Stray dog named after Hank Aaron becoming talk of Brewers camp

Move over Ryan Braun and Matt Garza, the talk of Milwaukee Brewers camp down in Arizona is about six feet shorter and a whole lot cuter in his uniform.

If you're left scratching your ear on that one, we're talking about a stray puppy that started hanging around the Brewers spring training facility earlier this week. The Brewers have since taken the little guy in as an unofficial spring training mascot — is Bernie Brewer the jealous type? — and even renamed him ‘Hank’ — after Milwaukee baseball legend Hank Aaron — to make him feel like a part of the family.

In fact, the Brewers got so attached to Hank after spending some time with him, they took him right to the vet where he received his shots and a much needed bath.

After receiving his clean bill of health, the Brewers brought Hank back to the facility to hang out and even do a little work. It turns out he can multitask with the best of them, and he may already be angling for a job on Ron Roenicke's coaching staff.

From John & Cait Plus Nine:

Hank spends each day roaming offices and playing fields, visiting with everyone from Doug Melvin, Ron Roenicke, players and coaches to ticket office and concessions staff. Hank is going home with members of the organization each night to a warm bed, and he recently completed a day at the Team Store where he picked out his favorite styles from the latest Brewers pet gear.

If he can play first base the Brewers may have no choice but to bring him north.

All kidding aside, the Brewers are undecided whether they'll truly make Hank an unofficial mascot and bring him back to Wisconsin. They still have a few weeks to figure that out. But it's probably safe to assume that he'll at least end up starring in a future Brewers TV ad, perhaps alongside one of their creative fans.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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