Home-brewed Talent

Marti Wronski grew up about 60 miles south east of Green Bay, Wis., in Neenah--deep in the heart of Packers country. Those who live in that part of the state don't care too much about baseball. They certainly don't care that much about the Brewers, which for years have languished at the bottom of the NL Central. But in 2004 Wronski underwent a conversion--one that in Packers country is considered treason. Wronski renounced her love for the Packers and became a diehard Brewers fan.

This conversion happened when the Brewers hired her in December 2003 to handle all of the team's legal issues, from negotiating player contracts and sponsorship agreements to overseeing real estate issues relating to Miller Park and licensing the use of the club's trademarks. Before joining the Brewers as general counsel, Wronski taught legal writing at Marquette University for a couple of years, and before that she was an associate at Foley & Lardner's Milwaukee office.

Q. Who was the player?

A. Geoff Jenkins [plays in left field and has a .273 batting average.]

Q. What kind of discipline issues do you face?

A. Almost nothing. I can't think of the last time we had anything on the major league level. In the minor leagues we may have a player who is late for training or rehab or something like that. We do have the drug- and alcohol-related situations we have to monitor, but those are infrequent. One issue we are dealing with now is the Mitchell [steroid] investigation.

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