As we all know, the Milwaukee Brewers offense struggled in 2022. Individually, however, a few Brewers’ players were able to finish in the Top 10 of three of the four hit categories last season… singles, triples, and home runs.
The best Top 10 finish was by Rowdy Tellez. His 35 HRs last season tied him for fifth in the National League (he was also tied for 8th in all of baseball). Willy Adams’ 31 homers was good enough for 10th place in the N.L.
Kolten Wong and Christian Yelich each had four triples, good enough for a ninth-place tie in the league in that stat. In addition, Yelich’s 102 singles tied him for tenth in the N.L.
The last time a Brewers’ player led the league in either singles, doubles, triples, or home runs was all the way back in 2016 when Chris Carter’s 41 home runs tied him with Nolan Arenado for the top spot in that category in the N.L..
Here’s a look at the Milwaukee Brewers players’ who topped the hits charts by leading the league in singles, doubles, triples, or home runs.
Milwaukee Brewers who led the league in Home Runs
The last Brewers player to lead or tie for the league-lead in HRs was Chris Carter in 2016 with 41. All total, six different Brewers have led or tied for a league HR crown. Gorman Thomas did it twice, tying for the American League and MLB HR title with Reggie Jackson in 1982 with 39 (it is the only time a Brewers player has led or tied for the MLB HR crown in a season), and winning the A.L. crown in 1979 with 38. The Brewers league HR title holders:
1975: George Scott
1979: Gorman Thomas
1980: Ben Oglivie (tied for the A.L. title)
1982: Gorman Thomas (tied for the A.L. and MLB titles)
2007: Prince Fielder
2012: Ryan Braun
2016: Chris Carter (tied for N.L. title)
Brewers who led the league in Triples
Two different Brewers players have led the league in triples, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount. Molitor tied for the A.L. title in 1991, while Yount won the A.L. triples crown outright in 1983 and tied with Willie Wilson and Harold Reynolds in 1988 for the A.L. league triples title.
Brewers who led the league in Doubles
This is where the Brewers have topped the league most often in the MLB hit parade. Seven different Brewers players over the years have led the league in two-baggers (Yount and Cooper did it twice), the most recent being Lucroy in 2014. It’s interesting to note that a Milwaukee Brewers player sat on top (or tied for) the doubles list in four straight seasons, from 1979-82. Brewer players who led the league in doubles:
2014: Jonathan Lucroy (MLB leader)
2012: Aramis Ramirez
2004: Lyle Overbay (MLB leader)
1987: Paul Molitor
1982: Robin Yount (tied for the A.L. and MLB title)
1981: Cecil Cooper (tied for MLB title)
1980: Robin Yount (MLB leader)
1979: Cecil Cooper (tied for the A.L. title)
1973: Pedro Garcia (tied for the A.L. title)
Milwaukee Brewers who led the league in Singles
Former Brewer Nori Aoki in 2013 gave the Brewers their first and only player to lead the league in singles when he had 140 that season.
The Milwaukee Brewers top the team hit stat
Twelve times in club history the Milwaukee Brewers as a team have topped one of the hit categories in a season. What’s interesting is that while the team has had a player lead or tie for the league lead in doubles on nine occasions, the team only topped the doubles list as a team once. Following is a look at the season in which the Brewers team topped each of the hit categories:
Doubles: A.L. 1980
Triples: A.L. 1974; A.L. 1991 (tied for the MLB title); A.L. 1995; N.L. 2013 (led MLB)
Home Runs: A.L. 1978 (led MLB); A.L. 1980 (led MLB); A.L. 1982 (led MLB); N.L. 2007 (led MLB); N.L. 2012; N.L. 2013, N.L. 2017.
Note: In 1980, the Brewers led the A.L. in both doubles and home runs, the only season they led a league in two different hit categories.
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