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5 Reasons Why Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun is Still a Force

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5 Reasons Why Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun is Still a Force

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Many around Milwaukee have that fear, "What if Ryan Braun is never as good as he once was?" Strictly looking at his numbers alone this season, he is well off some of his career numbers. But here is a look at five reasons why Braun is still a force in Milwaukee.

5. He Changed Positions ... Again

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5. He Changed Position ... Again

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When players are in the field for half of every game, it can be very uncomfortable making any type of change. This season, however, Braun has made his second career move as he has shifted from left to right field. He has not only had to learn new angles at home, but the dimensions of every road park. While the shift has not always been easy, Braun has committed just one error and has three outfield assists.

4. He's Playing Hurt

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4. He's Playing Hurt

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From the very start of the season, Braun has battled a nagging thumb injury that affects his ability to extend and pull the baseball. The injury is so bad that at times he cannot feel the baseball in his hand. Instead of missing more time on the DL, Braun has often played through and made adjustments by consistently driving the ball to the opposite field. He has adjusted so well that his spray charts resemble a left-handed pull hitter.

3. He Makes Whole Lineup Better

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3. He Makes Whole Lineup Better

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Last year Braun missed 101 games, and it showed. They often lacked a bat who pitchers would need to work around. This season, while others have been major contributors, Braun remains a player who pitchers need to gameplan for. Without his bat, players like Logan Schafer and the recently acquired Gerardo Parra are replacements. With him, the lineup is made stronger from top to bottom.

2. He's a League Leading Run Producer

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2. He's a League Leading Run Producer

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Fans argue that Braun's offensive numbers are down, but he is currently ranked sixth in the National League with 73 RBIs. By season's end, he realistically should move into the top five in this category and have his sixth 100-RBI season.

1. He's an Offensive Team Leader

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1. He's an Offensive Team Leader

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In a lineup that is full of lumber, Braun remains one of Milwaukee's best. He not only leads the team in RBIs and triples, but he is also third on the team in steals and hits, and fourth in home runs and runs scored. He is not at MVP level, but he is still a star.