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Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun

Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
RF/LF
Full Name Ryan Joseph Braun
Date of Birth 11/17/1983
Age33
BirthplaceMission Hills, CA
Religion Jewish
Height 6'1
Weight 200
Bats/Throws R/R
College U. of Miami (D1)
Drafted Brewers
(06/07/2005)
Draft Round1
Overall Pick5
MLB Debut 05/25/2007
Salary, 2017 $20-million

Career highlights (through 2016)

  • Selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round of the 2005 draft (5th overall)
  • Went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers (5/25/2007)
  • N.L. Rookie of the Year, the first and only Jewish player to win the award (2007)
  • Selected six times to N.L. All-Star team (2008-12, 2015)
  • N.L. MVP (2011)
  • Finished 2nd in MVP voting, N.L. (2012)
  • Finished 3rd in MVP voting, N.L. (2008)
  • Best rookie slugging percentage (.634) in MLB history, according to MLB.com (2007)
  • Third-highest career HRs among Jewish players (285)
  • Led N.L. in home runs, with 41 (2012)
  • Reached 30 HRs and 30 stolen bases in same season two times, one of just 13 players in MLB history to do so (2011, 2012)
  • Silver Slugger award (2008-12)
  • Twice hit 3 HRs in a game (4/30/2012 and 4/8/2014)

MLB career bests, by statistic

  • AVG: .332 (2011)
  • 2B: 45 (2010)
  • 3B: 7 (2008)
  • HR: 41 (2012)
  • RBI: 114 (2009)
  • BB: 63 (2012)
  • OBP: .397 (2011)
  • SLG: .634 (2007)
  • OPS: 1.004 (2007)
  • SB: 33 (2011)
  • Intentional walks: 15 (2012)
  • Wins Above Replacement: 7.8 (2011)
  • At bats per home run: 13.3 (2007)

2016 highlights

  • Best year offensively since 2012 MVP year, hitting .305 with 30 HRs, 91 RBIs, .538 slugging
  • In August, hit 10 HRs (3rd best in MLB/tied) and 28 RBIs (2nd best in MLB)
  • Hit .336 and had .440 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position
  • Turned three double plays, tied for 2nd best among N.L. outfielders
  • Finished 23rd in N.L. MVP voting

2015 highlights

  • Only MLB player with 24+ HRs and 24+ stolen bases
  • Made only 2 errors entire season
  • Hit two grand-slam HRs (4/29/2015, 8/16/2015)
  • Had 4-hit game (6/30/2015)
  • Had two 2-HR games (4/29/2015, 5/15/2015)
  • Went 6-for-14 as designated hitter, with 3 HRs , 7 RBIs and 3 walks
  • Ranked 2nd among N.L. rightfielders with .991 fielding percentage
  • Ranked 5th in N.L. with 85.7 percent stolen-base success
  • Ranked 8th in N.L. with 24 stolen bases (tied)
  • Ranked 9th in N.L. with .498 on-base percentage

2014 highlights

  • Went 3-for-5 with three HRs and seven RBIs in a 10-4 Brewers win over the Phillies in Philadelphia (4/8/2014)
  • Two of his three HRs on 4/8/2014 were struck on the first pitch
  • Went 4-for-5 with a double and triple against Miami (5/25/2014)
  • Hit a 2-run HR off of Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in a 3-2 Brewers win over the Dodgers (8/16/2014)
  • Smashed a 445-foot home run in Milwaukee’s 9-1 win over the Mets (7/24/2014)
  • In his 1,000th MLB game, had a single, two doubles, 2 RBIs and a stolen base (6/20/2014)
  • Ranked among top 5 N.L. right fielders in range factor, total zone runs, and fielding percentage

2013 highlights

  • Suspended without pay for final 65 games of the season due to violating MLB’s drug policy

