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Posts Tagged ‘National League Rookie of the Year.’

Brewers’ Braun given hefty contract extension

 

Ryan Braun in 2008 (photo by The Dana files & UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Milwaukee Brewers Left fielder Ryan Braun, a fan-favorite, has been given a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the team. The deal includes a $10 million signing bonus and an additional option year worth up to $20 million.

The contract to Braun is the longest sign of commitment to any player in the franchise’s long history. Braun has earned it.

He has been elected to start in the MLB All-Star Game the past three years and is one of only five players to hit 125 homers and have a .300 batting average over his first four years.

The 27-year-old is a native of Mission Hills, California. He is of Jewish descent and was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in January of 2010.

Braun was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007.

Braun played his college ball at the University of Miami.

 

 

compiled from staff, MLB & Milwaukee Brewers news

Dontrelle Willis throwing ball well at Louisville

Dontrelle Willis (file photo)

Dontrelle Willis has pitched for four major league baseball teams in the past three seasons. He is trying to prove once again that he belongs on the major league level.

The Cincinnati Reds are providing that chance for the likeable and personable Willis.

The tall lefty has pitched very well in his last two starts for Triple-A Louisville.

In his 2011 debut start vs. Toledo on Sunday, the 29-year-old veteran allowed three hits and struck out five in a 5-1 victory.

Willis on Friday night turned in his second strong, scoreless outing, holding the Indianapolis Indians to five hits over six innings as the Louisville Bats breezed to a 3-0 triumph over Indianapolis.

The former National League Rookie of the Year upped his record to 2-0, striking out six and walked a pair of batters, 95 pitches in the game.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV, Minor League Baseball & Louisville Bats news

“D-Train” Dontrelle Willis signs contract with Reds

Dontrelle Willis (file photo)

Dontrelle Willis’ latest comeback will be the Cincinnati Reds. He has agreed to a minor league contract.

Willis was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2003, helping the Florida Marlins win the World Series that same year.

However, the 28-year-old has struggled the last few years, going 13-24 with a 5.81 ERA since the start of the 2007 season.

Willis went 1-6 in 2008 and 2009 combined for Detroit.

Detroit then traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he went 1-1 with a 6.85 ERA, had 27 walks in 22 1/3 innings. He was then designated for assignment.

The San Francisco Giants signed him to a minor league deal in July, but he became a free agent after the World Series ended.

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news