After 14 season Ryan Braun has decided to hang his cleats up and retire. Without a doubt he is one of the most important players in the history of the Brewers franchise. Throughout his prodigious career he has compiled several moments that fans will never forget.
Throughout the first half of his career, Braun appeared to be on the fast track to the Hall of Fame and received MVP votes each of his first six seasons. The second half of his career was plagued with nagging injuries, but he still possessed a flare for the dramatics. At the end of games, he was not a player opposing batters wanted to face.
Braun will retire as the Brewers current franchise leader in home runs. He hit an impressive 352 all together. Robin Yount trails by just over 100 home runs but is second on the list with 251. Prince Fielder is third with 230 home runs, Geoff Jenkins fourth with 212, and Gorman Thomas rounds out the top five with 208. Cecil Cooper is the only other player in franchise history to hit more than 200 home runs with 201.
Given his known clutch traits, it felt like a vast majority of his home runs came late in ball games and late in the season. In this article, we are going to highlight Ryan Braun’s top five home runs throughout his 14 year Brewers career.
5) Walk Off Home Run in 2011 Against The Rockies
This particular home run was not division clinching by any means, but it was another September home run for Ryan Braun. With the game tied at one in the bottom of the 11th inning, Braun stepped up to bat to begin the inning. He then ended the game on a long distance shot to dead center field. The home run came on the 10th pitch of the at bat.
Leading up to that at bat, Braun had been 0-4 at the plate and had a misplay in the outfield that lead to the Rockies scoring their only run of the game. Thankfully he was able to erase his bad night and propel the Brewers to victory.
For a team looking to capture their first division crown since 1982 and just second in franchise history, this win certainly helped them gain momentum. In regards to Ryan Braun, the crazy part about this walk off home run in 2011 was that it was his 12th career walk off hit already. He entered the league in 2007.