Ryan Braun, the 2011 Nationwide League MVP and franchise dwelling run king for the Milwaukee Brewers, introduced his retirement Tuesday.
The six-time All-Star choice has not performed this season after turning into a free agent when the Brewers declined to train a $15 million mutual choice in his contract final October.
“I’ve weighed this resolution for a lot of months,” Braun, 37, stated in a video posted to social media by the Brewers. “Whereas I nonetheless love this recreation very a lot, the time is true for me to retire from my taking part in days.
“It is troublesome to explain my feelings right now, nevertheless it begins with overwhelming gratitude to those that have shared this expertise with me whereas providing their unconditional help at each flip. … I’ll ceaselessly respect one of the best followers within the recreation and the numerous individuals who got here out to the ballpark evening after evening, making Milwaukee the best metropolis to play the sport.”
Along with his 352 dwelling runs, Braun, who performed all 14 of his MLB seasons with the Brewers, ranks second in franchise historical past in profession RBIs (1,154), extra-base hits (809), whole bases (3,525) and doubles (408). He ranks third in runs (1,080), hits (1,963), triples (49), stolen bases (216) and walks (586).
“I’m so lucky to have loved a 14-year profession sporting the jersey of 1 crew, and much more grateful that crew is the Milwaukee Brewers,” Braun stated. “I’m retiring right now from Main League Baseball, however my love for all those that supported me continues to develop. I cherish nice reminiscences from my time with the Brewers and can proceed to construct on the various friendships made on this superb metropolis.”
Braun batted a career-low .233 in 2020 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in 39 video games whereas coping with a again difficulty. He got here on sturdy late within the season and had a .958 OPS in September.
His again points prevented him from taking part in within the Brewers’ first-round playoff loss to the eventual World Sequence-champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Braun was certainly one of baseball’s greatest hitters from 2007 to 2012, however was by no means the identical after he was suspended halfway by means of the 2013 season for utilizing performance-enhancing medicine. He acknowledged that he took banned substances whereas rehabilitating an harm and apologized.
From 2014 on, Braun by no means performed greater than 144 video games in a season and reached the 30-homer mark as soon as after topping 30 homers 5 instances in his first six years, together with an NL-leading 41 in 2012. Nonetheless, he remained a key contributor for the Brewers.
“I all the time thought that the best way Ryan’s final six or seven years went, he must be extremely proud with how these years went,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell stated. “He must be extremely happy with that. At that time, he had a narrative to write down. He did not know the way it was going to go, and I believe he wrote an ideal story and that he must be happy with that.”
Braun was teammates with Counsell early in his profession earlier than ultimately taking part in for him.
“What I all the time inform Ryan is, I all the time joke with him that, ‘Possibly in addition to your mother and your dad, I’ve seen you play baseball most likely greater than anybody on this planet.’ I used to be there for each recreation all through his profession,” Counsell stated. “I received a detailed seat for a overwhelming majority of them. Watching him play was positively an honor.”
The Brewers chosen Braun with the fifth general choose within the 2005 newbie draft out of Miami. He was named NL Rookie of the Yr in 2007 and ranked within the prime 15 within the MVP voting yearly from 2008 to 2012. He completed second within the MVP balloting in 2012 and third in 2008.
“Ryan introduced us many unforgettable moments on the sector; from playoff-clinching, dramatic dwelling runs to almost 2,000 profession hits, he’s unquestionably one of many best gamers in Brewers historical past,” crew chairman Mark Attanasio stated in an announcement.
The Brewers will honor Braun with an on-field ceremony on Sept. 26.
“It is well-deserved contemplating what he is executed for town, the group and clearly, [after] not having an opportunity to play in entrance of followers final yr, to get that sendoff,” outfielder Christian Yelich stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.