153 Facts About Ryan Braun


Ryan 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,763

Ryan Braun was the team's Minor League Player of the Year in 2006.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,764

Ryan 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,765

Ryan Braun was ranked number seven by the Sporting News in its 2012 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,766

Ryan Braun was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007, won five Silver Slugger awards, and won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 2011.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,767

Ryan Braun was named to five straight All-Star Games, and was later named to a team-high sixth All-Star Game in 2015.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,768

Ryan Braun led the NL three times in slugging percentage and once each in hits, home runs, and runs.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,769

Ryan Braun will be inducted into the Brewers Wall of Honor in 2022.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,770

However, Ryan Braun came under scrutiny for a testosterone 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,771

On July 22,2013, Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs for violating the league's drug policy.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,772

Ryan Braun made public his accusations of anti-semitism by the testing facility employee administering the urine sample after initial suspension.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,773

Ryan Braun was born on November 17,1983, to Joe and Diane Braun.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,774

Ryan Braun later picked up basketball, which became his favorite sport, and soccer, in which he played forward.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,775

Ryan Braun attended Granada Hills High School in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,776

Ryan Braun was a four-year letterman on the school's baseball team, and three-year team captain and Most Valuable Player.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,777

Ryan Braun played shortstop and pitched through his junior year.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,778

Ryan Braun graduated in 2002, but went undrafted as he told teams that he intended to attend college.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,779

Ryan Braun excelled academically as well—his worst grade was one B, in Advanced Placement Chemistry.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,780

Ryan Braun was ninth in slugging and 10th in RBIs in NCAA Division I, and was named to Baseball Americas 2005 College All-American Team as the DH.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,781

Ryan Braun moved from shortstop to third base during the year.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,782

Ryan Braun's 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,783

Ryan Braun was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 2017.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,784

Ryan Braun was then promoted to the West Virginia Power in the Class A South Atlantic League, where he hit.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,785

Ryan Braun began 2006 playing for the A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,786

Ryan Braun earned a spot in the Florida State League All-Star game, and played in the All-Star Futures Game.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,787

Ryan Braun was rated the top third base prospect in the FSL, and Baseball America rated him the best batting prospect in the league.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,788

Ryan Braun received the 2006 Robin Yount Performance Award as the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,789

Ryan Braun was rated one of the top three prospects in the league, and was voted to the AFL All-Prospects Team.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,790

In 11 spring training games, Ryan Braun tied for 10th in the majors in home runs, and second in RBIs.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,791

In 2007, Ryan Braun had what some sportswriters called one of the most dominant rookie seasons in baseball history.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,792

Ryan Braun 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,793

Ryan Braun hit a league-leading 11 home runs, with 25 RBIs, while batting.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,794

Ryan Braun hit his 30th homer in his 94th game, a pace no player had set to start a career since McGwire hit 30 in 84 games during 1986 and 1987.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,795

Ryan Braun obliterated the club rookie records of 28 home runs and 81 RBIs, set by Fielder in 2006.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,796

Ryan Braun won the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year Award in a vote by 32 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,797

Ryan Braun beat out Troy Tulowitzki by 2 points in the closest NL vote since the system was revised in 1980.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,798

Ryan Braun was voted the 2007 NL Sporting News Rookie of the Year by 488 major league players and 30 managers.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,799

Ryan Braun received the 2007 Players Choice NL Most Outstanding Rookie in a vote by his fellow major league players.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,800

Ryan Braun then signed an 8-year, $45–$51 million contract extension on May 15,2008.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,801

Ryan Braun had 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,802

Ryan Braun drove in 134 runs in his first 162 games in the majors, more RBIs than any active player.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,803

Ryan Braun was named the NL's Player of the Month, after batting.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,804

Ryan Braun led the league with 76 total bases and 18 extra base hits, and was among NL leaders with 37 hits, 3 triples, and a 1.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,805

Ryan Braun had back-to-back 4-hit games, just the 5th player in team history to accomplish that feat.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,806

Ryan Braun became the first—and as of July 2018, the only—player to hit a walk-off grand slam at Miller Park.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,807

Three days later, Ryan 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,808

Ryan Braun was a starting outfielder for the NL in the 2008 All Star Game.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,809

Ryan Braun 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,810

Ryan Braun was the first Brewers outfielder voted to start an All Star game.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,811

Ryan Braun 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,812

Ryan Braun came in third in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,813

Ryan Braun hit seven home runs in each of the first and second rounds, finishing with 14.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,814

Ryan Braun did so in 171 career games; the only players to reach that plateau sooner were Rudy York and Mark McGwire.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,815

Ryan Braun hit 71 home runs in his first two seasons, tying him with Pujols for fourth all-time.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,816

Ryan Braun led the league with 83 extra base hits, and had 338 total bases, 7 triples, 16.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,817

Ryan 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,818

In 2009, Ryan Braun was named to Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No 32.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,819

Ryan Braun was invited to play for Team USA in 2009 in the second World Baseball Classic.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,820

