Braun’s a hit

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

RYAN Braun be­came base­ball’s first Jewish Rookie of the Year.

The 24-year-old, who slugs from third base for Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers, picked up the Na­tional League award, voted by the Base­ball Writ­ers of Amer­ica.

Called up from the mi­nor leagues in May, Braun hit 34 home runs and 97 runs bat­ted-in while lead­ing the league with a per­cent­age of 634.

The son of an Is­raeli fa­ther and a Chris­tian mother, the Cal­i­for­nia na­tive has spo­ken of his Jewish her­itage de­spite not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a tra­di­tional up­bring­ing.

First base­man Kevin Youk­ilis of the Bos­ton Red Sox was se­lected by his peers as a Gold Glove win­ner for his de­fen­sive ex­cel­lence. Youk­ilis did not make an er­ror this sea­son.

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