MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – The Milwaukee Brewers all-time home run leader has officially announced his retirement.
Ryan Braun, who is 37-years-old, played his entire Major League career with the Brewers and his name can be found amongst the franchise’s all-time leaders in almost every offensive category.
Braun said he weighed on the decision for months.
“I have weighed this decision for many months. While I still love this game very much, the time is right for me to retire from my playing days,” Braun said.
The ceremony to honor Braun will be held on Sept. 26 against the New York Mets.
Even though he is retiring from the game of baseball, Braun mentioned that he wants to remain involved in the Milwaukee community.
“I look forward to remaining involved in the Milwaukee community and continuing work with the charitable partners I have supported throughout my career. I’m excited to see what the future holds for the Brewers, and I am just as excited to continue my life’s journey down a new path,” says Braun.
Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio also weighed in on Braun’s announcement.
“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,” said Attanasio.
Braun was selected fifth overall out of the Unversity of Miami and played his high school ball in California. He and his wife Larisa live in Malibu with their three children.
At the end of his career Braun finished among the all-time Brewer greats:
- Homeruns – 352 (First in franchise history)
- RBI – 1,154 (Second in franchise history)
- Hits – 1,963 (Third in franchise history)
- Stolen bases – 216 (Third in franchise history)
- Games played – 1,766 (Fourth in franchise history)
Braun also added multiple awards throughout his career including an MVP, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and 2007 National League Rookie of the Year. He also made the All-Star team six times.