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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Corey Hart

Feb 26, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart (1) during photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park.  Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 26, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart (1) during photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

On this day in 1982 Jon Corey Hart was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was 18 years old when the Brewers selected him in the eleventh round (321st overall pick) in the 2000 draft, picking him four slots after the Rockies selected outfielder Brad Hawpe and eleven picks before the Red Sox took infielder Freddy Sanchez.

Hart started his professional career right away after being drafted, and by 2003 he was Baseball America's #91 prospect following a season where he hit .283/.352/.532 as a 20 year old splitting time between High A and AA. He received his first taste of the big leagues when the Brewers gave him a single plate appearance in 2004, and by 2007 he was a full time regular.

The rest, of course, you probably remember. Hart has been the Brewers' primary right fielder for each of the last five seasons and batted .278/.336/.492 with 113 home runs over that time. With Prince Fielder gone, Hart has been with the team longer than any other current Brewer. In his 796 career games for Milwaukee Hart has worked his way into the franchise's all time top 20 in home runs, games, runs, hits, doubles, RBI and strikeouts.

Hart turns 30 today. With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to: