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Brewers Give Hart a Three-Year Extension

Corey Hart has bounced back from a disappointing 2009 and has developed into one of the leagues top outfielders

While the Milwaukee Brewers are probably going to lose Prince Fielder in the offseason, they aren’t going to part with Corey Hart, who just signed a three-year, $26.5 million extension through 2013.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to play and prove I’m a guy who can be long-term,” he said. “I’ve been pushing for that and being able to do it takes a lot of pressure off me.”

Despite the trade rumors, the Brewers were obviously never interested in dealing the All-Star right fielder who leads the team with a .288 batting average and 72 RBIs, and is second on the team with 23 home runs. But it was Hart that requested to have his deal extended rather than becoming a free agent.

“When Corey reached out and said he wanted to stay here, I told [general manager] Gord [Ash] to go see what they’re looking for,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said.

At 28-years old, Hart has developed himself into a very solid building block for the Brewers, who also have Ryan Braun under contract until 2015. When Hart became a regular fixture on the Brewers he was known for his speed, high average, and decent power but last year Hart really struggles and hit just .260 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs. But after trying hard to bounce back and putting himself through a rigorous training program he has far exceeded expectations.

Hart is making $4.8 million this season after winning arbitration. His extension gives hi a $1 million signing bonus, $6.5 million in 2011, $9 million in 2012, and $10 million in 2013.

With Braun, Yovani Gallardo, and now Hart under new contracts, the Brewers are reportedly in talks with Rickie Weeks about an extension, and with so many key pieces sticking around, it may give Fielder something to think about before he signs a contract elsewhere.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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