Ryan Braun
Major League baseball player
Ryan Braun
Ryan Joseph Braun, nicknamed The Hebrew Hammer, is an American baseball left fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). A perennial standout, he was ranked number seven by the Sporting News in its 2012 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, and is the reigning National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP).
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Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday's MLB games
Yahoo News - 6 months
Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Tuesday: Cardinals 9, Pirates 7 The St. Louis Cardinals lost an early five-run lead but rallied with three two-out homers in the ninth Tuesday at PNC Park for a 9-7 win over the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost their eight straight. Brewers 12, Cubs 5 Wily Peralta worked into the eighth inning and Milwaukee collected 15 hits -- including home runs from Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun -- in a drubbing of National League Central-leading Chicago at Miller Park. Nationals 9, Braves 7 Pinch-runner Michael A. Taylor scored the go-ahead run on an error in the last of the eighth and Washington broke a tie with three runs that inning to beat Atlanta.
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Braun's 2 HRs, 7 RBIs Power Brewers Over Diamondbacks
NYTimes - 7 months
Ryan Braun tied a team record by driving in seven runs, hitting two homers and powering the Milwaukee Brewers over the Arizona Diamondbacks 15-6 Saturday night.
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Drew Pomeranz's Journey To The Red Sox Was Well Worth The Wait
Huffington Post - 7 months
Drew Pomeranz did the unthinkable in 2016. Despite being traded for the third time in six years and despite battling an onslaught of shoulder problems, the 27-year-old pitcher earned the first All-Star appearance of his career. Better yet, the Midsummer Classic took place in San Diego, where he’d been starring for the lowly Padres, accumulating the third-best ERA in baseball (2.47) while ranking first in opponents’ batting average (.184) for all National League pitchers. Yet less than 48 hours after the All-Star Game ― in which Pomeranz pitched a scoreless inning in relief ― he found out he’d been traded to the Boston Red Sox. He wasn’t necessarily surprised, however. Although the recently engaged pitcher did have to bow out of wedding-planning mode, getting set to play for his fourth team in six years almost felt like a relief. “I’ve been hearing stuff for a while about different teams that were on me,” the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Pomeranz told The Huffington Post. “My agent calle ...
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Ryan Braun Wants To 'Retire At A Young Age'
Huffington Post - 7 months
Ryan Braun has cemented himself as one of the elite all-around players in Major League Baseball. A six-time All-Star and the 2011 NL MVP, Braun is the unquestioned face of the Milwaukee Brewers. But it hasn’t always been that simple. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs (totaling 65 regular season games) for violating the league’s drug policy through his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Braun, in the middle of his most productive season since, caught up exclusively with The Huffington Post to discuss the scandal from the fans’ perspective, as well as how he’s balanced fatherhood with baseball and why he wants to retire young. Oh, and he weighs in on Kevin Durant. You are the father of a 2-year-old. How do you manage that role with recognizing how important rest is? The sleep thing is challenging; obviously with a baby and a second baby on the way, I think your definition of a good night’s slee ...
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A position change out of left field, but Howie Kendrick rolls with it
LATimes - 7 months
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun took a hefty swing in the eighth inning of a June 30 game in Miller Park and lifted a fly ball that Howie Kendrick, stationed in left field for the Dodgers, initially thought was going over his head. “I took a step back and thought, ‘Oh, crap, that’s not going...
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A position change out of left field, but Howie Kendrick rolls with it
LATimes - 7 months
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun took a hefty swing in the eighth inning of a June 30 game in Miller Park and lifted a fly ball that Howie Kendrick, stationed in left field for the Dodgers, initially thought was going over his head. “I took a step back and thought, ‘Oh, crap, that’s not going...
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A position change out of left field, but Howie Kendrick rolls with it
LATimes - 7 months
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun took a hefty swing in the eighth inning of a June 30 game in Miller Park and lifted a fly ball that Howie Kendrick, stationed in left field for the Dodgers, initially thought was going over his head. “I took a step back and thought, ‘Oh, crap, that’s not going...
