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Mark Attanasio

A Los Angelesinvestment banker, whose group's $223 million purchase of the Brewers wasapproved in January 2005, Attanasio has been a boon for baseball in two ways:By buying out commissioner Bud Selig's family, he ended an embarrassingconflict of interest; by enlarging the payroll, marketing the team moreaggressively and courting Milwaukee fans--he gave away 27,000 tickets to theregular-season finale--he has begun to right a sinking ship. Last year's .500finish, the Brewers' first since 1992, the heady promise of its young infieldand long-term extensions for manager Ned Yost and G.M. Doug Melvin all testifyto a remarkable rejuvenation in progress.