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May 10, 2017

Eric Thames' torrid April has made him the focal point not just of the Brewers' surprisingly solid start but their resourceful rebuilding effort. Still, it's probably premature to anoint him the face of the franchise so long as Braun is around—and with over $70 million remaining on contract that runs through 2020, not to mention his rapidly approaching 10-and-5 rights, he figures to be around for awhile. Braun's bad behavior leading up to his 2013 PED suspension made him one of the league's least marketable players, but the combination of strong post-suspension performances, charitable work in Milwaukee and a good relationship with the team's fans has kept him from being a total pariah.

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