Ryan Braun announces retirement after 14 years with the Brewers
Posted On September 14, 2021
Ryan Braun, who played his entire 14-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers and became one of the greatest offensive players in club history, announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday.
Braun, 37, played for the Brewers during the pandemic-shortened 60-game schedule in 2020, with a five-year contract extension expiring after the season. There has been no discussion between Braun and the Brewers over a 2021 return, but he has chosen not to announce his retirement until now, keeping his options open.
Now, with less than three weeks left in the season and the Brewers fleeing with the National League’s Central Division, Braun has decided it is time to formalize his retirement and thanked Milwaukee fans in a video posted to Twitter. .
“While we’re looking at all of this, I wanted to take a minute to share some news with you,” Braun said in his one-minute-and-20-second video.
“On May 25, 2007, I took the field for the first time in a major league uniform. Today, more than 14 years later, I have decided to officially retire as an active player.
“While it’s impossible to sum up my emotions at the moment, what I feel the most is one simple thing: gratitude. And I just wanted to take the time to say thank you. I was incredibly lucky to be joined by countless amazing teammates, coaches, support staff, friends and family for this incredible race.
“To the fans, thank you for showing me and my family unconditional love and always making us feel that we truly belong to this community. Thank you for filling the stadium night after night for 14 You’ve made coming to the stadium every day a joy, and I can’t imagine a better gaming experience than being a brewer for life.
“Thank you for the encouragement, support and motivation. Thank you for the memories, the playoffs, the moments I will never forget. I’m coming back to town for the final home game of the regular season on Sunday September 26th and I hope you’ll be there to celebrate with me. Until then, go Brewers. “
Braun won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2007 and MVP price in 2011, a season later tarnished by a positive PED test and a permanent suspension two years later. He played 1,766 games with the Brewers, finishing with a 0.296 batting average, 352 home runs and 1,154 RBIs, with an OPS of 0.891 and 216 stolen goals.
The Brewers’ all-time home run leader Braun has finished at or near the top of all career offensive categories in club history, and was known for hitting spectacular home runs in the later stages of the team’s pursuit in the playoffs.
Braun ended his career as a .296 hitter with 352 HR, 1,154 RBIs and 216 goals stolen in 1,766 games. In addition to his MVP and All-Star Game appearances, Braun is a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and 2007 National League Rookie of the Year.
Braun, who helped lead the Brewers to the playoffs five times (2008, 2011 and 2018-20), retires as the all-time franchise leader in the homesteads (352). He also ranks in the franchise’s top three in RBI (2nd, 1,154), extra base hits (2nd, 809), total bases (2nd, 3,525), doubles (2nd, 408), runs (3rd, 1,080), hits (3rd, 1,963), triples (3rd, 49), stolen bases (3rd, 216), batters (3rd, 6,622) and walks (3rd, 586) . It ranks fourth in franchise history for games played (1,766).
From the date of his Major League debut – May 25, 2007 – until the 2020 season, Braun has placed in the top five of the majors for extra-base hits (T2e), runs (3rd), RBI (3rd), total bases (4th), hits (5th), doubles (5th) and home runs (5th).
In a more detailed statement released by the Brewers, Braun said, “I have weighed this decision for many months. While I still really enjoy this game, now is the time for me to retire from my gambling days. “
Brewers main owner Mark Attanasio also shared his thoughts on Braun’s retirement and career in Milwaukee.
“Ryan has brought us many unforgettable moments on the pitch, from spectacular and decisive homers in the playoffs to nearly 2,000 career hits,” said Attanasio. “He is hands down one of the greatest players in Brewers history.