, 320 (currently on Brewers roster)
7. Mark Brouhard, 304
8. Jerry Augustine, 279
8. Matin Maldonado, 279 (currently on Brewers roster)
10. Bill Wegman, 266
11. Ron Theobald, 251
12. Teddy Higuera, 213

How well did you do on the trivia question? Yount and Gantner were easy; Braun and Lucroy was pretty easy guesses, especially with the hint, but Nilsson… that one I would have missed.

A pair of Brewers who were on the roster last year would have been on the above list but are no longer in the organization. Khris Davis was traded to Oakland few weeks ago; he had 321 games with the Brewers and will most likely add a few MLB games to his career with the A’s. Logan Schafer  has 292 games with the Brewers in his career, but is now in the Washington Nationals organization.

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Braun inches closer to Brewers career HR record… but will he be around to break it?

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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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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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Brewers All-Stars: Players with short stints in Milwaukee

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Fans of the Milwaukee Brewers have watched many of their favorite players on the All-Star Game stage since the team came to Milwaukee in 1970. Players like Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount and Ryan Braun have made multiple appearances in the mid-season classic over the past 40-plus years.

But there have also been a handful of players who have worn the Brewers uniform who had short careers in Milwaukee; for some, their stay in the Brew City was only one season. But in that season they represented the Brewers in the All-Star Game.

Following is a look at the 10 players who represented the Brewers in the All-Star Game yet played in Milwaukee for only three seasons or less.

Tommy Harper, infielder, 1970 all-star: Harper came to Milwaukee in 1970 as a member of the Seattle Pilots. He played for the Brewers two seasons before he was traded to Boston after the 1971 season. He played 454 games as a Pilot/Brewer hitting .264 with 54 home runs.

Marty Pattin, pitcher, 1971 all-star: Another member of the Seattle Pilot contingent. Won 14 games in each of two seasons in Milwaukee. Pitched in 106 games as  Pilot/Brewer compiling a 35-38 record with a 3.82 ERA. Was part of the trade that sent Harper to the Red Sox.

Ellie Rodriguez, catcher, 1972 all-star: Came to the Brewers in a 1971 trade with the Kansas City Royals. Hit .255 in 325 games (three seasons) with the team. Hit .285 in his ’72 all-star season. Traded to the California Angels after the 1973 campaign.

Hank Aaron, designated hitter, 1975 all-star: Made 11 All-Star Game appearances as a Milwaukee Brave. Spent the last two years of his career as a Brewer serving primarily as DH. Hit 22 home runs as a Brewer, retiring after the 1976 season.

Jim Sundberg, catcher, 1984 all-star: Spent only one season with the Brewers, coming to the team in a trade with the Texas Rangers. Made the ’84 all-star team in his only season with Milwaukee. Hit .261 with seven HRs and 43 RBIs. Was traded after the ’84 season to the Royals.

Dave Parker, designated hitter, 1990 all-star: Another one-year stop player with the Brewers. Parker, a mainstay of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1970’s, was signed as a free agent by the Brewers. He hit .289 with 21 homers and 92 RBI in his only season with the club. Was traded to the Angels prior to the start of the 1991 season for Dante Bichette.

Danny Kolb, relief pitcher, 2004 all-star: One of the many short-term relievers that have had success with the Brewers. Pitched in 154 games with the team in three seasons. He had 61 saves and a 3.31 ERA with the team. Had 39 saves in his all-star season. Had two stints with the Brewers, 2003-04 and 2006.

Carlos Lee, outfielder, 2005, 2006 all-star: Played 264 games with the Brewers in two seasons, making the N.L. all-star team as a Brewer both years. Had 60 home runs as a Brewer. Was traded to Texas shortly after the 2006 All-Star Game.

Francisco Cordero, relief pitcher, 2007 all-star: Had 60 saves in two seasons with the Brewers, including 44 in 2007. Left the Brewers after the 2007 season to sign as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds.

Trevor Hoffman, relief pitcher, 2009 all-star: Played two years with the Brewers and then retired after the 2010 season. Signed as a free agent by the club prior to the ’09 season. Had 47 saves with the team, including 37 in 2009.

While the above players may have only had short careers in Milwaukee, here’s a look at the Brewers players who have the most All-Star Game appearances in a Brewers uniform.

All-Star Game appearances (as a Brewer), Players

5: Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor

4: Ryan Braun, Don Money, Ben Sheets

3: Prince Fielder, Ben Oglivie, Dan Plesac, Robin Yount

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