By JERRY TAPP
Could Christian Yelich become the fifth 30-100-.300 player in Brewers history?
Through Monday’s games, Yelich, who last week had a six-hit game that included hitting for the cycle, is having an MVP-type season. He has 27 home runs, 83 RBI and a batting average of .315. With 23 games left in the season, he’ll need three homers (doable), 17 RBI (again, doable) and keep his average above the .300 mark to reach these milestone numbers.
If Yelich reaches these 30-100-.300 stats, it would be the eighth time in team history; Ryan Braun did it three times for the Brewers, Cecil Cooper did it twice for the Brew Crew.
Here’s a look at the seven times in Brewers history that a player reached the 30 home run, 100-RBI, .300 batting average in a season for the team.
1980: Ben Oglivie, 41-118, .304
1982: Cecil Cooper, 32-121, .313
1983: Cecil Cooper, 30-126, .307
1996: John Jaha, 34-118, .300
2009: Ryan Braun, 32-114, .320
2011: Ryan Braun, 33-111, .332
2013: Ryan Braun, 41-112, .319
In addition to these seven seasons above, the Brewers had four other near-misses when it comes to a 30-100-.300 season. In 1982, Robin Yount had 29 home runs, 114 RBI and a .331 BA; in 2007, a pair of Brewer players missed this milestone — Braun had 34 HRs, 97 RBI and a batting average of .324 while Prince Fielder had 46 homers, 141 RBI and a .299 average. Fielder again missed having a 30-100-.300 season in 2011 when he hit 38 home runs with 120 RBI and a .299 average.
The Major League leader for 30-100-.300 season is Babe Ruth with 12. He is followed by Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez and Lou Gehrig, each with 10 such seasons.
The Brewers this season have another pair of players who could reach the 30-HR, 100-RBI milestone: Jesus Aguilar has 31 HRs and 93 RBI while Travis Shaw has 27 homers and 76 runs driven in. Aguilar has an outside chance at a 30-100-.300 season, but he would need to go on a tear in the final month to bring his average up to .300 from his current mark of .275. Shaw is batting .242.
One final stat: How about we drop the numbers a little and check how many Brewers have ended a season with 25 or more home runs, 80 of more RBIs, and a batting average of .280 or better. Seventeen different players for the Brewers have reached these numbers with Braun having the most with eight such seasons. Here are those 17 players and the number of 25-80-.280- seasons with the Brew Crew.
8 seasons: Ryan Braun
3 seasons: Cecil Cooper, Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder
2 seasons: Ben Oglivie
1 season: Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Lee, Corey Hart, Davey May, George Scott, Greg Vaughn, Jeromy Burnitz, John Jaha, Larry Hisle, Robin Yount, Sixto Lezcano, Tommy Harper
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