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, 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
Will Braun, Hart and Ramirez each get 70-plus extra-base hits this season?
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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