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Team USA's Shane Victorino (50) and Ryan Braun (18) high-five their teammates after their 6-5 win over Team Canada in Round 1 of the World Baseball Classic at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada on March 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)
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Ryan Joseph Braun (born November 17, 1983, in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California), nicknamed The Hebrew Hammer, is an American right-handed Major League Baseball All-Star left fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers.

He played college baseball at the University of Miami. There, he was named "National Freshman of the Year" by Baseball America in 2003, and an All American as a freshman and junior. The Brewers drafted him in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2005 major league draft. He was the team's Minor League Player of the Year in 2006.

Braun won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, after leading the National League (NL) in slugging percentage, while setting a major league rookie record.

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