Ryan Braun, who’s name is all over the Milwaukee Brewers franchise record book, officially announces his retirement after a 14-year career, all with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Even though he hasn’t played for the team in 2021, it is a sad day for all Brewers fans.
I was 17 years old when Braun made his MLB debut with the Brewers. Braun and Prince Fielder are big reason why I became such a big baseball fan. Braun was one of the most fun hitters to watch.
The part that’s disappointing to me is due to no fans in the stands in 2020, we weren’t able to give Braun a proper send off. September 21st, 2019 turned out to be Ryan Braun’s final at-bat at Miller Park in front of home fans.
Is it a coincidence that Milwaukee Brewers baseball was put back on the map and the Brewers overcame two decades of awful and mediocre baseball to become a playoff contender right about the time Ryan Braun showed up? I think not.
The Brewers franchise is essentially like this:
The Robin Yount Era
The Dark Ages
The Ryan Braun Era
Ryan Braun’s place in Brewers history:
- 1st in Home Runs
- 2nd in RBI
- 3rd in Hits
- 3rd in Runs
- 3rd in WAR
- 4th in OPS
- 4th in Games Played
- 6th in Batting Average
So many big hits in the biggest moments. I’ll never forget his game winning home run in the bottom of the eighth against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park in game No. 162 in 2008 that sent the Milwaukee Brewers to the playoffs for the first time since 1982.
September 23rd, 2011 he hit a game winning home run to clinch the division. In September 2019, a game winning grand slam in St. Louis to help Milwaukee secure the Wild Card days later. The list goes on…
Fourteen years of loyalty. Fourteen years of leadership. Fourteen years that we’ll never forget.
Thank you, Ryan Braun, for all of the memories and congrats on an amazing career. It’s been a heck of a ride. Enjoy retirement!
Make sure and come to American Family Field on September 26th (final home game of regular season) to honor Ryan Braun!