Braun makes Brewers history with 1,500 hits

Braun makes Brewers history with 1,500 hits

MILWAUKEE -- Was it a hit or an error? The official ruling was hit, putting Ryan Braun in the record books.

Braun became the fifth player in Brewers history to reach 1,500 hits with the team thanks to an infield single in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's 5-4 win over the A's at Miller Park. Like Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor and Jim Gantner before him, Braun's milestone hit was a single, a hard-hit grounder that caromed off first baseman Billy Butler's glove and was still under review by official scorer Tim O'Driscoll when a graphic prematurely appeared on the scoreboard celebrating the moment. Braun doffed his helmet to the crowd.

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In the end, the play went in the books as a hit.

"I thought it was a hit," Braun said. "Obviously, I hit it really hard. I didn't really watch what happened off the bat. I was hoping it would be a hit. It worked out."

Braun got to 1,500 Brewers hits in 1,266 games. Only Cooper (1,191 games) and Molitor (1,233) got there faster.

"It's cool," Braun said. "All the big, round numbers are something baseball has always been infatuated with. Certainly, it's a cool number."

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Braun called it "special" to be mentioned alongside four the most beloved players in franchise history, and said he hoped to log many more hits in a Brewers uniform.

Earlier in his career, 3,000 hits seemed a possibility for Braun, but now even he conceded that figure sounds distant. Braun is on a 165-hit pace this season, and even if one gives him those 165, and spots him that many hits every season beyond that, Braun would have to play injury-free for nine more years -- into his age 41 season -- to get to 3,000. Yount holds the team record with 3,142 hits.

"I don't even know if I'll want to play that long," Braun said with a smile. "I'll see where life takes me. Physically, at 32 it's definitely more challenging than it was at 22, so just the thought of trying to play at 41, 42 sounds daunting. I'll take it one day at a time and see where life takes me.

"Any of the big numbers, it's so incredible. The longevity, the consistency for anybody to approach any of those big numbers is just incredible to me. Three thousand hits is remarkable."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.