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Guerra, Brewers beat Stewart, Dodgers 7-0
Fox News - 8 months
MILWAUKEE (AP) Junior Guerra allowed two hits over eight innings, Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and a two-run double and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run shot to carry the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, spoiling the major league debut of Brock Stewart.
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16 Of The Longest Suspensions In Sports History
Yahoo News - 8 months
Performance-enhancing drugs and gambling have derailed a handful of great careers.Keywords: Suspension, Ban, NFL, MLB, NBA, Tennis, Maria Sharapova, Alex Rodriguez, Ron Artest, Lance Armstrong, Black Sox, Ryan Braun, Luis Suarez
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Braun back in Brewers' lineup vs Mets after missing 4 games
Fox News - 9 months
NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Braun is back in the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup after missing four games with a stiff back.
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Brewers' Braun making progress after back surgery
Fox News - about 1 year
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun says he hopes to be back at 100 percent when the regular season starts.
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Baseball-Highlights of Monday's MLB games
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Rangers 2, Astros 1 Robinson Chirinos' sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning drove in Adrian Beltre with the winning run as the Texas Rangers beat Houston 2-1 at Minute Maid Park on Monday, ending the Astros' 10-game winning streak. Pinch-hitter Rougned Odor struck out but Chirinos hit a fly ball to medium center and Jake Marisnick's throw home was wide of the plate. - - - Brewers 4, Dodgers 3 Ryan Braun drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Milwaukee extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Craig Counsell's managerial debut for the Brewers.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ryan Braun
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 32
    In 2016, Braun moved back to left field.
    More Details Hide Details Braun's father Joe, most of whose side of the family was murdered in the Holocaust, was born in Israel. His father immigrated to the United States at age seven. His father is Jewish and his mother Diane is Catholic. Braun said "I am Jewish", and "I'm extremely proud to be a role model for young Jewish kids." "It's something I'm really proud of. But I don't want to make it into something more than what it is. I didn't have a Bar Mitzvah. I didn't celebrate the holidays." He reiterated: "It's something that draws a lot of interest and something I take pride in." Braun's mother, however, said he is not Jewish. Braun's nickname "The Hebrew Hammer", which was also a nickname for former All-Stars Al Rosen and Hank Greenberg, refers to his Jewish heritage. It is also the nickname of former teammate Gabe Kapler and alludes to former Milwaukee star Hank Aaron (whose nickname was "Hammerin' Hank"), and the movie The Hebrew Hammer, starring Adam Goldberg. In response to the nickname, Braun's mother reiterated, "He's totally not Jewish. I heard some organization started called him ‘The Hebrew Hammer.’ I said, ‘Oh no.’ My mother would be rolling over in her grave if she heard that."
  • 2014
    Age 30
    In 2014, Braun moved to right field for the Brewers after right fielder Norichika Aoki was traded to the Royals, opening a spot for Khris Davis to play left field.
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    On July 23, 2014, Sasson was arrested outside of the courtroom after a hearing on Braun's contempt motion.
    More Details Hide Details Roughly 3 weeks later, the Milwaukee County District Attorney notified Sasson that no contempt charges would be filed as Sasson's YouTube posting was not in violation of any law or valid court order. Sasson has appealed the decision to dismiss the case. On appeal, Sasson argued that he never acted in bad faith and never violated the seal order; that the seal order violated his First Amendment rights by placing "prior restraints" on his "pure speech"; and that the seal order was "instituted in violation of Sasson's due process." Braun responded by arguing that Sasson waived his First Amendment right to free speech and his Fourteenth Amendment right to due process. In June 2015 the appeals court ruled that the dismissal was properly exercised due to the fact that Sasson had never provided evidence that Braun had made disparaging remarks in writing. Braun has the ability to hit for average and significant power. His fluid swing is compact and short, with tremendous bat speed and a protracted follow-through. Braun waits well on offspeed pitches, and uses the entire field. He drives the ball, no matter where it is in the strike zone. Brewers hitting coach Jim Skaalen observed: "He's got tremendously quick hands and really hits through the ball. He stays on the ball as well as anyone we've got."
