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Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:20 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:49 pm
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Ryan Braun will be coming to the Baseball Writers dinner Jan. 21 to pick up his National League MVP award. At least that’s what we hear. His position is that he did nothing wrong, and thus, has nothing to hide.

We hope that’s right. And maybe it is. Everyone should be presumed innocent. And in this case, we’re talking about a player who has been seen for a while as one of the brightest lights in the game, both on and off the field. Additionally, it shouldn’t even be known yet that he failed a test for a banned substance.

The Brewers star is the first major league player to have his confidentiality breached. So maybe he becomes the first to win a hearing and save himself the 50 games suspension (although, that part won’t be easy).

Braun certainly has expressed a lot of belief in his own innocence in the brief comments he’s made publicly, including one in which he said, “It’s BS.’’ It’s too bad that’s about all we’ve heard from Braun, as he is one of the most articulate players in the game. We will assume that he’s probably saving his best material for the hearing.

But what will he say then? Word around the game is that he will press “multiple issues,’’ including the testing process itself. That’s good. Because to win the case, he has to point out a flaw in the system.

One thing he is expected to point to is the test claim of a bizarrely high spike in testosterone, which was apparently something like three times what’s been seen before; it will likely to be argued that it must therefore be caused by testing error. Braun obviously passed all the tests before this one, and he passed a subsequent test he ordered upon learning about the failed one a couple weeks after taking the original sometime in early October when his Brewers team was just embarking on the playoffs.

No one has done it at the major league level yet, but one minor leaguer won enough benefit of doubt in a hearing to win his case. (We don’t know who that is because his confidentiality wasn’t breached.) Braun will try to become the first at a hearing that ix expected to be just after that BBWAA dinner, Jan. 23 or 24, according to Lance Allen of WTMJ-4 in Milwaukee.

It sounds like Braun may try a number of avenues here, including the possibility that a medication to combat a private medical issue is to blame, as TMZ initially reported. But while that argument could win some points with the public, that isn’t going to win the day, or the hearing.

Baseball deserves credit for giving players a chance at a hearing (unlike the NFL). But it’s still considered a “strict liability’’ situation, which means it’s up to Braun to prove he’s been somehow wronged. He’s enlisted top people (both for p.r. and legal help), and that’s a good thing because everyone deserves their day in court. Braun should get his.    

 




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Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

I'm flattered that you responded in such detail. Some interesting arguments. I have nothing against Matt Kemp, he's a fine player. I just think this debate is so not the point any more. You're right about one thing, Braun had an unfair advantage with a very scary hitter behind him every at bat. And he won't be there any more. I'm not real happy about that either. Guess what? I'm not a man. So no distubuning crush here. Women love baseball too.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

I have never bothered posting comments before. But I am tired of this MVP debate. Player A played in 161 games and player B played in 150 games. Those stats could very either way in 11 games. So stop, please stop.
You yourself mention that the eleven game difference could have gone either way, meaning he just as well could have gone into a slump had he played an extra eleven games, yet you ask others to stop?  Perhaps you need to stop and follow your own advice?
 
 
And being on a winning team should make a difference.
No it should not.  By that same account then why didn't CC Sabathia, who had a 21-7 record, win the Cy Young award last year over Felix Hernandez who had a 13-12 record?  The fact that the brewer GM/franchise was able to sign better players thereby garnering a better team record should not be a factor in deciding teh MVP of a league.  It's not Matt kemp's fault that the Dodgers are a team in disarray.

BTW, should the fact that player B was protected by having one of the most feared power hitters batting right after him and Player A was backed by the mediocre James Loney make a difference? 

Yeah, I Know.

Has player A won the triple crown he'd be MVP. But he didn't.
Oh, I see.  So in order for Kemp to win the MVP he had to have won a triple crown yet no such requirement is necessary for Braun.  Why the double standard?  Nevermind.  That answer is obvious.

Does it really matter any more. Player B is being so badly scrutinized by the system right now it's sickening. So I choose to stand by player B no matter what is decided. I've watched him play his entire career. He's always been this good. He will never be a cheater in my heart.
Your man crush is disturbing.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

our sex offender still doesnt make braun any less of a cheater.he got busted pahtna!!!!!!!!



Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Why don't you as a Cub fan tend to your own backyard before pointing out Braun as a cheat.What you going to do with your 20 year old sex offender.Cool



Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:48 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

I have never bothered posting comments before. But I am tired of this MVP debate. Player A played in 161 games and player B played in 150 games. Those stats could very either way in 11 games. So stop, please stop. And being on a winning team should make a difference. Has player A won the triple crown he'd be MVP. But he didn't. Does it really matter any more. Player B is being so badly scrutinized by the system right now it's sickening. So I choose to stand by player B no matter what is decided. I've watched him play his entire career. He's always been this good. He will never be a cheater in my heart.



Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

but player A didn't lead his team to a division title



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

can't believe the pass this guy is gettin' in comparison to other cheaters

Player A - 39 HRs, 126 RBIs, .324 BA, 115 Runs, .399 OBP, 40 SBs, 986 OPS

Player B - 33 HRs, 111 RBIs, .332 BA, 109 Runs, >397 OBP, 33 SBs, 994 OPs

Review the above stats produced by Player A and Player B during the 2011 baseball season.  If at the end of that season you were given a choice as to who the MVP for that season was, who would you pick?

Those are the actual stats produced by two NL candidates for the 2011 basebal season.  One of those players was Ryan Braun.  He won the MVP award and ...

no he was not "Player A."

Are you still in disbelief?



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

It doesnt matter now though because the damage is done and he will forever be looked at as a cheater! He failed a drug test and that he cannot dispute or change so no matter what he does now means nothing and thats all that peole will remember is that he failed a drug test. He is now forever labled with an asterik or question mark next to his name and thats the reality of the situation.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:57 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

Braun was pulled over for DUI three times last summer and passed all the breathalizer tests. He was then pulled over in the fall and blew a 3.3. A week later he was pulled over and blew a zero. I think since he passed all the tests in the summer and the one a week after the bad test he should be left off of the bad test.

I would have only believed him if he would have submitted to a blood test immediatly and came up clean. Do any of you know how easy it is to make a urine test clean. For those of you who don't leave the house much, you can pick up a test clean kit most anywhere now. When you start seeing them available in convience stores, as they are in some states, this should give you an idea of how phoney this testing has become. Failing a urine test is even worse you are not only look mlike a cheat but also an idiot. All sports. if serious about getting clean, must go to blood testing.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:44 am
 

Braun will press multiple issues and test itself

All of you haters will see that he's innocent in the end

Braun cheated. He got caught. End of story.

The drug tests in MLB are specifically designed to separate samples from the players so mixups and faulty data is avoided.

So just because your hero decided to be an idiot doesn't make us haters. You should encourage him to tell the truth rather than fight this thing and look like more of an ass. Then you both could move on.


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