Player Profile: Ryan Braun
Ryan Braun, “The Hebrew Hammer,” is one of the brightest young stars in the game. In his first five seasons, he’s got four Silver Slugger awards, four All-Star selections, a 30-30 season, led the league in slugging twice (setting the rookie record in ’07), a Rookie of the Year award, and an NL MVP. That’s a lot of hardware for a 27 year old. Braun doesn’t seem to be slowing down either, despite the off-season controversy, as he is in usual spot near the top of the NL leaderboards.
Ryan Braun swings a Sam Bat RB8 maple bat, his own signature model. There were a few videos from Sam Bat featuring Braun and he even has a dedicated microsite, but I tried to pick the most interesting ones, which ended up being these below.
UPDATE: WPW Reader Moe was interested in the length/weight of Braun’s bat, so I did a little research this morning and found this picture (below) of a bat Braun used in 2008 on Mears Online Auctions. From what it looks like, at least at that time, he was swinging a 35 inch, 31 1/3rd ounce bat. Apparently Braun likes his bat long and light.
The Sam Bat RB8 is available online.
Braun is on Ken Griffey Jr.’s Swingman roster, and wears exclusive batting gloves and cleats from that line. The Swingman batting gloves that Braun wears can be found online, just not in his exclusive colorways.
Braun recently nabbed his 100th career stolen base in his grey/black/gold Nike Air Swingman Remix 2 cleats. That colorway is exclusive to Braun as well, though the Remix 2 model is available in a few different colors.
You can see Braun’s shin guard in the feature, which is from the brand Bike. Braun still does wear a Bike shin guard, but they don’t sell anything like it online.
Here are the links:
Nike Swingman Batting Gloves (looks like they’re only available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, so this link goes straight there)
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So it turns out Ryan Braun isn’t one for accessorizing. Where I usually highlight the necklaces and bracelets and other accents that players are wearing, I found nothing but a glove. I really had to dig just to find evidence of Braun wearing sunglasses (all the way back in Spring Training).
Though Braun doesn’t fuss much with flair, he does far more than the bare minimum in left field. Braun led all of the Major Leagues in outfield fielding percentage in 2008, led NL left fielders in fielding percentage in 2009 and 2011, and led NL left fielders in range factor in 2009. Braun currently leads all active left fielders in career fielding percentage.
Ryan Braun wears a custom Wilson 1799-b glove. It is the same model as you see in the feature, however, his glove has grey on the thumb, strap, and index finger. I went to Wilson’s custom glove builder to see if we could set one up like this too, but the customization options were putrid. You can put your name on it, choose “traditional” or “pro-stiff” for breaking in, and that was about it for the 1799-b. Despite the lack of customization, Braun’s glove model is very much available online.
- Braun’s grey thumb, strap and index finger on his Wilson 1799-b. Screenshot from MLB.com.
- Another view. Screenshot from MLB.tv.
Braun’s sunglasses (which we last saw him wearing in Spring Training) are the Nike Show-x1 style. It looks like he was wearing navy with a white swoosh, which, like many of the players’ Nike sunglasses we’ve profiled, is a custom colorway. The Show-x1 is available online in a few different colorways, though.
Since I couldn’t really bring much to you by way of equipment, I did a little snooping for some interesting Braun stuff. And I’m always searching for lifestyle stuff where I can. Here’s Brauny in a pretty funny (though strange) Muscle Milk commercial…
Can’t argue with results.