    After filing the suit, Braun's attorneys attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed, but in January 2014, a Milwaukee County judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2014, the lawsuit was dismissed by presiding Judge Paul R. Van Grunsven citing Sasson's "egregious" misconduct and bad faith throughout the pre-trial process. In January 2014, the judge granted a motion to seal the entire case and ordered Sasson to not speak about the case in any respect whatsoever. After the case was dismissed, Sasson posted a portion of his own videotaped deposition on YouTube. Sasson's actions prompted Braun and his attorneys to motion the court to have Sasson held in contempt.
    ESPN reported that Braun could have been suspended for as many as 100 games if found guilty, although the appeals process could take months and not yield a suspension until 2014.
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    Through 2014, he was fifth among all active ballplayers in career slugging percentage, and second among active left fielders in career fielding percentage.
    More Details Hide Details In 2015, Braun was named to the All Star Team representing the National League. It was the sixth time he was selected as an All Star, a team record, surpassing the prior record shared with Cecil Cooper and Paul Molitor. On August 19, Braun hit his 252nd career homerun during a game against the Miami Marlins setting the record as All-Time Home Run leader in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history. The record was previously held by Robin Yount. On December 10, 2011, a confidential urine test conducted in October 2011 was leaked to ESPN's Outside the Lines. They reported that Braun had tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone caused by a performance-enhancing drug and faced a 50-game suspension. The Daily News quoted a source who said that the test results were "insanely high, the highest ever for anyone who has ever taken a test, twice the level of the highest test ever taken". A second test conducted by an independent laboratory showed normal testosterone levels. Braun appealed the positive drug test in January 2012, and a three-member panel overturned the results on a 2-to-1 vote on February 22, 2012. It was the first time that a MLB player had successfully challenged a drug test result. The arbitration panel, consisting of MLB representative Rob Manfred, players' union lawyer Michael Weiner, and Shyam Das, determined that Braun had raised valid questions about the manner in which test collector Dino Laurenzi, Jr. had handled his sample.
    In 2014, Braun batted a career-low .266, with 19 home runs while leading the Brewers with 81 RBIs and tying for the team lead with 6 triples.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with 230 career home runs, tied with Prince Fielder for second on the all-time Brewers list, trailing only Robin Yount (251), and during the season he tied Brewers records with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs in one game. He also became the 12th player to appear in 1,000 games with the Brewers. Braun underwent surgery in October to desensitize the pain receptors near the nerves at the base of his right thumb. The problem was affecting his grip on the bat. The surgery was performed by Dr. Vernon Williams.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 29
    In September 2013, SURG Restaurant Group, which manages Ryan Braun's Graffito Restaurant and 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill, announced that it will end its relationship with Braun. 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill changed its name to "Hom" after losing their affiliation with Braun. and Graffito closed in October of that year.
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    On June 4, 2013, ESPN reported that MLB was preparing suspensions for players linked to using PEDs provided by Biogenesis of America, and its founder, Anthony Bosch.
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    On July 22, 2013, Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the season for violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
    More Details Hide Details After the Brewers traded right fielder Norichika Aoki to the Royals for pitcher Will Smith, Braun moved to right field to open a spot for Khris Davis to play left field.
    In 2013, Braun played in 61 games with a .298 batting average including 14 doubles, 9 home runs, and 38 RBIs in 225 at-bats.
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    After MLB's investigation following the Biogenesis scandal, on July 22, 2013, Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs (totaling 65 regular season games) for violating the league's drug policy.
    More Details Hide Details The two seasons following Braun's return from the suspension have seen his career-lows for full seasons in the major leagues in terms of hits, batting average, RBI and home runs.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, MLB officials were particularly angered by a speech Braun made during 2012 spring training in which he attacked Laurenzi's integrity and the integrity of the drug program as a whole.
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    Braun finished second in National League MVP voting for 2012, behind Buster Posey.
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    Braun was awarded the 2012 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the fifth year in a row.
    More Details Hide Details His five consecutive awards are the longest active streak in the major leagues.
    By driving in more than 100 runs in 2012 for the fifth consecutive year, Braun became the first player in Brewers history to have five 100-RBI seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Cecil Cooper and Prince Fielder each drove in 100 runs four times. Braun became the ninth player in major league history to have a season of 40 home runs and 30 stolen bases.
