Found February 25, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
F7
With the Ryan Braun circus out of the way, it was business as usual at Maryvale Baseball Park, where the Milwaukee Brewers took part in the first full-team workout of spring training.As has been his custom since taking ownership of the franchise in 2005, Brewers principal owner and chairman Mark Attanasio addressed the players and coaching staff, as did general manager Doug Melvin and field manager Ron Roenicke.As the team took to the practice field, Attanasio talked about the support his franchise has recieved in Milwaukee, where more than one million tickets have already been sold for the 2012 season."We just have enormous support," Attanasio said. "We have a city of 500,000 to 600,000 people and we had over three million people come out. ... And so, last year, we had more fans than the Red Sox, Cubs, the Rangers, the Mets, the Dodgers. That's just huge support from the community of Milwaukee for this ballclub. And so it all starts there."Those fans were rewarded last season with a franchise-record 96 victories, the team's first division title in 29 years and a trip to the league championship series. Attanasio thinks that kind of fan support is a great selling point for free agents like Aramis Ramirez, who signed a three-year deal with the Brewers during the off-season."I think one of the things we've been able to do, to recruit players, is to show them that it's a great place to play baseball, and it's a great place to live in the summer," Attanasio said. "And it's a community that loves this team. We're a baseball town."The Brewers, even with Braun back in the lineup for the entire season, aren't assured a clear path to another divisional championship. The defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinsals lost slugging first baseman Albert Pujols in free agency but still return Lance Berkman, Matt Holiday and starting pitchers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. The Cincinnati Reds are also much-improved heading into the season and will likely factor in the Central Division race.Entering his eighth season as owner, Attanasio knows to take nothing for granted."I know just how hard it is to win. And, when I first bought the team I didn't understand. And now I do understand. So I'm very respectful of the other teams in our division. There's a lot of teams that have gotten better in the National League this year. Guys don't stand pat. The Cincinnati Reds owner didn't say, 'Oh, the Cardinals and the Brewers, they're gonna be good again; we're not gonna get better.' They went and got a lot better."And other teams in the National League did, too -- like the Marlins, for example."We've got an enormously talented roster. Any number of guys have been All-Stars on our team. One of the things I heard today that I hadn't understood was that, for the last 6 years, the only 3 teams that have had 3 or more all-stars every year for 6 years is the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers. So we have a very talented club, and I'm excited to get going." Reporting from this story provided by Brewers video interviews. Follow Andrew Wagner on Twitter.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
DARN KIDS

Teenage blogger broke Braun story

Curt Hogg, a 16-year-old Brewers blogger at Plushdamentals on the MLB.com network, out-scooped his elders by reporting on the recent developments in the Ryan Braun story weeks ago.

Ryan Braun urine sample for sale on E-bay

MILWAUKEE BREWERS RYAN BRAUN  urine sample is for sale on e-bay. It’s a losersbracket.com exclusive.   We broke the news, just like Prince Fielder used to break wind after all that tofu he must of eaten. According to the post on e-bay… This “one of a kind” urine sample commemorates the largest story in Brewers history since Derrick Turnbow grew a moustache.    Comes...

Sorting out the Ryan Braun Fiasco; Who were the winners and the losers?

            Unlike most of the sports media world, I thought I would sit back and soak up the details before discussing my opinion on the scandal/drug testing fiasco involving the reigning National League MVP and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Thus far, we’ve heard the results of the appeal, some details involving the test, Braun’s comments and the MLB’s irate...

Ryan Braun Innocent? My Ass.

The celebration in Dairyland could be heard clear across the country on Thursday night as Brewers star and reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun won the appeal of his pending 50-game suspension for elevated levels of synthetic testosterone. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was among the pleased, Tweeting “MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the...

Braun proclaims innocence

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun declared his innocence Friday, one day after it was revealed that a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test had been overturned by an arbitrator.

The Schmuck Stops Here: Braun's exoneration requires more than a technicality

Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun may be off the hook for the 50-game suspension that originally came with his positive PED test, but the fact that he and his lawyers were able to convince an arbitrator that the chain of evidence was broken because his sample wasn't mailed in time isn't going to fly with anyone but his most ardent defenders.

Column: Arbitrator decides Braun is clean enough

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Ryan Braun said he was clean and the only guy whose vote mattered agreed that he was clean enough. Case closed. Or not. But that's all Braun will be from now on: clean enough. He called the decision Thursday by arbitrator Shyam Das overturning his 50-game suspension ''the first step in restoring my good name and...

Attanasio: Extensions on tap for GM, manager

With the Ryan Braun saga in the rear-view mirror, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said he would like to wrap up contract extensions for general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke before Opening Day.

MLB, players' union back testing program (AP)

Baseball and its players' union defended their drug testing program Friday and promised to tighten collection procedures following criticism by anti-doping agencies of an arbitrator's decision to overturn NL MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension. At a news conference in Phoenix, where he reported to the Milwaukee Brewers for spring training, Braun criticized drug testing...

Rodgers celebrates the overturning of Braun's PED ban

Aaron Rodgers believed Ryan Braun when the Brewers star refuted his positive test for banned-substance use. After Braun's 50-game ban was overturned on Thursday, Rodgers took to Twitter to celebrate.
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.