MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ dwelling run chief whose manufacturing was slowed by accidents through the second half of his 14-year profession, 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.
“Whereas it’s unattainable to summarize my feelings proper now, what I really feel most is one easy factor — 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), complete 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 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 coping with a again situation.
“I’ve weighed this choice for a lot of months,” Braun mentioned in an announcement launched by the group. “Whereas I nonetheless love this recreation very a lot, the time is correct for me to retire from my enjoying days.”
Braun was certainly one of baseball’s greatest 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 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 way in which Ryan’s final six or seven years went, he needs to be extremely proud with how these years went,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned. “He needs to be extremely pleased with that. At that time, he had a narrative to jot down, he didn’t know the way it was going to go and I believe he wrote an excellent story and that he needs to be pleased with that.”
Braun was teammates with Counsell early in his profession earlier than finally enjoying for him.
“What I all the time inform Ryan is, I all the time joke with him that perhaps moreover your mother and your dad, I’ve seen you play baseball in all probability greater than anybody on the planet. I used to be there for each recreation all through his profession,” Counsell mentioned. “I received a detailed seat for a overwhelming majority of them. Watching him play was undoubtedly 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 really belonged to this neighborhood.”
The Brewers chosen Braun with the fifth general decide within the 2005 novice draft out of Miami. He was named NL Rookie of the Yr in 2007 and ranked within the high 15 within the MVP voting yearly from 2008-12. He completed second within the MVP balloting in 2012 and third in 2008.
The Brewers reached the postseason 5 instances throughout Braun’s profession (2008, 2011 and 2018-20).
“Ryan introduced us many unforgettable moments on the sector, from playoff-clinching, dramatic dwelling runs to almost 2,000 profession hits,” Brewers proprietor Mark Attanasio mentioned in an announcement. “He’s unquestionably one of many best gamers in Brewers historical past. Furthermore, Ryan has turn out to be a great good friend to our household, and his dedication of numerous service hours and greater than $1 million to neighborhood causes through 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 dwelling finale.
“It’s well-deserved contemplating what he’s executed for the 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 mentioned.
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