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Carlos Gomez, left, and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, far right, began a bench-clearing ball on Sunday.
Carlos Gomez, left, and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, far right, began a bench-clearing ball on Sunday. (Photo:

Top 5 Brewers brawls of all-time

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole started one of the biggest baseball brawls in recent memory, leading us to remember the top bench clearing melee's in team history.

1. Mike Caldwell vs. Reggie Jackson

After a couple brush back pitches from the Brewers lefty on July 27, 1979, Jackson threw his bat halfway to mound after popping out to third. Caldwell picked it up, tried to snap it in half, and a brawl ensued with Jackson wrapping his hands around Caldwell’s throat.

Two days later, the squads fought again when Jim Gantner caught a forearm from Lou Piniella, clearing the benches – which resulted in Yankees pitcher Luis Tiant emerging from the clubhouse wearing nothing but a towel and clenching a cigar.

2. "Go-Go" goes off in Pittsburgh
This incident led to punches being thrown, including by teammate Martin Maldonado.

3. "The Kid" sticks up for "Gumby"
On July 20, 1982, the benches cleared when Robin Yount ran over Minnesota Twins shortstop Lenny Faedo without sliding in the sixth, in retaliation for Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek going in high on second baseman Jim Gantner in the fifth inning, knocking him out of the game. Hrbek and Brewers pitcher Bob McClure were ejected for fighting.

4. "Scrap Iron" fights everyone

It’s truly hard to pick one of former Brewers manager Phil Garner’s scraps, because they’re all equally ridiculous – but these three definitely stand out:

  • On July 25, 1993 Garner and White Sox first base coach Doug Mansolino got in a tussle after White Sox announcers Ken Harelson and Tom Paciorek had accused Garner of ordering his pitchers to hit Sox hitters.

  • Oddly, the brawl on Aug. 24, 1993 started because Oakland A’s closer Dennis Eckersley was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, which later led to manager Tony LaRussa’s ejection. Garner complained about the time LaRussa’s ejection was taking, causing LaRussa to go after Garner. That led the benches to clear, resulting A’s…
Seeing Ryan Braun slam home runs in bunches shouldn't be a surprise.
Seeing Ryan Braun slam home runs in bunches shouldn't be a surprise. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Braun's power surges no surprise

Ryan Braun "broke out" Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia with a three-homer performance in a Milwaukee Brewers victory, his first long balls of 2014 and his first since May 22, 2013.

Factoring in injury and suspension, it was a 25-game drought.

If it seems like a long time, it is – but not for Braun.

In 2010, he went 22 games without a home run. In fact, Braun typically goes long stretches without going deep.

Here are Braun’s longest homerless streaks:

2007: 10 games
2008: 18, 10, 15, 13, 10
2009: 17, 19, 10, 14
2010: 14, 15, 11, 11, 22
2011: 13, 16, 11, 11
2012: 10, 11
2013: 11, 10, 20

And those are just the double-digit periods. In his career, he has gone at least five consecutive games without a home run 58 times.

In 950 career games, Braun has gone without a home run 529 times.

With the three dingers Tuesday, don’t be surprised if Braun hits two to three more in the next week, either. This is what he does.

He typically catches fire in pockets of games anywhere from four to eight times in a season.

2007: 34 homers in 61 total games.
2008: 31 in 47
2009: 24 in 42
2010: 14 in 30
2011: 25 in 49
2012: 34 in 63
2013: 6 in 11

Of his 214 career home runs, 168 have come in just 303 games.

What does it all mean?

It means he’s the epitome of a "streak" power hitter, and he’s been that way since Day 1 in the major leagues back in 2007.

So, enjoy the ride for the next week, and wait patiently for the next wave to roll in.