Another Steroid Controversy For Ryan Braun

Last week several big names were involved in the latest steroid controversy surrounding Major League Baseball. Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports have a new name — Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun. According to the article, Braun’s name shows up on three Biogenesis clinic records.

Braun’s name isn’t listed next to any specific PEDs, unlike the names that were released last week. This will surely cause some controversy, since Braun tested positive for steroids in the 2011-12 off-season. He managed to escape the situation without a suspension due to a chain-of-custody issue. The test-taker kept Braun’s sample in his basement over the weekend, instead of shipping it to the testing lab.

I don’t think we’re to the point of talking about a possible suspension for Braun. Right now MLB seems to be focused on digging deeper into Biogenesis. What this does mean is that Braun will most likely receive a close look, along with the other guys on the list. The fact that he’s already tested positive for testosterone won’t help his case.

Obviously if Braun does miss time, it would be a huge blow for the Brewers.

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  • reddfoxx39

    Apparently, Carillo was Brauns roommate in college.

  • Kevin Anstrom

    Baseball is a team sport. If those in charge want to fix the problem they should keep that in mind.

    Forget 50 game suspensions they don’t work. Melky contributed to many wins for the SF Giants last year. None of them were taken away. Same with Bartolo. Without those players neither team makes the post-season.
    To fix the problem you ban the offending team from the post-season.

    • Ron Zorn

      Won’t ever happen, but Matt Holliday is on the money. First offense, one year ban, second offense, lifetime ban.

      • Kevin Anstrom

        Why not?

        The current plan is essentially what you’ve outlined. Three failures then the lifetime ban.

        The average MLB career is over in less than 6 years. It is pretty clear that you can cheat nearly all of the time and rarely get caught. Cabrera appeared to be heading out of baseball after his time with the Braves. That is not much different than a lifetime ban.

        Now he’s cheated, been caught, helped the NL win home field advantage, nearly won a batting title (which he graciously declined), helped SF qualify for the playoffs

        • Kevin Anstrom

          … helped SF win the WS and signed a $16m contract.

          I don’t see how a 100 game suspension would make a bit of difference.

          His cheating helped him and it helped the Giants.
          Don’t you agree?

  • kevin21

    Have heavy fines. Problem with Steroids is that they are affordable. A player will risk taking them because the upside has no ceiling with the contract that they could receive. I’m talking about fining 1/2 – year’s pay, if you put their livelihood at risk, they’ll think twice about what they’re putting in their body.

  • wkkortas

    Frankly, I’m looking forward to more of Braun defiantly declaring himself exonerated and implying that his elevated levels of testosterone are due only to misconduct on the part of someone in MLB’s testing program. To paraphrase Dean Wormer–arrogant, juiced, and clueless is no way to go through life, son.

    • emjayinTN

      wkk: We have a hierarchy in MLB that is very satisfied to just let a lot of this play out. Braun slammed them last year with a faulty Chain of Custody on his sample – not that it was incorrect, but that the testing agency did not follow the proper procedure. Where does that put him on the Bonds-O-Meter – all the negativity I heard during the vote for the HOF and nobody that I heard even mentioned a “failed test” from Braun. How many tests for a banned substance did BB fail? Braun is the kid next door that everybody likes – Barry was the guy you loved to hate – I do not expect MLB to shoot themselves in the foot trying to generate a case against one of their Heroes.

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