Ryan Braun led all NL outfielders in fan voting for the All Star Game for the second year in a row, with 4.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,821

Ryan Braun was third among all NL vote-getters, trailing Pujols and Chase Utley.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,822

Ryan Braun was the first Brewer to be voted in as a starter in consecutive years since Robin Yount, and the third Brewer position player voted to start twice, along with Yount and Paul Molitor.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,823

Ryan Braun was second all-time, with 79 home runs over his first two calendar years in the major leagues, to Phillies Hall of Famer Chuck Klein ; ahead of third-place Joe DiMaggio and Mark McGwire.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,824

In 2009, Ryan Braun had even greater success against left-handed pitchers.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,825

Ryan Braun finished the season with an NL-leading 203 hits, becoming the first Brewer to lead his league in hits since Molitor topped the AL in 1991.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,826

Ryan Braun became the fourth Brewer in team history to collect 200 or more hits in a season, and the first in 18 years.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,827

Ryan Braun became only the second Brewer ever to hit 30 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,828

Ryan Braun was voted to the NL Sporting News All Star Team in 2009, making it for the second year in a row.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,829

Ryan Braun received votes from all 14 voting NL team executives.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,830

Ryan Braun was awarded the 2009 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the second year in a row.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,831

Ryan Braun became the first Brewer since Molitor, more than two decades prior, to win a Silver Slugger Award in consecutive years.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,832

Ryan Braun was named to Sporting News' 2010 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No 22.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,833

Ryan Braun was elected a starting NL All Star outfielder for the third year in a row, in 2010.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,834

Ryan 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,835

Ryan Braun became the first Brewer to be a three-time All Star starter, passing Yount and Molitor.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,836

Ryan Braun hit the eighth-most home runs by any major leaguer through his first four seasons with 128.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,837

Ryan Braun was the first player in Brewers history to hit 20 or more home runs in each of his first four seasons, and the third Brewer to have 100 or more RBIs in three consecutive seasons.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,838

Ryan Braun became the second player in Brewers history to have consecutive 100-RBI, 100-run seasons.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,839

Ryan Braun was awarded the 2010 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the third year in a row.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,840

Ryan Braun became the second Brewer to win a Silver Slugger Award in three consecutive years.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,841

Ryan Braun was voted to the 2010 NL Sporting News All Star Team, making the team for the third year in a row.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,842

In 2011, Ryan Braun was again named to Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No 16.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,843

Ryan Braun led all National League players in All Star balloting, with an NL-record 5.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,844

Ryan Braun was voted an NL All Star starter for a franchise record fourth time.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,845

Ryan Braun had a 23-game hitting streak, the third-longest in team history.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,846

Ryan Braun became the 7th player to have at least four 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons in his first five years.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,847

Ryan Braun became the 11th major leaguer to hit at least 30 home runs in four of his first five seasons.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,848

Ryan Braun became the first Brewer to post three 100-run, 100-RBI seasons.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,849

Ryan Braun 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,850

Ryan Braun was awarded the 2011 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the fourth year in a row.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,851

Ryan Braun was named the team's 2011 MVP in unanimous voting by the Milwaukee chapter of the BBWAA.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,852

On November 22, Ryan Braun was named the NL MVP award winner for the 2011 season, receiving 20 of 32 first place votes.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,853

Ryan Braun was named to his fifth consecutive NL All-Star team as a reserve outfielder.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,854

Ryan Braun 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,855

Ryan Braun became the ninth player in major league history to have a season of 40 home runs and 30 stolen bases.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,856

Ryan Braun was awarded the 2012 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, winning it for the fifth year in a row.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,857

Ryan Braun finished second in National League MVP voting for 2012, behind Buster Posey.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,858

On July 22,2013, Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the season after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs during his 2011 NL MVP season, thus violating the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,859

Ryan Braun finished the season with 230 career home runs, and during the season he tied Brewers records with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs in one game.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,860

Ryan Braun became the 12th player to appear in 1,000 games with the Brewers.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,861

In 2015, Ryan Braun was named to the All Star Team representing the National League.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,862

Ryan Braun was named Brewers Most Valuable Player, for the third time, by the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,863

Ryan Braun was named Brewers Most Valuable Player, for the fourth time, by the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,864

Ryan Braun was the Brewers' nominee for the Hank Aaron Award and the Roberto Clemente Award.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,865

On July 14,2017, Ryan Braun hit his sixth career grand slam, breaking a tie with Cecil Cooper, John Jaha, and Jeromy Burnitz for the most in Brewers history.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,866

Ryan Braun became the only active player to lead his team's all-time list in the category.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,867

Ryan Braun became the 9th active ballplayer, and the 284th in Major League history, to reach that number.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,868

Ryan Braun made his 12th career Opening Day start, tying Paul Molitor for second in team history, behind only Robin Yount.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,869

Ryan Braun was the only player of the nine active major league players with 1,000 runs scored to have scored them all for one team.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,870

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that during the 2020 season Ryan Braun would spend some time at DH, and would play right field and first base.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,871

Ryan Braun entered the final guaranteed year of his contract, as he and the Brewers had a $15 million mutual option for 2021, with a $4 million buyout.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,872

ESPN reported that Ryan Braun had tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone caused by a performance-enhancing drug and faced a 50-game suspension.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,873

Ryan Braun contended that the test collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,874

Ryan Braun pointed out there were at least five FedEx locations within five miles that were open until 9 pm and there was a 24-hour location.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,875

The arbitration panel, consisting of MLB representative Rob Manfred, players' union lawyer Michael Weiner, and arbitrator Shyam Das, determined that Ryan Braun had raised valid questions about the manner in which Laurenzi had handled his sample.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,876

Ryan Braun expressed relief at the panel's decision, saying, "'We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side'".

