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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.

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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:16 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Come one guys, what country is this? I don't believe Braun either right now, but give him his due process and the chance to convince of us his innocence. Right now the Braun camp seems pretty confident that they can prove that the failed test wasn't the doing of "juicing". I, and the public, feel confident that we know all we need to at this point. Maybe he took fertility drugs. Maybe he got a false positive altogether. Maybe he's just like Bonds and McGwire sticking a cyringe in his ass before every game. But none of that can or will be answered until this is settled lawfully

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:56 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

He should forfeit the MVP Award if the ruling is not overturned.  Ridiculous!

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:30 am
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Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:19 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Brewers fans will forgive him after he admits he made "mistakes" though clearly not defining them ... and expectorating all over the values that gave him his chance. Then he will promise to work for the integrity and ethics of the greatest game ever.

All will be well. Fans don't much care if a guy cheats as long as he wins, right, A-Rod?

Everybody else will be all over Braun's butt until they find that their own superstar is a cheat, right, Sammy?


Learn the speech. "Mistakes were made but I never once tried to gain an unfair advantage. This was about my health."


Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:44 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

While I like the Brewers, and was a fan of his (now that's up in the air) I think, if this is all upheld that Kemp should now get the MVP, Braun should get the 50 game suspension, but I also think anyone that gets these suspensions, do the math and they should also give up that portion of their money, start putting that in ALL contracts.  Maybe if you hit these guys in the wallet more often they would wake up and do what's right.  I don't really understand how BASEBALL can say what he did was dead wrong, suspend him for 50 games next year, BUT, let's not take away the MVP award.  How do you justify that Bud?

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:34 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Question I have: Why is he able to keep his MVP award??  Yes, we should wait until this has gone through arbitration (to Knobler's point, will probably still be found guilty) and if he IS found guilty will they take it away then?  If they let him keep it after he is found guilty, Baseball Writers Association of America, you’re all hypocrites.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:32 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I totally agree.  I said this when the Williams' Wall in Minnesota was up for a suspension in the Star Caps fiasco and I'll stick with it now even though Braun is a Brewer and I'm a fan.
I hope he is innocent but if it comes out and is proven that he took something that is banned by MLB then he needs to accept the consequences and serve the time.
Funny though how 50 games for a first time offender is fair.  I know PED's are serious but 50 games?  Sheesh.
That is enough of a deterant right there to make sure you don't ingest anything that could even remotely have a chance of being something that is banned.

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:20 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Sad to hear this just like any other similar story. Fact of the matter is that no players should take anything that possibly is going to trigger a failed test. I wouldn't take anything that would possibly result in a failed test and would have documents supporting what I took, when I took it and why I took it and signed off by not only by the doctor but also by my agent. We have heard too many times that a player is innocent only to later find out that they were not. Spare me the "I didnt know what i was taking" or any other excuse. I hope Braun is innocent and there is a simple explanation.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:16 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

This might be the dumbest post I have ever seen.  Everyone is innocent and plays with integrity until they are caught and proven quilty.   I'll bet you are one of those people that believe all the headlines in the Enquirer.  If Braun proves his case before the arbitrator then all this will be for naught, if he doesn't then it will be time to lose respect for the guy.   Remember, innocnet until proven quilty.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:58 am

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I'm going to wait until the whole appeals process is over and all of the facts are made public before deciding how I feel about the guy. This was the first time I had heard PED's and Braun in the same sentence so I need to hear some very convincing proof that Braun intentionally took drugs for restoration or enhancement purposes before I condemn him to the PED HOF with AROD, MANNY,  and McGwire.  

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