    In 2012, Braun led the National League in home runs (41), runs scored (108), total bases (356), and power-speed number (34.6), and led the league in OPS (.987) and extra-base hits (80) for the second consecutive year.
    More Details Hide Details He was 2nd in the NL in RBIs (112), slugging percentage (.595), and hits (191), 3rd in batting average (.319), 4th in on-base percentage (.391), and 9th in stolen bases (30). On defense, he led all NL left fielders in putouts (276) and in range factor/game (1.87).
    On April 30, 2012, he became the first player to hit 3 home runs in one game at Petco Park.
    More Details Hide Details Braun was named to his fifth consecutive NL All-Star team as a reserve outfielder. It marked Braun's fifth All-Star honor, tying him with Cecil Cooper and Paul Molitor for the most in Brewers franchise history. On July 20, Braun had his 1,000th career hit. He accomplished the feat in his 815th game, sooner in his career than Pete Rose, the all-time hits leader, who did it in his 831st game. On September 16, Braun hit his 200th career home run, against the New York Mets. In his following at bat, Braun hit another home run, his 40th of the year, the first time he had reached the 40-home-run mark.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    In the lawsuit, Sasson, who claims to be a law student, alleges that he assisted Braun in his original arbitration resulting from a positive drug test in 2011 and that afterwards, Braun refused to pay him.
    More Details Hide Details Sasson also alleges that Braun's use of performance-enhancing drugs dates back to Braun's days at the University of Miami.
    On November 22, Braun was named the NL MVP award winner for the 2011 season, receiving 20 of 32 first place votes.
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    He was named the team's 2011 MVP in unanimous voting by the Milwaukee chapter of the BBWAA.
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    Braun was awarded the 2011 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the fourth year in a row.
    More Details Hide Details That set a Brewers team record, and he became the fourth NL outfielder to win the award four years in a row.
    In the 2011 playoffs, through October 14 Braun set the major league postseason record by reaching base in the first inning in nine consecutive playoff games.
    More Details Hide Details He also tied Yount and Molitor for the Brewers' team record with his 22nd career postseason hit, and tied Charlie Moore for team's longest postseason hitting streak, at 7 games. In the postseason he led the Brewers with a .405 batting average, while driving in a team-best 10 RBIs.
    Through 2011, he was third among active ballplayers in career slugging percentage (.563), behind Pujols and Alex Rodriguez, and first among left fielders in career fielding percentage (.994).
    More Details Hide Details He was also the Brewers' all-time leader in career batting average (.312), slugging percentage, and OPS (.933), and fourth in on-base percentage (.371).
    In 2011, Braun became the second Brewer (and 56th player in MLB history) to join the 30–30 club.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the second player in Brewers' history to have two 20-steals/20-homers seasons. He became the first Brewer to post three 100-run, 100-RBI seasons. In addition, he became one of three Brewers who have had four 100-RBI seasons.
    In 2011, Braun led the National League in slugging percentage (.597), OPS (.994), and extra base hits (77).
    More Details Hide Details He was 2nd in the NL in batting average (.332), runs (109), and total bases (336), 4th in RBIs (111) and doubles (38; tied), 5th in on-base percentage (.397) and hits (187), 6th in home runs (33; T), and 7th in stolen bases (33; a career high). On defense, he led all major league left fielders in fielding percentage, at .996. Braun became the 7th player to have at least four 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons in his first five years. He also became the 11th major leaguer to hit at least 30 home runs in four of his first five seasons.
    In 2011, Braun was again named to Sporting News list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No. 16.
    More Details Hide Details A panel of 21 MLB executives was polled to arrive at the list. He was named NL Player of the Month for April, after tying for the NL lead in home runs (10) and runs scored (24), while setting a new team record by reaching base in 28 consecutive games to start a season (erasing Yount's record of 23 games, set in 1983). He was also named NL Player of the Week, for the week ended April 25. He led all National League players in All Star balloting, with an NL-record 5.93 million votes, as he garnered more votes than any other NL outfielder for the fourth year in a row. He was voted an NL All Star starter for a franchise record fourth time. Braun had a 23-game hitting streak, the third-longest in team history. On August 31, he hit a ball deep to left-center field and tried for an inside-the-park home run, but fell on his way to home plate and was tagged out. The crowd gave him a standing ovation for his effort.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    Braun was also voted to the 2010 NL Sporting News All Star Team, making the team for the third year in a row.
