Slugger Ryan Braun retires after 14-year career at Brewers

Ryan Braun announced his retirement

MILWAUKEE – Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers home run leader whose production was hampered by injuries in the second half of his 14-year career, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Braun hasn’t played all season and said during spring training that he was looking to retire. The 2011 National League MVP made it official Tuesday in a video the Brewers posted on Twitter.

“While it’s impossible to sum up my emotions at the moment, what I feel the most is one simple thing – gratitude,” Braun said.

Brown, 37, hit 0.296 with 352 home runs and 1,154 RBIs. He ranks second among the Brewers in RBIs (1,154), extra base hits (809), total bases (3,525) and doubles (408). He ranks third in points (1,080), hits (1,963), trebles (49), stolen bases (216) and walks (586). He is fourth in matches played (1766).

Braun became a free agent after the Brewers refused to exercise a $ 15 million mutual option in his contract last October. He broke a career low of 233 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 39 games last season while facing a back problem.

“I weighed this decision for many months,” Braun said in a statement released by the team. “While I still enjoy this game very much, now is the time for me to retire from my playing days.”

Braun was one of baseball’s best hitters from 2007-2012, but has never been the same after being suspended in the middle of the 2013 season for using performance enhancing drugs. He admitted to taking banned substances while rehabilitating an injury and apologized.

As of 2014, Braun has never played more than 144 games in a season and hit the 30 home run mark once after passing 30 home runs five times in his first six years, including 41 leading the l ‘AL in 2012.

The Brewers plan to honor Braun in a pre-game ceremony on September 26 before facing the New York Mets in their home final of the regular season.

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