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Rags to pitches: Stray dog added to Brewers' roster

  • A stray dog found his way into the Milwaukee Brewers spring training complex in Phoenix
  • Hank is now an official member of the team with his own jersey, number
Rags to pitches: Stray dog added to Brewers' roster

The newest player on the Milwaukee Brewers is uprooting his life in Phoenix to move with the team to Wisconsin. However, Hank doesn't have too much to leave behind. 

The stray dog found his way into the Brewers' spring training complex in Arizona on February 17. "He immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park," according to a press release from the Brewers management. 

Nearly a month later, the team decided to officially add him to the roster. On Friday, Hank was given a team jersey and a number (K9). On Sunday, he boarded a plane bound for Milwaukee. 

Hank's official team position is "rover," but his "big responsibility [is] to keep the fans happy," said Doug Melvin, the team's general manager. 

The Brewers have also found Hank a new home. The family of a Brewers executive has adopted the ballpark pup. The team reportedly received over 1,000 offers "from players, staff and countless fans" to adopt him.

Hank's story has also captured the attention of the media and fans across the country. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an entire section of its website dedicated to Hank.

A fan has made an unofficial Twitter account for him and the team is using #ballparkpup to post updates on the little dog's new adventure in Milwaukee. 

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