Ryan Braun is arguably one of the greatest players Major League Baseball has ever seen, and both his number and the awards he has received over the years are clear evidence of this. Braun has been impressive since his rookie year in 2007 when he won the coveted National League Rookie of the Year award. From 2008 to 2012, he was honored with five Silver Slugger Awards.
He was named to 6 All-Star games, five of them in a row. In 2011 he was the most valuable player in the National League. In 2012, Sporting News ranked him 7th on their list of the 50 best current players in baseball. A failed doping test in 2011 almost robbed him of his career, but he managed to get back in the saddle by 2015.
Ryan Braun Biography
Ryan Joseph Braun was born on November 17, 1983, in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Joe and Diane Braun. Braun has a younger brother named Steve. Athletics seems to run in his family. His father Joe was himself an athlete and coach of a tee-ball team where Braun played.
As a child, Braun’s athletic side was immediately apparent. He played basketball and football, but after high school, he decided to concentrate on baseball. His performance on the school baseball team earned him LA Times recognition.
Braun received two baseball scholarships to Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. However, he ignored both and chose the academic scholarship offered by the University of Miami. Braun performed exceptionally well in college, making him a finalist for one of the most prestigious college awards, the Golden Spikes Award.
Ryan Braun’s MLB career progressed spectacularly well until 2011 when it turned out that he failed a urine test and tested positive for high testosterone levels caused by taking performance-enhancing drugs. Braun successfully appealed the positive drug test and was the first player in the history of MLB to do so.
However, in June 2013, Braun, along with a number of other athletes, was linked to Biogenesis of America, a rejuvenation clinic that was found guilty of issuing PEDs to a number of athletes. Braun would later apologize for using PEDs. As punishment for his actions, Braun was suspended from the remaining games of the 2013 season (65), including the post-season games.
Braun had problems when he returned to the 2014 season, but recovered quickly by the 2015 season.
Participating in the MLB for the Milwaukee Brewers has made Ryan Braun a millionaire. His first contract, which he signed with the site after being drafted, was worth $2.45 million. In 2008 he renewed his contract in an 8-year contract with an estimated value of between 45 and 51 million dollars. The contract at that time was the largest ever signed for a player who had just served a year on a team.
In April 2011, four years before his contract was due to expire, the brewers signed a five-year contract extension worth $105 million to keep him on the side until 2020. The contract included a signing bonus of $10 million and provides for a salary of $19 million for 2016, 2017, and 2018, $18 million in 2019, and $16 million in 2020. This brings his average annual salary to $21 million.
The agreement included a mutual option worth $20 million and a $4 million acquisition. Braun’s contract also included no-trade protection, which means that he will defer part of his salary.
Ryan Braun is married to the lingerie model Larisa Fraser. After a long period of engagement, they got engaged in November 2012. About a year later, in December 2013, Ryan and Larisa entered into the bond of marriage in an intimate family ceremony in Malibu, California.
Braun’s wife was born on February 1, 1989, in Toronto, Canada. In 1996, when she was 7 years old, her family moved to Alpine, Utah. She attended Lone Peak High School, which she graduated from in 2007, after which she enrolled at the University of Utah. She started modeling in college and was discovered by Pulse Management in her freshman year. She signed with Elite Models until 2008. Her body measurements are 32-23-35 centimeters.
Braun and his wife Larisa have two children together, including daughter Celine Elysse Braun, born in September 2014, and a son Greyson Braun, born in September 2017.
From his college days to his years in the minor leagues and his professional career, Ryan Braun has set many records. His versatility in playing as a left fielder, first baseman, and third baseman is admirable. The career statistics of Ryan Braun for June 2018 are
Batting average: .300
Home runs: 310
Runs batted in: 1,018
Stolen bases: 199
Other Facts You Need To Know
1. Many family members of his father were murdered during the Holocaust
2. His father is Jewish, while his mother is Catholic Braun himself has publicly proclaimed that he is Jewish.
3. His nickname The Hebrew Hammer refers to his Jewish heritage.
4. Braun was the only Jewish baseball player invited by President George W. Bush to the annual Hanukkah dinner in December 2007.
5. In January 2010 he was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
6. The clip of Braun’s tenth Inning Walk-Off Grand Slam against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 25, 2008, was used for commercials by both Apple and Gatorade
7. Ryan Braun has developed his own signature teas for California-based clothing manufacturer Affliction Clothing.
8. Braun earns money from a variety of non-baseball sources, including a number of restaurants, two of which are based in Wisconsin.
9. He has supported a number of brands, including CytoSport, Nike, AirTran Airways, Muscle Milk, and Kwik Trip.
10. Following the approval of drugs in 2013, Braun lost most of its endorsement and licensing agreements.
11. Braun never let his athletic side ruin his academics, as he excelled in both. His lowest grade ever in high school was a B in Advanced Placement Chemistry.