FactSnippet No. 1,748,877

Ryan Braun added, "'There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked, that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened'".

FactSnippet No. 1,748,878

Ryan Braun's name was not listed next to any specific PEDs, unlike some of the other players mentioned in the records.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,879

Ryan Braun released a statement maintaining that his attorneys had retained the clinic's operator, Anthony Bosch, as a consultant during his appeal of his positive drug test the previous season, and denied any further dealings with the clinic.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,880

ESPN reported that Ryan Braun could have been suspended for as many as 100 games if found guilty, although the appeals process could have taken months and would not have yielded a suspension until 2014.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,881

In particular, it was later exposed that Ryan Braun engaged in a campaign for support from players around the league.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,882

Ryan Braun accepted the additional suspension without appeal because of overwhelming evidence in the Biogenesis case.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,883

Ryan Braun claimed to have used PEDs during the later part of the 2011 season to help him recover from a nagging injury.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,884

Ryan Braun said that using PEDs was "'a huge mistake'", adding that he had "'compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately'".

FactSnippet No. 1,748,885

Ryan Braun apologized to Laurenzi, stating that he "'deeply regretted'" the comments he had made about him.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,886

Ryan Braun had the ability to hit for average and significant power.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,887

Ryan Braun's swing was compact and short, with high bat speed and a protracted follow-through.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,888

Ryan Braun waited well on offspeed pitches and hit the ball to all fields.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,889

Ryan Braun was able to drive the ball regardless of where in the strike zone it was pitched.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,890

Ryan Braun's speed garnered him comparisons to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,891

Shortstop most of his early life and in college, Ryan Braun was inconsistent on defense after switching to third base in 2006.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,892

Ryan Braun was charged with 34 errors in 2006, the majority on throws.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,893

General Manager Doug Melvin left him a voicemail, and after returning the call and learning of the team's plans Ryan Braun grabbed his outfield glove, and started taking fly balls.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,894

Ryan Braun looked good tracking liners and high fly balls, and took good routes when cutting off balls down the line or in the gap, holding batters to singles.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,895

On May 23,2009, Ryan Braun was charged with his first error ever in 190 games in left field, when his throw to third was not caught by either Bill Hall or Craig Counsell, one of whom should have caught it according to Manager Ken Macha, but both of whom were confused as to who was covering the base.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,896

Ryan Braun's father Joe, most of whose side of the family was murdered in the Holocaust, was born in Israel.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,897

Ryan Braun's father immigrated to the United States at age seven.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,898

Ryan Braun has stated that he is Jewish, and has added that he is "'extremely proud to be a role model for young Jewish kids".

FactSnippet No. 1,748,899

Ryan Braun is one of the highest-drafted Jewish ballplayers in the history of professional baseball.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,900

Ryan Braun was considered the best Jewish minor league baseball prospect in 2006, and became major league baseball's first Jewish Rookie of the Year the following season.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,901

In each of 2007 and 2008, Ryan Braun hit more home runs than all but 3 of the top 10 career Jewish home run hitters had hit in their best seasons.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,902

Ryan Braun's grandfather has lived in the house for over 40 years.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,903

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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,904

Ryan 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,905

Ryan 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.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,906

Ryan Braun was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in January 2010.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,907

In 2011, Ryan Braun became the fourth Jewish player to win the Most Valuable Player Award, after Greenberg, Rosen, and Koufax.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,908

Ryan Braun developed a signature fashion T-shirt line for Affliction Clothing, a California-based clothing manufacturer.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,909

Ryan Braun has signed endorsement deals with CytoSport, a supplement maker, Nike, Wilson, Mikita Sports for autographs and memorabilia, Sam Bat, and AirTran Airways, and is working on his own line of aluminum bats.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,910

Ryan Braun has appeared in commercials for Muscle Milk, Dick's Sporting Goods, and regional convenience store chain Kwik Trip.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,911

Ryan Braun turned down a request by ABC that he appear on the TV show The Bachelor.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,912

In July 2012, Ryan Braun teamed up with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to open a restaurant, 8-Twelve, in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,913

Ryan Braun lost endorsement deals with Kwik Trip and Nike in 2013 after he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,914

Ryan Braun and his wife, Larisa, have three children: a daughter who was born in September 2014, a son who was born in September 2017, and another son who was born in May 2020.

FactSnippet No. 1,748,915