clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Ryan Braun ties Brewers franchise record for home runs

New, comments

Braun hit his 251st home run Sunday afternoon, tying him with Robin Yount for most in franchise history.

David Banks/Getty Images

Robin Yount is no longer alone at the top of all-time best Brewers home run hitters. With a grand slam home run off Aaron Harang of the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, Ryan Braun has tied Yount for the franchise lead with 251 total home runs.

Braun took a 1-1 curveball to left-center field, topping off a five-run inning for Milwaukee to make the score 5-1. The blast was Braun's 21st home run of the year as he re-establishes his power stroke following two down years due in large part to a damaged nerve in his thumb.

The former NL MVP has long been a prolific power hitter, and his longevity with the team has all but assured he would pass Yount at some point. From his rookie 2007 campaign through 2012, he averaged 34 long balls a year. He had just 28 total from 2013-2014, however, so this moment has been a long time coming.

Braun -- still just 31 years old -- is under contract with the Brewers through at least 2020, so he has a number of home runs to hit. Though sluggers like Gary Sheffield and Prince Fielder came through the Brewers system, no player with such great power numbers has stuck with the team like Braun has. Time will tell what his final numbers will look like, but 400+ home runs is far from out of question.

Since he broke into the league, Braun has been etching a name for himself in franchise history. Now he's tied himself with one of the most beloved Brewers of all time with 251 home runs. Soon, Braun will stand alone at that mountaintop.

Here is the Brewers new top-5 in home runs:

1. Ryan Braun (251)
1. Robin Yount (251)
3. Prince Fielder (230)
4. Geoff Jenkins (212)
5. Gorman Thomas (208)