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    Braun was awarded the 2010 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the third year in a row.
    More Details Hide Details He became the second Brewer to win a Silver Slugger Award in three consecutive years. Robin Yount is the only other Brewer to have won the award three times (1980, 1982, and 1989).
    He was elected a starting NL All Star outfielder for the third year in a row, in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Braun led all major league outfielders in All Star votes for the third straight year, with 2,972,525, despite Milwaukee being the smallest media market in the majors. As in 2009, he received more votes than any NL players other than Pujols and Utley. He became the first Brewer to be a three-time All Star starter, passing Yount and Molitor. Braun was named NL Player of the Week for August 1–8, after leading the majors with a .538 batting average, 14 hits, and 8 runs scored, and notching a career-best five-hit performance in one game. For the season, Braun was second in the NL in hits (188) and doubles (45), 5th in total bases (310), 6th in runs (101), 7th in RBIs (103) and extra base hits (71), and 9th in batting average (.304).
    Braun was named to Sporting News 2010 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No. 22.
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  • 2009
    Age 25
    Braun was awarded the 2009 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the second year in a row.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first Brewer since Molitor, more than two decades prior, to win a Silver Slugger Award in consecutive years. Cecil Cooper is the only other Brewer to have done it.
    Braun was voted to the NL Sporting News All Star Team in 2009, making it for the second year in a row.
    More Details Hide Details He received votes from all 14 voting NL team executives (as did Pujols and Utley; Mauer was named on all AL ballots).
    In 2009, in addition to leading the NL in hits, Braun was 2nd in runs (113), 4th in RBIs (114), total bases (350), extra base hits (77), and hit by pitch (13), 7th in batting average (.320) and power-speed number (24.6), 8th in OPS (.937), 9th in slugging percentage (.551) and doubles (39), tied for 10th in triples (6), and tied for 11th in home runs (32).
    More Details Hide Details He was also 4th in the league in infield hits (25). He became only the second Brewer ever to hit 30 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season. Braun also became the eighth player in major league history with at least 100 runs, 100 RBIs, 200 hits, 30 homers, 20 stolen bases, and a .300 average in the same season.
    If Braun continues to hit home runs at the rate he had hit them through July 1, 2009, he will reach 600 home runs in his 15th major league season.
    More Details Hide Details In September, Braun became the second-fastest active player to hit 100 home runs (behind only Ryan Howard), as he hit his 100th homer in his 400th major league game. Later in the month, he became the second player in major league history to hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first three seasons. Braun's 103 home runs in his first three Major League seasons are sixth-most in baseball history, behind Pujols (114), Mark Teixeira (107), and three Hall of Famers—Kiner (114), Matthews (112), and Joe DiMaggio (107). As in 2007, in 2009 Braun had even greater success against left-handed pitchers. Against them he had the second-best OBP (.475), slugging percentage (.723), and OPS (1.198), and third-best batting average (.395), of all NL hitters with at least 125 plate appearances.
    Braun was invited to play for Team USA in 2009 in the second World Baseball Classic. "I'm really excited to get to represent my country", he said. "It's an honor just to get invited for the event."
    More Details Hide Details He batted .381 as the team's starting left fielder, helping it reach the semi-finals. Braun was named NL Player of the Week for May 4–10, after leading the NL with 12 RBIs for the week while hitting .458/.567/.958 with 3 home runs. He hit the second grand slam of his career and recorded a career-high six RBIs on May 6, and on May 9 he reached base in all five of his plate appearances. Braun led all NL outfielders in fan voting for the All Star Game for the second year in a row, with 4.1 million votes, ahead of Raúl Ibáñez and Carlos Beltrán. He was third among all NL vote-getters, trailing Pujols and Chase Utley. He was the first Brewer to be voted in as a starter in consecutive years since Robin Yount (in 1982 and 1983), and the third Brewer position player voted to start twice, along with Yount and Paul Molitor (1980 and 1988). Braun started in right field, the first time he had ever played the position, and batted cleanup, going 0–2.
