MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ residence run chief whose manufacturing was slowed by accidents in the course of the second half of his 14-year profession, introduced his retirement on Tuesday.
Braun hasn’t performed all season and stated 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.
“Whereas it is unattainable to summarize my feelings proper now, what I really feel most is one easy factor — gratitude,” Braun stated.
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’s fourth in video games performed (1,766).
Braun turned a free agent after the Brewers declined to train a $15 million mutual possibility 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 coping with a again problem.
“I’ve weighed this choice for a lot of months,” Braun stated in a press release launched by the crew. “Whereas I nonetheless love this recreation very a lot, the time is correct for me to retire from my taking part in days.”
Braun was one among baseball’s greatest hitters from 2007-12, however was by no means the identical after he was suspended halfway by 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.
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 belonged to this group.”
The Brewers chosen Braun with the fifth total choose within the 2005 novice draft out of Miami. He was named NL Rookie of the 12 months in 2007 and ranked within the prime 15 within the MVP voting yearly from 2008-12. He completed second within the MVP balloting in 2012 and third in 2008.
“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.
The Brewers reached the postseason 5 instances throughout Braun’s profession (2008, 2011 and 2018-20).
“Ryan introduced us many unforgettable moments on the sphere, from playoff-clinching, dramatic residence runs to almost 2,000 profession hits,” Brewers proprietor Mark Attanasio stated in a press release. “He’s unquestionably one of many biggest gamers in Brewers historical past. Furthermore, Ryan has turn out to be a superb pal to our household, and his dedication of numerous service hours and greater than $1 million to group causes over time 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 residence finale.