Have the Brewers replaced Hank the Dog?

UPDATE: The Brewers and MLB are weighing in.

An article that appeared on MLB.com Tuesday night said "the Brewers are well aware of the Hank theories, and they have never denied that Hank-with-a-home looks a little different from when he was a stray back in 2014."

The article also quoted Tyler Barnes, the vice president of communications for the Brewers, who said "The 'real' Hank? What is real and what is an impostor?" "Is the Tooth Fairy the next target? Santa Claus? The Great Pumpkin?"

The Brewers organization went on to say "a lot of things in Hank's life have changed...He's had a bath, he's had a few good square meals, he got a new house. It makes sense that he'd look a little different."
 
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MILWAUKEE -- Is Hank the Dog an impostor? 

That's the question at the center of a Brewers conspiracy theory making its way around the Internet. The folks at Brew Crew Ball, a Milwaukee Brewers fan blog, have compiled an impressive array of evidence to back up their claim.

Every fan knows Hank's story - the injured, malnourished pooch was discovered in 2014 at the Brewers' spring training grounds just outside of Phoenix. He instantly became a sensation, skyrocketing to doggy fame and even winning Dog of the Year.

Here's where the conspiracy comes in: The writers at Brew Crew Ball believe the original Hank has been replaced by a successor, Hank II. The site has several side-by-side photos of the "original" Hank compared with later photos, where the dogs do appear to look quite different.

If you're thinking this sounds like the ramblings of someone who is too eager for baseball season to start - take note: MLB.com Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy said on Twitter Tuesday the organization is aware of the ongoing discussion.

Of course, "Hank" has taken on a much broader meaning in the last couple years. He's now fully integrated into the Miller Park experience - his mobile dog house makes an appearance at select games, and a full-fledged costumed mascot was also created.

Either way, we'll have better things to discuss soon. The Brewers' season gets underway in just over a month.

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