Thursday, February 23, 2012

Reaction: Ryan Braun Wins his Appeal

This article fits under my Reaction heading of the blog.  Read more of our Reactions here.

Back in December, just as I was starting this blog, the baseball world was stunned by a 50-game suspension levied against the Brewers Ryan Braun.  The reigning NL MVP allegedly tested positive for PED's.  I wrote my reaction here.  Being a Pirates fan, I attempted to be objective and believe I did a good job.  Personally, I took issue with how quickly Braun was crucified in the court of public opinion.  The general consensus seemed to be that Braun was guilty, even prior to him exercising his ability to appeal the suspension.  Detractors pointed out that no player had ever successfully won an appeal against the MLB.  Others called for the MVP to be stripped from Braun and given to runner-up Matt Kemp, again prior to any appeal.

Those calls now seem premature at best and rooted in bitterness at worst.  Today, it has been announced Braun has won his appeal.  All signs point to the Brewers outfielder starting the season in uniform and on the field.  And, at least according to the judicial process, that's where Braun should be.  Critics will still say that Braun is selfish, a whiner, or soft.  Those may or may not be valid accusations.  Even if they are, Braun is also a world-class baseball player.  Now, it seems it's been proven that he's a world-class baseball player based on his own natural talent and hard work, and not because of performance-enhancing drugs.  Hopefully, eventually the court of public opinion will come to the same conclusion.  I know I have, even if I'm going to hate seeing him play against the Pirates this coming season.


  1. Not sure I can totally agree here. Just because Braun won his appeal it doesn't necessarily prove that he's clean. Based on the apparent chain of command breakdowns, I'm not sure they had any choice but to find in Braun's favor.

    However, the seals on the sample were unbroken, it apparently showed no signs of degredation and being handled this way does not lend itself to false testosterone readings. The evidence still suggests that Braun did something wrong, he just can't be punished for it.

    At the same time, the story is still so fresh that I'm not sure new evidence won't come out that will truly clear him.

  2. baseball is becoming no better in my eyes than boxing or god forbid wrestling. plus as wtm points out the wrong standard may have been applied. was this intentional or how braun knew is what i'm asking. the fix is in!!!


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    1. Don't be sorry dude. Your input is much appreciated.

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