Ryan Braun announces his retirement from baseball

Ryan Braun

MILWAUKEE — It’s been just under a year since the last time Ryan Braun played in a Major League game, and now he’s ready to announce his retirement from baseball.

The former National League Rookie of the Year, MVP and six-time All-Star published a video on the Brewers’ official Twitter account Tuesday morning thanking fans for their support during his 14-year career as he made the retirement announcement.

Braun has not played during the 2021 season after the Brewers declined an option on his contract at the end of last season. He did stay in playing shape throughout the year in case the Brewers or another team came calling, but ultimately did not end up signing with any team.

Braun did appear in Milwaukee this summer as a guest of Brewers owner Mark Attanasio before also attending an NBA Finals game.

In 1766 career games, all with the Brewers, Braun hit .296 with a .358 on-base percentage, while hitting 408 doubles and 352 home runs and driving in 1154 runs.

Braun is among Robin Yount and Paul Molitor as leaders in virtually every offensive category in team history, including Wins Above Replacement level (3rd), slugging percentage (4th), on base-plus-slugging (4th), games played (4th), runs scored (3rd), hits (3rd), total bases (2nd), doubles (2nd), triples (3rd), home runs (1st), RBI (2nd), walks (3rd), and stolen bases (3rd).

Fans will have the chance to celebrate Braun one final time on Sunday, September 26th, when the team holds an on-field ceremony prior to their game against the New York Mets.

Braun’s career was tainted in the eyes of some fans, however, with a performance-enhancing drug scandal in 2012. Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during the 2011 playoffs — after he had capped off an MVP season — before fighting a suspension and winning on appeal due to chain-of-custody concerns with his urine sample. Braun did get suspended in 2013, though, after it was revealed he was a customer of Florida-based anti-aging and performance-enhancing clinic Biogenesis.

Braun saw his production on the field drop off after the suspension, as he missed more games due to injury, including recurring back and hand ailments. He made one All-Star appearance in the years after the suspension.