Ryan Braun's HRs: By the numbers

BY Dave Heller • August 20, 2015

Ryan Braun became the Milwaukee Brewers' all-time home run leader Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park, passing Robin Yount.

Yount held the record for nearly 22 years. At one point it seemed as though Prince Fielder could have overtaken him (Fielder finished with 230 as a Brewer) and really Braun could hold the record for just as long as Yount, if not longer, especially since he could top 400 home runs in Milwaukee.

Now that Braun is at the top of the list, here's some facts and figures on his record 252 home runs.

Milestone home runs: 1st -- May 26, 2007 at San Diego off Justin Germano. In Braun's second major-league game he hit a solo shot with two out in the third inning. 100th -- Sept. 11, 2009 at Arizona off former Brewer Doug Davis. 200th -- Sept. 16, 2012 at Miller Park off the New York Mets' Chris Young.

Home/road: Braun is nearly even in his home run splits. He has hit 128 HRs at Miller Park and 124 on the road.

Most vs. an opponent: Braun has homered off 23 teams. He has hit the most against the Cincinnati Reds (28). Not surprisingly, Braun's top five teams he's homered against are all current or former National League Central teams -- Cincinnati, Pittsburgh (27), Houston (26), Chicago (23) and St. Louis (18). The most home runs he's hit against a non-NL Central team is 18 versus Philadelphia. Braun's most home runs against an American League team (Houston excluded) is nine versus Minnesota, which again shouldn't come as a shock since Milwaukee plays the Twins every season. Taking out the Twins, Braun's most against an AL team is three versus Detroit, Boston and Toronto.

Homerless opponents: The teams Braun has not homered off are: Milwaukee (of course), New York Yankees, Baltimore, Chicago White Sox, Oakland, Seattle and Tampa Bay.

Most vs. a pitcher: Braun has hit four home runs against six pitchers, the majority of whom are still active, so perhaps someone will break away from the pack. The six are: Bronson Arroyo, Jorge De La Rosa, Aaron Harang, Tommy Hanson, Tim Lincecum and Wandy Rodriguez.

Longest home run: According to Greg Rybarczyk's Hit Tracker, Braun's longest true distance home run was 476 feet off the immortal Andy Cavazos of St. Louis at Miller Park on Sept. 24, 2007.

Multiple-HR games: Braun has 20 two-homer games and twice has hit three in a game.

Grand slams: Five, including two this season (off Cincinnati's Jumbo Diaz on April 29 and Philadelphia's Aaron Harang on Aug. 16).

First-pitch swinging: Braun has hit 56 home runs on the first pitch of an at-bat. His next highest is 30 on an 0-1 count. On hitter' counts (2-0 and 3-1) Braun has hit just 14 home runs. In fact, those two are at the bottom of the list on his home runs by count, although Braun has never hit a home run on a 3-0 pitch (he has hit 16 on an 0-2 pitch).

Off the bench: Braun has one pinch-hit home run and it came on June 3, 2011 in Miami off the Marlins' Juan Carlos Oviedo. Milwaukee was trailing 5-4 in the ninth inning when Braun hit for Mike McClendon with a runner on first and his homer helped the Brewers win 6-5. It would be the last win of McClendon's career.

Walking it off: Braun has ended three games by hitting a home run -- and on two of those, current Brewers manager Craig Counsell was on base. The list: Sept. 24, 2008, a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning against Pittsburgh's Jesse Chavez at Miller Park; Sept. 26, 2009, a two-run shot off Philadelphia's Tyler Walker at Miller Park in the bottom of the ninth; Sept. 13, 2011, a solo homer off Colorado's Matt Lindstrom in the bottom of the 11th at Miller Park. Braun had one other extra-inning homer, Sept. 7, 2012 at St. Louis, a solo HR off Lance Lynn which broke a 4-all tie in a game the Brewers would win 5-4.

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