Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez Chase Extra-Base History for Brewers

Jerry TappSenior Analyst IIIAugust 29, 2012

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Ryan Braun and Corey Hart had doubles in Tuesday night's 4-1 Brewers win over the Cubs. The Brewers have three of the top four leaders in the National League in extra-base hits with Aramis Ramirez (65), Braun (63) and Hart (59).

Those three players are is looking to become the first trio of Brewers to each have 70 or more extra-base hits in a season. Five times in club history two players had 70 or more extra-base hits in a season, but never three teammates. Those five previous times:

1982: Cecil Cooper and Robin Yount

2001: Jeromy Burnitz and Richie Sexson

2008: Ryan Braun and Corey Hart

2009: Braun and Prince Fielder

2011: Braun and Fielder

With Hart’s next extra-base hit, the trio will become the eighth threesome in team history to have 60 or more extra-base hits in a season. In 2010, the Brewers had four players with 60-plus extra-base hits: Braun, Hart, Rickie Weeks and Casey McGehee.

Here are the others Brewers who had seasons with 60 or more extra-base hits:

1979: Cooper, Sixto Lezcano, Ben Oglivie and Gorman Thomas

1980: Cooper, Oglivie, Thomas and Yount

1982: Cooper, Thomas and Yount

1996: Jeff Cirillo, John Jaha and Jose Valentin

2005: Bill Hall, Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Lee

2007: Braun, Fielder and Hart

2008: Braun, Fielder and Hart

There have been 24 sets of teammates that had 70-plus extra-base hits in a season. The last time it happened was last year when Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox each accomplished this feat.

In baseball history, there has been only six times when four teammates had 70-plus extra-base hits in a season. They were:

Year, Team, Players with 70+ extra-base hits

1996, Seattle: Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey, Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez

1996, Colorado: Dante Bichette, Ellis Burks, Castilla and Andres Galarraga

1999, Arizona: Jay Bell, Steve Finley, Luis Gonzalez and Matt Williams

2000, Anaheim: Garret Anderson, Darin Erstad, Troy Glaus and Tim Salmon

2007, Philadelphia: Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Aaron Rowand and Chase Utley

2008, N.Y. Mets: Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes and David Wright

Could Braun, Hart and Ramirez each reach 75 or more extra-base hits this season? Braun and Ramirez have a good shot, but Hart would have to collect 16 extra-base hits in the final 34 games.

If the three should each reach 75 extra-base hits, they would become only the seventh such teammates to accomplish this in MLB history. The last trio to do so? The 2006 Phillies with Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

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