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Ryan Braun hits 200th, 201st career homers versus Mets

Sep 16, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

Ryan Braun

3:40 p.m. EDT update: Braun just added his second solo shot of the game, giving him 201 career homers.

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Ryan Braun became the seventh player in major league history to reach 200 homers within his first six seasons when he took the Mets’ Chris Young deep on Sunday.

Here’s the list of players with the most homers through six seasons:

257 – Ralph Kiner (1946-51)
250 – Albert Pujols (2001-06)
222 – Ryan Howard (2004-09)
222 – Eddie Mathews (1952-57)
203 – Mark Teixeira (2003-08)
202 – Frank Robinson (1956-61)
200 – Ryan Braun (2007-12)
198 – Joe DiMaggio (1936-41)
198 – Adam Dunn (2001-06)
197 – Ted Williams (1939-47)

Braun went to college and didn’t debut in the majors until age-23, so he wouldn’t fare so well on an age-based home run list. Still, this is pretty impressive company he’s keeping here.

In case you’re wondering how the all-time home run leaders fared through six seasons, Hank Aaron is tops in the 700 club, with 179 homers. Barry Bonds had 142 homers through six seasons (23 fewer than his father had). Still pitching for Boston, Babe Ruth had 59 homers in his first six seasons.

  1. randygnyc - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    200*

    • wisbadgers - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      This is an article about Ryan Braun, not Jason Giambi or Alex Rodriguez. Please read more careful next time.

      • mazblast - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        Read more CAREFULLY, not “careful”.

        And the article has nothing to do with Giambi, A-Rod, or any of the other Yankee juicers. Not that they ever did anything while with the YANKEES, of course.

    • temporarilyexiled - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:57 AM

      randygnyc*

  2. uwsptke - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Congrats to Braun on another significant achievement. Nobody in the NL has been better this year, especially considering everything he’s had to overcome.

    • mazblast - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      “everything he’s had to overcome” has been strictly his own doing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Braun fan, but it’s not as if he’s overcome cancer or even a knee injury.

      • hasekneverretires - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        Yeah, huge fan. It shows.

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Yes, blame the testing!! LOL Poor Braun.

  3. randygnyc - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Um, Ryan Braun failed a drug test but only managed to escape punishment due to a procedural technicality.

    • madnova - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      He didn’t “only” escape punishment due to a procedural technicality…once the collection error was in play, they didn’t have to defend any further.

      Think of it like a walk off single…Sure, the team may have been able to add a few more runs after that if they were allowed to bat, but MLB rules say once the home team takes the lead in the 9th or later, the game is over.

  4. blarry21 - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Braun truly is the real deal. Just proof that he really wasn’t juicing. The numbers are better than last year.

    • paperlions - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      One thing this is not is proof he wasn’t juicing. Indeed, it isn’t even evidence of that.

      It is possible he’s still using something that isn’t tested for….or more likely than that, it is evidence that whether your are using or not, a little testosterone just doesn’t change on-field performance of baseball players very much. It isn’t like Braun had a muscle-bound physique like those that were so common throughout the 90s.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

        Excellent deductive reasoning.

  5. shaggytoodle - Sep 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I think this shows that Braun isn’t guilty as all the people that want to make him out to be. There is A LOT of the story no one knows,

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      The only other possibility is he was set up. The testosterone levels were sky high. How did that happen?

      Either he was set up or he cheated and got away on a technicality.

      • shaggytoodle - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        I agree with, something silly going on, with his test. For it to be as high as it was, but I also wonder if there was a medical condition.

        Its one thing to ask questions, its another thing to just bash a person.

        You got a guy like Cabrera who tried using a fake web site to help clear his name, while Braun stated that he was honest and claims he told them everything, Probably sounding quite credible, because I don’t believe that just screaming chain of command would get someone off a suspension, but we shoudn’t have known that, because Braun unfortunetly had to deal with leaks, and lack confidentiallity.

        It also stinks, because no matter where his career goes from that day foward, there will always be a cloud over his head.

  6. wisbadgers - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    What this proves is that “haters gotta hate”!!!!
    I think it’s safe to say that he’s being tested this season on a regular basis, doesn’t have the protection of Prince Fielder and he’s putting up great numbers.

    Keep on hating haters!!!

  7. downhillrider - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    probably most tested guy in MLB and still knocking em out. Unfortunately he wont get the MVP votes and they will probably go to Posey.

  8. fathersworkandfamily - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    That’s a lot of home runs to hit against just one team!!!! ;)

  9. chargrz - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Braun is just another cheater like A-Rod, Bonds , Etc.. except he got lucky on a technicality.

    • hasekneverretires - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Please see your response from the comment posted by wisbadgers1 (3 above you, hater!!!)

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