Ryan Braun retires after 14 seasons
Ryan Braun is hanging up his spikes.
Braun, the 2011 National League MVP and a staple of the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup for over a decade, announced his retirement Tuesday after 14 major-league seasons.
The Brewers will honor Braun during their final regular-season home game on Sept. 26, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Braun didn't sign with a team this winter after the Brewers bought out the option on his $105-million contract. In March, the 37-year-old said he was still in shape and contemplating returning this year but would only do so in Milwaukee.
The Brewers selected Braun fifth overall out of Miami in 2005, and he made his big-league debut two years later. In addition to his MVP award, he was named the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year and collected five Silver Sluggers and six All-Star selections. He helped the Brewers to five playoff berths, including NLCS appearances in 2011 and 2018.
Over his 14 seasons, Braun hit .296/.358/.532 with 1,963 hits, 352 home runs, 1,154 RBIs, and 216 stolen bases. He put together a pair of 30-30 seasons - including a 40-30 campaign in 2012, when he led the NL with 41 homers - and twice led the Senior Circuit in slugging. Braun is the Brewers' all-time leader in home runs and ranks top-five in almost every offensive category in club history.
Braun was also linked to performance-enhancing drugs during his career. After winning the MVP in 2011, he tested positive for PEDs, but successfully appealed his 50-game suspension. Two years later, he admitted to using the drugs and apologized.
In 2013, Braun served a 65-game suspension for his involvement in baseball's Biogenesis drug scandal.