Former Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun retires from MLB

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun runs the bases after hitting a grand slam off Cincinnati Reds...
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun runs the bases after hitting a grand slam off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(NBC15)
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 11:11 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Former Brewers’ outfielder and National League MVP Ryan Braun announced his retirement from the MLB on Tuesday.

“On May 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,” Braun said in a video posted to social media.

“To the fans, thank you for showing me and my family unconditional love and always making us feel like we truly belong to this community. Thank you for packing the ballpark night in and night out for 14 years. You make coming to the ballpark every day a joy and I cannot imagine a better experience than being a Brewer for life,” Braun added.

Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio also had some thoughts on Braun’s retirement.

“Ryan was the first player drafted after I took ownership of the Brewers, and I remember that day very well. Today, we reflect on the impact that Ryan had during his 14 seasons wearing the Brewers uniform. Ryan is our all-time franchise home run leader and one of the great clutch hitters in the game. We were fortunate to have a front row seat for many of these moments that defined some of the organization’s greatest achievements to date. We wish Ryan, his wife Larisa, and their family the very best, and look forward to continuing our friendship as they move into the next chapter of their lives,” Attanasio said.

Braun says he will be in attendance for the Brewers’ final home game on Sept. 26 against the New York Mets.

Braun, who has not played since the end of the 2020 season, played all 14 seasons of his MLB career with the Brewers. He hit 352 home runs, had 1,154 RBI and hit for a career batting average of .296.

He was selected fifth overall in the first round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami. He made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 2007, winning National League Rookie of the Year that year. He would go on to win the National League MVP in 2011 and become a six-time all-star. He led the Brewers to the postseason five times during his time in Milwaukee.

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