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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 CBSSports.com 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
Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:51 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

How about this, Everyone on the 25-man roster tested every two weeks. Screw the player's union.  The union claims to be protecting the players, yet they don't allow very strict testing policies in order to "protect" the  players. Stars testing positive hurts MLB, and it hurts the players.  Baseball fans are weary of people like Bautista because he hit 50 homeruns, but now baseball fans have to wonder about any guy who hits 30 in a season.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:47 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Where there is smoke, there inevitably is fire...regardless, I just lost a lot of respect for Braun.  If you're innocent and play with integrity, your name never comes up in conversation like this...never!  So dont say we need to see the full report before we sound like idiots, the writing is pretty much on the wall.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:14 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Ken Griffey jr.to me is the best outfielder in his era,but he was never tested,why is that,because of his baseball back ground??they caught all the latina and african american players so now it's the white players turn,Albert should be next,wait and see.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:03 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I enjoy the reading comprehension of everyone here.  Read the article.  Sources are saying it was not PED's that he tested for.  What that means exactly, I don't know.  It could be cocaine, it could mean something similar to what happened to the Williamses on the Vikings, or it could mean the 'sources' are full of it.   How about waiting to get the entire story before blathering like idiots?

Actually they said the test showed it was an elevated level of testosterone found to be synthetic, take your own advice.



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:56 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I enjoy the reading comprehension of everyone here.  Read the article.  Sources are saying it was not PED's that he tested for.  What that means exactly, I don't know.  It could be cocaine, it could mean something similar to what happened to the Williamses on the Vikings, or it could mean the 'sources' are full of it.   How about waiting to get the entire story before blathering like idiots?



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:42 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

I have often wondered how such a small guy has so much power? But then again he is still small.....could he be telling the truth? I say we wait a few years and see if his noggin swells to the size of a basketball like the new home run kings.....



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:34 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Who cares about PEDs?  Let'em take whatever they want.  It's their bodies.  If PEDs prolong the careers of our favorite players, well then, good.  At least then we don't have to have anymore of these pointless debates.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:31 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Something about Braun's stance and build always has seemed a bit strange to me.  Not as many fans as one would think are overly surprised with this development.  If Ryan Braun ends up being suspended, then his MVP trophy should be taken away and given to Matt Kemp who truly deserved it in the first place.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:59 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

He's prolly innocent, I mean who here hasn't accidentally taken a PED... oh wait, EVERYONE.

In that case give the MVP to Kemp.



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:49 am
 

Braun needs to convince an arbitrator -- and you

Braun is weak ..... Bonds would have hit 90 in that little league field on the sauce .


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