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Brewers Ryan Braun signs $105 million, five-year contract extension

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MILWAUKEE -- The more Ryan Braun traveled to various cities during his time in the majors, the more he recognized just how much he loved Milwaukee.

Braun signed a $105 million, five-year contract extension on Thursday that adds to a seven-year deal he signed in May 2008, meaning the Brewers are now committed to pay the young slugger $145.5 million through 2020.

"From here on out the only thing that really matters is winning," Braun said. "I'm proud of saying that I've been a part of a group of guys here who have come in here and tried to kind of change the culture and get back to having the perception of being a winning organization, when guys like Robin Yount played here, Gorman Thomas, Paul Molitor, Jim Gantner, when all those guys were here, it was a special place to play."

Yount played all 20 of his seasons for the Brewers, winning two MVP awards. The 27-year-old Braun said he expects to spend his entire career in Milwaukee, too, after getting picked by the Brewers in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft.

"There really aren't many guys that've spent their entire careers with one team," he said.

Braun has been picked to start each of the last three All-Star Games and is one of five players in history to hit at least 125 homers and post a .300 batting average over the first four seasons of his career, joining Joe DiMaggio, Chuck Klein, Albert Pujols and Ted Williams.

Braun's .308 career batting average is currently the franchise's best mark.

"Very rarely does it happen where a player understands his franchise and where it's at and where he wants to be in the future," general manager Doug Melvin said. "A lot of times we have a tendency just to look at today or tomorrow, but he had the vision of an organization that he wanted to be with and from that standpoint, it's a very exciting day for us."
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun signs extension through 2020 - ESPN
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I love that! A player of today that wants to play his entire career with one team Most of them just follow the money--you know "show me the money"?
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