Ryan Braun

TEAM: Milwaukee Brewers
Born: Nov. 17, 1983

Ryan Braun, whose father was born in Israel after much of his family was killed in the Holocaust, was a standout high school pitcher and shortstop. He had excellent academic credentials and accepted a scholarship to the University of Miami, where he became a two-time All-American baseball player. After being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the fifth pick in the 2005 amateur draft, he destroyed minor league pitching, rapidly ascended to the majors, and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2007. Since then, he has won Silver Slugger awards on five occasions and was named the National League MVP in 2011. He was named to five consecutive All-Star games between 2008 and 2012 and again in 2015, received MVP votes every year between 2007 and 2012, and became the seventh major league player to record four 30-homer, 100-RBI campaigns in his first five seasons. In the 2011 playoffs, he set a major league postseason record for reaching base in the first inning in nine consecutive playoff games. A five-tool player, he hit 33 home runs and stole 33 bases in 2011, then hit 41 home runs and stole 30 bases in 2012. However, there also is tarnish on Braun’s career. On July 23, 2013, Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season for using PEDs. Since then, Braun has been working to repair his reputation. In 2015, he was named to the National League All-Star team.

Did You Know?

In December 2007, Braun was invited by President George W. Bush to attend a Chanukah dinner at the White House.