2012 highlights

  • Won A.L. MVP award, the first Jew to be named MVP since Sandy Koufax in 1963
  • Named to N.L. All-Star team for 5th consecutive year, went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a triple in an 8-0 N.L. victory
  • Reached 30 HRs and 30 stolen bases for the second straight season
  • 1st in on-base percentage plus slugging, N.L. (.987)
  • 1st in runs scored, N.L. (108)
  • 1st in total bases, N.L. (356)
  • 1st in runs created, N.L. (142)
  • 1st in home runs, N.L. (41)
  • 2nd in slugging percentage, N.L. (.595)
  • 2nd in RBIs, N.L. (112)
  • 2nd in at-bats per home run , N.L. (14.6)
  • 3rd in batting average, N.L. (.319)
  • 3rd in wins above replacement, N.L. (6.8)
  • 3rd in range factor per 9 innings among left fielders, N.L. (1.93)
  • 3rd in intentional walks (15)
  • 3rd in wins above replacement (6.8)
  • 4th in on-base percentage, N.L. (.391)
  • 8th in stolen-base success (82.4%)
  • 9th in stolen bases, N.L. (30)
  • 10th in times hit by pitch (11)

2011 highlights

  • Won National League MVP award, the first Jew to be named MVP since Sandy Koufax in 1963
  • Named to N.L. All-Star team for 4th consecutive year — was top N.L. vote-getter — but sat out due to injury
  • Became third Jew and 36th player overall in MLB history to join 30/30 club, players who hit at least 30 HRs and steal at least 30 bases in a single season
  • During the 2011 playoffs, hit .404 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs in 42 at-bats
  • 1st in slugging percentage, N.L. (.597)
  • 1st in on-base percentage plus slugging, N.L. (.994)
  • 1st in fielding percentage among left fielders, N.L. (.996)
  • 2nd in batting average, N.L. (.332)
  • 2nd in runs scored, N.L. (109)
  • 2nd in wins above replacement, N.L. (7.7)
  • 2nd in runs created, N.L. (138)
  • 3rd in range factor per 9 innings among left fielders, N.L. (1.92)
  • 4th in doubles, N.L. (38)
  • 4th in RBIs, N.L. (111)
  • 5th in on-base percentage, N.L. (.397)
  • 6th in home runs, N.L. (33)
  • 7th in stolen bases, N.L. (33)
  • 9th in at-bats per home run , N.L. (17.1)
  • Note: During the 2011 playoffs, Braun tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and faced a possible 50-game suspension for 2012, but the suspension later was reversed

2010 highlights

  • Starting left fielder in All-Star game, where he went 0-for-2
  • 2nd in doubles, N.L. (45)
  • 3rd in range factor per 9 inningsas a left fielder, N.L. (1.93)
  • 5th in total bases, N.L. (310)
  • 6th in runs scored, N.L. (101)
  • 7th in runs batted in, N.L. (103)
  • 9th in batting average, N.L. (.304)

2009 highlights

  • 7th in batting average, N.L. (.320)
  • 1st in hits, N.L. (203)
  • 11th in home runs, N.L. (32)
  • 4th in RBIs, N.L. (114)
  • 9th in slugging percentage, N.L. (.551)
  • 8th in OPS, N.L. (.937)
  • 2nd in runs, N.L. (113)
  • 18th in stolen bases, N.L. (20)
  • Had three 2-home-run games, including one in which he went 5-for-5 (April 21)
  • Had grand-slam HR and six RBIs in Brewers’ 15-3 win over Cincinnati (May 6)
  • Ejected from game for first time
  • Named to All-Star team
  • Hit .395 against left-handed pitching, .302 against right-handers
  • Batted .328 with runners in scoring position, .291 in “close and late” situations, and .450 with bases loaded 

On being Jewish

  • “Braun, a native of Mission Hills, Calif., grew up in a tight-knit, mixed-religion household. His Israeli-born father, Joe, is Jewish, and his mother, Diane, is Christian. Braun also has a younger brother, Steve, who is playing shortstop for the University of Maryland Terrapins.” (Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle; June 15, 2007)
  • Braun’s father emigrated to the U.S. from Israel at age 7 (New Jersey Jewish Standard; Aug. 30, 2007)
  • “Being Jewish is something I take great pride in. There aren’t too many Jewish athletes that have achieved success at the highest level, so it’s something I am very proud of,” said Braun. (Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle; June 15, 2007)
  • “In a very ‘small world’ story, Ryan told me that he lived with his grandfather for a while in the same house that once belonged to Hank Greenberg.” (Rabbijason.com; Sept. 18, 2007)
  • Braun, whose mother is Catholic, played on Yom Kippur in 2007. “I don’t really celebrate the (Jewish) holidays so it won’t be much of an issue with me. Growing up half-Jewish, half-Catholic, I’ve never really celebrated one holiday over the other.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Sept. 17, 2007)

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