Saturday, December 10, 2011

ESPN Pops Ryan Braun for PEDs, MLB staying Quiet



Well, this is quite a shake-up to the top 10 MLB players list. Milwaukee Brewers face of the franchise, now that Prince Fielder will be signing with another team likely, Ryan Braun was  trying to beat the MLB drug system this season.

National League MVP Ryan Braun, who last season led the Milwaukee Brewers to their first division title in nearly three decades, has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and faces a 50-game suspension if the initial finding is upheld, two sources familiar with the case told "Outside the Lines."
Major League Baseball has not announced the positive test because Braun is disputing the result through arbitration.
The 28-year-old Braun had to provide a urine sample for testing during the playoffs, and he was notified of the positive test sometime in late October -- about a month before he was named the National League's most valuable player.
The positive result was triggered by elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system, the sources also told "Outside the Lines." A subsequent, more comprehensive test revealed the testosterone was synthetic -- not produced by Braun's body.
ESPN is the only outlet who has been reporting that this indeed happened, for the time being. Ryan Braun has denied to them that he took it knowingly. Braun is protesting the finding through the arbitration process, which is why the league has not announced the positive test.
Since being informed of the results, Braun has been disputing his case. The outfielder has told those around him that he did not knowingly take any banned substances and hoped to prove that during the arbitration process, said one of the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case. No major league player has ever successfully appealed a positive test.
When talking about Alex Rodriguez’ suspension previously, Braun had stated:”I would never do it because if I took steroids, I would hit 60 or 70 home runs.” The tests was reportedly triggered by elevated testosterone levels, and Braun was notified of the positive test about a month before he was named league MVP.

More to definitely come about this developing predicament for the NL MVP last season. Mainly the fact that MLB could vacate Braun's MVP in favor of, who should have been the MVP in the first place, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

Make sure to read all the details from the  that was released tonight.

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