Josh Hader – 134 career saves (Current: 110)
In baseball, we like round numbers, so why is 134 saves a milestone? Because the Brewers all-time saves leader is Dan Plesac with 133. Getting to 134 saves would officially give Josh Hader the Brewers franchise record for saves.
The Brewers have had a number of closers over the years, and a lot of really good ones. But they haven’t had much staying power. Only three closers in franchise history even have more than 100 saves in a Milwaukee uniform: Plesac, Hader, and John Axford.
Hader needs 24 more saves over the final four and a half months of the 2022 regular season to reach this record. That’s certainly well within his reach and he’s on pace to reach that total.
You could already argue that Hader is the best reliever in Brewers history. If he had been used more in a closer’s capacity from 2017-2018, he probably already would have this record.
Ever since 2020, Hader has been used exclusively in a traditional, one inning closer’s capacity, maximizing his ability to close out games and make sure he’s available more often. In his previous multi-inning role, Hader would require more rest and miss save chances.
Hunter Renfroe, Willy Adames – 500 career hits (Current: 496, and 420)
Two Brewers players are on the cusp of 500 career hits as well. Hunter Renfroe is closing in quickly at 496 hits and should reach that milestone in the coming days. Willy Adames, meanwhile, is 80 hits shy of 500 for his career and he should reach that total later this season.
Adames is on the faster pace than Renfroe. Adames is going to reach 500 hits in his 5th season in the big leagues while Renfroe is going to reach it in his 7th season in MLB.
Still, these are big accomplishments for these players. It marks their halfway point to 1,000 hits, which is an even bigger milestone. There’s still a lot more to come in the careers for these two players.
For all these Brewers players, reaching these milestones should be celebrated and appreciated. Some may cut it close as to whether they will achieve these marks in 2022, and some are right on the cusp already.