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No messing around with baseball's testing

Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 11:39 pm
 
Teeth? You bet. Let's talk about teeth for a moment.

Ryan Braun testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, revealed by ESPN.com in a Saturday night bombshell and confirmed by CBSSports.com, is rough news for Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers and for major league baseball.

As Braun protests and the dispute is appealed, though, what we know right now is this:

Anybody questioning the bite of baseball's anti-steroid rules should question no more.

Never before, to our knowledge, has a standing Most Valuable Player award winner failed a PED test.

Quick reaction in the heat of the moment? Here goes:

1. Easy as snap judgments are, we need to momentarily hit the pause button until this appeal is heard and a decision is rendered.

2. If it is upheld, then just as Braun's stature will be diminished, baseball's should be elevated.

No player that we know of has ever had an appeal overturned. However, that doesn't mean it hasn't happened behind closed doors.

That a current MVP is busted for PED's and facing a 50-game suspension to start the 2012 season is further evidence that we're way past the Steroid Era. While it is naïve to believe the game is clean and nobody's doing that stuff anymore, at the same time, the fact that testing can work is exhibited by Braun's collaring.

If the failed test is upheld, there will be a lasting stain on Braun and an increasing strain on Milwaukee. Already, the Brewers are expecting to lose Prince Fielder this winter in free agency. That happens, and they lose Braun for the first 50 games of 2011, they are in deep trouble.

Braun cannot talk about his situation until after the appeals process is finished.

Right now, the baseball world awaits his explanation.

"I really hope Braunie's initial test is not upheld," tweeted Jimmy Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP, on Saturday night.

If it is, what I really want to hear is the next conversation between Braun and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who finished second in last summer's NL MVP voting.

Recall, anyone?
Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:18 pm
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

Never before, to our knowledge, has a standing Most Valuable Player award winner failed a PED test.


Ever heard of Barry Bonds ?

MLB just had a gag order on failed tests at the time, but they have a largely unreleased list of over 100 players with positive results, so as far as we know, there could have been a few standing MVP's that tested positive...and All-Stars, Cy Youngs, Batting Champions, Rookies of the Year, Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers...and a whole LOT of mega contracts since that have (or should have) tested positive.  

There will always be conjecture, but I don't think anyone contends that PED's haven't grossly inflated the stats of players that use(d) them, and it has similarly inflated players paychecks as well... If a 50 game suspension costs Braun $5 million, it still pales to a $100 Million contract he probably wouldn't have receieved if he was "only" an annual .280 hitter with 20 HR.

You either have a rule, or you don't... You can't excuse MLB because the NFL and NBA don't address PED's. I do wonder WHY Congress doesn't appear to be as interested in them, however.

 I'm of the opinion that PED's in baseball were MUCH more widely used than admitted to, and may still be. There is no way use could have been that common for that long, without MLB knowing it was going on, so they have nothing to gain from complete honesty about previous history, but at least they have a defined policy to follow going forward, and appear to be enforcing it. It's probably the best MLB can do....other than assign the same insidious asterisk * to every players career stats during the era, as they did for Roger Maris' single season HR record for so many decades.

 




Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:54 am
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

It is a shame that the cheaters don't seem to care what they are doing to baseball. It maKES THE RECORDS THEY SET OR ACCOLADES THEY GET WORTHLESS. Their attititude is, well you still need skill to hit the baseball. well, what aboutthat fly ball that flies 5 ft farther and is a home run. Probably they aso have found something that increases awareness and help them to see the ball better, You are a cheater. Admit it. You are also a loser because you are not as good as those that don't cheat. Low self esteem.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:53 am
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

It is a shame that the cheaters don't seem to care what they are doing to baseball. It maKES THE RECORDS THEY SET OR ACCOLADES THEY GET WORTHLESS. Their attititude is, well you still need skill to hit the baseball. well, what aboutthat fly ball that flies 5 ft farther and is a home run. Probably they aso have found something that increases awareness and help them to see the ball better, You are a cheater. Admit it. You are also a loser because you are not as good as those that don't cheat. Low self esteem.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:54 pm
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

I don't care bout the writer, or bout the comish, what makes me upset is that no matter how many times they say it Drugs in the MLB is still a problem PERIOD. No way should anyone be rewarded with any title if he wasn't clean PERIOD. Fess up, clean up and move on, its just not good for the game I love PERIOD.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:53 pm
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

A-Rod admitted to taking it for two years....his stats and the author who wrote the book says all career long.  I do not believe A-Rod for a second.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:51 pm
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

Braun is an example to me of why...(and i am saying this fully aware that he has never been linked to it).....I would be nervous as hell to sign Albert for 10 years knowing HGH testing is in play.  I wonder how long before a new drug is available that can help players slip by the testing?


WOW...Braun must be real proud of that MVP trophy now.  



Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:49 pm
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

I have read that what they found was not a performance enhancing drug. Although this may be the case, the MVP should be absolutely clean.  I am not pleased.  I am a life long Braves fan who use to like Ryan Braun and would have liked to see him play here in a few more years but now he can stay where he is, in a line that is only going to get longer with athletes who cheat to get ahead.




Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:11 pm
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

McGwire admitted it after a while. And lets not pretend A-Rod told the truth.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:55 pm
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

People laugh at ARod for being dumb (ok fine he is pretty dumb), but atleast he admitted it when the jig was up.  All these guys never admit it.  Never.  Floyd Landis, Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Ben Johnson, Mark McGwire, Shane Mosely, Rafael Palmiero, Gary Sheffield, and let's not forget the most recent big fat liar.... Jeremy Mayfield.  We can safely add Ryan Braun to this list, protest or no protest.  He should absolutely be stripped of his MVP.  We already know you cheated Ryan...now have some dignity and just admit it.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:48 pm
 

No messing around with baseball's testing

You're so right. I should have known.
Sorry.



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