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September 16, 2011 3:57 pm

Hebrew Hammer In Close Race for NL Batting Title

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Ryan Braun. Photo: Steve Paluch.

The “dog days” of summer are over, and for baseball fans across the country this signifies the end of the Major League’s six month regular season, and the impending start of the much anticipated fall Post Season.

Although this year, by mid September, most of the Post Season Playoff contenders have by now been established, and fans of trailing teams have little left to cheer for, there is still a great deal of close scoreboard watching by many of baseballs scrupulous supporters, as the battles for individual honors continue to heat up. One such contest is the race for the national league batting title. This prestigious title is awarded to the player with the highest batting average at the end of the regular season. (As long as he has had a minimum of 3.1 at bats per team games.)

Power slugging outfielder for the Milwaukee brewers Ryan Braun, dubbed the “Hebrew Hammer,” is in hot pursuit of speedy Mets shortstop José Reyes who currently leads the league batting race with an average of .333.

Braun sits a mere four points behind Reyes with an average of .329

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A fourth year player out of the university of Miami, and the 2007 NL Rookie of the year, Braun was named player of the month in April and elected by fans to the 2011 NL All-Star team where he lead all National League players in balloting, with an NL-record of 5.93 million votes. He is also one of the top run producers in the league with 28 homeruns and 97 RBI’s on his stat sheet so far.

With only four points separating the top contenders and a mere six games left on the schedule this race will seemingly go down to the wire as all eyes watch the pair battle it out in hopes of being crowned the next NL batting champion.

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  • Harry

    I normally have no problem with counting someone like Ryan Braun to be a “Jewish” baseball player even if he only has one Jewish parent and doesn’t follow the Jewish religion.

    But I have to take exception here after reading this interview with his non-Jewish mother on the subject. I’ll put the link at the end, but this line is most telling:

    “He’s totally not Jewish,” Diane says, “I heard some organization started called him, “The Hebrew Hammer.” I said, ‘Oh no.’ My mother would be rolling over in her grave if she heard that.”

    As a previous commenter said, “the Nazis would’ve considered him a Jew” so her borderline anti-Semitic was pretty off-putting to me. So honestly, I don’t care about his background anymore and have little if any pride in it.

    http://www.thegreatrabbino.com/2009/07/ryan-brauns-mother.html

  • Marcia

    He would have been Jewish enough for the Nazis, right?!

    Shabbat Sholom to all!

  • Danny

    so hes not halachically jewish big deal!! hes still called the hebrew hammer and he identifies with the jewish religion

  • Cheski Edelman

    Ryan Braun is NOT Jewish. Quote for Wikipedia:

    “Braun’s father Joe, most of whose side of the family was murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust, was born in Israel.[176][177] His father immigrated to the United States at age seven.[178] His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic.”

  • bubby

    Terrific article even for those of us who are not baseball fans but love to read about our Jewish “heroes”.

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