Last Updated on November 8, 2023 by Matt Musico
When it comes to Brewers all time home run leaders, a few names immediately come to mind. Their mark had already been made on the franchise’s single-season leaderboard, but the impact goes beyond that. They show up below in the top five, as well.
Let’s get into some of the details for Brewers home run loyalty, shall we? We’ll first talk about the very top of the leaderboard before listing out the remainder of the top 23.
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Brewers All Time Home Run Leaders: Top 5
Ryan Braun: 352 Home Runs
We already knew that Ryan Braun is the Brewers’ all-time home run leader and tied for the franchise’s single-season home run record by a left fielder. But what escaped me at the time was how comfortable his lead currently is. Being in first place by just a shade over 100 home runs will keep him safely on top for a while.
Braun debuted for the Brewers in 2007 and immediately hit the ground running. He took home NL Rookie of the Year honors thanks to a 34-homer, 97-RBI campaign. That performance included a .324/.370/.634 line and a 24th-place finish in NL MVP voting. The majority of his power production came between 2007 and 2012. The outfielder never hit fewer than 25 homers in a season, and he racked up five years of 30-plus.
He also won the 2011 NL MVP and enjoyed consecutive 30-30 performances in 2011 and 2012. Then, of course, Braun got dinged for performance-enhancing drugs. That led to him playing in just 61 games during 2013. He did enjoy four more seasons of 20-plus homers but never hit more than 30 again (which happened in 2016).
Robin Yount: 251 Home Runs
Robin Yount accomplished plenty during his Hall of Fame career. He racked up two MVPs, three All-Star appearances, a Gold Glove, three Silver Slugger Awards, and 3,142 hits. Slugging 251 home runs while playing 20 years in the big leagues is a clear indicator that it wasn’t a huge part of his game. It’s not that he couldn’t take pitchers deep — he did have four 20-plus homer seasons. However, Yount’s career .430 slugging percentage was buoyed by 583 doubles and 126 triples.
The best overall season of his career came in 1982. Yount won the MVP award, his only Gold Glove, and one of those three Silver Sluggers. He slashed a healthy .331/.379/.578 with career-high marks in home runs (29) and RBI (114). The right-handed hitter also led the league with 210 hits.
It’s safe to assume not many thought he’d hit that many homers when the calendar flipped to June. Through his first 39 games in April and May, Yount hit just four homers. He went on to hit 15 in June and July. He then finished strong with another 10 over the season’s final two months.
Prince Fielder: 230 Home Runs
Prince Fielder posted six seasons of 30-plus homers over his 12-year MLB career. Two of them went for 40-plus, landing him among the Brewers’ top five when looking at the franchise’s single-season home run leaders. His 2007 campaign stands above the rest, as he hit the half-century mark on the button. Surprisingly enough, he’s also an inside-the-park home run aficionado.
When using OPS as the barometer, Fielder’s third-best season with Milwaukee was his last one before hitting free agency. In 2011, he won a Silver Slugger Award while posting a .981 OPS with 38 homers and 120 RBI. His .415 on-base percentage was the third straight year he eclipsed .400 (he did it again in 2012).
Fielder’s two best months in this campaign were June and September. His .337/.491/.747 line with 10 homers and 27 RBI in June was the best of any month. He then finished strong with a similar line (.330/.459/.705) and power numbers (nine homers, 18 RBI) in September. He ended up placing third in MVP voting behind his teammate, Braun, and Matt Kemp.
Geoff Jenkins: 212 Home Runs
Geoff Jenkins spent the first 10 years of his big-league career with the Brewers. He wasn’t ready to hang it up following the 2007 season, so he spent one year in Philadelphia with the Phillies to finish things off. Jenkins produced 20-plus homers in seven of the 10 seasons he suited up for Milwaukee. His best two-year span came in 1999 and 2000, which were his second and third seasons in the majors.
The latter season included the lone 30-plus homer campaign of his career (he hit 34 dingers). This two-year span is important to point out because it was the only time he produced a .900 OPS in consecutive seasons. He averaged 28 homers, 40 doubles, 88 RBI, and 85 runs scored while slashing .308/.365/.577 during this time.
The one time he made an All-Star Game? That’d be 2003, the only other season he finished with a .900-plus OPS (it was .913). Jenkins had slugged 20 homers with 68 RBI prior to the midsummer respite. He slashed .342/.427/.591 after the break but appeared in just 39 games.
Gorman Thomas: 208 Home Runs
Gorman Thomas is the guy who held the Brewers’ single-season home run record for nearly three decades. He held that post until Fielder passed him twice in the span of three seasons. It was a good run regardless, though.
Between 1979 and 1982, Thomas racked up three seasons of 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBI. On two occasions, he led the league in homers (45 in 1979 and 39 in 1982). Those instances were accompanied by top-10 finishes in MVP voting (seventh in ’79, eighth in ’82). He accomplished that despite failing to post an OPS above .895.
It certainly feels like Thomas’ style on offense would’ve fit a little better in the more recent version of baseball. He slugged plenty of homers and got on base a decent amount, but he slashed just .225/.324/.448 during his 13-year career. He also appeared in the playoffs in consecutive years for Milwaukee in ’81 and ’82. Thomas compiled 65 postseason plate appearances, and it wasn’t pretty. The outfielder slashed .102/.169/.203 with two homers and seven RBI in October.
Brewers All Time Home Run Leaders: The Rest
Here’s what the rest of the top 23 Brewers all-time home run leaders look like at the moment:
- Cecil Cooper: 201 home runs
- Ben Oglivie: 176
- Greg Vaughn: 169
- Jeromy Burnitz: 165
- Paul Molitor: 160
- Corey Hart: 154
- Rickie Weeks Jr.: 148
- Rob Deer: 137
- Christian Yelich: 134 (…and counting)
- Don Money: 134
- Richie Sexson: 133
- George Scott: 115
- Dave Nilsson: 105
- John Jaha: 105
- Sixto Lezcano: 102
- Bill Hall: 102
- Jose Valentin: 90
- Carlos Gomez: 87
Check out which sluggers are beyond this list on FanGraphs.
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