After 14 seasons in the major leagues, Brewers legend Ryan Braun has decided to call in a career. Ryan Braun made his major league debut back on May 25th, 2007 – and left his mark on the franchise in ways Brewer fans will never be able to forget.
Ryan Braun was selected in the first round (5th overall) in the legendary 2005 draft out of Miami. Braun was the first draft pick under Mark Attanasio’s reign as owner of the club – talk about knocking it out of the park.
Today, more than 14 years after I first took the field as a Milwaukee Brewer, I’ve decided to retire. While it’s impossible to summarize my emotions, what I feel most is one, simple thing – gratitude.
I just wanted to take a moment to say ‘thank you’.
– Ryan Braun pic.twitter.com/pQxuW9qk1z
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 14, 2021
Ryan Braun wraps up his career as one of the most accomplished players of his era – and in franchise history. Braun finished his career as a .296 hitter with 352 HR, 1,154 RBI and 216 stolen bases in 1,766 games. He also helped lead the franchise to the playoffs five times: (2008, 2011, 2018, 2019, and 2020).
- The Brewers all-time franchise home run leader (352)
- 2007 National League Rookie of the year.
- Six-time All-Star
- 2011 National League MVP
- Five-time Silver slugger award winner
- 2nd in Brewers history in RBI (1,154)
- 2nd in total bases (3,524)
- 2nd in Extra base hits (809)
- 2nd in doubles (408)
- 3rd in runs (1,080)
- 3rd in hits (1,963)
- 3rd in triples (49)
- 3rd in stolen bases (216)
- 3rd in walks (586)
- 4th in franchise history in games played (1,766)
Since it seems like Ryan Braun is about to retire I wanted to make a video honoring his best moments with the Brewers #GoBrewers @BREW_MATHs @ReviewngTheBrew Ryan Braun Career Tribute Video | Higher by Eminem |https://t.co/KUY9GTocLd
— Jonathon Crofts (@jcrofts35) February 19, 2021
Ryan Braun is unquestionably one of the greatest players in Brewers history and should be remembered as such. Fans will never forget the countless clutch hits – he seemed to thrive under pressure.
He’s also a no doubt member of the franchise’s Mt. Rushmore of players. He should be celebrated for everything he did for this franchise and the city of Milwaukee.
Ryan Braun Forever.
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