    In 2009, Braun was named to Sporting News list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No. 32.
    More Details Hide Details A panel of 100 baseball people, many of them members of the Hall of Fame and winners of major baseball awards, were polled to arrive at the list.
  • 2008
    Age 24
    In voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, Braun was third (with 139 points), behind Pujols and Ryan Howard.
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    He also won the 2008 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, in a vote by major league coaches and managers who select the top offensive performer at each position in both leagues.
    More Details Hide Details The award, sponsored by Louisville Slugger, is based on a combination of statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value.
    Braun was voted to the 2008 NL Sporting News All Star Team, by a panel of 41 major league general managers and assistant general managers.
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    In 2008, in 151 games Braun hit 37 home runs (tied for 4th in the NL, behind Ryan Howard, Adam Dunn, and Carlos Delgado), with 106 RBIs (9th), and batted .285 with a .553 slugging percentage (5th).
    More Details Hide Details He also led the league with 83 extra base hits, and had 338 total bases (2nd in the NL), 7 triples (6th), 16.5 at-bats-per-home-run (10th), and 611 at bats (10th). 12.5% of his plate appearances were extra base hits (3rd in the NL; behind Ryan Ludwick and Pujols), he had 29 infield hits (7th), and he stole third base 6 times (9th). Against starting pitchers, Braun hit .244 the first time he faced them in a game, .331 the second time, and .328 with a .672 slugging percentage the third time. Braun led the Brewers in batting average, slugging percentage, triples, home runs, RBIs, extra base hits, total bases, at-bats-per-home run, OPS (.888), runs (92), and hits (174). Braun hit .313 in October against the Phillies in his first postseason series, which the Brewers lost 3–1.
    Braun was a starting outfielder for the NL in the 2008 All Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details He finished first in fan voting among NL outfielders, and second among all NL players, with 3,835,840 votes, behind only Chase Utley of the Phillies (3,889,602). He also finished first in player voting. Braun was the first Brewers outfielder voted to start an All Star game. He was one of seven first-time starters in the game, and–along with Kosuke Fukudome and Josh Hamilton–one of only three who had not reached the major leagues until 2007 or 2008. Braun came in third in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. "It's something you dream about", Braun said. "That's as big a stage as you can get on. it's going to be a lot of fun." He had his friend and agent, Nez Balelo, a former minor league infielder, pitch to him. Braun's longest homer was estimated at 448 feet. He hit seven home runs in each of the first and second rounds, finishing with 14 (three behind finalist Justin Morneau, who hit five in the final round to win the Derby).
    With the bases loaded, he delivered a 2-out, 2–2 pitch from the Pirates' Jesse Chavez into the left field bleachers of Miller Park in the bottom of the 10th inning, winning the game 5–1, and keeping the Brewers' 2008 postseason hopes alive.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later, Braun helped put the Brewers into the postseason for the first time since 1982, by hitting a go-ahead 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th against the Chicago Cubs. The homer was the difference in the game, which gave the Brewers a one-game lead over the New York Mets for the NL wild card.
    On June 17, 2008, he drove in his 152nd career RBI, in his 182nd game.
    More Details Hide Details Braun was named the NL's Player of the Month, after batting .366 in July (6th in the NL) with 9 home runs (3rd), and 23 RBIs (7th). He also led the league with 76 total bases and 18 extra base hits, and was among NL leaders with 37 hits (2nd), 3 triples (2nd), and a 1.163 OPS (3rd). He had back-to-back 4-hit games, just the 5th player in team history to accomplish that feat. "It's a huge honor", Braun said. "The way I look at it, you're the MVP of the National League for that month. It's definitely a big accomplishment. As of August 8, Braun's major league career start was one of the best ever. In 227 games to start a career, he was first with 558 total bases and 133 extra base hits, second with 64 home runs, and tied for second with 181 RBIs.
