By JOE TOTORAITIS, Related Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun threw out the ceremonial first pitch earlier than the Milwaukee Brewers’ recreation Sunday as a part of his farewell, a 30-minute celebration of a 14-year main league profession that included the 2011 NL MVP award and a prolonged suspension for a drug violation.
Now 37, Braun hasn’t performed all season and stated throughout spring coaching that he was leaning towards retirement. He introduced on Sept. 14 that he wouldn’t play once more.
“My feelings at this time and over the previous few weeks have admittedly been very combined,” he stated throughout a information convention earlier than the sport. “It begins with overwhelming gratitude and pleasure, however there may be additionally an actual disappointment that it’s over, that this has truly come to an finish.”
A six-time All-Star, Braun performed his total massive league profession with the Brewers from 2007-20.
“Thanks for choosing me up after I fell down,” Braun advised the appreciative crowd.
The ceremony got here earlier than the NL Central-leading Brewers hosted the New York Mets.
Braun received division titles in 2011 and ’18 however by no means reached the World Collection. He had a .296 profession common with 1,963 hits in 1,766 video games.
“It’s very uncommon in at this time’s recreation for any athlete to have that likelihood,” Braun stated of taking part in for only one crew. “I really feel extremely blessed and extremely lucky that it labored out that means.”
Braun is the franchise chief in dwelling runs with (352) and second in RBIs (1,154), extra-base hits (809), complete bases (3,525) and doubles (408).
“What was particular was his consistency,” proprietor Mark Attanasio stated.
The Brewers declined their half of the mutual choice in Braun’s contract for 2021, paying him a $4 million buyout somewhat than the $15 million he would have acquired. Braun flirted with the notion of returning to the Brewers in the course of the 2021 season.
“We mentioned it, a number of instances,” Braun stated. “We mentioned it all through the course of the season. Each in July and August, we had fairly critical conversations about it. It by no means received to the purpose the place like I felt it was imminent.”
He was suspended in 2011 for 50 video games for violating baseball’s drug settlement however the gamers’ affiliation efficiently overturned the penalty, persuading arbitratoir Shyam Das that protocols for the chain of custody for the pattern weren’t adopted.
Braun was suspended in July 2013 for the ultimate 65 video games of the season for violations of the drug program and labor contract following baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. He issued a press release then that stated: “I’m not excellent. I notice now that I’ve made some errors. I’m prepared to simply accept the implications of these actions.”
“Definitely, as I replicate on my profession, it was not excellent, and I’m at peace with that,” he stated Sunday. “If I had the chance to return and do some issues in a different way, I completely would, however I don’t have that likelihood.”
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