Brewers' Brent Suter publishes children's book

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Brent Suter is so much more than just a Brewers pitcher. He's also a Harvard grad, environmentalist and now, published author.

"A binky rested on the carpet nearby. It was beautiful, marvelous, colored, yet clear."

When Brent's son Liam was born, the 32-year-old wanted to write something for his first born.

"More of a personal book because some of these didn't have any connection with him," said Suter.

So he wrote a children's book, The Binky Bandit, about their family dog Wally stealing Liam's binkies.

"My dog was crushing binkies at the same time so it just kind of wrote itself as it was going on," Suter said.

Initially it was just a fun project. Brent had no plans to publish until local company, Orange Hat Publishing, jumped in.

"They said hey, we want to publish this book, and I was like hey, this is awesome, so fast forward a year and a half later and here we are at the launch date and I guess I'm a published author, so it's really, really cool."

Milwaukee artist Jayden Ellsworth illustrated The Binky Bandit that was officially launched when Suter went to Next Door Foundation to read for a couple kindergarten classes.

"Obviously the kids are the future and the more we can tell them that we got people who care about you, especially in Milwaukee, a city that is so important to me and my family, we want to reach out and touch as many lives as we can."

"This new book is a perfect way for Brent to get out here and talk to our children and show the community the work that he's doing beyond baseball," said Dr. Tracy Sparrow, president of Next Door Foundation. 

Always thinking about the environment, the book also includes 10 ways we can help the planet at the end of the story.

The Binky Bandit is available now online and at the Brewers Team Store.

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