The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that they have come to an agreement with left-fielder Ryan Braun on a contract extension through the year 2020!

For some time now, Braun has stated his desire to play for the Brewers for the entirety of his career. With his agreement to add five years onto a contract that was to run through the end of the 2015 season anyway, Braun showed everyone that he is a man of his word and willing to make that a distinct possibility.

Braun had the following to say upon the announcement of the extension:

“I want to thank the entire Milwaukee Brewers organization, specifically Mark Attanasio and his entire ownership group, Doug Melvin and Gord Ash for making this possible.

I have truly enjoyed the time I have spent in Milwaukee and look forward to spending the next 10 years here. I believe in the direction of this organization and its commitment to winning moving forward. I consider it an honor and privilege to be a part of this organization for the next 10 years.

Thank you to the Milwaukee Brewers for believing in me and making this happen.”

Braun is off to a fantastic start in 2011, having reached base safely in all 18 of the team's games to this point. The numbers he's been able to produce since his arrival in the league have been very impressive as well.

CATEGORY                       NUMBER             RANK 

Hits                                         734                         2nd

Runs                                       414                         2nd

Total Bases                           1,325                      2nd

Extra-Base Hits                   304                         2nd

RBI                                        432                         6th

Home Runs                          133                         T-8th

This is a true "cornerstone" player, one that the Brewers will be able to have in their organization for the next decade.

In so much as Robin Yount in my favorite player of all time, The Kid should enjoy the multitude of franchise offensive records that he holds for as long as he can...because the clock is officially ticking much more loudly than before.

Congratulations to Ryan Braun, Doug Melvin, Mark Attanasio....and to us!