Of the several moves the Brewers made at this year's trade deadline, the one to kick off the wheeling and dealing for the team was the trade that brought in first baseman Carlos Santana from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Santana is a 14-year veteran of the major leagues having originally signed with the Dodgers organization way back in 2004. The Brewers mark the sixth team he has played an MLB game with, joining the Guardians, Phillies, Royals, Mariners, and of course the Pirates.
With 1884 career major league games under his belt and nearly 8000 plate appearances, Santana has accumulated some stats in his time. But it just so happens that he is approaching a couple big milestones that Brewers fans may get to witness while he dons the jersey of their favorite team.
New first baseman Carlos Santana is on pace to join both the 300-homer and 1000-RBI clubs as a member of the Brewers.
Let's start with home runs since they are always a fan favorite. Santana has one homer in his six games since joining the Brewers. That brings him to 291 home runs in his long career, just nine shy of 300 for his career.
Santana would become the 158th player to pass the 300 home run mark for his career, but that's if he gets there before a few other active major leaguers who are also closing in on that milestone. Just a bit closer than him are Anthony Rizzo (295) and now ex-teammate Andrew McCutchen (297) while Bryce Harper (290) is nipping on his heels.
Some notable ex-Brewers who are in the 300-homer club include the legendary Hank Aaron (755), Gary Sheffield (509), Nelson Cruz (464), Aramis Ramirez (386), Ryan Braun (352), and Prince Fielder (319), among others.
With his home run for Milwaukee, Santana also drew one RBI closer to another big milestone. He is now just 21 RBI shy of joining the 1000 RBI club, which should certainly also be achievable this season barring any injuries.
That club is a bit less exclusive as there are 302 major leaguers who have reached that mark for their career. At 979 RBI, Santana is one of two players who have a real shot at crossing the 1000 RBI milestone, the other being the Dodgers' J.D. Martinez (974).
Getting to see players cross big career milestones is always cool as a fan and it's a fun story that the Brewers added a player who has a chance at passing two of them. Hopefully that ends up happening at home with the Milwaukee fans giving a well-deserved ovation.