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Ryan Braun
Braun at Busch Stadium in 2014
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 8
Left fielder
Born: November 17, 1983 (1983-11-17) (age 37)
Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
May 25, 2007, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average .298
Hits 1,933
Home runs 344
Runs batted in 1,128
Stolen bases 215
Career highlights and awards

Ryan Joseph Braun (born November 17, 1983), nicknamed "The Hebrew Hammer", is an American baseball left fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Braun has also played right field during his career, and was a third baseman during his rookie season.

Braun was a two-time All-American at the University of Miami, where he was named "National Freshman of the Year" by Baseball America in 2003. The Brewers drafted him in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2005 MLB draft. He was the team's Minor League Player of the Year in 2006.

Braun was considered a five-tool player for his ability to hit for power and average, his baserunning speed, and his excellent fielding and arm strength. He was ranked number seven by the Sporting News in its 2012 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007, has won five Silver Slugger awards (2008–12), and won the NL Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2011. He was named to five straight All-Star games (2008–12), and then a team-high sixth All-Star Game in 2015. Braun has led the NL three times in slugging percentage (in 2007, while setting the major league rookie record, 2011, and 2012), three times in extra-base hits (2008, 2011–12), and once each in hits (2009), home runs (2012), and runs (2012). On defense, he led all major league outfielders in fielding percentage in 2008, led NL left fielders in fielding percentage twice (2009 and 2011), and led NL left fielders in range factor in 2009 and 2012. His 128 home runs through 2010 were the 8th-most by any major leaguer ever through their first four seasons.

Braun came under scrutiny for a drug test that he failed in 2011 and then for his connection in 2012 to the Biogenesis of America clinic that provided performance-enhancing drugs to professional baseball players.

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.

In the six full seasons prior to his suspension in 2013, Braun was a five-time All-Star and five times posted a batting average above .300 with more than 30 home runs. In the six seasons subsequent to his suspension, Braun has been named an All-Star once, and has had only one season with 30 home runs and a batting average over .300.

In 2015 (his second year back), he was an NL All-Star and finished the season as one of the top 10 in the league in both slugging percentage and stolen bases. He then rebounded further in 2016, batting .305, with his sixth 30-home-run season.

Through 2019, he was 5th among all active major league ballplayers in both career home runs and RBIs, 7th in career doubles, triples, and slugging percentage, and 8th in runs scored. After the 2019 season, Braun was also ranked first on the Brewers' all-time list in career home runs, second in RBIs, and third in runs scored, doubles, triples, walks, stolen bases, and slugging percentage.

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