Brewers MVP Ryan Braun announces retirement

MILWAUKEE (WKBT) — Milwaukee Brewers great Ryan Braun announced Tuesday that he will retire after 14 years with the team.

“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. “It’s difficult to describe my emotions today, but it starts with overwhelming gratitude to those who have shared this experience with me while offering their unconditional support at every turn.”

Braun is the Brewers all-time franchise home run leader, a six-time All Star and 2011 National League MVP. Braun, 37, played his entire Major League career with the Brewers.

Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio — who drafted Braun 14 years ago — offered his thoughts on Braun’s announcement Tuesday.

“Ryan brought us many unforgettable moments on the field; from playoff-clinching, dramatic home runs to nearly 2,000 career hits, he is unquestionably one of the greatest players in Brewers history,” Attanasio said.

Attanasio reflected on the impact Braun had on the team.

“Ryan is our all-time franchise home run leader and one of the great clutch hitters in the game. We were fortunate to have a front row seat for many of these moments that defined some of the organization’s greatest achievements to date. We wish Ryan, his wife Larisa, and their family the very best, and look forward to continuing our friendship as they move into the next chapter of their lives,” he said.

Brewers fans will have the opportunity to celebrate with Ryan and those close to him as the former MVP will be honored in a ceremony on the field prior to the Sunday, Sept. 26 game against the New York Mets.