    The deal included Braun's $455,000 salary for 2008, and a $2.3 million bonus in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details It could increase to $51 million through incentives. Braun also has a no-trade clause for the first four years, and then a limited no-trade clause allowing him to block deals to 12 teams from 2012 to 2013, and 6 teams from 2014 to 2015. The contract will keep Braun locked up through his age-31 season. It was the largest contract in Brewers' history, surpassing Jeff Suppan's. It was also the largest contract in baseball history given to a player with less than three years' experience. Braun's agent, Nez Balelo, crunched enough numbers to show him what he potentially could have made over the life of this contract if he had chosen not to sign it. "But the question I ultimately asked myself was, `What can't I buy with that amount of money?"' Braun said. Braun drove in 134 runs in his first 162 games in the majors, more RBIs than any active player. He reached the 150-RBI milestone faster than any major leaguer since Boston's Walt Dropo needed only 155 games, in 1949–51.
    Braun then signed an 8-year, $45–$51 million contract extension (the total depending on his "Super 2" service-time ranking after the 2009 season) on May 15, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The contract is through the year 2015.
    In March 2008, the Brewers renewed Braun's contract for $455,000, a $75,000 increase.
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  • 2007
    Age 23
    In December 2007, Braun was the only Jewish athlete invited by President George W. Bush to the annual Hanukkah Dinner at the White House, where he talked baseball with the President.
    More Details Hide Details Braun was later featured in the 2008 Hank Greenberg 75th Anniversary edition of Jewish Major Leaguers Baseball Cards, published in affiliation with Fleer Trading Cards and the American Jewish Historical Society, commemorating the Jewish Major Leaguers from 1871 through 2008. Braun was one of three Jewish players in the 2008 All-Star Game and one of three Jewish players on the Team USA 2009 World Baseball Classic team. He and Feldman were voted the 2009 co-Jewish MVP by Jewish Major Leaguers, and he was voted the 2010 Jewish MVP as Breslow received the Most Valuable Jewish Pitcher honors. "There aren't too many Jewish athletes at the highest level", said Braun. "It's something that I certainly embrace." Braun was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in January 2010. The Jewish Daily Forward listed him as number five in the 2011 "Forward 50", its list of the 50 most significant American Jews.
    Braun also received the 2007 Players Choice NL Most Outstanding Rookie in a vote by his fellow major league players. "When your peers recognize you with an award, that's great", he said. "Those are the guys out there on the field with you, competing against you.
    More Details Hide Details Their opinion counts the most, for a player." In voting for the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, Braun received two 10th-place votes and finished 24th overall.
    Braun was voted the 2007 NL Sporting News Rookie of the Year by 488 major league players and 30 managers.
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    Braun collected several awards at season's end. He won the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year Award in a vote by 32 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
    More Details Hide Details He beat out Troy Tulowitzki by 2 points in the closest NL vote since the system was revised in 1980. Of all prior NL Rookies of the Year, only Pujols and Willie McCovey hit for higher batting averages in their rookie year.
    In 2007, Braun had what some sportswriters called one of the most dominant rookie seasons in baseball history.
    More Details Hide Details Called up on May 24 by the Brewers, he hit his first major league home run two nights later. Braun was voted the National League (NL) Rookie of the Month for June, ranking first in RBIs (21) and tied for first in home runs (6) among NL rookies that month. He also recorded a .716 slugging percentage and a .435 OBP. In July, Braun became the fastest in Brewer history to hit 10 major league home runs, doing so in his 38th game. He hit his 15th home run in the 50th game of his career, and his 20th in his 64th game, making him the fastest to those milestones since Albert Pujols in 2001. He was also the fastest to 20 homers in Brewers history. At month's end, he received his second consecutive NL Rookie of the Month Award, as well as his first NL Player of the Month Award (making him the first player to have won both awards in the same month). He hit a league-leading 11 home runs, with 25 RBIs, while batting .345.
    The Brewers brought Braun to spring training in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Their regular third baseman Corey Koskie was suffering from post-concussion syndrome, and missed the entire year. In 11 spring training games, Braun tied for 10th in the majors in home runs (5), and second in RBIs (15).
    Baseball America rated Braun the Brewers' #2 prospect for 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He began the year with the Nashville Sounds of the AAA Pacific Coast League. Before being called up to the majors in late May, in 113 at bats he led the PCL with a .726 slugging percentage while batting .354 (6th), with 10 home runs (T-2nd) and a .426 on-base percentage (5th).
