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Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:29 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 11:29 pm
Ryan BraunBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Ryan Braun accepted his National League Most Valuable Player Award at Saturday's annual dinner of the New York champter of the Baseball Writers' Association of American and made his first public comments since a report came out that he tested positive for increased levels of testosterone.

Braun made a short speech on Saturday (via's Bryan Hoch):
"Sometimes in life, we all deal with challenges we never expected to endure. We have an opportunity to look at those challenges and view them either as obstacles or as opportunities. I've chosen to view every challenge I've ever faced as an opportunity, and this will be no different. I've always believed that a person's character is revealed through the way they deal with those moments of adversity.

"I've always loved and had so much respect for the game of baseball. Everything I've done in my career has been done with that respect and appreciation in mind. And that is why I'm so grateful and humbled to accept this award tonight."
Braun's representatives have denied their client took performance-enhancing drugs. Braun's appeal was heard by MLB earlier this week, Insider Jon Heyman reported.

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Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:09 am

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

Why are people surprised that athletes are on enhancement drugs. Be real. It would be a much shorter list of guys not on anything.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:36 am

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

Liar liar liar The herpes treatment, acyclovir , does not increase your testosterone.... Not only is he a cheater, he is a herpes boy...tisk tisk

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:48 pm

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

If Braun took PEDS he got ripped off!  He isn't big, his numbers haven't improved, plus he is stupid to start taking them AFTER he signed a contract that takes care of him for what is probably the rest of his career considering all the clean tests he had over his career leading up to this one.  Is testosterone a PED or just a "marker" for PEDs?  Does massive amounts of testosterone make you hit the ball?  Does it really make you a better ball player?  Again, it didn't work for him.  His numbers were in line with what we might expect since he was rookie of the year in 2007.  Where are the 50 homers?  He apparently had more testosterone in him than anybody has ever had in a test.  What does that mean?  He was taking huge amounts of something that he masked for resulting in the super high testosterone level?  Again, if he is trying to somehow cheat, he is doing it in an incredibly stupid manner.  He had another test as soon as the results were found and it was normal.  Does record high levels of testosterone come down that quickly?  Maybe so.  Maybe he took some other drug to make it so.  Maybe he is just very indiscriminate in what he puts in his body and everybody who knows him is lying about that.  If he is the dumbest cheater ever, has he just been very lucky to not get caught before now considering he has been tested regularly throughout his career?  

The word on the street is that he has herpes and is embarrassed about it.  It is possible that the sample got contaminated with a topical medicine when the sample was given which would explain the ridiculous amount of testosterone in the test result.  Farfetched?  No more than the circumstances surrounding this whole thing.  And Diana Taurasi isn't the only one who has been found innocent after a failed test.  It has happned in minor league baseball also.  We can talk about the 99.9% accuracy all day but the bottom line is the technology isn't perfect and this isn't even supposed to be public before the appeal is made and ruled on.  Many here are painting with an increddibly large brush to say that all the cases are the same.   

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:52 pm

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

I hope he at the very least will be suspended since they will not pull this award from him and give it to Matt Kemp like they should do.  It's a shame that players have to cheat to gain an advantage over the others.  We'll see what his appeal process revels in a few weeks or so, but like I said it won't change the fact that he will be able to keep his award.
Matt Kemp mention that he would not want the MVP award, I think it be wrong to take Braun MVP award away.

I don't think that players that cheated do for an advantage over other players, they cheat to get stronger so they would have more Home run power.  Steriods or other banned substances don't make you a good baseball player, if you can't hit a baseball then banned substance won't help.

If Braun is found guilty he should be suspended which should be 50 games, now their a chance it get cut down to 25 games but that be wrong. If he break the rules then he should pay the price

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:06 am

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

PED's have changed the MLB landscape entirely. Worse, they've made a mockery of a century of Hall of Fame benchmarks, and will serve to cloud perspctive on what great players accomplished without them. There may be PED users IN the Hall of Fame now for all we know, but most believe there certainly will be at some point in the future. 

In the beginning, MLB didn't have a real PED policy, and players may have taken advantage somewhat ignorantly-as part of a strength and nutritional "supplement" program using substances that weren't banned by MLB. It quickly spread to widespread use...By the time PED's had perpetuated a full scale assault on MLB benchmarks ( and bigger contracts), MLB still largely turned a blind eye to PED's. The Federal investigation of BALCO and Congress demanding MLB to cooperate and take action are the ONLY reasons Bud Selig addressed the issue at all. 

So, it's not just players that are to blame...even now. 

It's impossible to tell who intentionally or unintentionally take banned substances, or how much they enhance performance. MLB may project an objective testing policy and rigid "penalties" for failed PED tests, but the reality is that in many cases, the penalty isn't nearly enough to prevent PED use. Players that have the kind of year Ryan Braun had in 2011, and have the subsequent opportunity to sign a $100 million contract due to that performance, isn't "penalized" much by a 50 game suspension that only costs him $5 million...especially if his contract might have only been $50 million without the PED advantage, , and he still gets to keep the MVP and the contract he was awarded.

Yes, repeat offenders face longer suspensions and eventually banishment, but taking a one-time $5 mil hit to get another $50 Million sounds like good business to me. Not in the "best interests of baseball" but in the players best interests. 

Players aren't stupid or naiive. Neither are doctors and trainers that prescribe PED's, or the people that run MLB. 

Olympic and NCAA athletes and teams are punished for PEDs by taking awards and championships away. They are prevented from Championship play and are also penalized by financial means that far exceed 30% of a season, or 5% of his contract, without pay.

MLB needs to stiffen the penalty or just stop pretending they care. 

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:35 am

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

Well, all I can say is, they should have held the award until the completion of Brewers Ryan Braun's drug appeal. If he doesn't win the appeal, then he shouldn't get the award. It should go to Dodgers Matt Kemp, who, IMO was much deserving of the award because, the numbers he put up on a last place team, were pretty impressive. I'm not saying Braun wasn't worthy, but for sure, if he tested positive and his appeal fails, Matt Kemp should get it...the end.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:06 am

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

I hope he at the very least will be suspended since they will not pull this award from him and give it to Matt Kemp like they should do.  It's a shame that playerrs have to cheat to gain an advantage over the others.  We'll see what his appeal process revels in a few weeks or so, but like I said it won't change the fact that he will be able to keep his award.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:57 am

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

You forgot to mention the other 600-700 players that are now or once were on PEDs in the MLB. That's out of 750 players total.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:19 am

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

Why do people think the Court of Law is the same as the Court of Public Opinion? He's not innocent until proven guilty here and I dont need to hear all of the evidence to have an opinion: the guy's a cheater! The only worse cheater still playing in the game is Jose Bautista, who went from having doubles-power to leading the league in HRs. The fact that people actually think Bautista ISN'T juicing is laughable and naive (at best).

Remember Rick Ankiel? The pitcher-turned-power-hitter? Yeah, PEDs, too. And Raul Ibanez? When he got to Philly, people screamed "PEDs!" and, magically, the guy grew a conscience, got off the juice, and his career went back to its natural state pre-Philly.

These cheaters are not breaking any laws and dont deserve any punishment other than the disgrace they're "earning" with their infamy. Nor, however, do they deserve the benefit of the doubt in the Court of Public Opinion.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:05 pm

Ryan Braun accepts MVP at BBWAA dinner

Challenges?adversity? You cheated. You took a drug, either by your own doing or indirectly. Stop with this hero stuff. You cheated, got caught, see you in June!

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