Ryan Braun officially called it a major-league career Tuesday, announcing his retirement from the game, the entirety of his 14 seasons spent with the Milwaukee Brewers.
A first-round pick in 2005, Braun played all of 202 games in the minor leagues before joining the Brewers for good. He slashed .312/.375/.573 in those games including .342/.418/.701 in 34 games in Triple-A before being called up to the bigs in 2007.
Braun’s legacy with the Brewers might be a tad complicated, but he’ll go down as one of the best players in franchise history.
Let’s take a look at Braun by the numbers.
In the 902 games in which Braun appeared and the Brewers won, he slashed .334/.402/.629 with 234 homers, 763 runs and 803 RBI. Not too shabby.
Braun’s name is scattered all over the Milwaukee all-time leaderboard. Here’s where he ranks in some major categories:
Home runs: 1st, 352
RBI: 2nd, 1,154 (Robin Yount is first with 1,406)
Total bases: 2nd, 3,525 (Yount, 4,730)
Extra-base hits: 2nd, 809 (Yount, 960)
Doubles: 2nd, 408 (Yount, 583)
WAR (position players): 3rd, 47.1 (Yount 77.3, Paul Molitor 59.9; Cecil Cooper is fourth at 30.7)
Runs: 3rd, 1,080 (Yount, 1,632; Molitor, 1,275)
Hits: 3rd, 1,963 (Yount, 3,142; Molitor, 2,281)
Triples: 3rd, 49 (Yount, 126; Molitor, 86)
Stolen bases: 3rd, 216 (Molitor, 412; Yount, 271)
Walks: 3rd, 585 (Yount, 966; Molitor, 755)
Games played: 4th, 1,766 (First-third are Yount, 2,856; Molitor, 1,856; Jim Gantner, 1,801)
Slugging percentage: 4th, .432 (Christian Yelich, .553; Prince Fielder, .540; Richie Sexson, .536)
OPS: 4th, .891 (Yelich, .950; Fielder, .929; Sexson, .902)
Stolen base percentage: 8th, 78.26%
Batting average: 6th, .296 (Yelich is just above him at .297, so technically Braun could ”move up” to fifth eventually, depending on Yelich’s finish to his Brewers career)
Looking back at Ryan Braun's 2011 MVP season with Brewers
Won Rookie of the Year in 2007
Won MVP in 2011
Other MVP voting: Finished second in 2011, third in 2008, 11th in 2009, 15th in 2010 and 23rd in 2016
Won Silver Slugger Award from 2008-12
Named All-Star from 2008-12, 2015
Led National League in slugging percentage in 2007 and 2011 with five other top-10 finishes
Led NL in total bases in 2008, 2011 and 2012 with two other top-10 finishes
Led NL in OPS in 2011 and 2012 with three other top-10 finishes
Led NL in total bases in 2012 with four other top-10 finishes
Led NL in hits in 2009 with three other top-10 finishes
Led NL in runs in 2012 with three other top-10 finishes
Finished in top 10 in NL in batting average five times
Finished in top 10 in NL in RBI five times
Finished in top 10 in NL in stolen bases three times
Braun’s favorite opponent to play against likely was the Philadelphia Phillies. He owned a career .417/.471/.795 slash line at Citizens Bank Park in 38 games. In his career, he played in 79 games against the Phillies and slashed .385/.429/.706. His 1.134 OPS was his best vs. any club except Detroit (1.344 in just 12 games which included four homers in nine games at Comerica Park).
The rest of Braun’s top-five best parks (min. 20 games):
Target Field (Twins): .351/.388/.638 with five home runs in 23 games
Minute Maid Park (Astros): .314/.386/.559 with 10 homers in 45 games
Petco Park (Padres): .275/.319/.615 with 10 HR in 28 games
Wrigley Field (Cubs): .321/.373/.554 with 19 HR in 94 games
Most homers for Braun against any team? Cincinnati, 45
Most doubles? Cubs, 53 (also second in homers with 40)
Most triples? Cardinals, Nationals and Pirates, each with five
Most steals? Pirates, 40. He had no more than 27 vs. anyone else
Most HBP? Cubs, 16. No other team was in double figures
The most homers Braun hit off any one pitcher was five, which he did against Bronson Arroyo and Jose Quintana.
Of Braun’s 49 career triples, they all came against a different pitcher.
Wandy Rodriguez served up the most doubles to Braun – eight.
Braun faced Adam Wainwright the most in his career, with 102 plate appearances. He also had the most hits against Wainwright, 20.
His best batting average against a pitcher (min. 20 plate appearances) was .647 (11-for-17) vs. Jorge De La Rosa. This includes four doubles and four homers.
His best batting average against a pitcher (min. 30 plate appearances) was .536 (15-for-28) vs. Jason Marquis (five doubles, one homer).
His best batting average against a pitcher (min. 40 plate appearances) was .382 (13-for-34) vs. Jason Hammel (one double, four homers).
His best batting average against a pitcher (min. 50 plate appearances) was .353 (18-for-51) vs. the above-mentioned Rodriguez, who also served up four homers.
Braun had a 1.294 OPS vs. Roy Oswalt in 19 plate appearances (9-for-17, two doubles, one triple, three homers) and a 1.578 vs. Jack Flaherty in 23 PA (8-for-20, two doubles, four homers).
Braun had 13 walk-off hits (or outs, such as a sacrifice fly). His first was the most memorable, a three-run home run off Jesse Chavez to beat Pittsburgh on Sept. 25, 2008.
He had two other walk-off homers: Also like the above in a 1-1 game, he hit a solo shot off Matt Lindstrom in the 11th inning to give the Brewers a win Sept. 13, 2011. On April 3, 2018, he took St. Louis’ Dominic Leone deep in a 4-all tie in the ninth.
In high-leverage instances over his career, Braun slashed .293/.361/.516.
Of Braun’s 352 career homers, 171 came with the bases empty, 127 with one runner on base, 46 with two on and eight were grand slams.
Braun had 31 games with two homers and two with three in a game.
His HR distribution was nearly even: 179 were hit at home and 173 on the road.
HR No. 1 was hit of San Diego’s Justin Germano on the road on May 26, 2007 in his second career game (he went 1-for-5 in his debut, hitless in three a-bats off Greg Maddux before doubling off Doug Brocail in the seventh for his first career hit).
No. 100: at Arizona, off Doug Davis on Sept. 11, 2009
No. 200: at home, off Chris Young on Sept. 16, 2012
No. 300: at Chicago Cubs, off John Lackey, Sept. 8, 2017
No. 352 and final of his career: Perhaps appropriately, off St. Louis’ Wainwright on the road Sept. 26, 2020