  • 2006
    Age 22
    Later in 2006, in the Arizona Fall League he hit .326/.396/.641 in 92 at bats for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
    More Details Hide Details He led the AFL with 16 extra-base hits, tied for tops with 9 doubles, ranked second in slugging percentage and HR/AB ratio (1/15), tied for second in home runs (6), and tied for third in RBIs (25). He was rated one of the top three prospects in the league, and was voted to the AFL All-Prospects Team.
    He received the 2006 Robin Yount Performance Award as the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.
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    Braun began 2006 playing for the A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees.
    More Details Hide Details He earned a spot in the Florida State League All-Star game, and played in the All-Star Futures Game. He was rated the top third base prospect in the FSL, and Baseball America rated him the best batting prospect in the league. On June 21, Braun was promoted to the Class AA Huntsville Stars (Alabama) of the Southern League. In July he was voted the Brewers' Organizational Player of the Month, and at the end of the season he was voted the sixth-best prospect in the Southern League. Collectively between Class A and Class AA, Braun finished with a .289 average, 22 home runs, 77 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases.
  • 2005
    Age 21
    Assigned to the Helena Brewers in the Advanced Rookie Pioneer League in 2005, Braun batted .341/.383/.585 in 10 games.
    More Details Hide Details He was then promoted to the West Virginia Power in the Class A South Atlantic League, where he hit .355/.396/.645, and was rated the fifth-best prospect in the league. His most memorable moment there was when he hit a walk-off grand slam to lead the Power into the playoffs.
    The Milwaukee Brewers drafted Braun in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2005 major league draft as a third baseman, and he signed for $2.45 million.
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    He was ninth in slugging and 10th in RBIs in NCAA Division I, and was named to Baseball America's 2005 College All-American Team as the DH.
    More Details Hide Details He moved from shortstop to third base during the year. His performance earned Braun the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Year award, and a spot as one of the finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, the most prestigious individual award in college baseball.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 19
    There, Braun was named "National Freshman of the Year", and a first-team "Freshman All-American", by Baseball America in 2003, as well as first team All American by the Jewish Sports Review.
    More Details Hide Details He was also named first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. During his junior year, his final and most successful at Miami, Braun batted .396 with 18 home runs, a .726 slugging percentage, 76 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.
  • 2002
    Age 18
    He graduated in 2002, but went undrafted as he told teams that he intended to attend college.
    More Details Hide Details Braun excelled academically as well—his worst grade was one B, in Advanced Placement Chemistry. Offered baseball scholarships by Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, he instead attended the University of Miami on an academic scholarship, due to his excellent high school grades. He chose Miami for its academics, its athletics, and its social scene, noting: "I think the girls were the deal closer on the recruiting trip."
  • 2000
    Age 16
    As a sophomore in 2000, he recorded the highest batting average of his prep career (.456), while posting a .654 on-base percentage (OBP).
    More Details Hide Details During his junior year, he hit .421, with a .668 OBP. Braun capped off his high school career by batting .451 as a senior, with an OBP of .675, and breaking the school record for career home runs with 25. He was a two-time all-area selection by the Los Angeles Times, and a three-time choice by the Los Angeles Daily News. As a senior, Braun was rated the sixth-best shortstop prospect in the country by Team One Baseball, and among the top 100 overall prospects by Baseball America.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Born
    Ryan Braun was born on November 17, 1983 to Joe and Diane Braun.
    More Details Hide Details He and his younger brother Steve were raised in Los Angeles. Ryan began playing tee-ball around the age of four, on a team coached by his father. PONY League teammates included Jack and Matt Cassel, Jason and Jarron Collins, as well as Jon Garland. Braun later picked up basketball, which became his favorite sport, and soccer, in which he played forward. By the time he entered high school, Braun chose to focus solely on baseball. Braun attended Granada Hills High School in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California. He was a four-year letterman on the school's baseball team, and three-year team captain and Most Valuable Player (MVP). He played shortstop, and pitched through his junior year.
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