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Today’s Sports Stat: August 9, 2018

Could Christian Yelich become the first league batting champion in Milwaukee Brewers history?

Yelich is batting .319, placing him second in the National League behind Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis, who in leading the N.L. with a .323 average.

Since 1969 when the Brewers became a MLB franchise (as the Seattle Pilots), the team has had 16 players finish in the top five of league batting average. The last Brewer player to finish in the top five was in 2012 when Ryan Braun batted .319 to finish third in the N.L. batting race.

Here’s a look at the Milwaukee Brewers who finished in the top five in league batting average since 1969.

2012: Ryan Braun, .319 (3rd)
2011: Ryan Braun, .332, (2nd)
1999: Jeff Cirillo, .326 (5th)
1992: Paul Molitor, .320 (4th)
1991: Willie Randolph, .327 (3rd) and Paul Molitor, .325 (5th)
1989: Robin Yount, .318 (4th)
1988: Paul Molitor, .312 (5th)
1987: Paul Molitor, .353 (2nd)
1982: Robin Yount, .331(2nd) and Cecil Cooper, .313 (5th)
1981: Cecil Cooper, .320 (4th)
1980: Cecil Cooper, .352 (2nd)
1978: Ben Oglivie, .303 (5th)
1973: George Scott, .306 (2nd) and Dave May, .303 (5th)

Lorenzo Cain is sitting tied for 10th place in the N.L. batting race with a .298 average. The last time the Brewers had a pair of players in the top 10 was in 1991 when Randolph finished third and Molitor was fifth. Two or more Brewers finished in the top 10 in eight seasons (1991, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1983, 1982, 1979 and 1973). Three Brewers finished in the Top 10 in 1982… in addition to Yount and Cooper finishing second and fifth respectively, Molitor finished 10th that season.

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 21, 2018

A carousel at shortstop; 30-100 Brewers

Are there any more players who will take a shot at shortstop for the Brewers this season? So far in 2018, the Brewers have had six different players who have taken a turn playing short: Orlando Arcia, Brad Miller, Nate Orf, Hernan Perez, Tyler Saladino and Eric Sogard.

The six different players at shortstop are tied for the third most by the team in a season (six players also played short in 1986, 1978 and 1971). The most shortstops used by the Brewers franchise in a season was eight. That happened in 1969 when the team was in Seattle as the Seattle Pilots. The second most shortstops used was in 2012 when seven players played short for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Here are the names of the shortstops used by the franchise in those 1969 and 2012 seasons.

1969 (eight shortstops used): Ron Clark, John Donaldson, Gus Gil, John Kennedy, Gordy Lund, Ray Oyler and Fred Stanley.

2012: (seven shortstops used): Jeff Bianchi, Brooks Conrad, Alex Gonzalez, Cesar Izturis, Edwin Maysonet, Cody Ranson, Jean Segura

In case you were wondering, there has never been a season for the Brewers where they used only one shortstop the whole season. There have been, however, six different seasons where they used only two shortstops in a campaign… 1970 (Ted Kubiak and Roberto Pena), 1976 (Tim Johnson and Robin Yount), 1981 (Robin Yount and Ed Romero), 1991 (Bill Spiers and Dale Sveum), 1998 (Mark Loretta and Jose Valentin) and 2005 (Bill Hall and J.J. Hardy).

30-100 Brewers
Last season Travis Shaw became the first Brewers player since 2012 (Ryan Braun) to have 30 or more home runs and 100 or more RBIs in a season. Shaw had 31 HRs and 101 RBIs in 2017.

Through games of July 20, Shaw has 18 homers and has driven in 55. He is on pace to end the season with 29 HRs and 90 RBI.

If he can reach 30-100 again this season, Shaw would become the first Brewers player since Braun (2011 and 2012) to have back-to-back 30-100 seasons for the Brew Crew.

There have been five Brewers players who had back-to-back 30-100 seasons: Gorman Thomas (1979 and 1980), Cecil Cooper (1982 and 1983), Jeromy Burnitz (1998 and 1999), Prince Fielder (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Braun, who did it twice (2008 and 2009; 2011 and 2012).

Braun and Fielder are tied for the most 30-100 seasons with the club; each had four in a Brewers uniform. Burnitz and Thomas each had three 30-100 seasons in Milwaukee, while Cooper, Ben Oglivie and Richie Sexson are the only other Brewers to have multiple 30-100 seasons with the Brew Crew, each with two.

Alex Rodriguez leads the majors with the most 30-100 seasons with 14. He is followed by Jimmie Foxx, Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez and babe Ruth, each who had 12 such seasons.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 21, 2018

Back on June 16 in a game versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Braun stole a base, the 200th of his career. In doing so, Braun became only the 24th player in Major League history to have 300 career home runs and 200 career stolen bases.

