Ryan Braun: “I’m Strongly Leaning in The Direction of Being Done as an Active Player”

Ryan Braun with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020
Ryan Braun with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (10741530ad)

Milwaukee Brewers legend Ryan Braun still hasn’t made a decision about his future as a baseball player. Braun recently told ESPN that he is leaning towards retirement but could change his mind at some point.

Braun spent his entire career with the Brewers, debuting for the franchise back in 2007. At the end of the 2020 MLB season, the organization opted against bringing back the 37-year-old veteran, declining the mutual $15 million option on his contract.

“I’m strongly leaning in the direction of being done as an active player,” Braun told ESPN.

Still, the 2011 NL MVP has left the “door open” for playing another year.

“But I think you can always push that decision back. I’m still young enough, still working out, still in shape,” he added. “If something were to change, I might as well leave that door open as long as possible.”

It appears the only way Braun will suit up again is if the Brewers decide to open him a new deal. When asked if he would play for another franchise, he said that he “can’t foresee” such a scenario.

Ryan Braun played 1766 career games with the Brewers, posting a .296 batting average with a franchise-record 352 home runs and 1154 RBIs. He won the Silver Slugger Award five times and has six All-Star nods.

Braun had a career-worst campaign in 2020, dealing with a back injury and missing 21 games. He batted .233 with eight homers and 26 RBIs.