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Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:09 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 6:12 pm
Ryan Braun hopes to convince an arbitrator that he doesn't deserve a 50-game suspension for his failed drug test.

He also hopes to convince you that he's not just another baseball drug cheat.

History is against him on both counts. And it doesn't help him at all that he is faced with fighting both battles at the same time.

Braun isn't the first player to fail a drug test, and he's not the first player to proclaim his innocence after testing positive.

He is, however, the first player whose failed test became public knowledge before his appeal was heard. Baseball's policy is to hold off on any announcements until an appeal is denied and a suspension is certain, precisely because news of a failed test can be extremely damaging to a player's image, even if he is later exonerated.

Of course, no player has ever been exonerated through the arbitration system.

Could Braun be the first?

His people say he could be. The suggestion is that they have evidence that they believe will play well in front of the arbitrator. And while it might help them in the court of public opinion to make that evidence public immediately, lawyers tend to want to hold on to it until it is presented in court (or in this case, in arbitration).

The two pieces of information that came out Sunday, both told to by a source familiar with the case, are that Braun's test was not for a performance-enhancing drug (he didn't fail a steroid test), and that Braun asked for and passed a second test after the first, failed test.

While either of those things may help Braun in the public's eye, neither is of great significance.

Whatever drug Braun tested positive for, there's no dispute on either side that it was a banned substance under baseball's drug rules. Drugs make that list because they are associated or otherwise linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Also, while Braun's request for a second test is nice, it's hardly definitive. Many of the drugs tested for by baseball pass through your system quickly.

Ultimately, the best way for Braun to defend his image would be to succeed before the arbitrator, but chance isn't expected to come until sometime next month.

The problem Braun faces now is to keep public opinion from turning completely against him before an arbitrator even hears the case. The problem he'll face later is that whether or not he succeeds before the arbitrator, he has a hard time not being remembered as a guy who failed a test.

Category: MLB

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:52 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

The article says he wasn't busted for PED's so if it's not a PED it doesn't help his performance.  He's certainly not on steroids.

Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:51 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Surprise !! An MVP winner tested positive. What a shocker. Nothing surprises me with baseball players anymore and it doesnt even let me down. It's kinda funny. Really, do baseball players really need to take steroids to hit the ball farther and risk getting caught ? We're still on this juvenile crap ? Still ? Whatever

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:47 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

The best way for Braun to defend his image is NOT to succeed before the arbitrator.  That simply reads and feels like legalistic, technicality-riding weaseling.  The best way for him to defend his image is to come back, test clean repeatedly, hit .350, steal 20, and belt 32 homers.  If another high-profile player lays the "I didn't think what I took was banned" argument or "I don't know how it got into my system" argument (assuming one of these is forthcoming as with so many other players) on us, I might walk into heavy traffic, just as stupidly as these guys obviously think we are.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:36 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

so glad the brewers and this Jerk didn't win the WS. It's called Krama you SOB. There may not be a god but everyone get their due at some point.......

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:15 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I guess Braun isn't taking the advice he gave A-Rod.  Nobody wants to admit they are a bum and once you've admitted it you have removed the doubt in EVERYONE"S mind.  Everyone...your wife, kids, the fans who idolized you, the MVP voters, the Hall of Fame...

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:06 pm

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

BrewRock, while you may be right that they never take away awards, this is the first time I remember anyone talking about it the media. There have been several requests by voting media to have a revote, so I wouldn't come down so hard on your fellow commenters just yet. You haven't been paying attention.

Second, MVP is never the most valuable. Its the award for having the best year. If it were the most valuable, it would have gone to 3 different guys. Braun wasn't even the most valuable on his own team. Again, pay attention.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:49 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Just when you thought it was safe to trust the back of the baseball card again, along comes Ryan Braun and his fraudulent MVP award.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:40 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Dude, you are a moron. They never take anything away. Do you think Bonds deserves to sit at the top of the list of Homeruns? He was admittingly tainted. We shall see what happens with Braun. Personally, I am dissapointed, but hearing about the second test coming clear makes me a little suspicious of either result. 

Let me ask this though...who was Kemp valuable to? Himself? Because it sure didn't get the Dodgers anywhere. 

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:37 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

It is innocent until proven guilty but we've seen the story many times.  Everyone protests their results when they are positive and then are proven wrong.  Precedent is really against him as Knobler said.  Its a shame, but that's been baseball the past 15 years.  Every huge achievement always seems to come with the PED/banned substance/whatever string attached.  The magic in the game is gone, and that's why I don't care enough to be disappointed in him.  Baseball has already let me down in that area.

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:34 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Of course it was a Brewers fan that posted that a 50 game suspension was overdoing it for a first time offense. To really be a deterrant, it should be a 1 year suspension and a $1 million fine. There is no way that 50 games compensates for the offense. Furthermore, it is  hypocritical of the Baseball Writers of America if they don't revoke the MVP award if Braun is found guilty. Kemp should have received it in the first place anyway.

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