It's All-Star Monday, which means there isn't much going on until tonight's Home Run Derby. I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the career and season milestones achieved by Brewers players recently. This will probably turn into a weekly feature, though having half of this week off doesn't leave much time for setting new marks. That's okay, though, as there's usually something out there.
Milestones Achieved This Week:
- The Crew lost 5-0 last Tuesday, but Craig Counsell showed up to play. The plucky veteran singled to lead off the third inning and stole second base during Prince Fielder's at bat. The steal was Counsell's third of the season, and more notably, the 100th of his career.
- This one belongs in the "Where Has The Time Gone?" file. When he took the field on Saturday night, Prince Fielder appeared in his 600th major league game. The big first baseman became only the 25th Brewer ever to appear in 600 games for the club. Bill Hall leads active Brewers with 820 games while Robin Yount played in a franchise record 2856 contests. Prince just seems too young to have played almost four full seasons.
- Staying with Prince, he walked three times in Sunday's game. The first walk was the 300th of his career. That makes him seventeenth in Brewers history, between Johnny Briggs and Jose Valentin. If he keeps walking at anything resembling his current pace for the rest of the year, he'll vault up to 12th by October.
- Last but not least, rookie Mat Gamel hit the first sacrifice fly of his career on Friday. He won't stay at one for long but while he's there, he's tied with Brewers luminaries like Jeff Liefer, Matt Stairs, Chuckie Carr, Ned Yost, and Phil Roof.
Things to Watch For:
- Sometime in the next few weeks, Jason Kendall will pass Gary Carter for third all-time on the total chances accepted by a catcher list. He currently sits at 12964, 145 behind Carter's 13109. Kendall averages 7.5 chances per start.
- Continuing with the Kendall theme, his next at bat will be the 7000th of his career. He'll be only the ninth catcher to reach that level.
- Jody Gerut is 2 RBI away from 200 for his career. He might get there this year.
- Corey Hart is only six walks away from his career high of 36. He hasn't walked since July 3, however.
- Casey McGehee is one grand slam away from the Brewers rookie record for grand slams by a rookie. He's currently tied with six others, most recently JJ Hardy in 2005, at one.