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Stray Pooch Joins Milwaukee Brewers

The most popular member of the Milwaukee Brewers at spring training is a rookie who comes with pedigree, an excellent clubhouse presence and good legs.

Four legs, in fact. Along with a button nose and scruffy, white fur.

Hank the dog may be the early lock for camp MVP - Most Valuable Pet.

Here's Hank! The Milwaukee Brewers are down in Arizona right now for spring training, and at one of the first days of their new season they happened upon a stray dog roaming around their practice field. 17

Here's Hank! The Milwaukee Brewers are down in Arizona right now for spring training, and at one of the first days of their new season they happened upon a stray dog roaming around their practice field.

Go get 'em! Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, runs during spring training 17

Go get 'em! Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, runs during spring training

Not only did players and staff give the stray shelter they named him after baseball great Hank Aaron dressed him up in a jersey, and they even keep his water bowl next to the team coolers 17

Not only did players and staff give the stray shelter they named him after baseball great Hank Aaron dressed him up in a jersey, and they even keep his water bowl next to the team coolers

'Yeah, he's making a pretty big impact, which I've got to say is pretty cool,' pitcher Yovani Gallardo said. 'It's getting a lot of attention, for sure. I think he likes it, too.'

The dog days for the Brewers arrived Feb. 17 when the stray pooch wandered on to the team's complex looking a little roughed up.

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Team employees took him to a veterinarian for a checkup and bath. The vet spotted a tail injury and some gray markings around his right hind leg, a sign that it may have been run over by a vehicle.

The vet estimated Hank is around 2 years old. No definitive word on the breed - he looks like a bichon frise mix.

Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park watches spring training on Friday in Phoenix 17

Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park watches spring training on Friday in Phoenix

Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, helps instructor Bob Miscik field a ball during spring training 17

Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, helps instructor Bob Miscik field a ball during spring training

Security guard Vivian Rabun pets Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix 17

Security guard Vivian Rabun pets Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix

Brewers ticket office manager Brianna Tavilla plays with Hank. The Milwaukee Brewers are down in Arizona right now for spring training, and at one of the first days of their new season they happened upon a stray dog roaming around their practice field 17

Brewers ticket office manager Brianna Tavilla plays with Hank. The Milwaukee Brewers are down in Arizona right now for spring training, and at one of the first days of their new season they happened upon a stray dog roaming around their practice field

Hank stays at a staff members' home after the games. Everyone's hoping that his owner will come forward but if they don't the staff plans to give him a home in Milwaukee when the regular season starts 17

Hank stays at a staff members' home after the games. Everyone's hoping that his owner will come forward but if they don't the staff plans to give him a home in Milwaukee when the regular season starts

The Brewers quickly took in the dog and named it 'Hank' after baseball great Hank Aaron, who began his career in Milwaukee

And no bones about it - the unofficial mascot has been treated like a Hall of Famer ever since.

One day, coach Ed Sedar went to the food line to get Hank's favorite breakfast dish, scrambled eggs. Barely a week into camp, Hank was already assigned No. 1 for a doggy jersey.

Unlike some temperamental pitchers, Hank doesn't mind being on a short leash. There was Hank posing for a snapshot in the clubhouse with righty Brandon Kintzler.

Talk about a real publicity hound.

'I'm second banana now,' tweeted Bob Uecker, the club's popular broadcaster.

Signs were put up in the area about the dog, seeking his owner. The team publicized Hank's arrival on social media, and he soon became a local celebrity.

'I was in Europe this week on business and I had four texts from my wife,' team owner Mark Attanasio said, 'and three of them were `What can I do to adopt Hank the Dog?''

Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo attends a meeting of pitchers with the Brewers spring training mascot, Hank, during Brewers spring training baseball practice 17

Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo attends a meeting of pitchers with the Brewers spring training mascot, Hank, during Brewers spring training baseball practice

Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, helps instructor Bob Miscik field a ball during spring training. stole the hearts of players and staff. The team has gotten him veterinarian care after it appears he was hit by a car and now the pup is having a ball 17

Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, helps instructor Bob Miscik field a ball during spring training. stole the hearts of players and staff. The team has gotten him veterinarian care after it appears he was hit by a car and now the pup is having a ball

Brewers' Yovani Gallardo walks Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park. When Hanks not with the players, he's watching from the stands, or interacting with Brewers fans! 17

Brewers' Yovani Gallardo walks Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park. When Hanks not with the players, he's watching from the stands, or interacting with Brewers fans!

In Hank's case, walks are good.

Sauntering around Maryvale Baseball Park for some exercise. Meandering in between the practice diamonds. Strolling on a leash during infield practice with Gallardo.

'It's awesome, didn't miss one groundball,' Gallardo said.

Gallardo owns a boxer that didn't make the trip to Arizona, so Hank has been a more than suitable spring sub.

Hank doesn't stop for autographs, but will gladly turn over if someone wants to rub his belly. When the adorably furry face isn't drawing attention, the dog takes breaks in the stadium operations office, not far from water and food dishes. Staff members take turns housing Hank for the evening.

If the local owner isn't found, Hank appears to be a lock to be adopted by the club and make the trip north to Miller Park.

Figures to be stiff competition for this free agent.

Milwaukee Brewers' Hank, the new spring training mascot who showed up at camp on Monday as a stray, relaxes on a pitcher's mound during Brewers spring training baseball practice 17

Milwaukee Brewers' Hank, the new spring training mascot who showed up at camp on Monday as a stray, relaxes on a pitcher's mound during Brewers spring training baseball practice

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy pets Hank, a stray dog who has become the new spring training mascot since the dog showed up on Monday 17

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy pets Hank, a stray dog who has become the new spring training mascot since the dog showed up on Monday

Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo, middle, takes Hank, the new team spring training mascot since the stray dog showed up at camp on Monday, as Gallardo and two other pitchers escort the pooch during Brewers spring training baseball practice 17

Milwaukee Brewers' Yovani Gallardo, middle, takes Hank, the new team spring training mascot since the stray dog showed up at camp on Monday, as Gallardo and two other pitchers escort the pooch during Brewers spring training baseball practice

'Well, first of all, a number of different departments are vying for him,' Attanasio said. 'The players want him on the roster and to travel with the team. (General manager Doug) Melvin's trying to get him into a baseball meeting later today.'

Negotiations might be tough. The fleet-footed Hank might easily outrun the Brewers' 'Famous Racing Sausages' in the gameday races around Miller Park.

'We want to do what's right for the team,' Attanasio said, sounding like he was playing hardball. 'I think he's really an asset.'

Brewer non-roster invitee infielder Mark Reynolds plays with Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, during spring training 17

Brewer non-roster invitee infielder Mark Reynolds plays with Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, during spring training

Milwaukee Brewers' new spring training mascot Hank attends a meeting of pitchers during Brewers spring training baseball practice 17

Milwaukee Brewers' new spring training mascot Hank attends a meeting of pitchers during Brewers spring training baseball practice

Milwaukee Brewers mascot, Hank, is at the team's spring training baseball practice in Phoenix. The team has unofficially adopted the dog and assigned the name Hanke after baseball great Hank Aaron 17

Milwaukee Brewers mascot, Hank, is at the team's spring training baseball practice in Phoenix. The team has unofficially adopted the dog and assigned the name Hanke after baseball great Hank Aaron