Ryan Braun is currently working on rebuilding his public image after a PR disaster involving his positive PED test after winning the NL MVP in 2011. After missing 65 games last season while facing a PED suspension (while he was conveniently injured), Braun is ready to rake again with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014.
He's also predicting good things for a couple of Texas Rangers, Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus, who happen to occupy the two spots in the projected Rangers' lineup ahead of newly acquired slugger Prince Fielder, Braun's former teammate in Milwaukee. During that time, Braun hit in front of Fielder, and knows what it's like to have that protection hitting behind you.
“I’ve been fortunate in my career that I had special No. 4 hitters,” Braun told The Dallas Morning News. “I had Prince, and it’s tremendous to have a guy like that behind you in the lineup. It makes my job easier.”
In the five seasons Braun hit in front of Fielder, he batted .312 with 161 homers and 531 RBIs.