Brewers record that will likely never be broken #s 3, 4, and 5
Hits – Career
Doubles – Career
Games Played – Career
Record Holder: Robin Yount – 3,142 hits, 583 doubles, 2,856 games played
The career hitting records for the Milwaukee Brewers is littered with Robin Yount’s name. He played here for 20 seasons and is a Hall of Famer, it only makes sense. So I combined some of these records onto one page to discuss.
Robin Yount was durable, playing in at least 122 games in every season except 1974 (his rookie year) and 1981 (only 109 games on the schedule due to a work stoppage). He was also really, really freaking good. So he owns the franchise records for hits, doubles, and games played, along with many others.
But these three records might be the most untouchable. First, 3,142 hits is a lot and if another player is going to reach that level of success in a Brewers uniform they are going to need to be a Hall of Fame caliber player, which isn’t all that common, and they’re going to need to stay here for their entire career, also not that common. Ryan Braun was here 14 years and played at an extremely high level, and he didn’t even get to 2,000 hits, let alone 3,000. Molitor is the only other player to reach 2,000 hits in a Milwaukee uniform.
If anyone is going to break that hits record, it’s going to be a very, very long time from now. The same goes for Yount’s career doubles record of 583. The next closest is Braun, who retired this past year with 408 two-baggers. That’s 175 doubles short. Yount averaged over 29 doubles per season for 20 years. Few players even have 20 year careers anymore, let alone that level of success until the end. Yount even had 40 doubles in his penultimate season in 1992 as a 36 year old!
Lastly, it’s doubtful anyone is going to top Yount’s record of 2,856 games played in a Brewers uniform. Yount averaged 142 games played per season for 20 seasons. You don’t see that anymore. First of all, you rarely see anyone have a 20 year career anymore and make their MLB debut at 18 years old. Secondly, to have that kind of health and durability is not seen in the modern baseball player.
With teams being so cautious and willing to put players on the 10 day IL for minor aches and bruises, it would take a player more like 21 or 22 seasons to break Yount’s games played record, and really that could go for any of the other records he owns. It’s tough to surpass his counting stats when playing in so many fewer games than him. But the idea of a modern-day player having a 20+ year career, all with one team, the Brewers, just doesn’t happen anymore.
Even if Yelich gets back on track offensively, he’ll never reach these records because he didn’t arrive here until he was 26 years old. The stats he accrued with the Marlins won’t count here.
Yount owns several Milwaukee Brewers career offensive records that will likely never be broken, these are just three of them.