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Top 10 Home Run Hitters in Milwaukee Brewers History
The all-time top 10 home run hitters for the Milwaukee Brewers include two members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, five players who played on the Brewers' American League champion team of 1982, and two players from the 2011 National League Central Division winning team.
Here's a look at these 10 players:
10. Paul Molitor 160 home runs
Molitor played for the Brewers from 1978 through 1992. He was the leadoff hitter for most of his time with Milwaukee. Known more as a high percentage hitter with excellent speed rather than a power hitter, Molitor hit 19 in 1982, his single-season high with Milwaukee. Molitor played three years each with the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins before retiring after the 1998 season. A career .306 hitter, Molitor was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004.
9. Ryan Braun 161 home runs
Braun moved into ninth place on the all-time list in 2011 after just five seasons (2007-2011) with the Brewers. He's hit at least 25 each year, with a career high of 37 in 2008.
8. Jeromy Burnitz 165 home runs
Burnitz played six seasons with the Brewers (1996-2001) and hit a career-high 38 homers in 1998. He also played for six other big league teams in his 14-year career that ended in 2006.
7. Greg Vaughn 169 home runs
Vaughn played with the Brewers from 1989 to 1996. His highest home run number with Milwaukee was 31 in 1996. He hit those in just the first four months of the season, as he was traded to the San Diego Padres on July 31. His career-best was 50 with the Padres in 1998. Vaughn played for five big league teams and retired in 2003 with 355 career home runs.
6. Ben Oglivie 176 home runs
The Brewers acquired Oglivie in a trade with the Detroit Tigers in December of 1977. He spent the remainder of his career with the Brewers and retired in 1986. Oglivie led the American League in home runs in 1980, when he hit a career-high 41.
5. Cecil Cooper 201 home runs
Cooper was acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox in December of 1976 and retired as a Brewer in 1987. He hit a career high 32 homers in helping Milwaukee win the American League championship in 1982. He also had 121 RBIs in 1982, one of his three seasons of over 120 RBIs.
4. Gorman Thomas 208 home runs
Thomas, who played for Milwaukee in all or parts of 11 seasons between 1973 and 1986, led the American League in home runs in 1979 with 45, and tied for the league lead with 39 in 1982. Known almost as much for his strikeouts as his home runs, Thomas led the American League in strikeouts twice with 175 in 1979 and 170 in 1980.
3. Geoff Jenkins 212 home runs
Jenkins played 10 seasons (1998-2007) with the Brewers and had a career-high of 34 homers in 2000. Jenkins signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent after the 2007 season, and closed out his career as a member of Philadelphia's World Series winning team in 2008.
2. Prince Fielder 230 home runs
Fielder hit 38 home runs in 2011 to help the Brewers win the National League Central title. He hit a career-high 50 home runs to lead the National League in 2007. As every Brewers fan knows, Fielder signed a huge free-agent contract with the Detroit Tigers in January 2012.
1. Robin Yount 251 home runs
Yount spent all 20 years of his big league career (1974-1993) with the Brewers and is the franchise leader in several offensive categories. He hit a career best 29 home runs in 1982, when he won the first of his two AL Most Valuable Player awards (the other was in 1989). Yount was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.
A Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Mark Hudziak has been a fan of the Brewers since they moved to Milwaukee in 1970.
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