Comments on: Another Steroid Controversy For Ryan Braun Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:51:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: emjayinTN Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:34:10 +0000 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.

By: Kevin Anstrom Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:48:54 +0000 … 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?

By: Kevin Anstrom Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:44:03 +0000 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

By: wkkortas Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:59:11 +0000 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.

By: Ron Zorn Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:17:55 +0000 Won’t ever happen, but Matt Holliday is on the money. First offense, one year ban, second offense, lifetime ban.

By: kevin21 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:12:26 +0000 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.

By: Kevin Anstrom Wed, 06 Feb 2013 02:26:45 +0000 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.

By: reddfoxx39 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:54:14 +0000 Apparently, Carillo was Brauns roommate in college.