There are a lot of surprising names on this list of two dozen (and some names that surprisingly are not on it). Here are the 24 players:

Player, Home Runs-Stolen Bases

Barry Bonds, 762-514
Hank Aaron, 755-240
Alex Rodriguez, 696-329
Willie Mays, 660-338
Sammy Sosa, 609-234
Frank Robinson, 586-224
Reggie Jackson, 563-228
Gary Sheffield, 509-253
Dave Winfield, 465-223
Jose Canseco, 462-200
Jeff Bagwell, 449-202
Andre Dawson, 438-314
Carlos Beltran, 435-312
Alfonso Soriano, 412-289
Joe Carter, 396-231
Larry Walker, 383-230
Don Baylor, 338-285
Daryl Strawberry, 335-221
Bobby Bonds, 332-461
Ron Gant, 321-243
George Brett, 317-201
Ryan Braun, 310-200
Reggie Sanders, 305-304
Steve Finley, 304-320

Who might join this above list in the future? Well, here are nine active players who currently have 150 career home runs and 150 stolen bases.

Curtis Granderson, 325-152
Matt Kemp, 271-183
Hanley Ramirez, 269-281
Chase Utley, 259-153
Ian Kinzler, 244-232
David Wright, 242-196
Mike Trout, 224-178
Andrew McCutcheon, 211-176
Ian Desmond, 154-165

It’s interesting to note that of the nine players above, all are in their 30’s except to Trout, who is 26.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 10, 2018

Even though they have only won two Gold Glove awards since 1982 (Robin Yount was honored in 1982 and Carlos Gomez was selected in 2013), that doesn’t mean the Milwaukee Brewers have not had players who were stellar defensively… and worthy of an award.

In fact, there have been several players who have gone the whole season without an error. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that player should have won the Gold Glove that year, it does indicate that several Brewers players had a “perfect” season with the glove in those seasons.

Here’s a look at the Brewers players who went the whole season without an error (minimum of 300 innings played in the field that season to qualify for this list).

Ryan Braun, OF, 2008, 1,310.1 errorless innings
Gorman Thomas, OF, 1978, 1,173 errorless innings
Geoff Jenkins, OF, 2003, 1,088.1 errorless innings
Darryl Hamilton, OF, 1992, 1,056 errorless innings
Devon White, OF, 2001, 784 errorless innings
Logan Schafer, OF, 2013, 663 errorless innings
Nyler Morgan, OF, 2012, 587.1 errorless innings
Carlos Gomez, OF, 2011, 569 errorless innings
Steve Brye, OF, 1977, 555.1 errorless innings
Mike Felder, OF, 1986, 348 errorless innings
Mike Hegan, 1B, 1971, 319.2 errorless innings
Joe Kmak, C, 1993, 316.1 errorless innings
Jim Colburn, P, 1973, 314.1 errorless innings
Bill Schroeder, C-1B, 1988, 300 errorless innings

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: April 21, 2018

With a three-run pinch-hit home run on April 19, Ryan Braun collected his 1,000th career RBI. He became the first Milwaukee Brewers player to collect 300 HRs and 1,000 RBIs with the team, and the 138th player in baseball history to reach those numbers in his career.

Of the 138 players with 300 home runs and 1,000 RBIs in their careers, Braun is also currently one of only 21 players who amassed those numbers with only one team for their entire career. Whether or not that remains the case for Braun as he winds down his career in the next few years, for the time being, he is among this select group.

The 21 players who had/have 300 home runs and 1,000 RBI in their careers, all with only one team in their entire career are:

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Ryan Howard (Philadelphia), Edgar Martinez (Seattle), Johnny Bench (Cincinnati), Todd Helton (Colorado), Jim Rice (Boston), Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees), Jeff Bagwell (Houston), Joe DiMaggio (New York Yankees), Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh), Al Kaline (Detroit), Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia), George Brett (Kansas City), Chipper Jones (Atlanta), Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), Cal Ripken (Baltimore), Ted Williams (Boston), Carl Yastrzemski (Boston), Mel Ott (New York Giants), Stan Musial (St. Louis), Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees).

As you might expect, the New York Yankees are the franchise with the most players who reached 300 home runs and 1,000 with their team. The Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox franchises have had five players each who reached 300 HRs and 1,000 ribbies in their tenure with those teams.

Following are the number of players each of the 30 franchises have had reach 300 HRs and 1,000 RBIs.

6: Yankees

5: Braves, Red Sox

4: Cubs, Giants, Tigers

3: Orioles

2: Astros, Cardinals, Dodgers, Mariners, Phillies, Rangers, Reds, White Sox

1: A’s, Blue Jays, Brewers, Pirates, Rockies, Royals, Twins

0: Angels, Diamondbacks, Indians, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Rays

One final note on Braun: As of games through April 20, 2018, Braun has career numbers of 307 home runs, 1,002 runs batted in, and a .301 batting average. He is currently one of only 28 players in baseball history to have 300 career HRs, 1,000 career RBIs and a career batting average of .300 or higher.

 

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