It’s pretty clear that Ryan Braun is putting together a special season. Depending on who you ask, he may be the leading candidate for NL MVP. When you look at the numbers, though, is it possible he’s having the best all-around offensive season we’ve ever seen from a Brewers player?
I take a look at Braun’s case for that title over at OnMilwaukee.com, so check it out if you haven’t already. A little snippet is below.
Adding to the rarity of Braun’s 2011 season is the fact that he also hit the 100 runs scored and 100 runs batted in milestones over the weekend. He’s the only Brewer to ever record a 30-30-100-100 season — [Tommy] Harper scored 104 runs in 1970, but only drove in 82 — and just the 22nd player in baseball history to do it (Matt Kemp became the 23rd a day later).
There are certainly others that are in the conversation — Paul Molitor put up ridiculous numbers when he was healthy in 1987 — but Braun compares favorably to just about anyone else.