Los Angeles Times
Braun retires after 14-season career with Milwaukee
Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ all-time home run leader whose production was slowed by injuries during the second half of his 14-season career, announced his retirement Tuesday.
The former Granada Hills High standout hasn’t played all season and said during spring training that he was leaning toward retirement. The 2011 National League most valuable player made it official in a video on Twitter.
Braun batted .296 with 352 homers and 1,154 RBIs. The six-time All-Star, 37, became a free agent after Milwaukee declined to exercise a $15-million mutual option last October. Braun hit .233 with eight homers in 39 games last season while dealing with a back issue.
Braun was one of baseball’s best hitters from 2007 to 2012 but was never the same after he was suspended midway through the 2013 season for using performance-enhancing drugs. The slugger acknowledged that he took banned substances while rehabilitating an injury and apologized.
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