MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ house run chief whose manufacturing was slowed by accidents in the course of the second half of his 14-year career, introduced his retirement on Tuesday.
Braun hasn’t performed all season and mentioned throughout spring coaching that he was leaning towards retirement. The 2011 NL MVP made it official Tuesday in a video the Brewers posted on Twitter.
“While it’s impossible to summarize my emotions right now, what I feel most is one simple thing — gratitude,” Braun mentioned.
Braun, 37, batted .296 with 352 homers and 1,154 RBIs. He ranks second amongst Brewers in 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). He is fourth in video games performed (1,766).
Braun grew to become a free agent after the Brewers declined to train a $15 million mutual choice in his contract final October. The six-time All-Star batted a career-low .233 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 39 video games final season whereas dealing with a again situation.
“I have weighed this decision for many months,” Braun mentioned in an announcement launched by the staff. “While I still love this game very much, the time is right for me to retire from my playing days.”
Braun was considered one of baseball’s finest hitters from 2007-12, however was by no means the identical after he was suspended halfway by way of the 2013 season for utilizing performance-enhancing medicine. He acknowledged that he took banned substances whereas rehabilitating an damage and apologized.
From 2014 on, Braun by no means performed greater than 144 video games in a season. He reached the 30-homer mark as soon as after topping 30 homers 5 occasions in his first six years, together with an NL-leading 41 in 2012. Still, he remained a key contributor for the Brewers.
“I always thought that the way Ryan’s last six or seven years went, he should be incredibly proud with how those years went,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned. “He should be incredibly proud of that. At that point, he had a story to write, he didn’t know how it was going to go and I think he wrote a great story and that he should be proud of that.”
Braun was teammates with Counsell early in his career earlier than ultimately taking part in for him.
“What I always tell Ryan is, I always joke with him that maybe besides your mom and your dad, I have seen you play baseball probably more than anyone in the world. I was there for every game throughout his career,” Counsell mentioned. “I got a close seat for a vast majority of them. Watching him play was definitely an honor.”
In his announcement, Braun thanked the Milwaukee followers for displaying him “unconditional love” and making him and his Southern California-based household really feel like “we truly belonged to this community.”
The Brewers chosen Braun with the fifth general decide within the 2005 novice draft out of Miami. He was named NL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and ranked within the high 15 within the MVP voting each year from 2008-12. He completed second within the MVP balloting in 2012 and third in 2008.
The Brewers reached the postseason 5 occasions throughout Braun’s career (2008, 2011 and 2018-20).
“Ryan brought us many unforgettable moments on the field, from playoff-clinching, dramatic home runs to nearly 2,000 career hits,” Brewers proprietor Mark Attanasio mentioned in an announcement. “He is unquestionably one of the greatest players in Brewers history. Moreover, Ryan has become a good friend to our family, and his commitment of countless service hours and more than $1 million to community causes over the years has impacted many lives.”
The Brewers plan to honor Braun at a pregame ceremony Sept. 26 earlier than they face the New York Mets of their regular-season house finale.
“It’s well-deserved considering what he’s done for the city, the organization and obviously, (after) not having a chance to play in front of fans last year, to get that sendoff,” outfielder Christian Yelich mentioned.