The Milwaukee Brewers announced former right fielder/first baseman Corey Hart will be inducted into the Milwaukee Brewers Wall Of Honor before Friday night’s home game against the Miami Marlins. Hart will be the 60th player on the Wall, which essentially serves as the Brewers Hall of Fame and is on display outside of Miller Park on the north side of the building. Among others, Hart joins Brewer legends Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and Henry “Hank” Aaron along with more recent contributors such as Craig Counsell, Ben Sheets and Richie Sexson. Hart also announced he will officially retire from Major League Baseball as a Milwaukee Brewer.
Corey Hart was recently one of Milwaukee’s best, most consistent contributors. He played for the team from 2004 to 2012 and enjoyed his most productive seasons in a Brewers’ uniform. Many Brewers fans were split on the effectiveness of Hart despite incredibly consistent and productive numbers from 2006-2012. He will be fondly remembered as a versatile hitter with a country-themed walk-up song who always seemed to chase that slider tailing out of the zone. More significantly, he was an important piece of the Braun-Fielder-Weeks-Sheets era that nearly made it to the World Series in 2011.
Drafted in the 11th round of the 2000 amateur draft, Hart eventually made his major league debut in 2004 before hopping between Class AAA and the Majors in 2005. He finally broke out in 2006, recording a .283/.328/.468 slash line en route to establishing himself as a future starter in right field. From there, he averaged an impressive .280/.336/.508 slash line as a Brewer, in addition to season averages of 26 home runs, 84 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a WAR of 3.02. In 2007, he became the first Brewer in five years to record a 20 home run, 20 stolen base season. He did so again in 2008, becoming the first player in history to do so in back to back seasons. Impressively, Hart managed to keep his numbers consistent despite batting in different spots in the order, eventually batting leadoff during the team’s 2011 playoff run. He was a solid if unspectacular right fielder who occasionally filled in at first base when needed.
Hart was an All-Star in 2008 and 2010, as well as participating in the 2010 Home Run Derby. He enjoyed his finest season in 2010, finishing with 31 home runs, 102 RBIs and a .283/.340/.525 batting line. Among qualified players, he ranks sixth all-time in franchise slugging percentage.
In order to be inducted, a player must meet at least one of the following criteria while in a Brewers’ uniform:
- 2,000 or more plate appearances
- 1,000 or more innings pitched
- 50 appearances as a pitcher
- Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
- Manager of a pennant-winning team
- Individuals recognized with a statue on the Miller Park Plaza
- Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers
Currently active players who qualify for the Wall of Honor and figure to follow in Corey’s footsteps include Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, John Axford, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.